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Distracted driving accidents increase without documentation

Distracted driving has become an epidemic across the country. The biggest distraction facing drivers of all ages and skill levels is the use of a mobile phone while behind the wheel of a vehicle. Many states have banned texting while driving and other hand-held use of phones and electronics but the laws have not curbed the distracted driving epidemic.

When it comes to federal records, the government is failing to record traffic deaths related to distracted driving as such. The United States experienced decades of declining fatalities on the roads until the last two years. In those two years, traffic deaths jumped by 14.4 percent. In 2016, more than 100 people died each day in or near vehicles. It marked the first time in more than a decade that the statistic reached triple digits.

What are 5 important things to do after a car accident?

There's only so much you can do to prepare for a car accident. You can take all the safety measures possible and still find yourself on the side of the road exchanging information. You are only as safe as the other drivers around you, even if you are the safest of drivers in the Lehigh Valley. So, what are five important things you should do after a car accident?

If at all possible, move the vehicles to a safe area, preferably off the side of the road. If the vehicles are disabled, activate the four ways and light flares so approaching vehicles know that an accident occurred.

Protecting yourself on a motorcycle from common accidents

The Lehigh Valley is one of the best regions in Pennsylvania to ride a motorcycle. The roads are open, wide and surrounded by nature. With the fall foliage on the way, more and more motorcycles will be on the road taking in all this beautiful region has to offer. Here's how you can protect yourself on a motorcycle from common accidents.

It's not uncommon for other vehicles to slam into the back of motorcycles, especially when the bikes are stopped at an intersection. There's not much you can do to avoid this when in motion, but you can put yourself in favorable spots when stopped. Place your bike in between two stopped cars at an intersection so no one can hit you from behind. If there's no car in front of you, put the bike as close to the side of the road as possible.

Protecting yourself on the road around large trucks

There's no secret that the roads of Pennsylvania can be quite dangerous. With so many congested highways running through the Lehigh Valley area, accidents are commonplace. The area is a high-traffic zone for large trucks, also known as tractor-trailers. Here are some tips for protecting yourself on the road around large trucks.

Make it a point to stay out of the truck's no zones. These are also referred to as blind spots and they are very dangerous. You don't want to drive in these zones for extended periods because it can lead to very tragic accidents. The two biggest no zones are on the right and left sides of the truck. If you find yourself in these zones and cannot see the driver of the truck in the truck's mirror, then it's likely the truck driver cannot see you.

Who can be held liable in a company car crash?

Driving a company car comes with a lot of responsibility. Even though it is not your own car, you still need to take care of it like it is. You also need to drive it like it is your own. There's no need for recklessness when driving a company car. A common question that arises is, who can be held liable in a company car crash? We will answer that for you in today's post.

One thing victims of car accidents involving company-owned vehicles must know is that employers who own those vehicles are typically held liable due to vicarious liability. This very well could prevent you from seeking damages from the driver of the vehicle, the employee of the company that owns the car. It all depends on the behavior of the driver at the time of the crash.

When an accident sneaks up from behind

One of the most popular rides in amusement parks and carnivals is the bumper cars. With little to no control over your vehicle, you spin around a track trying to crash your well-padded car into someone else's while avoiding others who are out to collide with you. While it often looks like chaos, it is a carefully controlled environment, and the low-speed encounters rarely cause injury.

On the bumper car track, if someone hits you from behind, you likely laugh hilariously and take your vengeance, all in fun. Not so in the real world. In highway traffic, if someone hits you from behind, you are probably leaving the scene in an ambulance.

Motorcycle safety tips for novice riders in Pennsylvania

You've always wanted to own a motorcycle, but never pulled the trigger. Now, you find yourself the proud owner of a hog, but are a bit nervous about your first ride alone on the roads of the Lehigh Valley. You can prepare yourself for your inaugural ride by following some of the safety tips for novice riders outlined here.

The first thing you should do before going for a ride, no matter how many times you've ridden the bike, is inspect it for any issues. Make sure there are no problems with the tires, that the fluid levels are topped off, that the brakes are working properly and that all of the lights are working properly.

Bicyclist struck by car, severely injured along Old Route 115

A 52-year-old Lehigh Valley woman suffered serious injuries after being struck at the State Route 115 and Mountain Road split at around 1:50 p.m. on Friday, July 14, 2017. Crash scene investigators with Pennsylvania State Police have determined that speed might have played a role in causing the near-fatal crash.

According to witness statements taken at the scene of the crash, a motorist had stopped in traffic as they drove in the northbound direction along Old Route 115. They activated their turn signal and were waiting to turn left onto Mountain Road.

Tips for spotting distracted drivers in Pennsylvania

Distracted driving has become a major problem on the roads of Pennsylvania, so much so that law enforcement officials are doing everything possible to combat it. Whether drivers are distracted due to cellphones, music, eating, passengers or any other reason, they pose a real danger on the roads.

If you pull alongside a vehicle where the driver has earphones in, he or she is more than likely distracted. Driving with earphones in is very dangerous. It can cause the driver to zone out more so than simply listening to the radio in his or her car. They also won't be able to hear the horns of other vehicles or the sirens of an emergency vehicle approaching.

Drivers being urged to pay attention when driving following crash

Drivers are being urged by the family of a motorcycle accident victim to pay attention when driving. The family, from Nashville, Tennessee, has been making the plea ever since their relative was killed in a May 18 accident involving his motorcycle and a pickup truck.

According to the investigating officer, it is possible that the driver of the pickup truck rolled a stop sign at the intersection where the accident occurred, killing the man on the motorcycle. The driver of the pickup truck was eventually charged with failing to yield the right of way, which resulted in death.

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