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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.

Is falsifying a trucking log illegal?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) governs the rules that trucking companies and truck drivers must live by when on the roads of the United States. These laws apply to all truck drivers, even those in the Lehigh Valley. The trucking log is an important legal document that truck drivers must complete regularly. It is illegal to falsify one of these documents.

There are four main components of a trucking log that appear on every page: off duty, sleeping berth, driving and on duty (not driving). The driver is required to complete the log with each trip and do so honestly and accurately. This document is a legal document, so much so that the driver must sign it at the bottom. There is even a little note that states the following:

An overview of driver fatigue in Pennsylvania

Driver fatigue is a serious problem affecting commercial drivers in the state of Pennsylvania. It can lead to accidents that can cause serious injury or even death. Hundreds of drivers can be affected by one fatigued driver. Here is a brief overview of driver fatigue and how it can be avoided.

Most people know and understand the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Not many know or understand how dangerous it is to drive while sleepy or fatigued. Driver fatigue is a very dangerous condition that should never be risked. Just like alcohol, sleepiness can cause a delay in reaction time, impair your judgment and decrease your awareness. Driver fatigue also increases the likelihood that you will be involved in an accident.

Fair compensation for accident-related whiplash injuries

A Pennsylvania car accident can change your life in an instant, but maybe not in the way that you think. Some of the most devastating consequences after an accident are not the result of a life-threatening injury but an injury that can have a detrimental impact on your ability do normal activities and enjoy a certain quality of life. 

One of these injuries is whiplash, and while it is a rather common result of many motor vehicle accidents, it can still have serious side effects that impact multiple areas of your life. If you received a diagnosis of this type of injury, you should not overlook it, but should seek the support you need for a full recovery.

Medical expenses stemming from Lehigh Valley car accidents

Lehigh Valley car accidents are stressful for all involved no matter the extent of the damage or severity of the injuries sustained. Depending on the severity of the injuries, victims of car accidents will have various medical expenses to pay. These expenses can pile up quickly and last quite a long time depending on the recovery time.

The very first medical expense you will incur when injured in a car accident is the fees for ambulatory service. This includes the ambulance ride from the crash scene to the hospital. It can then include an ambulance ride from the hospital to a rehabilitation facility if your injury was that severe. You might also need an ambulance ride from the hospital or rehab facility to your home.

Recoverable damages in motorcycle accidents

Motorcycle accidents can be some of the most horrific accidents on the roads of Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. Riders are not required to wear helmets by law in the state, which can make these accidents even more serious. Victims of motorcycle accidents and their family members, should the accident be fatal, can recover a host of different damages.

One of the most common damages recovered in a motorcycle accident is that of the victim's medical expenses. Medical expenses can include ambulance rides, tests, x-rays, surgeries, hospital stays, emergency room bills, rehabilitation and medical equipment needed for the home. If a victim is paralyzed during an accident, he or she might need to renovate their home for wheelchair accessibility. This could be another type of medical expense recoverable under damages.

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