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What should I do after a Lehigh Valley motorcycle accident?

Do you love riding your motorcycle in the Lehigh Valley? No matter where you go, you never fail to see motorcycles enjoying all that the region has to offer. Riding is dangerous even for the most experienced of motorcyclists. So, what should you do if you are ever involved in a motorcycle accident in the Lehigh Valley? We take a look at the answer in today's post.

It's important that you remain at the scene following an accident, especially if you've been injured. You will want emergency responders to treat you at the scene prior to being transported to a local hospital. You should never leave the scene of the accident, even if you were not at-fault.

What do drunk drivers look like in Pennsylvania?

It's difficult to know which motorists are causing you particular risk for injury at a given time on a Pennsylvania roadway. That's because hidden dangers often lurk unseen. The driver next to you may look perfectly fine until he or she suddenly veers over into your lane, slamming into the side of your vehicle. Sometimes, you can spot signs that suggest a certain driver may be intoxicated or otherwise distracted behind the wheel. Safely distancing yourself from suspicious drivers is usually a good idea.

Do you know a drunk driver when you see one? Some people are able to function at fairly high levels of agility and cognitive skill when intoxicated so it's not always easy to tell if they're drunk. However, while driving, if you keep a lookout for certain suspicious behaviors, it may help you avert an accident.

Common causes of Lehigh Valley truck accidents

Navigating the roads of the Lehigh Valley can be quite dangerous. The major highways are constantly jammed with high volumes of traffic. The side streets can be just as crowded depending on the time of day. Large trucks are a common sight on these roads, so today we will discuss the common causes of Lehigh Valley truck accidents.

One of the most common causes of a large truck accident is when a vehicle turns left in front of the truck at an intersection. There are various reasons for this type of accident, but most often it is due to a vehicle's driver not being able to anticipate the speed of an approaching truck and its distance before making the turn.

Watch for these hazards when driving during the fall season

The fall season in the Lehigh Valley is one of the most popular among residents and tourists. There's so much that nature has to offer, including the changing foliage. As the fall season moves forward, more and more dangers lurk on the roads of the area. Here are some common hazards you must be on the lookout for this fall season.

The fall months between October and December are very dangerous for drivers due to deer mating season. Deer are out in numbers during this time as they mate and prepare for the winter weather. You will see more of them running along the side of the road and running into the road. Take extra caution when driving at dawn and dusk, as these are the most common times deer are active.

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.

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