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Federal regulations require truckers rest to avoid accidents

Although this is not always the case, many truckers who travel through the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area have to follow federal rules. These rules are promulgated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to stay in business legally.

Some of these rules require truck drivers to pull over and take a rest periodically. These rules are in place to prevent truckers from driving while too tired. As many Pennsylvanians can probably guess, driving while overly tired can often mean a trucker will make key mistakes that could cause serious truck accidents.

Can I still get workers' compensation if an injury was my fault?

Like other states, Pennsylvania has a workers' compensation system where employers must carry insurance to cover any work-related injuries their employees suffer. In exchange for a reliable source of compensation for medical expenses and lost wages, employees in turn, give up the right to sue their employers for most work injuries.

Pennsylvania's workers' compensation system is what is commonly called a "no-fault" system. This means that a Pittsburgh worker, who gets hurt on the job, either in a single accident or over the course of time, is eligible for benefits for almost all types of work-related injuries. Accordingly, an injured worker should not hesitate to apply for them. This is true, even if the worker's own negligence caused the injury for which the worker now needs benefits.

Tips to prevent distracted driving

Distraction continues to present a significant danger to drivers on Pennsylvania roads and across the nation. Road conditions can change in the blink of an eye, and a distracted motorist is far less likely to notice in time and react quickly to avert an accident.

In today's digital world, smartphones offer a prime source of distraction for everyone. Pennsylvania law makes it illegal to text while driving, recognizing that this activity distracts drivers mentally and also occupies their hands. There are other distractions as well, and you can take steps to minimize the chances that you will lose your focus. 

How common is it for a doctor to operate on the wrong body part?

Many people in the Pittsburgh area probably think that a so-called, "wrong site" surgery, is a rare even that only happens to incompetent surgeons. Unfortunately, the chances of even an experienced surgeon operating on the wrong location, or even operating on the wrong patient, are higher than anyone in Pennsylvania might think. Moreover, "wrong site" surgeries also include those cases in which doctors perform the wrong procedure on the right part.

Although such incidents are rare generally, it is quite possible that they are grossly underreported. Some estimates conclude that 1 in 5 surgeons, at some point, operate on the wrong site. Other estimates suggest that 1 in 112,994 surgeries are a "wrong site" surgery. But, while these odds are small, having a doctor operate at the wrong site is still more likely than getting struck by lightning or even winning the lottery.

Self-driving vehicles off road temporarily in Pittsburgh

An accident in another state influenced Uber, the business originally known for ride-sharing, to pull its fleet of autonomous, or so-called "self-driving" vehicles, from the street of Pittsburgh, at least temporarily. The vehicles were expected to be put back on the street shortly after the investigation in to the accident was concluded.

"Self-driving" is a little bit of a misleading name for these types of vehicles, as they indeed do have operators. However, the operator acts more like an engineer just ensuring the car is functioning properly and, presumably, being ready to take back the controls if necessary. Large commercial jets have actually been operated in this manner for decades now.

Common questions about truck accidents

Commercial trucks such as tractor-trailers and delivery vehicles pose unique dangers to drivers of smaller vehicles. Trucking accidents are also sometimes more complicated to figure out. If you get hit by a truck, you likely have several questions about the cause of the accident and who is ultimately responsible.

Was the truck driver negligent? Is the trucking company liable? Can I receive compensation for my injuries? Knowing some key facts regarding truck accidents, such as common causes and who may be liable, will help you figure out if you have a basis for a personal injury claim.

Common questions about truck accidents

Commercial trucks such as tractor-trailers and delivery vehicles pose unique dangers to drivers of smaller vehicles. Trucking accidents are also sometimes more complicated to figure out. If you get hit by a truck, you likely have several questions about the cause of the accident and who is ultimately responsible.

Was the truck driver negligent? Is the trucking company liable? Can I receive compensation for my injuries? Knowing some key facts regarding truck accidents, such as common causes and who may be liable, will help you figure out if you have a basis for a personal injury claim.

We will hold a negligent truck company accountable

Although any car wreck in the Pittsburgh area can be destructive, truck wrecks are often particularly devastating just given the sheer size of trucks when compared with smaller passenger cars or even vans and SUVs.

While sometimes a truck accident is just that, an accident, in many cases, the truck driver's or truck company's negligence contributed in some way to the collision. This is why it is important for an injured victim of Pennsylvania truck accident should get the right legal professionals to help them investigate and determine the cause of the crash.

The rain can be especially treacherous for new motorcyclists

Spring has finally rolled back around and before too long we will be enjoying consistently warm and pleasant weather. And perhaps you have decided that this is the year that you are finally going to live out a dream and purchase a motorcycle.

As almost any experienced rider will tell you, once you spend some time on a motorcycle, you will be hooked for life. But as you begin this new exciting chapter of your life, you should temper your enthusiasm with caution. While learning to ride a motorcycle is not especially difficult, it takes time to acquire the skills needed to stay as safe as possible on the road.

Wrestling announcer's wife dies in accident

The wife of a famous announcer who has been calling wrestling matches for decades has died following a tragic accident in another state. Both of them had ties to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the woman was a die-hard Steelers fan who often came back to Pittsburgh to watch them play.

The accident victim was traveling on a Vespa, a vehicle similar to a motorcycle, in another state when she was hit from behind. The woman's skull was broken in several places, and she had severe brain injuries as a result of the accident. The woman did not die at the scene of the accident but was taken to a hospital with severe swelling on the brain. She lingered on life support for several days but eventually had to be taken off.

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