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Drug and alcohol testing for truck drivers in Pennsylvania

Anytime a person gets behind the wheel in Pennsylvania it is important that they pay attention to what they are doing and drive safely. That is why it is illegal for people to drive if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, this is particularly important for truck drivers. Semi-trucks are much larger than most other vehicles on the road. This means there is a greater likelihood that people will suffer catastrophic injuries in a truck accident, rather than in one just involving cars.

That is why there are strict rules about alcohol consumption for truck drivers. To help ensure that these rules are being followed there are also a number of testing requirements as well. The testing begins before the truck driver is even hired. Truck companies are required to test drivers prior to employment. There is also random testing that truck companies must conduct each year as well. In addition the random testing, any time an employer has a reasonable suspicion that a driver may be using drugs or alcohol they can test them. The truck companies must also test drivers after any accident and before they return to work.

Steps to take if you sustain injuries in a rental car

You may need to secure a rental car when on vacation in another city. It can be tough to acclimate to new roads, and every year, many people end up in traffic collisions while driving a rental vehicle

Even if you do not feel badly injured after an accident, you should still see a doctor to make sure there are no hidden injuries. For the most part, you will need to follow the same basic steps, which involve contacting the police, calling your auto insurance agency and acquiring the other driver's insurance information. However, there are other courses of action to consider.

Helping people injured on the job pursue the proper compensation

People in Pennsylvania work many different types of jobs. Some are safer than others, but people can be hurt in almost any type of job setting. Some of the injuries are minor and do not have a big effect on a person's life. However, others can require significant medical care and force the person to miss work and lose income as a result. This can be very devastating for the injured worker as well as their family, especially if the injured worker earns a significant portion of the family's income.

There are a number of different ways that a person can be injured as well. They could be injured in falls, accidents involving machines, burns, injuries from repetitive motions, occupational diseases and many other different ways. Fortunately, if a person is injured at work, he or she may seek workers' compensation benefits. This compensation can cover both the medical costs as well as a portion of the lost income.

Pennsylvania offers new motorcycle program to improve safe riding

Spring is arriving in Pennsylvania. The temperatures will be rising, the grass is turning green and leaves will return to the trees. More people will start being able to enjoy the outdoors again. There are many things to do outside when the temperatures rise. One of these activities is riding motorcycles. As the temperatures continue to rise, more and more motorcycles will be on the roads, and all drivers need to drive safely to protect these riders.

To help reduce the number of motorcycle accidents and injuries to the motorcyclists and others involved in the accidents, The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is offering new safety classes for motorcyclists of all different ages and experience levels. There are three main classes offered. One for beginners, one for intermediate riders and one for experienced riders. All three courses are a little different, but every one of them teach techniques for swerving, braking and decision making, so people do not take unnecessary risks.

How to tell if the nursing home is neglecting your parent

If you are one of the many Pennsylvanians who has had to make the difficult decision to place your parent in a nursing home, it undoubtedly was one of the hardest choices you ever had to make. Even though you know that your parent needs the daily care that nursing homes provide, still (s)he is always on your mind, and you worry about his or her health, safety and welfare.

Given the horror stories about nursing home abuse and neglect that keep appearing in the news, it is no wonder that you worry. Despite federal and state laws protecting nursing home residents, millions of older people receive substandard care. While you cannot be there at all times to watch over your parent and make sure (s)he is getting needed and deserved care, here are some things to watch out for when you visit:

5 common hazards in the manufacturing industry

If you work in the manufacturing industry, you know how important your work is. In fact, manufacturing is the largest industry in Pennsylvania, according to Newsmax. Whether your work involves creating plastics, batteries or anything in between, your job may often be difficult and dangerous.

There are a lot of hazards you may encounter at your manufacturing job. Here are some of the most prevalent hazards in manufacturing environments that may result in workplace accidents.

Over $47 million awarded in medical malpractice case

The birth of a baby is usually a very joyous time in parents' lives as they welcome a child into this world. The hope is that everything goes smoothly and they have a healthy baby, but not every parent is that lucky. There are many things that can go wrong, and there are complications that can arise. When they do, the hope is that the medical professionals do their jobs correctly and do everything in their power to help the child. Unfortunately, from time to time mistakes are made, and a child's condition may worsen as a result.

This unfortunately happened to a couple that gave birth to a child in Pennsylvania. The child was born with an internal bleed in her head. The child was brought to the neonatal intensive care unit. While in the unit, a doctor wrapped the child's head with an ace bandage and misdiagnosed the child. At a medical malpractice trial, experts testified that the doctor not only misdiagnosed the child, but that it is not medically accepted practice to wrap a child's head who has that condition.

Many people suffer traumatic brain injuries in car accidents

There are many safety features in vehicles in Pennsylvania now to try and help prevent accidents from occurring or lessen the damages people suffered when accidents do occur. However, despite all of the technological advances, people still get into car accidents and suffer injuries as a result. That is why it is still very important for people to obey the traffic laws, avoid distractions and drive safely.

There are many different types of injuries that people suffer in car accidents though. Some are minor such as bruises, scrapes or minor cuts, but many others are much more serious. Some of these injuries can have long-term effects and change a person's life forever in certain circumstances.

Nursing homes and chemical restraints: a continuing problem

If you are a Pennsylvania resident who had to make the difficult decision to place your parent in a nursing home because of his or her deteriorating physical and/or mental condition, it probably was one of the most heart-wrenching decisions of your life. You know you cannot care for him or her yourself due to your family situation, your work schedule, and all the other things you must deal with on a daily basis, but (s)he nevertheless is always on your mind. You worry that (s)he may not be receiving the care (s)he needs and deserves.

You may have more to worry about than you realize, especially if your parent suffers from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. A new Human Rights Watch investigation found that nursing homes across the nation routinely administer antipsychotic drugs to patients who do not need them, often without their knowledge or consent.

Watch for signs of drowsy driving and avoid an accident

You may be tempted to laugh off a poor night’s rest, but chronic sleep deprivation is no joking matter. In addition to being bad for your health, not sleeping well can be unsafe for you and others, especially when behind the wheel. Each year, thousands of people in Pennsylvania and elsewhere suffer serious or fatal injuries in accidents stemming from drowsy driving.

The statistics surrounding drowsy driving are eye-opening. According to the National Sleep Foundation, about 71,000 people sustain injuries and 1,550 die in fatigue-related crashes every year. In recent studies, 60 percent of drivers admitted to driving drowsy at some point during the past year, while 37 percent stated that they had fallen asleep while driving. An additional 13 percent say drowsy driving is a recurring issue for them. How can you avoid becoming one of these statistics? You may start by being aware of the following signs that you are becoming too sleepy to safely drive:

  • Hitting the rumble strip in the middle or at the shoulder of the road
  • Feeling dazed or not remembering the last few miles you drove
  • Missing a turnoff or not noticing stoplights or traffic signs
  • Having difficulty keeping your eyes open or nodding off
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