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December 2018 Archives

Drunk driving causes more than 10,000 deaths per year

In 2016, over 500 people died as the result of a drunk driver in Pennsylvania, and across the country, over 10,000 people lost their lives in an accident involving a drunk driver. Though drunk driving has decreased slightly over the years, enough people die each year for it to be considered an epidemic. People who are at a higher risk of drunk driving include young people under the age of 24, those who have been previously convicted for drunk driving and motorcyclists.

Grieving parents file wrongful death suit

Pennsylvania parents may know the mix of emotions that accompany the milestone of a child going off to college. Though certainly a child furthering his or her education in pursuit of a degree in a chosen field is a reason to feel proud, many parents often worry that harm will befall their child as he or she moves away from home to live on a college campus. In many cases, these fears are not unfounded; however, one grieving family has filed a wrongful death suit on behalf of their deceased son. 

Survey: 75 percent of drivers around Philly drive distracted

If you were hoping that the amount of people using mobile devices while driving was going to go down as crashes and citations go up, you may be disappointed with a new local research survey. The survey was conducted with input from drivers in and around the Philadelphia area. The bad news is that 75 percent of respondents admitted to using a mobile device while driving. Worse yet, 91 percent were millennials, 79 percent were part of Generation X and 64 percent were baby boomers.

Slip-and-falls defendants often try to blame victim

Pennsylvania shoppers are in the midst of the busiest retail weeks of the year. The holiday season is traditionally a time when people venture out for more than just household necessities. Many people have occasions to give gifts, or perhaps are shopping for a new home appliance or vehicle, as big ticket items are usually on sale in December. With so many people in and out of stores, the often wet and icy weather can lead to an increase in slip-and-falls. 

External airbags may reduce injuries and fatalities

ZF has developed external airbags that could reduce the number of injuries from car accidents for car occupants in Pennsylvania and across the world. The new external airbags have been found to reduce injury severity by the vehicle's occupants up to 40 percent. Developers hope that installing the devices in new vehicles can reduce injuries and fatalities from car accidents.

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