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Pennsylvania Bicycle Safety in Focus this May

Learning to ride a bicycle is a right-of-passage for most children, and many kids and adults ride bikes either for recreation or to commute to school and work. In Pennsylvania, these bicycle riders will find a state that is doing a pretty good job of meeting their needs. In fact, according to the Detroit Free Press, PA ranks #15 out of 50 states when it comes to being bicycle-friendly.

Of course our Pennsylvania bicycle accident attorneys know ranking #15 out of 50 means that there is still plenty of room to do better and to make the state even safer for bicycle riders. This will require a joint commitment from drivers and from riders themselves as everyone will need to obey safety rules and laws. To help encourage bicyclists and drivers to take steps to improve safety, PA is participating in National Bike Safety Awareness Month.

How You Can Make PA Safer for Bicycle Riders

There are a lot of different things going on during National Bike Safety Awareness Month, including organized events where riders are encouraged to bike to work or school. The hope is that if many thousands of people ride to work or school, drivers will take notice of the bicycle riders and will be reminded of the importance of bike safety.

The Department of Transportation is also rolling out a Roll Model campaign during Bike Safety Month. The campaign is targeting parents specifically and it encourages them to model good behavior for their kids by wearing a helmet when riding a bike. Parents are also urged to make a rule that their kids must wear helmets and advised on how to ensure that a child’s helmet fits properly.

The Roll Model campaign also goes beyond encouraging parents to help keep their own kids safe. Parents who ride bikes are also drivers. And, as drivers, they can take some concrete steps to help reduce the risk of bicycle accidents occurring. In fact, all drivers — and not just parents of bike riding kids — should follow some basic tips to help keep bicyclist safer on the road.

Safety tips to practice both during Bike Safety Month and Beyond include:

  • Paying careful attention while driving and watching for bicycle riders. Be careful to watch for riders in blind spots and avoid doing things such as driving while distracted that could cause you to miss the fact that there is a bicyclist in your path.
  • Leaving bicycle riders plenty of room. You shouldn’t pass a bike rider unless you have plenty of space to get around. In fact, in PA, it is illegal to pass a bicycle rider unless you can leave at least four feet of space. Yahoo reports that this 4-foot law went into effect in 2012.

Drivers who respect bicycle riders, who give them plenty of space and who remember that bike riders have the same rights as anyone else on the road will help to reduce the number of bicycle accidents. Hopefully, if drivers make a commitment to being careful, PA can become an even more bike friendly state and can move up on the list from #15.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident in Pennsylvania, contact Metzger Wickersham at 1-800-WIN-WIN-1.

Pennsylvania Parents & Proper Use of Car Seats to Avoid Injuries

According to Health Day News, car accidents are the leading cause of death for kids four years of age and younger, at least in part because these young children are often not properly restrained. While kids under four need to be in car seats, many parents aren’t really sure how to use them correctly. Unfortunately, a new study shows that even when kids get into a car accident and are taken to the emergency room, parents are still not educated properly on safe car seat use.

Our Pennsylvania accident attorneys know that a child can be very seriously hurt in any car accident. If the child is not properly secured into a car seat, however, the injuries are likely to be more severe. It is imperative that every effort be made to provide parents with better education on car seat use so kids can be better protected in the event that a crash happens.

Parents Not Receiving Car Seat Education

A recent Health Day News article released information from a study lead by a clinical lecturer in the department of emergency medicine at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. The lead author of the study indicated that a visit to the emergency room after an auto accident presents an extremely important chance to educate families about safe car seat use in order to help keep kids out of the hospital in case a future accident happens.

Yet, the study shows that parents simply aren’t receiving this information because emergency rooms are failing to provide it. The study author indicated that the research showed emergency room physicians were largely unaware of resources in the community intended to show parents how to use child seats safely. As such, emergency room physicians simply don’t provide this potentially life-saving information to parents.

This is a huge missed opportunity to save lives, since more than 130,000 kids ages 13 and under go to the emergency room each year after getting hurt in a car wreck. More than one-third of doctors surveyed, however, indicated that they didn’t know if the emergency departments where they worked even had information available about safe use of child seats.

When kids are treated in general emergency departments without specialized pediatric care, parents are even less likely to get information on proper use of child seats than in healthcare environments where the treating physicians have a pediatric specialty. Since almost 85 percent of kids who get into car accidents are treated in general emergency rooms, this means that the vast majority of parents and kids aren’t getting any support for how to use car accidents more safely.

Protecting Your Kids

While hospitals should do better as far as making sure parents are educated about safe car seat use after an auto accident, parents can also get help and information on their own.

At most local police stations, there is information on safe use of child seats. Parents may be able to attend special events where they are taught how to secure their child properly, and can get a hands-on demonstration from community groups and programs specifically intended to teach safe child seat use.

Parents should also be aware that car seats need to be replaced after every car accident with vehicle intrusion; with air bags that deployed; or with a car that was not drivable after the wreck.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident in Pennsylvania, contact Metzger Wickersham injury lawyers at 1-800-WIN-WIN-1.

2 Killed in Seton Hill Lacrosse Team Bus Crash near Carlisle, PA

Seton Hill’s women’s lacrosse team was on their way to Millersville University for a game, when the team bus veered off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and crashed into a tree on Saturday morning, March 16th,  just before 9am. It was a one vehicle accident, and police couldn’t immediately determine what caused the crash. The accident is currently under investigation.

According to news reports, the pregnant team coach, Kristina Quigley, and her unborn baby sadly died in the crash. Quigley, 30, of Greensburg, was known as a “very happy person, very passionate about life, about her players, about her job and most importantly about her family,” reported the Huffington Post. She was married and had a young son, Gavin.

The bus driver, Anthony Guaetta, 61, also died in the accident. Numerous other passengers were injured and all were taken to local hospitals as a precaution.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, call Metzger Wickersham’s Pennsylvania injury lawyers for a free consultation.

Metzger Wickersham
Harrisburg, PA 17110
(717) 238-8187
www.mwke.com

Where Does PA Stand on Safety Laws for Drivers?

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Feb 2013
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Driving safety should be a top priority for every state in order to protect their citizens and visitors who use the roads every day. Some states, however, do a better job of passing driver safety laws than other states. Every year, the Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety report takes a look at which of 15 recommended safety laws have been passed in each state. The Advocates have just released the 10th annual Roadmap of Highway Safety Laws.

Our Harrisburg, PA accident attorneys have reviewed the 2013 Roadmap to see where the state of Pennsylvania stands. We urge every driver to read the Roadmap and learn about the recommended safety laws, the regulations in PA and the areas where the state can improve.

Pennsylvania Safety Laws for Drivers

Here is the Advocates’ summary of how PA is doing when it comes to passing safety laws and regulations to protect drivers:

  • The state doesn’t have a law permitting primary enforcement of seat belt requirements. This means police cannot pull you over for failing to be buckled up.
  • Pennsylvania does not have a law mandating every motorcycle rider wear a helmet while riding.
  • Pennsylvania does have a booster seat law.
  • The state does have a law imposing a minimum age limit of 16 before a learner’s permit can be obtained.
  • The state imposes a six-month holding period on teenage drivers prior to being able to obtain a license.
  • The state requires supervised driving for new teen drivers for between 30 and 50 hours.
  • The state has some night-time restrictions for teenage drivers. However, its laws are not sufficient to get credit from the Advocates.
  • Pennsylvania has imposed laws restricting the number of passengers that can be in the car with a teenaged driver.
  • Pennsylvania has a restriction on the use of cell phones among teen drivers operating vehicles. Again, however, the state’s law is not sufficient to earn it credit from the Advocates.
  • Pennsylvania does not make teenage drivers wait until their 18th birthdays before they become eligible for a full unrestricted driver’s license.
  • Pennsylvania does not have a law requiring all DUI offenders to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles.
  • The state does not have a child endangerment law for intoxicated or impaired drivers.
  • Pennsylvania has a law imposing a mandatory BAC test requirement, which means that by driving in the state you give implied consent to have a breath test performed with reasonable cause.
  • Pennsylvania has an open container law.
  • Pennsylvania has a restriction on texting while driving that applies to all drivers.

Based on this review of the laws, the Advocates gave the state of Pennsylvania credit for having eight out of the 15 recommended laws intended to improve road safety and protect drivers. The state was given a “Yellow” rating because of its eight laws. A yellow rating is assigned to states that have done some important work in passing driver safety laws and regulations but that still have many more laws to pass in order to make its roadways safer.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident in Pennsylvania, contact Metzger Wickersham at 1-800-WIN-WIN-1.

Harrisburg Residents Advised to Stay Safe When Driving in Snow

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Feb 2013
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CBS 21 news reported that this winter has been relatively light on snow in Central PA, with fewer flakes than normal. However, the local Harrisburg news station also reported that more severe winter weather and even some storms may be on the horizon.

CBS 21 urges drivers to follow some basic safety tips to stay safe when snow does start to fall. Our Harrisburg, PA injury attorneys also want to suggest that drivers remember smart winter weather practices and stay off the roads when the weather gets bad.

Safe Winter Driving Tips for Snowy Weather

CBS 21 solicited some advice from local residents in order to get some information on what they have done to prepare for winter weather. Suggestions included:

  • Making sure you have good tires on the car. Bad tires will provide little traction for snowy weather and could create a dangerous situation.
  • Avoiding pumping the brakes. Let your brakes work for you, especially if you have anti-lock brakes.
  • Tune out distractions and pay attention when driving in the snow.
  • Staying home when it is snowing outside unless it is necessary for you to head out.
  • Wearing a seat belt every time you get into the car. Seat belts can save lives in accidents caused by bad winter weather.

These tips are great ones that come from residents used to driving in the snow. We’d also like to provide a few additional safe winter driving suggestions including:

  • Driving at a safe speed for the current weather and road conditions. Sometimes, when the weather is bad, it makes sense to drive even below the speed limit in order to have the best chance of avoiding skidding or spinning out of control.
  • Practicing your winter driving technique in an empty parking lot. This is especially important for someone who has never driven in the snow (like a teenager with his license for the first winter). Go with someone who knows how to handle a skid and have them show you what to do if your car starts to get out of control or skid on ice.
  • Keeping all parts of your vehicle properly maintained, including making sure you have enough fluids like windshield wiper fluid and anti-freeze. A car that is in bad condition is not going to perform as well for you when the weather is bad.
  • Adjusting the amount of distance you leave between you and the vehicle that you are following. Tailgating is always a bad idea, but you should leave an even longer following distance than normal when the roads are icy or when the visibility is low. This can help you to avoid a collision that can result from being unable to stop on a patch of ice or from not seeing that the vehicle in front of you has slowed or stopped.

If you follow these safe winter weather tips, you can hopefully stay safe when the next patch of bad weather hits and you can make it through to spring without becoming involved in a winter accident.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident in Pennsylvania, contact Metzger Wickersham at 1-800-WIN-WIN-1 (1-800-946-9461).

Harrisburg Car Accident Lawyers Comment on Fatal Highway Accident Near State Capital

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Feb 2013
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Pennsylvania accident lawyers Metzger Wickersham weigh in on a car crash near Harrisburg that resulted in the deaths of two people.

Two people were killed in an auto accident on Interstate 283 near Harrisburg at around 6:30 a.m. on Feb. 4, 2013, according to an article published by PennLive.com. The accident, which police said happened after a man was driving in the wrong direction, occurred near mile-marker one near the I-283 interchange in Swatara Township. The same road was the site of another fatal accident on June 6, 2012, involving a tractor trailer, according to PennLive.com.

Fatal auto accidents caused by negligent actions – like driving in the wrong direction – unfortunately happen more often than many people might realize, according to Harrisburg auto accident lawyers at Metzger Wickersham.

“No one ever expects a loved one to die when he or she gets behind the wheel of a car,” Metzger Wickersham attorney Ted Knauss said today. “Our firm has worked with many families of car accident victims over the years, and it never gets any easier to see the pain these families endure after their loved one passes away due to someone else’s negligence.”

“Seeking the advice of an injury attorney may not be the first thing on your mind when you’re dealing with the pain of a loss,” Knauss said, “but fatal car accidents are far more complex than many people realize. It helps to have an experienced lawyer on your side to protect your rights and help you through the process.”

The Feb. 4 accident happened due to a man driving the wrong direction on I-283 southbound in a Hyundai accident, according to state police Trooper Rob Hicks, as reported by PennLive. The Hyundai collided head on with a Volkswagen Jetta. Police are not sure why the driver of the Hyundai was driving the wrong direction on the highway.

Fatal motor vehicle accidents happen every day in Pennsylvania, according to government statistics. Specifically, more than three people were killed every day in auto accidents in Pennsylvania in 2011, according to data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That year, 1,286 people died in motor vehicle accidents statewide. In Dauphin County, 32 people died in motor vehicle accidents in 2011, the NHTSA reported.

About Metzger Wickersham

Established in 1888 by Frank B. Wickersham, the law firm of Metzger Wickersham has a well-earned reputation throughout the state as a top-notch team of Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers. The law firm’s specialties include auto accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, Social Security Disability, workers’ compensation, premises liability, and dog bite cases. The law firm has six offices located in Central and Northeastern Pennsylvania: Harrisburg, Lancaster, Pottsville, Shippensburg, Wilkes-Barre and York. Attorneys at Metzger Wickersham work on a contingency fee basis; clients only pay for legal services if their case has a successful outcome.

For more information or to schedule a free case evaluation, contact Metzger Wickersham at (800) WIN-WIN-1 or online at www.mwke.com

Metzger Wickersham
Harrisburg, PA 17110
(717) 238-8187

Avoid Accidents in Harrisburg this Holiday Season

Every year in Pennsylvania, more people travel over the winter holiday season than at other times during the year. The increased amount of travel can be attributed to many factors. People go on vacation, they travel to visit friends and family for celebrations, or they go out partying for New Years or other holiday events. Unfortunately, when there are more people on the road, the chance of having an accident increases.

Our Harrisburg injury attorneys want to urge all drivers to take extra care this holiday season. By avoiding dangerous driving behaviors and being aware of the increased risk of auto accidents, you may be able to avoid falling victim to a holiday accident. in-dash car apps

Operation Safe Holiday: Minimizing The Risk of Holiday Car Wrecks

Because of the increased risk of holiday accidents, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has issued a press release announcing their Operation Safe Holiday efforts. According to their information:

  • 4,235 crashes occurred last year during Thanksgiving, including the weekends before and after the holiday when many people travel home.
  • There were 49 deaths caused by these crashes during Thanksgiving.
  • 1,994 crashes occurred during Christmas and New Years last year.
  • There were 19 deaths caused by the crashes during Christmas and New Years.

Because there were so many tragic accidents over the holidays, PennDOT  and police throughout the state will be making extra efforts this year to enforce safe driving laws and to minimize driving risks. Their Operation Safe Holiday efforts include:

  • Sobriety checkpoints
  • Roving patrols
  • An increase in standard safety patrols

Law enforcement will be on the lookout for speeding motorists, aggressive drivers and drunk drivers. By having more police on the streets and enforcing the laws more strictly during the holidays, hopefully drivers will be deterred from unsafe behavior and the number of crashes will be reduced.

Safe Driving Tips

While law enforcement efforts to stop dangerous driving are a good first step in helping to curb the number of accidents over the holidays, ultimately it is in the hands of every driver to make smart driving choices. In order to try to protect yourself and stay safe this holiday season, consider some basic safe driving tips from PennDOT.

  • Avoid driving when you are too tired. If you are going on a long trip, then rotate drivers or take frequent rest breaks. Driving while fatigued is a dangerous choice and studies have indicated that a person who drives for too long without a break may be as impaired as a person with a blood alcohol level above the limit.
  • Leave ample time to travel to your destination. If you leave in plenty of time to get to your destination, you won’t be as tempted to speed. Remember, you should take into account the fact that there may be holiday traffic in planning your trip.
  • Check the weather forecast before you leave. If there are winter storm advisory warnings or reports of bad weather, you will want to think carefully about whether you should go out at that time or not.
  • Keep your vehicle in good condition. This includes checking your tires and your wiper fluid before heading out on a trip.

In addition to these basic safe driving tips, you should, of course, always avoid drinking and driving or aggressive driving behaviors such as tailgating or speeding. With more drivers on the road during the holidays, it is especially important to be careful and to remember the impact that your behavior can have on your own safety and on the safety of others.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident in Pennsylvania, contact Metzger Wickersham injury lawyers at 1-800-WIN-WIN-1 (1-800-946-9461).

Metzger Wickersham
Harrisburg, PA 17110
(717) 238-8187
www.mwke.com

Protect Yourself: The Kind of Car Insurance You Really Need

By: Catherine Nguyen Reeves, Esq.

Buying car insurance can be a daunting task for those who are unaware of the implication of their choices. It’s extremely easy to go online, remember the names of the numerous car insurance companies by their catchy jingles, and instantly compare quotes. Naturally, most people purchase car insurance from the company offering the lowest premium for “full coverage” then proceed with their day, hoping that they will never have to use that insurance.

However, what an insurance company may tell you is “full coverage” could leave you severely underprotected in the unfortunate event that you are injured in an accident. It is important to understand what types of car insurance coverage are available, so that you can make sure you and your family are fully protected.

At the minimum, Pennsylvania law requires “15/30” for liability, $5,000 in property damage coverage, and $5,000 in PIP coverage. If the insured chooses to change from “full tort” to “limited tort”, he can save a few dollars – sometimes a few thousand dollars. The premium for the bare minimum can cost just a couple hundred dollars depending on the insured’s driving history, age, location, type of vehicle, etc.  For some, the couple hundred dollars is a costly enough expense to justify paying for the bare minimum for auto insurance without any consideration for the other types of coverage – comprehensive, collision, and UM / UIM for example.

Read on to find out more about the different types of coverage that insurance companies typically offer and whether you should consider having it.

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LIABILITY COVERAGE:
Required in the state of Pennsylvania.

When a driver causes an accident, the injured party may have a claim against that driver. The number reflected by liability coverage will reflect the amount that the insurer will use to protect you and your assets in case you cause a collision.

The minimum required amount of liability coverage in Pennsylvania is $15,000/$30,000 (often noted in shorthand as 15/30 on your insurance Declarations Page). This means that if you injure somebody in a car accident, your insurance company will pay a maximum of $15,000 to one person and $30,000 for the entire accident. If the injured party chooses, he can go after you and your assets (your home, your car, and your wages for example) for any excess amount.

Insurance companies typically recommend that you choose an amount based upon your income, investments, and personal property. A college student living in a shack can probably get away with having only the minimum, but an A-list movie star who drives a Ferrari should insure himself with a higher limit, perhaps $1,000,000/$3,000,000.

FIRST-PARTY COVERAGE:
Required in the state of Pennsylvania.

First party benefits, also known as personal injury protection (PIP) or medical benefits, will pay for your medical bills if you are involved in an accident. Not all states require this type of coverage.

In Pennsylvania, insurance companies must provide you with a minimum of $5,000 in PIP. After an accident, you might require an ambulance and emergency room treatment. With PIP, your insurance company will cover the cost of these treatments and any subsequent treatments you need without you paying any kind of copay or deductible. PIP coverage can include wage loss, funeral benefits, and accidental death benefits among other things.

This type of coverage is especially important for those without any private or government health insurance. We recommend that you choose a higher PIP coverage if you do not have health insurance.  Often, our injured clients who run out of PIP benefits are left with no way of paying their medical bills and choose to stop treating rather than have many outstanding balances to their names. This is detrimental to both their health and their personal injury claim.

An important fact to keep in mind with PIP coverage is that it is no-fault in Pennsylvania.  This means that no matter what kind of accident you are in, as long as it involves a motor vehicle accident, your insurance company will pay for those medical bills.  If you drive into a tree with no other car involved, your insurance will pay PIP. If you run a red light and hit another driver, your insurance will pay PIP. Even if you are a passenger in a friend’s vehicle and are hit by a truck, your insurance will pay PIP.

COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE:
Not required in the state of Pennsylvania.

This is optional insurance coverage that will pay for damages done to your car in those scenarios unrelated to a collision. This includes hailstorms, fire, theft, falling trees, etc. You must pay the contracted deductible amount, and your insurance company will pay the rest.

COLLISION COVERAGE:
Not required in the state of Pennsylvania.

With this optional coverage, your insurance company pays for the damage or cost of your vehicle in the event of a collision after you pay the contracted deductible. Collision coverage is important for those with newer cars or higher value cars. Whether or not you should get collision coverage depends on the cost of insuring your car vs. the value of your car. For instance, if you own a 1997 Dodge Stratus in so-so condition, the approximate retail value of the car is $1,200 according to the Kelley Blue Book. If you are an excellent driver with no history of citations or accidents, and have many years of driving experience, the premium for collision coverage with a $500 deductible is approximately $40. If you drive for about a year before needing to use collision coverage, you have spent close to $600 already to receive the benefits of this coverage. On the flip side, if you own a newer Audi A4, the insurance companies will probably recommend that you purchase collision coverage. This would be the better alternative than paying roughly $30,000 for a new Audi.

In Pennsylvania, the driver-at-fault must pay for the cost of fixing or replacing the property he damaged in an accident. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen in a timely fashion due to investigations into liability or coverage, which could take weeks or even months. These circumstances often leave our clients without a vehicle and no means of transportation. With collision coverage, our clients can have their vehicle repaired or replaced and back on the road sooner.

UNDERINSURED / UNINSURED MOTORIST COVERAGE:
Not required in the state of Pennsylvania, but we highly recommend that you purchase this type of coverage.

This type of coverage is automatically a part of an initial insurance policy until an insured signs waivers to drop or reduce this type of coverage. The importance of UM / UIM coverage is best illustrated through a story:

A young man gets into his car and drives home at night after a long day of work. He is hit head-on by a vehicle driven by a drunk driver. The young man suffers from a concussion, a broken leg, and loss of vision in one eye. He begins to experience migraines and memory loss, requires multiple surgeries, and requires three months off from work to recover. The drunk driver has the bare minimum on his policy, so the young man can only recover $15,000.00 for his injuries. He has no uninsured motorist coverage. The $15,000 is used to pay outstanding medical bills for the surgeries. The drunk driver goes to prison shortly after the accident and doesn’t own anything of value. The young man has recovered nothing for his pain and suffering from this accident and in fact still owes thousands to his providers and faces many more months of physical therapy and missed work with no way of paying for it all.

With UM / UIM coverage, you can protect yourself against those drivers with low or no policies. We recommend that our clients avoid waiving this coverage in exchange for a lower premium, if possible.

Insurance companies offer a lot of add-on coverages such as rental reimbursement, gap coverage, and towing costs. Whether you should have them on your policy depends on individual circumstance and expense. Of course, we always recommend choosing full tort over limited tort.

If you are involved in an accident in Pennsylvania, contact an attorney for an explanation of what your automobile policy will provide for you. Get the best insurance coverage that you can, but stay safe and hope that you never have to use it!

Study Reveals Increase in Pennsylvania Auto Accident Deaths

Newly revised statistics regarding Pennsylvania auto accident injuries and deaths were released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and it’s not good news for Pennsylvanians.

The NHTSA’s latest edition of “Traffic Safety Facts” lists totals for motor vehicle collision deaths and injuries across the country, tracking changes from year to year with the agency’s most recent data.

In Pennsylvania, auto accident deaths rose by 5.4% in 2010, to 1,324 deaths. That was 68 more than in 2009. It’s alarming news for Pennsylvanians, as car crash deaths nationwide have declined.

The Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys at Metzger Wickersham have seen first-hand how a reckless driver can destroy a life in an instant. We fight to protect the rights of those injured in accidents, as well as those who lost loved ones because of a drunk driver or someone texting behind the wheel.

Every driver in Pennsylvania should be aware of the risks on Pennsylvania roads and know that, no matter where they are, an accident could occur due to any number of factors.

Nationally, the NHTSA accident survey examined issues ranging from drivers’ ages to time of day. For instance, there were 119 more motorcycle accident deaths involving motorcyclists over 49 in 2010, whereas motorcyclist fatalities for drivers under 50 decreased by 84 deaths. Nighttime auto wreck deaths also decreased nationwide; of the 998 fewer fatalities in 2010, 857 of them were nighttime accidents.

With the combination of busy urban traffic and curving country roads in Pennsylvania, drivers can encounter any type of car crash: a passenger car head-on collision in a city intersection, a tractor trailer pile-up on I-81 or an SUV rollover on a meandering rural lane. Unfortunately, you can drive as cautiously and defensively as possible and still be injured through no fault of your own.

If you or your child suffered car accident injuries or a loved one was killed in an auto accident in Pennsylvania, the experienced lawyers at Metzger Wickersham can help fight for your rights, including wrongful death compensation. Contact the aggressive Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys at Metzger Wickersham for a free consultation. Call 1-800-WIN-WIN-1 (1-800-946-9461) or fill out our online contact form today.

Metzger Wickersham
Harrisburg, PA 17110
(717) 238-8187

New technology allows vehicles to alert each other to avoid car wrecks

Researchers are monitoring a project underway in Michigan that involves about 3,000 people driving cars with the ability to communicate with each other on the road. The technology allows cars to alert other vehicles with similarly equipped technology about an impending collision. For example, if a driver three or four cars ahead of you slams on the brakes, the car will send a message to your car to avoid the rear-end crash. You may hear a warning sound or in some cases a computer-generated message telling you to slow down.

The technology could reduce car accidents involving sober drivers by as much as 80 percent, according to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Researchers will analyze the year-long study to determine if the technology should one day be required in all new vehicles.

As personal injury lawyers in Harrisburg, representing injury victims throughout Pennsylvania, we have seen how the devastating impact of car accidents can turn lives upside-down. The Harrisburg car accident attorneys at Metzger Wickersham stay on top of studies that could lead to traffic safety improvements. Unfortunately, a negligent action by a driver can have catastrophic consequences. We look forward to seeing the results of the study. Any technology that can reduce the risks of injury or death on the road should be seriously considered by government regulators.

The Ann Arbor, Mich., test, overseen by researchers from the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute, is funded with $25 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The cars have electronic gear that tracks the location of other similarly equipped cars. The sophisticated technology can warn drivers about a pedestrian ahead or a car moving into an intersection from the side, according to media reports.

A Department of Transportation official said the system could ultimately reduce the number of distracted driver accidents. “the idea is to give that driver who might possibly be distracted – maybe by talking to another passenger or fiddling with the radio – that extra little buffer to get his attention back on the road and react accordingly,” program manager Mike Schagrin, of the Department of Transportation, was quoted in Scientific American.

Researchers plan to analyze the year-long study and determine whether future cars should be equipped with the smart technology. They want to see how drivers in Ann Arbor react to the real world conditions before making a recommendation.

Accidents can happen quickly and lead to severe hardships. If you or a loved one was injured in a distracted driving car accident or through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation. Rely on an experienced Harrisburg car accident attorney. Call 1-877-266-9494 or visit www.mwke.com.

Metzger Wickersham
Harrisburg, PA 17110
(717) 238-8187