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Drugged driving a greater concern than drunk driving

Posted April 28th, 2017 by .

drugged driving car accidentOpioid addiction, drug use, and reliance on pain medication have come into the national and local spotlight as they claim more and more lives. A new study has illuminated another side of this issue: drugged driving is on the rise.

“The number of American drivers killed in car crashes in which drugs were detected has eclipsed those killed in crashes where only alcohol was found.”

The Governors Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility found that 43% drivers killed in crashes tested positive for drugs, illegal and prescription, compared to 37% who tested positive for just alcohol.

Drugged driving more complicated than drunk driving

The data in this study is imperfect.  The study only reflects drivers who were tested; not all drivers in all states get tested after a fatal crash; this doesn’t include fatal accidents in which the driver was not killed; […]

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Study: US drivers use a smartphone behind the wheel 90% of the time

Posted April 24th, 2017 by .

Largest distracted driving study shows American drivers use a smartphone nearly every trip

distracted deiving munley lawA new report from ZenDrive found nearly 9 in 10 drivers used their phone while driving. It’s a startling statistic, but not hard to believe.

ZenDrive is a driving data and analytics company that uses smartphone sensors to collect information about driving behavior and safety. Theirs is the largest distracted driving behavior study to date.  They analyzed 3 million drivers over 3 months, for more than 5 billion miles. Instead of relying on self-reporting, ZenDrive tapped into phones’ sensors to determine usage. They found that in 88% of the trips analyzed, the driver used a smartphone. 

The study also ranks U.S. states by their level of distraction, mile for mile. With 1 being the least distracted and 51 being the most, Pennsylvania came in at #33.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Traffic fatalities are rising at a rate that exceeds the increase in miles driven nationwide, […]

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Pennsylvania Among the U.S. States with the Most Dog Bites

Posted April 13th, 2017 by .

dog bites preventionDog Bite Prevention Week

April 9-15 is Dog Bite Prevention Week. The American Humane Association, the U.S. Postal Service, and other groups observe this week each year in an effort to help reduce the number of dog bites nationwide.

This year, multiple reports have come out indicating that dog bites increased in 2016. According to the USPS, More than 6,700 postal workers suffered a dog bite last year. That’s 200 more than in 2015. Some researchers connect this increase with the growing popularity of online shopping and home delivery services.

The Insurance Information Institute and State Farm also report that dog bites increased by as much as 18% overall last year. Note that this number may other types of include dog-related incidents – not just bites.

Which states experience the most dog bites? Pennsylvania ranks #4 in the country, […]

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Slow Down: It’s National Work Zone Awareness Week

Posted April 7th, 2017 by .

work zone accidentNational Work Zone Awareness Week: Prevent Car Accidents, Protect Workers

April 3-7 is National Work Zone Awareness Week. As construction season approaches, we remind Pennsylvania drivers to take extra caution when moving through a work zone.

Pennsylvania drivers are used to road work. It can be easy to take construction zones for granted and zip through orange barrel-and-cone mazes without care.

National Work Zone Awareness Week reminds drivers everywhere to slow down and take care in road construction zones.  Last year, there were more than 2,000 crashes in Pennsylvania road work zones.  While highway workers are highly vulnerable, drivers and passengers make up the majority of work zone fatalities.

And, recklessness in a work zone can cost you. In PA, speeding fines are doubled in construction zones. If you cause a serious injury in a work zone, you face a $5,000 fine and a six-month license suspension. […]

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Munley Law settles truck accident case for $1.7 million

Posted April 4th, 2017 by .

john mulcaheyMulcahey and Munley Obtain Justice for Victim in Truck Accident Case

Munley Law has reached a $1.7 million settlement in a truck accident case stemming from a Bradford County truck crash in 2015. Truck accident lawyers John Mulcahey and Caroline Munley represented plaintiff Todd Williams of Oklahoma, who was severely injured in the crash.

On January 16, 2015, at approximately 10 a.m., Williams was traveling westbound on State Route 467 in Orwell Township, PA.  Defendant Donald Nealis was traveling eastbound, driving a truck owned by his employer, Northeast Builder and Design, Inc. Nealis crossed into the westbound lane of travel, hitting Williams head-on. Williams suffered traumatic brain injury, multiple broken bones, and other serious injuries.

Attorney John Mulcahey notes that this settlement holds Nealis and his employer, Northeast Builder and Design, Inc., accountable for the reckless and negligent conduct that led to this crash. […]

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New tech solutions for truck safety

Posted March 28th, 2017 by .

truck accident lawyerAs truck accident lawyers, we don’t just handle truck accident cases, we also strive to improve safety on our nation’s highways. We regularly join with other advocates across the country in support of better safety laws and regulations. Sometimes, working toward change can feel like an uphill battle. So, it’s especially gratifying to see trucking companies and researchers voluntarily investing in safety technology that will save lives.

Artificial Daylight to Improve Trucker Health, Safety

One exciting tech solution to a serious truck safety issue is the use of artificial daylight in truck cabs.

Logging 10+ hour days and making long overnight trips can take a toll on truck drivers’ physical and mental health. It also presents a safety hazard – a drowsy driver behind the wheel of an 80,000lb vehicle can spell disaster. So,  researchers in Germany sought to counteract the effects of darkness on the brain.   […]

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How Much Will I Be Paid for Lost Wages?

Posted March 20th, 2017 by .

workers compensation lawyerAs Pennsylvania workers’ compensation lawyers, we often find that one of the most common problems related to workers’ comp is how little people know about it. If you’ve never been hurt at work before, the claims process can be confusing. You’ll probably have lots of questions about how and when you can recover your lost wages.

One of the most common ones is: How much will I be paid for my lost wages?

If you suffer an injury on the job that prevents you from being able to work, workers’ compensation insurance exists to cover your medical bills and your wages until you can work again. In this way, workers can recover their losses without resorting to a lawsuit. Just how much you will receive, however, can vary.

Typically, you’ll receive compensation benefits for 2/3 (or 66.6%) of your average weekly wage. […]

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At Long Last, Better Underride Guards on Tractor-Trailers

Posted March 9th, 2017 by .

How about some good news? After years of pressure from safety advocates, semitrailer companies are making changes.

For the first time, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has issued the “Toughguard” rating to semi-trailer manufacturers who pass the new underride guard crash tests. Five of eight of the largest North American semitrailer manufacturers earned top honors.

An underride guard is the metal bumper on the rear of a tractor-trailer, designed to keep smaller cars from going underneath the truck in the event of a rear-end crash. However, underride guards frequently prove ineffective, breaking or buckling in a collision. When they fail, cars slide under the rear of the trailer, crushing the cabin, as in the photo below. As you can see in the picture, vehicle occupants stand little chance of survival. Any accident with a tractor trailer can be devastating, but these kinds of crashes tend to be especially deadly. […]

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Free Motorcycle Safety Courses for Pennsylvania Riders

Posted March 3rd, 2017 by .

motorcycle safetySpring will be here before we know it. That’s why PennDOT wants motorcycle riders to brush up on safety before the season starts.

Whether you’re a newly licensed rider, an experienced biker, or getting back on the bike for the first time in a while, the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP) offers courses for riders of all skill levels. The PAMSP offers free training for PA residents with a motorcycle license or learner’s permit. Learner’s permit holders who successfully complete the necessary safety course will be issued a motorcycle license.

Riders in Northeast PA can find courses in Dunmore, Nanticoke, and Lake Ariel. To find one near you, click here.

Motorcycle Safety Tips

As with driving a car, there are certain basic safety rules that all bikers should know. Exposed to the elements and less visible than larger vehicles on the road, […]

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As Crash Deaths Reach 40k, Adults Drive Worse Than Teens

Posted February 16th, 2017 by .

car accident deaths munley lawWho are the most risky drivers on the road?

While teenage drivers have the highest chances of dying in a car crash, they are not the worst drivers. According to a new study from AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety,  young adult drivers report engaging in dangerous driving behavior more than any other age group. They found that about 88% of young millennials (age 19-24) admitted to speeding, running red lights, or texting while driving in the last 30 days.

Older adults (25-39) weren’t far behind, at 79%. Among drivers 40-59 years old, 75% owned up to these bad behaviors. Teenagers? Just 69%.

Nearly half of drivers 19-24 years old reported driving through a light that had just turned red when they could have stopped safely. They appear twice as likely as other age groups to type a text while driving. […]

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