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August 2014 Archives

Beware of drunk drivers on Labor Day weekend

As Labor Day weekend approaches, we find it prudent to remind our readers of the dangers that await for many travelers who take to the road. Aside from distracted driving, drunk driving still remains a deadly threat for drivers all over Pennsylvania. Labor Day weekend is one of the deadliest weekends during the year, and with automobile travel expected to be high, this year’s end of summer holiday will be no different. 

The dangers of distracted driving not resolved by new technology

The dangers of distracted driving have become well-known over the last three years. They have led to laws controlling the use of cell phones behind the wheel in many states, and the near-universal prohibition of texting while driving. Nevertheless, drivers across the state of Wisconsin still text while driving.

Helpful tips for driving during Labor Day weekend

The exodus for next weekend’s holiday is probably on the minds of thousands of Pennsylvanians already. Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end of summer, (the official end is September 22) and the opening of the 2014 college football season. With that, traffic to vacation destinations throughout the state, and to Delaware and New Jersey is expected to be heavy.

Ammonia leak at brewery sends 1 person to the hospital

An old Pennsylvania brewery was evacuated after an explosion on Aug. 13 that injured one person. The explosion took place at the Lion Brewery in Wilkes-Barre, an establishment that was founded in 1905 and is one of the longest-running breweries in the state.

Driver-less cars are coming, just not yet

The newest cars for the 2015 model year will likely be released after Labor Day. Of course, commercials touting them won’t likely be seen until later in the fall, but two things are certain: sales will emerge for 2014 models, and more 2015 models will include autonomous driving features. The next yearly offering of cars is yet another step towards the implementation of completely autonomous cars.

Court ruling grants injured employee workers' comp benefits

According to an August 11 ruling by the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, Vitas Healthcare Corporation was ordered to pay a past employee workers' compensation benefits for injuries he suffered even though the employee had declared to his manager that he was quitting his job. Information from the court ruling showed that the worker, who was employed at the Miami-based company as a driver technician, quit his job after he had gotten into an argument with his manager regarding his delivery schedule.

Three safety tips for motorcycle riders during Labor Day weekend

In the coming weeks, tens of thousands of people will take to Pennsylvania roads for the final holiday of the summer. Labor Day weekend is a time where roads will be jammed with drivers trying to get to weekend destinations for one last summer hurrah.

Could Tony Stewart be held liable in driver's death?

A sprint car driver who had climbed from his vehicle and was on the track was struck and killed on Saturday night. NASCAR driver Tony Stewart is said to be the driver who killed the 20-year-old. It is reported that the driver was trying to confront Stewart, who reportedly caused the driver to crash his own car.

Hyundai fined for not addressing brake defect

The summer of recalls continues as Korean automaker Hyundai is set to pay a $17.35 million fine levied by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Federal regulators contend that Hyundai was very slow to acknowledge that brake lines in their automobiles were subject to corrosion, which could have put lives at risk. Essentially, Hyundai reportedly knew as early as 2012 that brake lines in its 2009 through 2012 Genesis vehicles could be subject to corrosion, which would have reduced braking power.

Oil tank explodes, causes minor injuries to worker

A crude oil tank exploded when it was cut with a large-scale circular saw at a Pennsylvania recycling facility. The worker who was making the cut suffered minor injuries in the workplace accident. The explosion took place on Aug. 5 around 11:20 a.m. No other injuries were reported in connection with the incident. The vapors inside the tank were reportedly ignited by the gas-powered saw used to make the cut.

The staggering costs of auto accidents

A recent study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration highlighted a staggering number that many drivers may take for granted. Essentially, researchers found that cost of auto accidents across the United States costs nearly $1 trillion per year when considering the costs of medical expenses, lost wages, property damage and decreased quality of life for those who suffer long term injuries.

The dangers of taking selfies while driving

It should be obvious that taking selfies while driving is inherently dangerous. After all, the act of posing for a picture, pushing a button on a smartphone, and posting it onto Facebook takes a certain amount of focus. If a driver is doing this while they are behind the wheel, it is more than likely that he or she is not focusing on the road.

The untold limits of auto insurance

When consumers think about auto insurance, they may be more familiar with the spokespeople and jingles that insurance companies peddle to reinforce their respective brands. Ask any consumer, and it is likely that they will know the “like a good neighbor, State Farm is there” jingle. The same could be said about Farmers Insurance. As for catchy commercials, consumers likely know about Flo from Progressive Insurance, and the Geico gecko.

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