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October 2014 Archives

Crash test dummies to gain some girth

In a number of our posts, we have highlighted the latest safety upgrades that automakers are touting in the newest vehicles to enter the marketplace. We have also touched upon the structural updates automakers have incorporated in response to IIHS crash test results. However, we likely did not mention how crash test dummies have changed as well.

What pedestrians and drivers should be aware of for Halloween

Halloween is a unique event that brings kids of all ages out in search of candy. Unlike the Fourth of July or Memorial Day where people are generally outside, Halloween is distinctive in that people are on the streets after dark. The combination of darkness, pedestrians and possible drunk drivers makes Halloween a particularly dangerous time as well. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more pedestrian accidents tend to occur on Halloween night.

Faulty airbag could be a dangerous hazard, NHTSA says

Automakers across the world are bracing for the worst after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a stern warning directed at car owners with potentially defective airbags. According to a recent ABC News.com report, the canister that sits in the center of the airbag could potentially be over-pressurized when the airbag deploys. The additional pressure could basically turn the canister into an explosive device that has the potential of sending shrapnel everywhere.

Girls more apt to suffer behavioral problems after concussions

Much has been said about the dangers of concussions in football, particularly in high school where in the past, many students suffered concussions but were not diagnosed. As research about concussions has progressed, it has come to light that girls playing sports are just as susceptible to suffering traumatic brain injuries while playing basketball, soccer, and most importantly, cheerleading. 

Lower back injuries are common in the workplace

Pennsylvania workers, especially those who do heavy lifting, may not be surprised to learn that lower back pain is the most common cause of injuries in the workplace. Only workers with a common cold miss more time from work than back pain sufferers. More than 1 million workers nationwide suffer from work-related lower back injuries annually, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Nationwide, $11 billion is paid out in workers' compensation claims related to lower back workplace injuries.

Three things pedestrians can do to be safe

In a prior post, we highlighted the dangers that come with the fall driving season. Essentially, we noted how the change in temperatures may lead to foggy mornings, low levels of sun could lead to temporary blinding views in the mornings and afternoons, and how wet roads covered with fall leaves could lead to slippery conditions.

Pennsylvania electrical worker dies after 50-foot fall

It has been reported that a 32-year-old electrical worker died on Oct. 9th when he fell more than 50 feet from a bucket in Delco in Upper Chichester. The accident occurred at around 7:30 am on Winding Way while the man was working on power lines.

BMW and Lincoln receive poor crash test ratings

With new model year cars on the market, manufacturers are proud to tout the latest safety enhancements, especially with luxury vehicles. A number of models feature lane integrity warning systems, as well as motion sensors that work with braking systems that will apply the brakes before a driver can react to a hazard.

Are you susceptible to road rage?

If there are two things that can make a driver crazy, they are discourteous drivers and heavy traffic. Rude drivers can raise a person’s ire by cutting people off in traffic, tailgating and using high beams to get people to move out the fast lane…even when the lead car is speeding. These tactics may lead to “road rage” or anger behind the wheel that is so pervasive that it often leads to aggressive behavior with a 3,000 pound car being used as a weapon.

What workers' compensation benefits are provided in Pennsylvania?

By law, most Pennsylvania employers must carry workers' compensation in the event any employee incurs a work-related illness or injury. Under the insurance claim, workers may be entitled to receive certain payments based on the severity of their workplace injury or illness.

GM to start making payments for ignition switch crash injuries

In a number of our posts, we have discussed the responsibility an automaker has to inform consumers of dangerous defects, as well as their potential liability should a driver be injured in a crash caused by such a defect. American automaker General Motors has been a consistent example, given that the ignition switch defect discovered earlier this year has led to a firestorm of criticism about the company and how it has handled the problem. 

Wal-Mart claims Tracy Morgan did not wear his seatbelt

Earlier this summer, actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was severely injured when his limousine bus was struck by a Wal-Mart truck. Morgan has begun the long road to recovery and has filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart along with several others who were injured in the crash, including his friend James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, who was killed. 

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