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April 2012 Archives

Will Pennsylvania bike law reduce car accidents with pedalers?

There seems to be a long-running feud between some who use four wheels to get to work and those who use two. Most of the time motorists and bicyclists are able to safely co-exist, but run-ins do happen, both of the verbal and physical variety. And in a car accident, a bicyclist runs a high risk of serious injury or even death.

Workers' Memorial Day Activities in Pennsylvania

This Saturday marks Workers' Memorial Day, honoring workers killed or injured on the job. A variety of events will be taking place in Pennsylvania and across the nation, including wreath presentations, candlelight vigils and programs recognizing those men and women killed while working during the past year.

2 killed in western Pennsylvania motorcycle crash with friend

Too often we hear about serious injuries and death caused by drinking and driving. The majority of these crashes involve cars, but it's important to remember that motorcycle accidents can be caused by driving under the influence, too.

Pennsylvania Transportation Dept. asks motorists to 'just drive'

April has been designated National Distracted Driving Awareness Month by the state and national departments of transportation. In an effort to encourage Pennsylvania motorists to ditch their cellphones and anything else that could take their eyes off the wheel, PennDOT has launched a new campaign called "Just Drive PA."

Warehouse Workers Voice Concerns About Workplace Safety

When you order something from Amazon you probably don't think about all the people involved in getting the merchandise to your front door. Over 15,000 Amazon employees work in warehouses called "fulfillment centers." In several of these fulfillment centers employees have raised safety concerns about the working conditions, and questioned the company's treatment of injured workers.

Risk and respect: When should older drivers give up their keys?

With about 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day, motorists in Pennsylvania and across the country may have noticed that the driving population is aging. Baby boomers coming of senior citizen age are still buying new cars, some of which hearken back to their early driving years. But as they become elderly there will be more discussions about when it's time to stop.

Woman files malpractice suit after catching fire during birth

A medical malpractice lawsuit has been filed by a woman who caught on fire while she was on the operating table giving birth to her daughter via Cesarean section. The incident took place on March 1, 2010, shortly after her attending physician had made an incision. The anesthetic evidently caught fire due to a spark from a surgical tool, setting her abdomen ablaze.

Police track down driver in Pennsylvania hit-and-run

The driver accused of causing a car accident in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, last week and then leaving the scene was later found by police, who took him to jail shortly thereafter. He was arraigned Friday on charges of hit-and-run.

Pittsburgh-area man sentenced in fatal DUI motorcycle crash

This week's sentencing of a man who caused a motorcycle accident two years ago brought back painful memories for the family of the woman who died in the crash. Although the motorcycle driver lost control of the bike when he encountered a tree limb in the road, authorities said he was driving under the influence of prescription drugs and alcohol at the time.

5 Pennsylvania students hit by teacher accused of driving drunk

For better or for worse, teachers are supposed to be role models. It can be hard to have so many eyes constantly looking up to you, but educators are expected to be on their best behavior in the presence of students. The last thing they should do is cause children harm.

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