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September 2014 Archives

Brain injuries can have a long-lasting impact on families

One of the most devastating things that can occur as a result of a car accident is a traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by various other types of accidents as well, including work injuries. The brain can be injured as a result of external trauma or internal conditions. These internal conditions can cause hypoxia or a loss of oxygen. A cerebral edema, which involves swelling in the brain, can also occur.

Drunk driving deaths in Pennsylvania lead to stricter penalties

Many people die in Pittsburgh every year in drunk driving accidents. Last year, over 48,000 people were arrested for driving under the influence in Pennsylvania. Due to a recent series of fatal accidents involving drunk drivers, state legislators have decided to crack down on drunk driving statewide. One of the first major changes may be to require even first-time DUI offenders to have ignition interlock devices installed in their cars. These devices will require DUI offenders to take a breath test every time they start their car. The device will check the driver's blood alcohol concentration before allowing the car to start. Currently, Pennsylvania requires these devices after a second conviction. If this law passes, Pennsylvania will become one of 31 states to require the device after the first conviction.

How do I file a successful wrongful death suit?

Every year, people in the Pittsburgh area are killed in tragic road accidents. Families are left devastated, unsure of where to turn. Fortunately, the legal system allows families to file wrongful death suits that allow them to obtain compensation for their losses. While the damages recovered cannot bring back a lost loved one, they can at least help the families recover financially.

Pittsburgh ranks near the bottom on driver safety report

Pittsburgh motorists have every reason to be concerned about car accidents when they hit the roads. A recent report by Allstate Insurance ranked the 200 largest cities in the United States for driver safety based on collision data for its policyholders for 2011 and 2012. According to the report, Pittsburgh drivers are more likely to be involved in a collision than most of the other big city drivers.

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