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What Pennsylvanians need to know about commercial truck law

Each year, countless Pittsburgh motorists are involved in tragic truck accidents on the highways. Commercial vehicles are considerably larger than the average person's vehicle and can cause severe damages when involved in an accident. For this reason, commercial trucks are regulated by federal and state laws. These laws ensure that truck companies and their drivers follow standard protocol when operating one of these trucks.

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are the two main agencies responsible for regulating the trucking industry. Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations covers most of the federal trucking regulations. State regulations are implemented by the state's department of transportation.

Long-term rehab for brain injury victims may help recovery

It is no surprise to most Pennsylvanians that the road to recovery for those who suffer from brain injuries can be a long and complicated one. The cognitive and functional recovery after such an injury requires intensive therapy and months or years of rehabilitation. Unfortunately, many people cannot afford long-term rehabilitation, so they stop treatment early. A recent study by researchers at University of California, San Diego, shows that this may not be the best idea.

Researchers studied rats with cortical injury in their study and found that rats who did not receive intense rehabilitation did not recover function or rebuild brain structure. But, rats that did receive the intensive treatment showed vast improvement. Therefore, it appears that intensive rehabilitation therapy over a long period of time can actually boost the recovery process for those who have suffered a brain injury. This means that rehabilitation may be able to encourage the repair and regrowth of nerve cells that were damaged, thereby increasing function in brain injury sufferers.

Gas blast victims' families file wrongful death lawsuit

For the families of Pennsylvanian accident victims, moving on with their lives can feel impossible. One Pennsylvania man knows exactly how that feels. In February 2011, a natural gas explosion in Allentown killed five people and destroyed multiple homes in his neighborhood. The man was at work at the time of the accident. The man's 16-year-old daughter, 4-month-old grandson and 69-year-old mother were all killed in the tragedy. The couple of next door to the man also lost their lives. Five families lost their homes, including the man.

The man, along with the son of the couple, filed wrongful death lawsuits against UGI, the major gas supplier in the area. UGI found that the explosion was caused by an 83-year-old cast-iron pipe. The pipe cracked and sent gas into the Halls' home, where a spark ignited the gas. The spark was most likely caused by a light switch or an appliance.

Alzheimer's linked to traumatic brain injury

There is a great deal of evidence showing long-term results of traumatic brain injuries. The list of serious consequences seems to keep growing. A recent study published in the journal Neurology shows that those who suffer brain trauma may be more likely to suffer from Alzheimer's disease in the future. By the year 2050, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention expects that 14 million people will be living with Alzheimer's. Alzheimer's begins with mild memory loss and can eventually prevent people from living normal lives.

Past research has shown a link between a brain injury and an increased risk of dementia later on. However, the current research may show why this increase exists.

Gathering evidence in Pennsylvania aviation accidents

Air travel has made life easier for millions of people all across the country. Pittsburgh residents rely on airplanes to get them safely from one place to another more quickly than any other form of transportation. While flying is generally safe, plane accidents can unfortunately occur, whether it be a small private plane or a large commercial aircraft. If you suffer an injury or lose a loved one in a plane crash, you may be able to file a lawsuit against those responsible for your suffering.

Plane accidents are caused by a variety of issues that can lead to devastating consequences. Pilot error, faulty maintenance and poor design are some of the leading causes of accidents. It can be difficult to determine what went wrong in an airplane accident. The attorneys at Gismondi & Associates have handled numerous cases involving aircrafts and will do everything they can to gather information in your case.

Sleep medication can cause accidents amongst older drivers

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol leads to numerous fatalities on the Pennsylvania roadways every year. Even driving under the influence of prescription sleep medication has proven to be dangerous in some individuals. A recent study led by John Booth III of the University of Alabama at Birmingham shows that older adults using sleep medications are more likely to be involved in car accidents than other drivers. The study used information collected from questionnaires of drivers over the age of 70.

What causes truck accidents in Pittsburgh?

Accidents on the road can lead to devastating injuries and loss of life. When a passenger vehicle is involved in an accident with a truck, the results can be catastrophic. In fact, close to 10 percent of highway accident deaths involve a large truck. A large number of truck accidents are caused because of the truck itself, whereas other accidents are caused by the truck drivers.

Widow of former Steeler files wrongful death suit

Hospitals are common defendants in cases involving allegations of wrongful death. The widow of former Pittsburgh Steelers Dwight White filed a wrongful death suit in 2010 against UPMC Presbyterian and neurosurgeon Joseph Maroon after the death of her husband. Maroon was later dismissed as a defendant.

Brain injuries result in long-term suffering for many Americans

Brain injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, slip and falls and other accidents. When a Pittsburgh resident experiences a sudden trauma to the head, they may suffer brain damage as a result of the force of the impact or the piercing of the skull. Often times, those who survive a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury will suffer health problems for years to come, including cognitive, emotional and behavioral issues. About 5.3 million Americans are suffering with a disability caused by a traumatic brain injury. It is a leading cause of death and disability for those ages one to 44.

New study reveals new information regarding distracted driving

We've all heard about how distracted driving can cause serious accidents out on the Pittsburgh highways. However, researchers were unable to determine what a driver was actually doing right before an accident. That changes with a naturalistic driving study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The study looked at the behaviors of drivers over a set period of time to help figure out what behaviors and factors play a role in car accidents. From 2010 to 2013, researchers monitored the behaviors of 3,000 drivers.

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