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.
Drivers in Pennsylvania frequently encounter various types of vehicles. In the warmer months, it is common to share the roads with motorcycles. These smaller vehicles are not equipped with the same types of safety features as other vehicles. Furthermore, they can easily go unnoticed by other motorist, which increases the risk of a motorcycle accident.
We have talked about many different kinds of motor vehicle accidents on our blog. From car accidents to truck accidents to aviation accidents, there are a number of different ways for people in Pittsburgh to be injured. One that we haven't given much attention to is bicycle accidents. Of course, a cyclist can crash without any other vehicles involved, but they are often quite dangerous when a car crashes into a bicycle.
Though our blog tries to focus on the Pittsburgh area, sometimes covering individual motor vehicle accidents can downplay just how prevalent crashes are. If we look at the nation as a whole, it is readily apparent that there are large numbers of crashes and people injured in car accidents every year. In 2010, there were 3.9 million nonfatal injuries and 32,999 people who died from car accidents. Not only are car accidents horribly prevalent, but they are also horrificaly expensive.
About 45 miles northeast of Pittsburgh sits South Bend Township. The small Armstrong County town was earlier this week the scene of a horrific car accident that left four people dead and three others seriously injured.
Being able to use voice commands to dial a phone or send a text message is certainly helpful when your hands are full. Not only that, but not having to hold a phone while having a conversation can be nice. These kinds of advances in technology certainly have their place in society, but not behind the wheel. Even though drivers may assume that hands-free means distraction free with regard to cellphones behind the wheel, more than 30 studies have shown that hands-free devices are just as dangerous as handheld devices.
This week, we are covering the story of a 21-year-old man from a small town in south-central Pennsylvania. The young man was in a serious car accident at the end of November and he is still recovering from his injuries. Though he was the driver in a single-vehicle accident, the injuries he suffered, the medical debt he has accrued and the time it has taken to recover are all similar to those of victims in car accidents caused by negligent drivers. While this young man likely cannot file a personal injury lawsuit, anyone who is hurt by another driver likely can.
Three vehicles and a public works truck were involved in a chain reaction fatal car accident in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania recently, and though the authorities are not entirely sure what caused the crash, it seems that the weather may have had a role to play in the wreck. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.
While the statistics show that older drivers are the safest drivers on the road, many people in Pittsburgh are likely to be concerned that the number of drivers 65 and older is on the rise. In fact, since 2003, the number of older drivers has grown by 21 percent. There were an estimated 35 million drivers 65 and older on the roads in 2012, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.