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Do not underestimate parking lot accidents

When most people think of parking lot accidents, they think of fender benders and minimal damage. However, people can still sustain serious brain injuries and substantial property damage even when both vehicles traveled slowly. 

The National Safety Council reports that roughly 50,000 collisions occur in parking lots in the United States every year. Out of that number, 60,000 injuries occur while roughly 500 lose their lives each year. These types of car accidents happen every day in Pennsylvania, and people should treat them seriously just as they would any other auto accident. 

Pennsylvania rural roads pose serious dangers

In Pennsylvania, rural roads can pose a variety of hazards to drivers that may result in serious injuries. Authorities often overlook these lesser-traveled secondary routes both in terms of safety as well as maintenance.

If you are a driver in Pennsylvania, you should be aware of the hazards of rural roads so you can adequately prepare and avoid them. Here is some information about the risks that rural roads pose to drivers, as well as how to proceed if you suffer a serious injury in a crash on a country road:

Road rage is not an accident

It is one of the worst types of traffic scenarios that can happen when you least expect it. You are driving along when you accidentally cut someone off or drift into their lane, or maybe you did nothing wrong that you can perceive, but another driver snaps. Suddenly, you feel as if you are in a fight for your life as an out-of-control person pursues you. For you and other Pennsylvanians caught in an incident of road rage, this situation can be terrifying and dangerous.

You may also be interested to learn that there is a difference between aggressive driving and true road rage.

An overloaded truck increases safety and liability concerns

Trucking companies and independent owner/drivers must avoid overloading to comply with various state and federal regulations. Yet, from the owner’s viewpoint, the potential profit in delivering more cargo is sometimes worth the risk.

Overloaded trucks not only pose safety risks, but they are also expensive to operate, and they expose owners to major liability issues.

The shocking facts about drunk driving accidents

Impaired driving is a serious problem. Someone who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs can cause devastation, causing serious injury – or worse. In fact, according to accident statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one person dies in the United States from an alcohol-related car crash every 51 minutes

But exactly how big is the problem? And how exactly does alcohol affect driving abilities? Read on for an analysis of how dangerous drunk drivers can be to your safety.

3 common causes of spinal cord injuries

Spinal cord injuries have significant physical, neurological and financial effects. Because the consequences of spinal cord injuries are so serious, it is helpful to understand the most common reasons they occur. A 2013 study shared by the National Institute of Health is one of the most conclusive and comprehensive pieces of research on this topic.  

According to the findings, some of the most prevalent causes of spinal cord injuries are car accidents, motorcycle crashes and medical and surgical complications. Continue reading below for more information on each of these causes.

Common malpractice-related birth injuries

When you have a child, you want your delivery to go as smoothly as possible, and a healthy baby is almost always the most desirable outcome. Regrettably, birth injuries do occur, and while some happen for natural reasons, others are the result of physician negligence or medical malpractice.

Certain malpractice-related birth injuries are more common than others, and include the following.

Most common causes of traumatic brain injury

When it comes to injuries caused by accidents, one of the most feared is damage to the brain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that each year, 2.5 million people experience a traumatic brain injury and are left to deal with the consequences, some of which are life-altering. There are several different types of accidents that can lead to a TBI.

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