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Do these things to help your teen drive safely

As a concerned parent, you worry about your teenager every time they get behind the wheel. While there is no way to totally control the decisions your child makes, you can take some key steps to improve their safety.

Here are five things you can do:

  • Put a restriction on night driving: It may upset your teen, but this is important to their safety.
  • Put a restriction on the number of passengers: The more people your teen is driving around, the greater chance there is that they will become distracted at some point.
  • Talk about distracted driving: This is a leading cause of teenage motor vehicle accidents, so you need to discuss the types of distracted driving and how to avoid trouble on the road.
  • Show your teen what it means to drive safely: When your teen is driving with you, show them how to remain safe. Setting a good example is more important than you may believe.
  • Inform them of the consequences: Your teen needs to realize there are consequences of unsafe driving, such as a moving violation and the increased risk of an accident.

These fall driving safety tips are a must to follow

As summer gives way to fall, you can expect weather conditions to change throughout the state of Pennsylvania. While fall is a beautiful time of the year, it also brings many challenges to drivers.

Here are five fall driving safety tips to keep in mind in the months to come:

  • Watch for wet leaves: When you brake on wet leaves you may find your vehicle slipping, thus making it more difficult to maintain control.
  • Prevent sun glare: From wearing sunglasses to using your sun visor, keeping sun glare out of your eyes is important.
  • Slow down in the rain: If a fall rainstorm hits while you're behind the wheel, immediately slow down and leave more space between vehicles.
  • Watch for deer: Deer activity picks up during the fall months. Even if you don't strike a deer head on, swerving to avoid trouble can lead to an accident.
  • Maintain your vehicle: Vehicle maintenance is important at all times of the year. During the fall season, check that your tires are properly inflated and have enough tread. Also, your windshield wipers should be in good working condition.

How to heal following a loved one's wrongful death

Losing a loved one is hard enough. If your loved one died due to someone else's negligent actions, this can be downright unbearable to handle. This is what's known as wrongful death. You will still need to grieve. You will need a lot of time to heal from such a loss. There's no timetable for dealing with the loss of a loved one but here are some tips for healing.

The most important thing you can do is surround yourself with loved ones. You might want to shut down and be alone. This is the worst thing you can do. When you surround yourself with loved ones and friends you will be able to express your grief, sorrow and sadness with them. They will be hurting just as much as you.

Pennsylvania is the 4th deadliest motorcyclist state

Thanks to the state’s late falls and early springs, Pennsylvania motorcyclists can enjoy riding their vehicles for a longer time than other states in the country. Unfortunately, due to this longer time and many negligent motorists in the state, Pennsylvania had the 4th most amount of motorcyclist fatalities in 2016 and 2017.

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) recently released the 2017 preliminary data on motorcyclist traffic fatalities by state. While the state did see a 3.7 decrease in fatalities in 2017, it still bear every other state except for Florida, California and Texas. If you plan on taking out your motorcycle for a ride on the Pennsylvania roads anytime soon, it is important to see what this study considers to be the most frequent causes in motorcyclist fatalities.

What does a 'dangerous dog' warning sign mean?

What does it mean when one of your neighbors post signs saying that they have a dangerous dog?

You need to be cautious. The odds are good that your neighbor's dog has already bitten someone. In Pennsylvania, the owners of dogs that have been deemed dangerous by the state are required to post notices on their property warning others about the animal.

There are many causes of indoor slip-and-fall accidents

It's easy to assume that when you're walking indoors, you don't really have to worry about your safety. Unfortunately, it's possible you could be the victim of a slip-and-fall accident when you least expect it.

Take, for example, a leisurely stroll through your favorite department store. Even though you assume you're safe, something could get in your way that causes an accident.

Can a summer rainstorm result in a car accident?

As you make your way through the mountains of central Pennsylvania, it's possible you could face a variety of weather conditions.

While snow and ice come into play during the winter months, the summer season is all about heavy rain.

Common causes of truck accidents in Pennsylvania

Trucks are an important part of the United States economy. The more of them you see on the roads of America, the better the economy is performing. Trucks can be a hassle to other vehicles on I-80 through Brookville. They speed, they tailgate and they change lanes often. Large trucks are almost always seen involved in some sort of accident in Pennsylvania. That's why we will look at common causes of truck accidents in this post.

Driver error is one of the most common types of truck accident causes. Drivers might drive under the influence, drive drowsy, drive distracted, drive too fast and might not understand the type of load they are hauling. Truck drivers need to keep safe distances from other vehicles in order to avoid many types of accidents.

Fatal work injuries are on the rise again

Fatal workplace injuries declined massively between 2006 and 2009. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that there were 5,840 deadly accidents in 2006, and the numbers had been rising for years. Then came a dramatic decline, hitting just 4,551 deadly workplace injuries in 2009.

Between 2009 and 2015, things stayed pretty even. There were some rises and falls, but the total stayed under 4,900 the entire time.

Drowsy driving: Things you need to know

As a driver, you know how important it is to remain alert at all times. If you aren't paying attention to the road and the vehicles around you, there's a greater likelihood of being part of an accident.

Drowsy driving is a serious problem, as this can result in all of the following:

  • The inability to make good decisions on the road
  • Slow reaction times, such as if you have to brake suddenly
  • Less likely to pay attention to the road ahead

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