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Our Blog: Where Law Meets Life

Where does the law meet you in everyday life? Probably in more places than you expect. From hosting your child's graduation party to renewing your auto insurance, our daily lives are filled with legal and safety implications, many we never even consider.

Our blog is here to bring those situations to life, tackling the most common questions and misconceptions we hear related to accidents, injuries, and safety. We also feature our work with local nonprofit partners and share legal news and updates from our law firm. Want to find out where the law meets your life? Read on!

Published on Jul 25, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
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Published on Jul 22, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
Distracted Driving

A recently proposed bill by New York state lawmakers would require all drivers involved in a collision resulting in injury, damage, or death to surrender their mobile device to police to be scanned by a new piece of technology called a "textalyzer."

Published on Jul 20, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
Aging and Driving

If you are an aging driver - or if your loved one is an aging driver - you probably have lots of questions about how to handle this stage of life. When should someone stop driving? What are the transportation alternatives? We have answers to those questions and more.

Published on Jul 18, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
Defective Seatbacks

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the safest place to put your child is in the backseat.

Published on Jul 15, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
Charlie LaVallee

As a young boy growing up in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, Charlie LaVallee watched his grandfather work tirelessly to run their small, family-owned business, Kunst Bakery.

Published on Jul 13, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
Fatal work injuries are down in Pennsylvania.

Of Pennsylvania's 175 fatal workplace accidents that occurred in 2014, a whopping 60 percent were related to two categories—transportation injuries and those suffered as a result of a worker having contact with equipment.

Published on Jul 12, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
Pokemon Go!

According to news reports, the ways in which users are "wiping out" while playing Pokemon Go are almost as varied as the 151 styles of Pokemon you can capture in it. We know: We've seen our staffers and other folks in the U.S. Steel Building walking—heads down—all while staring into their cell phone screens. Needless to say, we've even witnessed some close calls.

Published on Jul 08, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
save on car insurance

Car insurance is one of those things that people sometimes complain about paying for – until they actually need to use it. Those complaints likely got louder in quite a few households over the past several months because recent data shows that car insurance premiums have risen about 6.6% from year to year. The good news is that there are ways to save on car insurance without sacrificing great coverage.

Published on Jul 06, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
Car Accident

Allstate Insurance's 2016 America's Best Drivers Report ranked Philadelphia and Pittsburgh among the worst cities in the United States when it comes to safe driving.

Published on Jul 05, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
Workaholics

July 5 is the day after late-night fireworks, campfires, and the celebration of our nation’s independence. It is also National Workaholics Day.

Published on Jul 01, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
Drive Sober or Get Pulled OVer

Drive sober or get pulled over this Fourth of July weekend, when police will be conducting extra patrols and checkpoints—all to help prevent DUI-related crashes.

Published on Jun 29, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
Motorcycle

Pennsylvania's love affair with motorcycles is evident anytime you navigate the Keystone State's many throughways, with riders enjoying our highways and byways during the spring, summer and fall months.But enlisting a new generation of motorcycle enthusiasts—including millennials—is now a responsibility all bikers share.

Published on Jun 27, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
playground injuries

A new study has uncovered a seemingly conflicting trend: while playgrounds are getting safer, emergency room visits for traumatic brain injuries (TBI) at playgrounds have significantly increased in recent years. So what can parents and caregivers do to help prevent playground injuries? There’s no foolproof solution, but there are a few easy things you can do to reduce the risk of your child being hurt.

Published on Jun 24, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
PA has a new car seat law.

A new Pennsylvania car seat law requires children younger than 2 to be fastened in a rear-facing child restraint system until they outgrow the maximum weight and height limits set forth by the manufacturer.

Published on Jun 22, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
petting a dog

It takes some careful planning to make sure that Take Your Dog to Work Day is a "treat."

Published on Jun 22, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
Deteriorating road conditions

In a national survey associated with the study, respondents said road and infrastructure deficiencies were a top irritating factor for them as motorists, with more than a third of them classifying them as major issues.

Published on Jun 20, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
Camp Safety

Summer is a time when the sun is high in the sky, kids are playing in fields of grass, and parents are planning their children’s camp getaways.

Published on Jun 20, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
Teen Lawnmowing Safety

It’s 5 p.m. on a hot summer day, and the neighbor’s kid just knocked on your door to ask if you would like him to mow your lawn for a small fee.

Published on Jun 17, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
group of motorcyclists

If your commute on Monday seems a little louder than usual, we have a good guess as to why (and no, it's not all that Pennsylvania construction). It might just be the roar of thousands of motorcyclists headed to work.

Published on Jun 16, 2016 by Edgar Snyder

Beginning Aug. 10, 2016, the new reporting rule will take effect requiring employers in high-hazard industries to submit workplace injury information so it can be publicly posted on the agency's website.

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