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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 May 23, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
motorcycle accidents

It's a news headline any motorcycle enthusiast would be glad to read: "Motorcycle deaths hit lowest point in more than a decade in PA."

Published on May 20, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
Drugged Driving

Pennsylvania State Police last year conducted more than 3,000 presentations to help raise awareness of the perils and consequences of impaired driving. But despite those efforts, troopers arrested 18,801 people for driving under the influence in 2015—an increase of about 6.2 percent over the previous year.

Published on May 19, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
teen texting

Distractions can come in many forms, and for parents of teen drivers, these distractions are both concerning and dangerous.

Published on May 19, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
ATV riding

Looking for a little off-road exploration? Now that it’s almost summertime, you might be ready to break out your all terrain-vehicle (ATV).

Published on May 19, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
bicycle safety

The Burgh now has many bike-friendly spaces thanks largely to the work of nonprofit Bike Pittsburgh. Over the years, the city has seen a more than 400 percent increase in the number of people choosing bicycles as a form of transportation, with scores of folks ditching cars and public transportation and pedaling to work.

That may be especially true this Friday, which happens to be National Bike to Work Day. This day was established in 1956, when it was established to showcase the benefits of bicycling.

Published on May 18, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
Teaming Up With Athletes to Help Kids

We're proud to announce that our firm is now partnering with two local athletes and nonprofits to help a cause close to all of our hearts: Children.

The partnerships with Pittsburgh second baseman Josh "J-Hay" Harrison and defensive end Cam Heyward will help support children who need it most.

Published on May 16, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
dog bite

It's not just a funny myth – dogs actually attack the mailman.

Published on May 11, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
uber car

These days, you may see fewer yellow taxis on the road and more cars with a pink mustache on the hood or a black and white "U" sticker in the window. These are the identifying symbols of Lyft and Uber, the two largest "ridesharing" companies out there.

Published on May 04, 2016 by Edgar Snyder

Recently, our law firm was proud to host Variety the Children’s Charity and seven families who came to downtown Pittsburgh to receive some very special gifts. These gifts, adaptive bicycles for kids with disabilities, were given through Variety’s “My Bike” program.

Published on Apr 29, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
prom safety

Prom and graduation season is just around the corner. While it's time to celebrate, it's also time to prepare for safe and sober fun.

Published on Apr 19, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
2016 Words to Be Heard Scholarship

Indiana County teen Benjamin Crawford has heard it before: If you drink and drive, you put yourself and others at risk. But what about the people who aren't on the road?

Published on Apr 19, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
2016 Words to Be Heard Scholarship

When we reach for our phone in our car, we usually think, "This text will only take a second." But Kurlya Yan thinks ahead – to what might happen if life is cut short by sending that text. It's that forward thinking that earned her $2,500 in scholarship funds.

Published on Apr 19, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
2016 Words to Be Heard Scholarship

Clarion teen Gabrielle Stewart understands that when it comes to making important life decisions, there are no re-dos. And that understanding gave her an idea: Life is a little bit like a choose-your-own-adventure story.

Published on Apr 15, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
motorcycle helmet laws

Some states don't require helmets. You can choose not to wear one, but if you enter a state that requires a helmet, then you must follow that particular state's laws. For example, Pennsylvania doesn't require all riders to wear helmets. However, if you take a trip from Erie to Findlay Lake, NY, then you're required to put on a helmet after crossing the state line.

Published on Mar 23, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
car maintenance

Many people assume that if they can put their key into their car ignition and the car starts, that it is in good condition. However, this is not necessarily true, especially when the degrees start to drop and the snow begins to fall. Freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on your car and sometimes you may not even be aware of the issues your car is experiencing.

In the winter, all drivers should perform regular maintenance checkups on their car to guarantee that everything is running properly. To help keep you and your family safe on the roads this winter, we have created a list of the most commonly ignored winter car maintenance tasks that should not be so easily forgotten.

Published on Mar 22, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
dangerous toys

You would think that with today's advancements in technology and strict safety requirements, children's toys would be safer than ever. However, this is not always the case. Toys created today are still quite dangerous. Each year, thousands of children are injured by toys with small parts, toxic substances and inaccurate warning labels. On average, there are over 250,000 toy-related injuries each year and several toy-related deaths. We took a look back to see what the most dangerous toys were of 2015.

Published on Mar 07, 2016 by Edgar Snyder

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Published on Feb 29, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
history of car insurance

The first car accident in the United States occurred in 1891 in Ohio. This was only the first of many accidents that would happen early in the history of the automobile. For a period of time, the roads were a free-for-all – there were no stop signs, traffic lights, lane lines, or posted speed limits. As more cars led to more accidents, those accidents led to a need for what we now know as car insurance.

Published on Feb 24, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
uber cell phone

Over the past few years, the number of drunk driving accidents in U.S. cities has declined considerably. Some people have attributed this decrease to the growing popularity of ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft. However, other people wonder if it's true that these services are solely responsible for the drop in the number of alcohol-related crashes around the country.

Published on Feb 15, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
scholarship winners

Our 2016 Scholarship Contest is in full swing, so if you know a high school senior who could use money to put toward higher education, make sure you tell them about this opportunity. In the meantime, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some the wonderful entries that have won throughout the years.

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