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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 04, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
variety

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.

Published on Feb 12, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
shotgun rider

Before calling shotgun the next time you go for a long car ride, you should first consider the large responsibility you have as a passenger. Riding in the passenger seat doesn’t mean that it’s time to sit back and relax. While riding shotgun, it’s important to make sure that not only do you not distract the driver, but that you remove potential distractions for them. To help guarantee that you’re doing your job correctly, we have created a list of seven things you should do the next time you ride shotgun.

Published on Feb 11, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
scholarship contest

Edgar Snyder & Associates invites high school seniors in western and central Pennsylvania to enter the 10th annual "Words to be Heard" Scholarship Contest which has students take a stand against drunk driving and texting while driving.

Published on Feb 09, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
highway snow removal

As Pennsylvanians, we’re used to dealing with harsh winters. We dread the days when we have to shovel our driveways, scrape the ice from our car, and wait for it to heat up. Luckily, technological innovations have changed the way we deal with the snow and the cold by essentially allowing us to avoid it completely. Here is a look at some of the ways that science has changed how we handle winter weather.

Published on Jan 29, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
common car seat mistakes

You know that buying a car seat is one of the most important purchases you can make for your young child. In the event of a car accident, that seat may make all the difference in the world. Unfortunately, if you’re like 75% of parents, you’ve made a mistake somewhere along the way.

Published on Jan 27, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
driving to school

Teens driving themselves and other teen passengers is by far the riskiest way to travel to school. It accounts for 55% of school travel-related deaths and 51% of injuries. Learn the risk factors that come into play on a typical drive to school.

Published on Jan 21, 2016 by Edgar Snyder

Many people today claim that toys from the past were better than today’s toys for many reasons, including their simplicity and more interactive nature. While classic toys of the 70s and 80s may make some people nostalgic, in certain instances they were also more hazardous and would never meet today’s safety requirements. We took a blast into the past and made a list of the seven most dangerous toys from the 60s, 70s, and 80s:

Published on Jan 21, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
Edgar Snyder & Associates News

Wintry conditions all too often play a role in tragic accidents, and the best advice is to be prepared. The law firm of Edgar Snyder & Associates is offering information on ways you can help prevent accidents and injuries.

Published on Jan 21, 2016 by Edgar Snyder
Edgar Snyder & Associates News

Wintry conditions all too often play a role in tragic accidents, and the best advice is to be prepared. The law firm of Edgar Snyder & Associates is offering information on ways you can help prevent accidents and injuries.

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