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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 31, 2015 by Edgar Snyder

While being an individual is part of the tradition of motorcycle riding, customizing your ride often means changing its construction. Any time you've altered your vehicle, you could be making changes to how safely it rides.

Published on Jul 30, 2015 by Edgar Snyder
no left turn

If you've ever been running late and stuck behind a driver leisurely waiting until the opposing lane is clear to turn left, you’ve probably cursed the existence of the left-hand turn. But are they really that bad? According to traffic engineers, yes they are.

Published on Jul 30, 2015 by Edgar Snyder
Cell Phone Pedestrian Accidents

That little glowing computer that you keep in your pocket or purse can pose a serious safety threat – and not just while you're driving. That's right, using your cell phone while walking busy streets could lead to serious accidents.

Published on Jul 29, 2015 by Edgar Snyder
rental car insurance

You’re renting a car, and after picking out which vehicle you want and securing the rate, the issue of rental car insurance comes up. Should you sign up for it?

Published on Jul 28, 2015 by Edgar Snyder
driving 100 years ago

Until the early 1900s, the primary mode of daily transportation in the United States had four legs and ran on hay. Then, by the early 1910s, the number of automobiles on the road surpassed the number of horse-drawn “vehicles.” This rapid change outpaced the creation of safety measures and laws to regulate the new traffic.

Published on Jul 23, 2015 by Edgar Snyder
adult driver

Today, only 28% of 16-year-olds in the US have driver's licenses, and just 46% of them have their license by the time they turn 18. This means that far greater numbers of drivers are waiting until they are over 18 before getting behind the wheel.

Published on Jul 22, 2015 by Edgar Snyder
Variety

Last Friday, a group of about 20 children and their families gathered in Pittsburgh for an event that would have life-changing consequences. For several years, our law firm has been involved with Variety’s “My Bike” program, which provides adaptive bicycles for children with disabilities. Friday’s event kicked off Variety’s newest program, “My Voice,” another wonderful initiative that helps children with extra needs live the fullest life possible.

Published on Jul 22, 2015 by Edgar Snyder
Google's Self-Driving Cars

Google's self-driving car is a hit – in more ways than one. Google recently published data stating that their self-driving cars have been involved in 14 accidents since they were first introduced in 2009. These cars are driving almost 10,000 miles a week, and none of those 14 accidents were the fault of the self-driving cars.

Published on Jul 17, 2015 by Edgar Snyder
How Safe Are Waterslides?

Waterparks can provide hours of endless fun on hot summer days. What better way to stay cool than slipping down a waterslide? Whether you're with your kids or are a kid at heart, waterparks offer an adventurous escape from the summer heat. However, like any thrill ride, you should approach waterslides with caution.

Published on Jul 16, 2015 by Edgar Snyder
FDA Calls for Stricter Warning Labels on Painkillers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced recently that many popular painkillers sold over the counter should come with warnings of increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Published on Jul 10, 2015 by Edgar Snyder
bike injuries

As bike-sharing systems gain popularity nationwide, more and more people gain access to this affordable, active, and environmentally-friendly mode of transportation. But where do you turn if you’re injured?

Published on Jul 10, 2015 by Edgar Snyder

It’s amazing how well some dogs know how to behave around small children. It is almost as if they have an instinct to treat kids in a more gentle and tolerant fashion. More often than not, dogs end up putting up with a lot of unpredictable and sometimes even aggressive behavior from kids. Unfortunately, not all dogs are so tolerant.

Published on Jul 08, 2015 by Edgar Snyder
Your Guide to Buying the Right Bicycle Helmet

Protecting your best asset – your brain – should be a top priority when you're out for a bike ride. But you should know, not all helmets are created equal. Depending on your riding style, the type of helmet you need could change drastically.

Published on Jul 06, 2015 by Edgar Snyder
history of playgrounds

Playgrounds are a haven for parents and kids alike. They are places where children can play, explore, and burn off some energy. Many neighborhoods even have playgrounds only blocks apart, and kids have their choice of where they want to swing and slide. Yet this wasn’t always the case, and in the early 20th century, a concern for kids’ safety became one of the major factors in the playground “boom.”

Published on Jul 06, 2015 by Edgar Snyder
Anti-Drunk Driving Technology

It might sound like a science fiction story, but this tale's not from a Ray Bradbury book. Car manufacturers are seriously exploring futuristic tech to stop drunk drivers before they even start. After all, what better to stop a drunk driver than the car itself?

Published on Jul 02, 2015 by Edgar Snyder
Who's Responsible For an Injury at a Sporting Event?

What happens when a foul ball or stray hockey puck goes awry and enters the stands? Who's responsible for medical bills, possible lost time at work, and more? The answer might surprise you.

Published on Jul 02, 2015 by Edgar Snyder
wedding drunk driving

Your wedding day is a joyous occasion, but it can be stressful to host such a large-scale event. A bride and groom-to-be have a lot on their plates that day—in addition to performing their duties as hosts. Since the majority of wedding celebrations involve alcohol, one aspect of these hosting duties is ensuring that guests remain safe by celebrating responsibly.

Published on Jun 30, 2015 by Edgar Snyder
The History of Fireworks

Fireworks have a long history dating back to 7th century China, where the first fireworks were purportedly invented. Since then, fireworks have become a staple in celebrations throughout the world. On special nights, the sky is often lit with rainbow explosions and massive blasts commemorating festivities.

Published on Jun 30, 2015 by Edgar Snyder
construction zone accidents

We know that construction zones can be dangerous for drivers, but the fact that construction workers risk their lives at their job is often overlooked. While the number of highway work zone fatalities has been declining over the past 10 years, the risk of an accident remains a threat. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 105 workers were killed at road construction sites in 2013. Twenty-five of those fatalities occurred in Pennsylvania.

Published on Jun 29, 2015 by Edgar Snyder
Interesting Cases in History

Sometimes you turn on the news and hear about a lawsuit that's so unbelievable it makes you do a double take. Being in the legal profession, we can tell you that there are many unique and – ahem – interesting cases out there. So we decided to take a look at some of the more odd cases that have existed in recent memory. We're sure you've probably heard – or maybe even seen – some of these headlines in recent years.

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