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2010 Archive

Published on Dec 21, 2010 by Edgar Snyder
Winter Driving Safety Tips

As we prepare for the possibility of more snow in the region, I think it's important to remind drivers of some winter driving safety tips. Of course, it's best to try and avoid driving in snowy or icy conditions, but if you have to, take the following steps to reduce your chances of getting in an accident.

Published on Dec 14, 2010 by Edgar Snyder
shoveling sidewalk snow and ice

We're in the midst of winter weather right now, and in addition to traveling safely and staying warm, there's another concern that should be on your radar: keeping your walkways clear.

Published on Dec 10, 2010 by Edgar Snyder
serving alcohol to intoxicated patrons

Earlier this week, a 7-year-old girl was killed in a car accident on the South Side when a drunk driver hit her family's car head-on on East Carson Street. The driver blew a 0.219 on his Breathalyzer test – the legal limit for driving in Pennsylvania is 0.08.

Published on Dec 10, 2010 by Edgar Snyder
low ball settlements

The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) has issued an alert on insurance company practices that I think everyone should know about. The CFA is an association of almost 300 non-profit consumer organizations that was founded over 40 years ago to "advance the consumer interest through research, advocacy, and education." According to their alert, many insurance companies use computerized systems to generate unfair, "low ball" offers for automobile bodily injury claims. That's no surprise to us - our law firm has been fighting this for years.

Published on Dec 08, 2010 by Edgar Snyder
Holiday decoration dangers

Lead is present in more products than you may realize, including holiday decorations, consumer advocates say. Although there's no data on how much lead people absorb from decorations, there is no such thing as a safe amount, so being careful is the best bet.

Published on Dec 03, 2010 by Edgar Snyder
Food Safety Bill

A few days ago, the Senate passed a bill that's supposed to improve food safety in our country. Food safety advocates have started to weigh in on the bill's strengths and weaknesses, and I think their analysis is a good place to start examining what exactly this legislation might accomplish.

Published on Dec 02, 2010 by Edgar Snyder
safe winter driving

We've had our first dusting of snow this week, and even though it might not look like much, this type of weather can be particularly dangerous. It's deceptive because the lack of snow accumulation causes people to drive as though the streets are clear, but the cold temperatures and precipitation mean that black ice and slippery roads can be lurking anywhere.

Published on Dec 01, 2010 by Edgar Snyder
Lowe's blinds and shades recalled

Lowe's stores have issued a recall of approximately 11 million Roman shades and roll-up blinds. This announcement comes after reports that two young children almost strangled in the products' cords, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Published on Nov 24, 2010 by Edgar Snyder
Pennsylvania job deaths

There were 166 people killed on the job in Pennsylvania last year. That's the lowest number since 1992, when the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics began keeping records.

Published on Nov 24, 2010 by Edgar Snyder
Children's medication recalled

Johnson & Johnson has announced a massive recall of over-the-counter children's medications. The recall includes four million packages of children's Benadryl tablets and 800,000 bottles of junior-strength Motrin.

Published on Nov 19, 2010 by Edgar Snyder
Darvon and Darvocet

Prescription pain pill Darvon and related brand Darvocet will be removed from the U.S. market, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced. Public health officials say the medications can cause potentially fatal heart rhythms.

Published on Nov 17, 2010 by Edgar Snyder
Driver behavior and car accidents

Driver behavior is the most common cause of the 5.8 million car accidents that happen in the United States every year. The list below, based on National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics, highlights the top 10 behaviors that can lead to accidents.

Published on Nov 16, 2010 by Edgar Snyder
Faces of Distracted Driving

I'm sure that most of you are familiar with the statistics on using a cell phone while driving, but what you might sometimes forget is that behind those statistics are real people – mothers, daughters, brothers, friends – whose lives have been changed forever because of a phone call or text message. To help us all remember this important fact, the US Department of Transportation has started an online video campaign called " Faces of Distracted Driving" that features people whose lives have been tragically affected by distracted driving.

Published on Nov 15, 2010 by Edgar Snyder
Pennsylvania deer-related car accidents

It's that time of year again in Pennsylvania – the time when deer seem to take over the roads and pose increased danger to drivers. PennDOT says there were 2,930 serious deer-related car accidents last year, the most in a single year since the agency began keeping records. It looks like 2010 could be another record-setting year as the deer population is higher than it has been in the past two years.

Published on Nov 11, 2010 by Edgar Snyder
recalled toys

It seems like toy recalls are everywhere, and the weeks leading up to the holidays are particularly filled with warnings about what you should and shouldn't buy. It may seem like dangerous toys are a relatively new phenomenon, but as you'll see from the list below, they've been on the market for decades.

Published on Nov 03, 2010 by Edgar Snyder
Pennsylvania bridges, roads, and transit

Pennsylvania has the highest percentage of structurally deficient bridges in the country, according to the Federal Highway Administration. This is the best of the bad news, however, as the state's bridges get a better grade than its roads and mass transit systems.

Published on Oct 28, 2010 by Edgar Snyder
Four Loko risk

Many of you may have seen the recent news story about Four Loko, a high-alcohol energy drink that caused a pretty big scare at an off-campus party at Central Washington University (CWU). Nine students were so intoxicated that investigators thought they had been drugged, but it turned out they had all consumed Four Loko. Mixing caffeine and alcohol is becoming more and more popular, but there are some serious risks involved that everyone should know about.

Published on Oct 21, 2010 by Edgar Snyder
Graco stroller recall

Graco is recalling about 2 million strollers after reports that four infants died in the defective products.

Published on Oct 14, 2010 by Edgar Snyder
Motorcycle deaths down in Pennsylvania

Motorcycle fatalities in the United States fell by 16 percent last year, the first decrease in 11 years, and Pennsylvania had its lowest number of deaths since 2006. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) cautions that riding a motorcycle can still be dangerous, however, as riders are 35 times more likely than people in cars to die in a crash.

Published on Oct 07, 2010 by Edgar Snyder
Antipsychotics and lawsuits

Antipsychotics are the top-selling class of drugs in the country. More than a half-million young people take the medications and one-quarter of nursing home residents have used them. They are also the biggest target for lawsuits in the pharmaceutical world, with every major manufacturer either settling recent government cases or under investigation for possible healthcare fraud.

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