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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).