April 2012 Archive

Apr 27, 2012

There's nothing like the speed and power that comes from riding a motorcycle – open air on all sides, wind whipping across your face, and a smooth ride that's almost like flying. But sometimes people let this thrill get in the way of safety. With May being Motorcycle Safety Month, take this time to make sure your ride is as safe as possible.

Apr 25, 2012

Seat belt statistics speak for themselves. Wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of dying in a car accident by 45 percent and of sustaining a critical injury by 50 percent. Yet many drivers still don't buckle up. A new study may shed some light on how to fix this problem – it found that teen drivers and passengers in states with primary seat belt laws are more likely to use their seat belts.

Often promoted as "click it or ticket," primary seat belt laws mean that a driver can be pulled over and charged solely for not wearing a seat belt. This differs from secondary laws which mean police officers must stop a driver for a different reason, such as speeding, in order to ticket for being unbelted.

Apr 24, 2012

While many of the 10,000 Americans turning 65 each day can and will continue to drive safely for years to come, some are facing new difficulties on the road. Weakening eyesight and slowing reflexes are just some of the factors that contribute to a higher risk of fatal accidents for older drivers. By 2020, it is estimated that one in six Americans will be over the age of 65, and this means it is more important than ever to find a balance between respect for the older community and keeping roads safe.

Apr 24, 2012

I've said it before, and I'll say it again – I'm so lucky to work with such a compassionate and kind hearted group of people. I've talked before about staff members who travel, sometimes out of the country, for volunteer work. I also want to emphasize the importance of smaller charity events done closer to home. The fantastic staff at our Ebensburg office tries to do some sort of charity or volunteer project monthly, and I want to acknowledge their hard work and enthusiasm they put into their efforts.

Apr 23, 2012

In 2000, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) launched their Sports Medicine Concussion Program to provide concussion research, assessment, treatment, rehabilitation, and education. The program now sees over 13,000 patients a year.

Apr 20, 2012

Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for children and adolescents between the ages of 1 and 19. In fact, a child dies from an unintentional injury almost every hour in the United States.

Apr 17, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for regulating everything from prescription drugs to cosmetics. They check and double check all sorts of products to make sure they're safe for consumers. According to Consumer Reports, dangerous medical devices are constantly slipping through the cracks and onto the market, putting patients at risk.

Apr 16, 2012

Last week, I told you about the Save a Life Tour, a program my law firm sponsored at Greensburg Salem High School. On Friday, April 13, a few of my staff members attended the event and they said it was a huge success and seemed to make an impression on the students.

Apr 13, 2012

Every year around April 15th, people all across America rush to the post office to mail off their tax returns. In addition to avoiding the stress that comes from waiting until the last minute, here's another reason to file your taxes early: according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, fatal car accidents actually increase on Tax Day.

Apr 12, 2012

Schools, parents, and all sorts of groups across the nation have tried just about everything to talk to students about the dangers of drunk driving. I think that the Save A Life Tour is something they've probably never seen before.

Apr 10, 2012

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) didn't begin to make wide use of female crash test dummies until 2003. Since then, increased use of female test dummies has shown that women can be injured very differently in car accidents than men because of their smaller bones, lower bone density, less muscular necks, and different general shape.

Apr 06, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is currently investigating the source of a Salmonella outbreak thought to be linked to sushi. The outbreak has sickened people in 19 states, including Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.

Apr 04, 2012

Defibrillators are lifesaving medical devices designed to protect patients, but a recent study conducted by the Minneapolis Heart Institute has discovered a pattern of failure among the wires used in defibrillators that resulted in 22 deaths.

Apr 04, 2012

As both an avid biker and a city driver, I was happy that Pennsylvania enacted new bicycle laws on April 2. Anyone who has ridden a bike through a city has probably experienced a car coming a little too close for comfort. And I'm sure that many of you have fearfully navigated around bike riders in your car, trying to avoid them as well as oncoming traffic.

Apr 02, 2012

Pittsburgh has been making strides towards becoming a bicycle-friendly city in the past few years. Today, all of the city's efforts will get a little help from the law. Pennsylvania's new bicycle safety law goes into effect, and there are a few things cyclists and drivers need to know.