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April 2012 Archive

Published on Apr 27, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
motorcycle safety month

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.

Published on Apr 25, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
teens seat belts

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.

Published on Apr 24, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
elderly drivers

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.

Published on Apr 24, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
ebensburg community service

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.

Published on Apr 23, 2012 by Edgar Snyder

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.

Published on Apr 20, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
children accidents

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.

Published on Apr 17, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
medical device testing

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.

Published on Apr 16, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
save a life tour

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.

Published on Apr 13, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
tax day car accidents

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.

Published on Apr 12, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
drunk driving

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.

Published on Apr 10, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
female crash test dummies

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.

Published on Apr 06, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
sushi salmonella outbreak

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.

Published on Apr 04, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
malfunctioning defibrillators

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.

Published on Apr 04, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
bicycle safety laws

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.

Published on Apr 02, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
Bike Safety

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.

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