2013 Archive

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Pennsylvania Ranks High for Dog Bites

Today marks the start of National Dog Bite Prevention Week. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) estimates that more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs in the United States each year, and of these people, 800,000 will need medical attention for their injuries. To raise awareness, State Farm Insurance® and the United States Postal Service (USPS) have released national rankings of the most dog bite insurance claims by state and the most dog attacks on postal workers by city.

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Congratulations to Our 2013 Super Lawyers!

Most people don’t expect to be seriously injured in an accident, so it’s understandable that they may not be sure how to choose an injury attorney. All they know is that they want one who is experienced, trustworthy, and good at what they do.

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Federal Agency Proposes Lowered Legal Blood Alcohol Level

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), an independent federal agency that investigates transportation-related crashes, has published a report calling for more action against drunk driving.

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Risky Behaviors Associated with Distracted Teen Drivers

Motor vehicle accidents are the number one most fatal risk associated with teenagers, and this risk seems to be growing thanks to texting while driving and other behaviors.

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May is National Bicycle Safety Month

May is a busy time of year. Students begin to get excited for summer break. People spend more time outside. Families and friends plan weekend trips and vacations. It’s also a month where organizations and safety officials remind us to be safe on the road. Every year I mention that May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, but I also want to share that it is National Bicycle Safety Month as well.

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Dangerous Bacteria Found in Ground Turkey

As Memorial Day approaches and people are buying meat to grill, Consumer Reports recently published the results of their first lab analysis of ground turkey, a popular alternative to ground hamburger beef. The analysis tested 257 samples brought in from 21 states across many different brands and stores.

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FDA to Investigate Safety of Caffeine in Food Products

According to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) deputy commissioner Michael R. Taylor, some food companies are making it possible to have the same amount of “four cups of coffee in your pocket” in the form of caffeinated gum, water, candies, and even foods such as waffles and potato chips.

Driving after Deployment Poses a Risk to Military Veterans

There is growing concern over a "little-known risk" to our military veterans: motor vehicle accidents.

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Study Shows Alcohol Only One Part of the Equation in Underage Drinking Deaths

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is busy raising awareness about the dangers of underage drinking as prom and graduation season quickly approaches. Many people blame drunk driving crashes as the cause for the most teen deaths, but the group highlights other dangers of underage drinking.

Introducing the Edgar Snyder & Associates Motorcycle Safety Resource Center

It seemed like we'd never see warmer weather, but finally it has arrived. Perhaps you've even heard the familiar rumble of a motorcycle or seen motorcyclists out on the open road. May 1 marks the beginning of National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and I'm especially excited to share our law firm's Motorcycle Safety Resource Center.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Warns About Increased Food Poisoning Risk

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released new data on foodborne illnesses, indicating a need for better regulation of produce and processed food. While meat-related food poisoning cases have decreased, several other types of foodborne illness are on the rise.

Save A Life Tour
Students Face Realities of Drinking and Driving

Last week, my law firm brought the Edgar Snyder Save A Life Tour to five high schools in the Pittsburgh area. With prom and graduation season approaching, we felt it was a critical time to educate students on the horrific consequences of choosing to drink and drive.

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Study Finds More Children Ride in Car Seats and Booster Seats

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is pleased to report that more parents are using age- and size-appropriate car seats and booster seats, thereby keeping their children safer while riding in cars.

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Despite Awareness of Dangers, People Continue to Use Cell Phones While Driving

A survey from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 660,000 people are using cell phones or other electronic devices while driving at any given moment in the daytime, despite the fact that a high percentage of drivers support bans on hand-held cell phone use and texting while driving.

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Federal Highway Administration to Celebrate National Work Zone Awareness Week

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is gearing up for its annual National Work Zone Awareness Week, which will take place from Monday to Friday, April 15-19.

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Introducing the Edgar Snyder Save A Life Tour

Our law firm is proud to present the Edgar Snyder Save A Life Tour, which offers students a realistic, first-hand view of the dangers of drunk driving.

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Do You Have Enough Car Insurance?

As drivers, we buy car insurance expecting that it will protect us if we're involved in an accident. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. There are a variety of scenarios in which you could be left paying for your medical and repair bills, even if the accident wasn't your fault.

Car Accident
Good and Bad News For 2012 PA Accident Statistics

According to experts, there is good news when it comes to 2012 Pennsylvania highway deaths, but that news comes with a warning. Last year, the state recorded its third-lowest number of fatalities. However, officials say that lawmakers need to make big strides if they want that trend to continue.

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Farm Rich Frozen Products Recalled for E. Coli Contamination

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that Rich Products Corporation has recalled 196,222 pounds of their Farm Rich frozen mini meal and snack items because of possible E. coli O121 contamination.

Edgar Snyder receives 225th Anniversary Medallion
Attorney Edgar Snyder Receives Prestigious University Medallion

Attorney Edgar Snyder received a 225th Anniversary Medallion from the University of Pittsburgh while hosting the Edgar M. Snyder Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program at the University. Only 19 out of 10,000 Pitt Law alumni have been honored with this prestigious award.