September 2014 Archive

car seat safety
NHTSA Releases Car Seat Safety Tools

In support of Child Passenger Safety Week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released their new developments in car seat safety last week: the Car Seat Finder tool and the "Don't Delay. Register Your Car Seat Today" campaign.

car accident police
Street Safety in America Falls Short

As a well-developed nation, the United States’ street safety ratings should be comparable to other nations of similar scale. Unfortunately, we’re trailing behind.

food safety
FDA to Update 2011 Food Safety Law

After input from farmers, consumers, and food industry experts alike, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a proposal to revise four parts of its Food Safety Modernization Act last week.

magnetic balls
High-Powered Magnets Pose an Ingestion Hazard

These little metal balls aren't like the ordinary magnets that stick to your refrigerator door. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), just one high-powered magnet is up to eight times stronger than the one you picked up during your last visit to a souvenir shop. About the size of a marble, nearly 3,000 children and teens have been injured after ingesting at least one high-powered magnet.

Power Play for Kids
Power Play Goals to Provide Adaptive Bikes

Our law firm is proud to announce our new partnership with the Erie Otters hockey team. Every time the Erie Otters score a power play goal during the 2014-2015 season, we'll donate $50 to Variety the Children's Charity. This wonderful group works to provide adaptive bikes for children with disabilities.

scholarship contest
2015 Scholarship Contest Now Open

We're asking seniors to create programs that will prevent their peers from underage drinking, drunk driving, or distracted driving. Students can submit entries using a number of creative options, including videos, PowerPoint presentations, brochures, websites, essays, or any other approach they feel will effectively get the message across to their classmates..

self driving cars
Self-Driving Cars to Test on California Roads

A car that really does drive itself? California’s Department of Motor Vehicles issued 29 permits to three big-name manufacturers to begin testing their self-driving vehicles on public roads on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

tractor trailer
Wheel Separation Issues Require Thorough Inspections

Tractor-trailer drivers and Pennsylvania state police are stressing the importance of truck inspections after separated wheels led to the deaths of two Pennsylvania men. In both cases, wheels came loose from the trucks and careened into opposing traffic, striking their vehicles.

deer road
The Chances of Hitting a Deer By State

Drivers near wooded areas know to always be on the lookout for deer, but even the most cautious drivers are still at risk of accidentally colliding with a one of these animals at some point. Now, a new study has found that drivers in some states are far more likely than drivers in other US regions to have an unfortunate encounter with a deer while driving.

round white tablets
Long-Term Use of Sedatives Linked to Alzheimer's

A study by the British Medical Journal suggests that older adults who regularly take the sedatives Valium, Ativan, Xanax, and Klonopin for longer than three months have up to a 51% higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers examined six years of data compiled from almost 9,000 elderly users of these medications and found 1,796 cases of Alzheimer’s disease.

engine ignition
Safety Regulators to Examine Dodge Minivan Stalling Issue

A man filed a complaint earlier this month with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) citing his Chrysler minivan’s sudden stalling issue as “an unreasonable risk to motor vehicle safety.”

bike in traffic
Bike Lanes Cause Confusion for Drivers

This past weekend marked the opening of a new lane for cyclists downtown on Penn Avenue between Sixth and 16th Streets, making it the third bicycle-only lane in Pittsburgh. It’s also the third headache according to some Pittsburgh drivers.

winter weather road
Farmer's Almanac Predicts Rough Winter Ahead

With September already upon us, and temperatures gradually getting cooler, it's time to start preparing for the upcoming winter season. The Old Farmer's Almanac is already predicting what weather lies in store for the US over the next few months.

Pittsburgh Pedestrian Accidents Still a Problem

Every year, hundreds of Pittsburghers are injured or killed simply by crossing the street. Between 2006 and 2013 alone, 40 pedestrians died as a result of fatal car crashes. Even with initiatives and redevelopment projects geared toward making crossing the street safer, the issue has not subsided.

Elderly Residents Inside Nursing Home
Flawed Nursing Home Rating System

Since 2009, Medicare star ratings have been the standard for assessing nursing homes. Many rely on the system to guide them in selecting a facility for their loved ones, unaware of how the ratings are actually assigned. An investigation by the New York Times (NYT) raises questions about the system and how it’s structured, claiming that it can mislead the public about a nursing home’s quality and conditions.

teen driving
Technology Keeps Teen Drivers Safe

Teenagers view the prospect of driving with anticipation and excitement. Parents, on the other hand, may have feelings of concern and perhaps even dread at the idea of their children first stepping behind the wheel. Technology developed by Ford and General Motors (GM) gives parents some peace of mind as their kids begin driving on their own.

Coloring Contest
2014 Coloring Contest Now Open

Elementary school students across Western Pennsylvania have the chance to earn cash for their school and themselves in the Edgar Snyder & Associates “My Holiday Wish” Coloring Contest. Prizes include four $1,000 cash donations to local schools.

downtown Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Ranked One of the Least Safe-Driving Cities

According to a report released by Allstate, Pittsburgh drivers may not always be in good hands. In a ranking of America’s 200 largest cities, Pittsburgh was once again placed far down on the list, this year landing at 187.

beanbag chair
Hazardous Beanbag Chairs Recalled

Compared to other products currently on the market, beanbag chairs may seem pretty harmless. But after causing the deaths of two young children, the safety of these popular loungers is being called into question.

All-Terrain Wheelchairs Provide Outdoor Recreation Opportunities

A local PA company's new, all-terrain wheelchairs are helping people with disabilities to enjoy the great outdoors.