July 2015 Archive

Can Customizing Your Bike Put You In Danger?

While being an individual is part of the tradition of motorcycle riding, customizing your ride often means changing its construction. Any time you've altered your vehicle, you could be making changes to how safely it rides.

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Why Turning Left Could Be the Riskiest Driving Move

If you've ever been running late and stuck behind a driver leisurely waiting until the opposing lane is clear to turn left, you’ve probably cursed the existence of the left-hand turn. But are they really that bad? According to traffic engineers, yes they are.

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Unexpected Accidents from Cell Phone Use

That little glowing computer that you keep in your pocket or purse can pose a serious safety threat – and not just while you're driving. That's right, using your cell phone while walking busy streets could lead to serious accidents.

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Do You Need Rental Car Insurance?

You’re renting a car, and after picking out which vehicle you want and securing the rate, the issue of rental car insurance comes up. Should you sign up for it?

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What it Was Like to Drive 100 Years Ago

Until the early 1900s, the primary mode of daily transportation in the United States had four legs and ran on hay. Then, by the early 1910s, the number of automobiles on the road surpassed the number of horse-drawn “vehicles.” This rapid change outpaced the creation of safety measures and laws to regulate the new traffic.

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What It’s Like to Get Your Driver’s License as an Adult

Today, only 28 percent of 16-year-olds in the U.S. have driver's licenses, and just 46 percent of them have their license by the time they turn 18. This means that far greater numbers of drivers are waiting until they are older than 18 before getting behind the wheel.

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Variety’s “My Voice” Kickoff Event

Last Friday, a group of about 20 children and their families gathered in Pittsburgh for an event that would have life-changing consequences. For several years, our law firm has been involved with Variety’s “My Bike” program, which provides adaptive bicycles for children with disabilities. Friday’s event kicked off Variety’s newest program, “My Voice,” another wonderful initiative that helps children with extra needs live the fullest life possible.

Google's Self-Driving Cars
Google's Self-Driving Cars Dig Up New Data

Google's self-driving car is a hit – in more ways than one. Google recently published data stating that their self-driving cars have been involved in 14 accidents since they were first introduced in 2009. These cars are driving almost 10,000 miles a week, and none of those 14 accidents were the fault of the self-driving cars.

How Safe Are Waterslides?
How Safe Are Waterslides?

Waterparks can provide hours of endless fun on hot summer days. What better way to stay cool than slipping down a waterslide? Whether you're with your kids or are a kid at heart, waterparks offer an adventurous escape from the summer heat. However, like any thrill ride, you should approach waterslides with caution.

FDA Calls for Stricter Warning Labels on Painkillers
FDA Calls for Stricter Warning Labels on Painkillers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced recently that many popular painkillers sold over the counter should come with warnings of increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

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Pittsburgh Bike Share Brings New Legal Considerations

As bike-sharing systems gain popularity nationwide, more and more people gain access to this affordable, active, and environmentally-friendly mode of transportation. But where do you turn if you’re injured?

How To Introduce Your Child to a New Dog

It’s amazing how well some dogs know how to behave around small children. It is almost as if they have an instinct to treat kids in a more gentle and tolerant fashion. More often than not, dogs end up putting up with a lot of unpredictable and sometimes even aggressive behavior from kids. Unfortunately, not all dogs are so tolerant.

Your Guide to Buying the Right Bicycle Helmet
Your Guide to Buying the Right Bicycle Helmet

Protecting your best asset – your brain – should be a top priority when you're out for a bike ride. But you should know, not all helmets are created equal. Depending on your riding style, the type of helmet you need could change drastically.

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How Playgrounds Got Their Start

Playgrounds are a haven for parents and kids alike. They are places where children can play, explore, and burn off some energy. Many neighborhoods even have playgrounds only blocks apart, and kids have their choice of where they want to swing and slide. Yet this wasn’t always the case, and in the early 20th century, a concern for kids’ safety became one of the major factors in the playground “boom.”

Anti-Drunk Driving Technology
Can Technology Finally Prevent Drunk Driving?

It might sound like a science fiction story, but this tale's not from a Ray Bradbury book. Car manufacturers are seriously exploring futuristic tech to stop drunk drivers before they even start. After all, what better to stop a drunk driver than the car itself?

Who's Responsible For an Injury at a Sporting Event?
Who's Responsible When a Spectator is Injured at a Sporting Event?

What happens when a foul ball or stray hockey puck goes awry and enters the stands? Who's responsible for medical bills, possible lost time at work, and more? The answer might surprise you.

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Avoid Alcohol-Related Accidents at Your Wedding

Your wedding day is a joyous occasion, but it can be stressful to host such a large-scale event. A bride and groom-to-be have a lot on their plates that day—in addition to performing their duties as hosts. Since the majority of wedding celebrations involve alcohol, one aspect of these hosting duties is ensuring that guests remain safe by celebrating responsibly.