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What to Do if You Witness a Car Accident

If you witness a car accident, it can be hard to know what you’re supposed to do next. The chaos of the scene, the stress, the adrenaline – it all adds up to a situation that can be confusing and scary. However, car accident witnesses have a very important role to play and can have a big impact on what happens after a car accident has occurred.

Getting Home Safely
Getting Home Safely: Pittsburgh Sporting Events

Just as fun and exciting as the big game can be, we also need to remember to keep ourselves (and others) safe. For many, alcohol and sports are enjoyed together, and it's no secret that occasionally some sports fans can overindulge. That's why you need a plan for your next Pittsburgh sporting event. Know exactly how to get home safely with this helpful guide.

Top Tubing Safety Tips
Top Tubing Safety Tips

While tubing is a great adventure, like any watersport it has its potential risks. Our law firm wants you to stay safe and have a great time when you're tubing. Keep these tips in mind to have the best time possible.

How Risky is Eating While Driving?
Food for Thought: How Risky is Eating While Driving?

Many of us simply don’t have the time to eat a sit-down breakfast each morning or return home every night for long meals at the dinner table. Americans eat a significant number of meals on the move. That means chowing down while sitting behind the wheel. Do you know how risky it is to eat and drive?

The Worst Shoes for Driving
The Worst Shoes for Driving

Generally, we have a pretty good sense of how to avoid choosing the wrong pair of shoes for a certain activity—for instance, you wouldn’t play soccer in slippers or go on a hike wearing pumps. But when it comes to driving a vehicle, an activity that the typical U.S. adult does fairly often (101 minutes per day on average), many of us consistently fail to select the right shoes for the job.

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What You Need to Know When You Sign a Waiver Form

Liability waiver forms, also called waiver or release forms, are quite common in the U.S. Signing the release means that you waive, (i.e. give up) your right to hold the other party legally responsible if you are injured during the activity in question.

Truck Company Tricks
Watch Out for These Truck Company Tricks

Truck companies use many different tricks to minimize the amount of money they have to pay after an accident. We think you might be surprised to find out some of the tricks these companies use to reduce injury claims.

Customizing Your Motorcycle
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.

Cell Phone Pedestrian Accidents
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.

Variety's 'My Voice' Program Kickoff Event
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
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.