Our Blog: Where Law Meets Life

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Where does the law meet you in everyday life? Probably in more places than you expect. From hosting your child's graduation party to renewing your auto insurance, our daily lives are filled with legal and safety implications, many we never even consider.

Our blog is here to bring those situations to life, tackling the most common questions and misconceptions we hear related to accidents, injuries, and safety. We also feature our work with local nonprofit partners and share legal news and updates from our law firm. Want to find out where the law meets your life? Read on!

Best Law Firms in America
2016 Best Law Firms Rankings

The law firm of Edgar Snyder & Associates has received Tier 1 rankings in the categories of Pittsburgh Plaintiff's Personal Injury Litigation, Pittsburgh Plaintiff's Product Liability Litigation, and Pittsburgh Claimant's Workers' Compensation Law from U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms". The rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes client and peer reviews.

Keep It Cool With Your Ghouls
Keep It Cool With Your Ghouls

Nothing will spoil your spooky fun on Halloween faster than an accident or injury. While Halloween is often associated with things that go bump in the night, the real dangers on All Hallows' Eve may actually be right under your nose.

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Stumped For Halloween? Snyderize Yourself

How To Dress as The Famous Pittsburgh Lawyer This Halloween | Check out our favorite Edgar Snyder Halloween costumes. Plus, a helpful visual guide which simplifies the “Snyderization Process” into five easy steps.

Is Your Haunted House Up to Code?
Is Your Haunted House Up to Code?

If you're a Halloween-head and love to create your own homemade haunted house, there are a few safety issues you should keep in mind. Remember, as a homeowner, you're responsible for any injuries that occur on your property. So follow these tips to keep your spooky spectacle safe and fun for all.

Why Deer Are More Deadly Than Sharks
Why Deer Are More Deadly Than Sharks

Did you know you're far more likely to have a fateful encounter with a potentially deadly deer than with any kind of shark? In the list of most deadly animals, deer outpace sharks by a rate of nearly 200 to 1.

Halloween Movie Dangers
The Real Dangers in Halloween Movies

We love Halloween. The cool breeze that rustles fallen leaves, kids trick-or-treating through the neighborhoods, and watching scary movies with friends and family. At our law firm, we always find it fun to watch spooky movies through a legal lens.

Motorcycle Riding in the Rain
Motorcycle Riding in the Rain

We've put together a few tips to keep you safe if you're riding in the rain. By following these helpful hints, you should be able to make it to your destination safe and sound – and await the dryer weather.

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Helping Chloe Find Her Home

A few months ago, our law firm reached out to Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, a wonderful no-kill animal shelter in New Kensington, PA. We wanted to see how we could help one of their canine residents find a home, and that’s how we met Chloe.

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Snow Angels Needs Your Help

Each winter, over 100 volunteers in Allegheny County leave their homes, head out into their neighborhoods, and provide a crucial service to the elderly and people with disabilities. Those volunteers live all over Allegheny County – from the North Hills to Carnegie to Monroeville. They are doctors, lawyers, parents, and students. Some of them are as young as 12 and others are grandparents, but they all have one thing in common: they are Snow Angels.

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Do Pets Have to Wear Seat Belts Too?

Pennsylvania seat belt law says all drivers, all front seat passengers, and anyone under 18 must wear a seat belt in a motor vehicle—but what about pet passengers? Currently, only a handful of states have laws regulating how pets travel in vehicles.

5 Most Dangerous Home Appliances
5 Most Dangerous Appliances in Your Home

Your home is your castle. It's the place where you go to relax, unwind, and feel at ease. Unfortunately, there are certain items in your home that can pose a threat to you and your family members if you aren't careful. By keeping these few things in mind, you'll be able to breathe easy knowing your family is safe and sound.

science of speed limits
The Science of Speed Limits

Speed limits are in place to keep everyone on the road as safe as possible, and most motorists accept them as a part of the driving experience. But who decides how fast is too fast? And how are speed limits determined?

Where You Sit Could Save Your Life
Where You Sit Could Save Your Life

Since the dawn of the automobile, siblings and friends have probably argued about who gets to ride shotgun. In fact, we've created a whole game that revolves around getting the front passenger seat in a car. While it's often the coolest or most comfortable seat, riding shotgun might not be the safest place to sit.

Picking the Right Car Seat
Picking the Right Car Seat for Your Kids

Car seats are extremely important in keeping your child safe. They've been shown to reduce fatal injury by up to 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers. Booster seats have dropped fatal injury rates by over 45% as well. Science has shown time and again that choosing the right safety seat for your child can make all the difference in the event of a car accident.

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What Your Car's Color Might Mean for You

Could the color of your car cause an accident? We've created a guide on the car colors that may increase —or in some cases decrease—your chance of a collision:

5 Ways the Future Has Changed Car Safety
5 Ways the Future Has Changed Car Safety

Our country has made incredible progress in computer technology over the last few decades. Just think: the phone in your pocket has exponentially more computing power than what it took for us to land on the moon. It's no surprise we're seeing more and more of the latest and greatest tech integrated into our daily drives.

Enter Our 2015 Coloring Contest
2015 Coloring Contest

What’s the best way to kick off the school year? By helping a young artist win $1,000 for their elementary school and $250 for themselves. That’s why we’re excited to announce the start of the 12th Annual Edgar Snyder & Associates “My Holiday Wish” Coloring Contest. Here’s what you need to know to get started.

Late Season Motorcycle Riding
Tips for Late Season Motorcycle Riding

Just because the days get a little shorter, the trees change their color, and the temperature drops a few degrees doesn't mean you have to put your motorcycle away. Not yet, anyway. Fall is a great time of year to get that last bit of riding done.

Local Legend: John Minadeo
Local Legend: John Minadeo

Minadeo is a well-known name to some local Pittsburghers, but others may not have heard the brave tale of John Minadeo. He was a young man from Pittsburgh's Hazelwood area, the son of Italian immigrants in the 1950s, and a hero for an entire neighborhood.

Inside the Cab
Inside the Cab: Tips From Truck Drivers

Most of us will never have to pilot a 60,000-pound semi truck. No doubt you've seen these huge tractor-trailers on the highway or navigating busy city streets, but many of us will never sit behind the wheel of these massive vehicles. Sharing the road with big trucks is a part of driving, and we think that looking at it from the truck driver's point of view can help keep everyone safe when we share the road.