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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!

elder abuse and Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's Patients at Increased Risk of Elder Abuse

The most vulnerable—patients with Alzheimer's—are at a greater risk of being abused and neglected. Since November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month, we wanted to make sure caregivers know: a staggering 50 percent of elderly Americans with Alzheimer's disease have been abused or neglected.

Deadly teen car accidents increases in 2015
Deadly Car Accidents Involving Teens Up in 2015

Here's a statistic to consider: While the overall number of fatal crashes dropped 7 percent in 2015, the number of deadly car accidents involving teenagers increased by 10 percent. That's the first upswing since 2006.

Survey says: More than a third of children ages 4 and 7 are not properly restrained.
Why Aren't More Parents Using Booster Seats?

When these kinds of tragic car accidents happen, it's important that we ask ourselves and our loved ones an important question: Do you really know the proper way to restrain your kids in the car?

Make Halloween safe for your dog—and trick or treaters
Halloween Safety: A DIY Guide

We wanted to give you a DIY guide to dog-bite proofing and trick or treat-proofing your home this Halloween to make sure your guests—and your pooch—are safe and sound this year.

riding motorcycle in winter
Is Your Motorcycle Ready for Winter?

With winter around the corner, it's important to keep your motorcycle in mind as you prep for the next change in season.

Federal guidelines for highly autonomous vehicles have been released.
Help Wanted: Feds Seek Input on Self-Driving Car Safety Regulations

The Department of Transportation is formally requesting public input on matters dealing with highly autonomous vehicles, and because Pittsburgh is on the front lines of self-driving car technology thanks to Uber, we wanted to make sure folks around here knew about it.

Glare is emerging as a problem with LED lights in Pittsburgh and beyond.
Pittsburgh Has An LED Streetlight Problem (And It Isn't Alone)

LED lighting has been all the rage in recent years for good reason: They are environmentally friendly, durable, long-lasting, and they are cooler than their incandescent counterparts. But for every yin there is a hang.

OSHA recently initiated a program to help end work-related hearing loss.
It's Time to End Work-Related Hearing Loss

We want to give credit where it is due: Strides by OSHA and other government agencies to reduce the number of workers who endure tinnitus, short-term and even permanent hearing loss are steps in the right direction.

The PA Workers' Comp Act could change if bill approved
Pennsylvania Workers' Comp Act Will Change if Bill Passed

Under Pennsylvania's Workers' Compensation Act, insurance coverage for injuries suffered by volunteers while responding to emergencies on state game lands would be provided by their local municipalities. But that might soon change.

Be aware of fall driving hazards.
New Season, New Driving Hazards

The leaves are changing, the air is crisp, and the holiday season is quickly approaching. We you head out on the road this autumn, it's important that you follow our fall driving safety tips first.

Uber expanded its PA service area.
Uber Has Expanded Its Pennsylvania Service Area

Uber fans rejoice: The popular app-driven ride-sharing service that has taken Pittsburgh and so many other cities by storm has drastically expanded its Pennsylvania service area.

navigating traffic
Traffic Temptations

Suffering from an urge to kill time while driving? You may be suffering from traffic temptations. Let us help to give you a check-up.

27,000 older Americans die because of a fall each year.
Falls are Leading Cause of Injury and Death Among Elderly

Falls are a leading cause of injury and death among older Americans, and safety advocates are increasingly referring to the matter as a public health issue.

Try this Apple Pie Punch mocktail.
September Mocktail: Apple Pie Punch

It's no secret that holidays are responsible for an increase in drinking and driving. To avoid this, nonalcoholic drinks can be a great way to keep you and your guests safe while enjoying fall celebrations.

Pittsburgh police will be increasing DUI patrols in 2017
Pittsburgh Police Beefing Up DUI Patrols in 2017

We applaud the City of Pittsburgh for stepping up its efforts in cracking down on DUIs, and we ask all of our friends in and around the 'Burgh to do their part, too: Please, don't drink and drive.

Autumn motorcycle riding
Gear Up, Cool Down, and Stay Safe While Riding This Fall

If you live in Pennsylvania, you’re no stranger to the beauty of fall foliage. Surrounded by brightly colored leaves and crisp air, autumn makes for some of the best riding weather. If you're continuing to ride later into the season, we have some tips on how to enhance your motorcycle ride for the change in weather.

Essential Car Kit
Fall and Winter Car Kit

With the fall air drawing near, this is a time for drivers to take note of what gear they are storing in their vehicles. The seasons of fall and winter bring icy roads, colder weather, and various less than ideal driving conditions.

Daniel's Law
A New Law May Be Coming for Drivers

It happens all the time. You get into your car, put on your seat belt, and start driving down the road when you hear your cellphone chime with a text alert. Now comes the moment of truth, do you pick up your phone to read the text and reply?

Apps for Drivers
Smartphone Apps for Drivers

Nearly every day we hear about new mobile apps that have been introduced to the smartphone world. Regardless of what type of vehicle you drive — or how often your tires hit the road — constantly evolving technology can help enhance your driving experience and, in some instances, keep you safer on the road.

CDC hopes new tool will help employers keep their workers who travel safe.
New CDC Tool Will Help Keep Traveling Workers Safe

Do you, your family members, or your friends travel for work? If so, it is important to consider these work-travel statistics.