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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!

School bus accident statistics show crashes are rare.
School Bus Safety Stats to Put Your Mind at Ease

Since the national spotlight is still on school bus safety, the car accident injury attorneys at Edgar Snyder & Associates wanted to take the opportunity to soothe parents' minds: School bus crashes, while horrible, are thankfully rare.

90 percent of workplace eye injuries were preventable.
What's Your Vision Worth?

Eye injuries are painful and, sadly, some lead to permanent vision damage, including partial or complete blindness. Sadder yet, is that 90 percent of these eye injuries could have been prevented.

Avoid teen driving dangers this Thanksgiving
Avoiding Teen Driving Dangers This Thanksgiving

Mostly attributed to college students and out-of-town visitors beginning their homecoming with a night at the bar, the potential for DUIs and alcohol-related accidents greatly increases the night before Thanksgiving.

Why do lithium-ion batteries explode?
Why Lithium-Ion Battery-Powered Devices Keep Exploding

Unfortunately, one emerging problem with lithium-ion batteries is a potentially deadly one: They are prone to overheating and even bursting into flames.

Avoid these four types of unsafe cars for teens
The 4 Least Safe Cars for Teen Drivers

If you are in the market for a vehicle for your novice driver, make sure to steer clear of these four worst types of vehicles for teens:

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.