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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!

A College Student's Guide to Pedestrian Safety
College Student's Guide to Walking in The Burgh

Hey college students: You're going to spend a lot of time strolling around the Golden Triangle this semester. Here's what you need to know to do so safely.

Beat the Heat
Hot? Tips to Beat the Heat

With the temperatures rising and AC blasting, there are some safety measures that you can—and should— take when it gets hot.

PA's new car seat law effective Aug. 13
Get Ready: New PA Car Seat Law Effective Aug. 13

The new law goes into effect Aug. 12, and mandates that children younger than 2 be fastened into a rear-facing car seat situated in the back seat of your vehicle. Previously, it was just required that children younger than 4 be fastened into a restraining system in the back seat.

What to Do When You're Injured on Vacation
Be Prepared: What to Do If You're Injured on Vacation

Statistically, a car accident is the number-one cause of death among healthy travelers. In fact, almost 50 percent of all medical evacuations back to the United States—which can cost as much as $100,000—are the result of car crashes.

Tips for parents driving their child to college
Parents: How to Safely Navigate the College Drop-Off

Dropping off your child at college can be an exciting, scary, and sometimes stressful time. It is a defining moment for you as a parent and for your college-bound young adult.

motorcycle updates
Snyder's Riders Monthly Tune-up

Did you miss out on the last Snyder’s Riders Monthly Tune-up Newsletter? Catch up on some tips from last month here.

backyard injuries
These Backyard Dangers Might Surprise You

If you have children, you may have turned your yard into a mini-playground for them. While backyard activities are great for keeping kids busy, a few of them come with safety risks you should know about. We outline them here.

Study Says Trampoline Park Injuries Skyrocketed in Recent Years
Study: Trampoline Park Injuries Skyrocket

In 2010, there were 581 such ER visits. In 2014, that number jumped to 6,932. The study authors noted, however, that the number of emergency room visits for home trampoline injuries stayed largely the same over that same time frame.

PA law will allow drivers to ride on red
PA 'Ride on Red' Law to Help Keep Drivers Safe

PA's Ride on Red law, designed to protect motorcyclists stuck at busted red lights, goes into effect Sept. 18 and allows all motorists to proceed with caution when they are stuck at a malfunctioning light.

Traumatic brain injury
Did Blows to the Head Cause Brain Damage in WWE Wrestlers?

The former wrestlers, who include "Mr. Wonderful" and Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, say they developed chronic traumatic encephalopathy—more commonly known as CTE—from their time wrestling in the WWE.

Join Snyder's Riders today—it's FREE
Snyder's Riders: Join for Free (And Get a Chance to Win Prizes)

Snyder's Riders is free to join, and the sign-up process only takes a few minutes of your time.

Distracted Driving
Could Textalyzers Help Combat Distracted Driving?

A recently proposed bill by New York state lawmakers would require all drivers involved in a collision resulting in injury, damage, or death to surrender their mobile device to police to be scanned by a new piece of technology called a "textalyzer."

Aging and Driving
How to Talk About Aging and Driving

If you are an aging driver - or if your loved one is an aging driver - you probably have lots of questions about how to handle this stage of life. When should someone stop driving? What are the transportation alternatives? We have answers to those questions and more.

Defective Seatbacks
Defective Seatbacks: Is the Backseat Really Safe?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the safest place to put your child is in the backseat.

Charlie LaVallee
A Bridge for the Community: Meet Charlie LaVallee

As a young boy growing up in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, Charlie LaVallee watched his grandfather work tirelessly to run their small, family-owned business, Kunst Bakery.

Fatal work injuries are down in Pennsylvania.
Fatal Work Injuries Down in PA, Bucking National Trend

Of Pennsylvania's 175 fatal workplace accidents that occurred in 2014, a whopping 60 percent were related to two categories—transportation injuries and those suffered as a result of a worker having contact with equipment.

Pokemon Go!
Beware: Pokemon Go May Lead to Embarassing Injuries

According to news reports, the ways in which users are "wiping out" while playing Pokemon Go are almost as varied as the 151 styles of Pokemon you can capture in it. We know: We've seen our staffers and other folks in the U.S. Steel Building walking—heads down—all while staring into their cell phone screens. Needless to say, we've even witnessed some close calls.

save on car insurance
Easy Ways to Save on Car Insurance

Car insurance is one of those things that people sometimes complain about paying for – until they actually need to use it. Those complaints likely got louder in quite a few households over the past several months because recent data shows that car insurance premiums have risen about 6.6% from year to year. The good news is that there are ways to save on car insurance without sacrificing great coverage.

Car Accident
Report: Pittsburgh, Philly Drivers Among Least Safe in U.S.

Allstate Insurance's 2016 America's Best Drivers Report ranked Philadelphia and Pittsburgh among the worst cities in the United States when it comes to safe driving.

Workaholics
Take Fatigue Seriously This National Workaholics Day

July 5 is the day after late-night fireworks, campfires, and the celebration of our nation’s independence. It is also National Workaholics Day.