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!

boat safety
How to Boat Safely This Memorial Day

If you're headed out for a weekend of boating with the family, make sure you check out these tips for the best ways to keep your children safe on the water:

dangerous jobs for teens
5 Most Dangerous Summer Jobs for Teens

Unfortunately, when it comes to teens and safety, not all jobs are created equal. Statistically, young workers are twice as likely to be injured on the job as their older counterparts.

motorcycle accidents
PA Motorcycle Deaths Down in '15

It's a news headline any motorcycle enthusiast would be glad to read: "Motorcycle deaths hit lowest point in more than a decade in PA."

Drugged Driving
PA State Police: Drugged Driving Up in 2015

Pennsylvania State Police last year conducted more than 3,000 presentations to help raise awareness of the perils and consequences of impaired driving. But despite those efforts, troopers arrested 18,801 people for driving under the influence in 2015—an increase of about 6.2 percent over the previous year.

teen texting
Distracted Driving

Distractions can come in many forms, and for parents of teen drivers, these distractions are both concerning and dangerous.

bicycle safety
National Bike to Work Day Tips

The Burgh now has many bike-friendly spaces thanks largely to the work of nonprofit Bike Pittsburgh. Over the years, the city has seen a more than 400 percent increase in the number of people choosing bicycles as a form of transportation, with scores of folks ditching cars and public transportation and pedaling to work.

That may be especially true this Friday, which happens to be National Bike to Work Day. This day was established in 1956, when it was established to showcase the benefits of bicycling.

Teaming Up With Athletes to Help Kids
Teaming Up With Athletes to Help Kids

We're proud to announce that our firm is now partnering with two local athletes and nonprofits to help a cause close to all of our hearts: Children.

The partnerships with Pittsburgh second baseman Josh "J-Hay" Harrison and defensive end Cam Heyward will help support children who need it most.

dog bite
National Dog Bite Prevention Week

It's not just a funny myth – dogs actually attack the mailman.

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Variety 'My Bike' Presentation

Recently, our law firm was proud to host Variety the Children’s Charity and seven families who came to downtown Pittsburgh to receive some very special gifts. These gifts, adaptive bicycles for kids with disabilities, were given through Variety’s “My Bike” program.

prom safety
Prom and Graduation Safety

Prom and graduation season is just around the corner. While it's time to celebrate, it's also time to prepare for safe and sober fun.

2016 Words to Be Heard Scholarship
Indiana County Teen's Video Project Wins $5,000

Indiana County teen Benjamin Crawford has heard it before: If you drink and drive, you put yourself and others at risk. But what about the people who aren't on the road?

2016 Words to Be Heard Scholarship
Murrysville Teen's Video Project Wins $2,500

When we reach for our phone in our car, we usually think, "This text will only take a second." But Kurlya Yan thinks ahead – to what might happen if life is cut short by sending that text. It's that forward thinking that earned her $2,500 in scholarship funds.

2016 Words to Be Heard Scholarship
Clarion Teen's Choose-Your-Own-Path Presentation Wins $10,000

Clarion teen Gabrielle Stewart understands that when it comes to making important life decisions, there are no re-dos. And that understanding gave her an idea: Life is a little bit like a choose-your-own-adventure story.

motorcycle helmet laws
Motorcycle Helmet Laws for Pennsylvania and Neighboring States

Some states don't require helmets. You can choose not to wear one, but if you enter a state that requires a helmet, then you must follow that particular state's laws. For example, Pennsylvania doesn't require all riders to wear helmets. However, if you take a trip from Erie to Findlay Lake, NY, then you're required to put on a helmet after crossing the state line.

car maintenance
Commonly Ignored Winter Car Maintenance Tasks

Many people assume that if they can put their key into their car ignition and the car starts, that it is in good condition. However, this is not necessarily true, especially when the degrees start to drop and the snow begins to fall. Freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on your car and sometimes you may not even be aware of the issues your car is experiencing.

In the winter, all drivers should perform regular maintenance checkups on their car to guarantee that everything is running properly. To help keep you and your family safe on the roads this winter, we have created a list of the most commonly ignored winter car maintenance tasks that should not be so easily forgotten.

dangerous toys
The Seven Most Dangerous Toys of 2015

You would think that with today's advancements in technology and strict safety requirements, children's toys would be safer than ever. However, this is not always the case. Toys created today are still quite dangerous. Each year, thousands of children are injured by toys with small parts, toxic substances and inaccurate warning labels. On average, there are over 250,000 toy-related injuries each year and several toy-related deaths. We took a look back to see what the most dangerous toys were of 2015.

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Exclusive Reveal: Our New Logo

Edgar Snyder & Associates Unveils New Logo

history of car insurance
How Babylonia and Ben Franklin Led to Car Insurance

The first car accident in the United States occurred in 1891 in Ohio. This was only the first of many accidents that would happen early in the history of the automobile. For a period of time, the roads were a free-for-all – there were no stop signs, traffic lights, lane lines, or posted speed limits. As more cars led to more accidents, those accidents led to a need for what we now know as car insurance.

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Are Uber and Lyft Responsible for the Decrease in Drunk Driving Accidents?

Over the past few years, the number of drunk driving accidents in U.S. cities has declined considerably. Some people have attributed this decrease to the growing popularity of ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft. However, other people wonder if it's true that these services are solely responsible for the drop in the number of alcohol-related crashes around the country.

scholarship winners
Scholarship Winners Throughout the Years

Our 2016 Scholarship Contest is in full swing, so if you know a high school senior who could use money to put toward higher education, make sure you tell them about this opportunity. In the meantime, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some the wonderful entries that have won throughout the years.