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Sulfuric acid truck crashes, sending 3 people to the hospital

A scary accident in Pennsylvania involved a truck with a load of sulfuric acid, and it ended with multiple people on the way to the hospital.

The accident happened on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, in the westbound lanes. The two vehicles that crashed were between Lebanon-Lancaster and Reading at the time. Reports indicate that the wreck happened right around 6:30 a.m., on Sept. 25, which was a Tuesday.

What makes someone a “bad” driver?

Sometimes sharing the road with other drivers is a matter of life and death. Fatal motor vehicle accidents have led to thousands of funerals each year in the state of Pennsylvania. Drivers of various ages and experience levels share the road with only an obligation to follow the rules of the road. However, many drivers disregard the rules or simply do not know what to do in certain situations.

Have you ever been called a “bad” driver or told someone they were? What’s the real difference between a “good” and “bad” driver? “Good” drivers generally follow the rules, while “bad” drivers break the rules. Here are some examples of how someone might get labeled a “bad” driver:

What are the top considerations in a buy-sell agreement?

Buy-sell agreements are a critical component of any partnership agreement. Designed to weather the kinds of life changes that can disrupt a business, these agreements can provide mutual financial protection.

To get the most benefit out of a buy-sell agreement with your partners, here are the primary things that need to be addressed:

There are 3 good reasons to be wary of short sales

Short sales are sometimes an option when an owner owes more on a property than they can recoup through a sale. They happen most often when there's been a drop in the real estate market.

They seem like a good deal. Then again, looks can be deceiving. This is what you need to consider before you jump at what seems like a fantastic offer through a short sale.

Don't make these mistakes with confidentiality agreements

You have to protect your business if you want to stay operational. That means taking steps to preserve your intellectual property and proprietary information through confidentiality agreements.

Confidentiality agreements sometimes get a bad name because of overly aggressive measures taken by a few business owners. In reality, however, they're a perfectly reasonable precaution to take -- and essential to the health of your business.

What can cause birth injuries or birth trauma?

The excitement and joy of having a child can quickly turn tragic if the baby is injured or has some type of trauma at birth. It would even be more devastating if the injury was preventable. Injuries during birth are very serious and could even result in death. At other times, injuries sustained at birth can lead to long time medical care or cause a baby to be permanently disabled. The emotional and financial toll a family can endure from a birth injury can be overwhelming. 

If you own a business, you should get a succession plan in place

If you own a business, knowing how to plan for the future is important. You have to continually set goals, assess your progress and make adjustments as you go -- always with an eye toward your company's long-term prosperity. However, have you started thinking about your company's future after you are gone?

If you haven't got a succession plan in place for your business, you aren't alone. About 58 percent of people who own small businesses don't have one. Most of them are too caught up in their management activities to think about a time where their business may need to run without them.

Common mistakes motorists make at construction sites

Pennsylvania construction workers have multiple safety issues at their sites they have to deal with. While they do their best to keep the equipment and workers under control, they cannot predict when a negligent driver is going to put them in danger.

Construction sites are common areas where motor vehicle accidents occur due to how much they limit the drivers on the road. Additionally, any accident that occurs on a site can make the road nearly undrivable given how that the negligent drivers are taking up room in lanes with heavily limited space. It is important to be aware of the different conditions that often lead Pennsylvania drivers to cause dangerous and inconvenient crashes at construction sites.

Should you settle your injury claim out of court?

Deciding to settle your injury claim is a big decision -- but it's one that most injury victims face sooner or later.

If you're at the start of negotiations over a personal injury, here's what you should expect -- and what to consider before you decide to settle.

Grandparents raising grandkids to get new help

The opioid epidemic that's affected much of the nation is putting a big strain on one unexpected group of people: grandparents.

According to government research, in the state of Pennsylvania alone, there are 82,000 grandparents raising their grandchildren right now. Many of them stepped into the role of substitute parent for their grandchildren because the children's biological parents are victims of the opioid crisis. In many cases, the responsibility for the children involved was pushed on the grandparents virtually without warning. Even worse, many of the grandparents say there are few resources available to help them.

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