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How to protect a real estate transaction

Most people in Pennsylvania would not hesitate to hire a lawyer for a business transaction that was in the hundred-thousand-dollar range. However, not everybody decides to look for legal representation when the same amount of money is at stake in real estate purchases.

One possible explanation for this is that trained agents are there to advise home sellers and buyers. However, it is not uncommon for these agents themselves to be party to a real estate transaction dispute.

Driver inexperience and the risk of a crash

Motor vehicle accidents have many causes, from crashes which are the result of intoxicated driving to icy roads and speeding. In this blog post, our law office will take a closer look at driver inexperience, which can be problematic for drivers of all age groups. Many people recognize that teens and young drivers who have spent little time behind the wheel may be more likely to cause an accident due to inexperience, but older drivers may also run the risk of a crash caused by inexperience.

There are different reasons why an older driver may be inexperienced. For example, some people may not drive until their 20s or even later in life, such as those who previously lived in a major city and found that public transportation was more convenient. Moreover, someone may be inexperienced when it comes to driving a particular type of vehicle. For example, someone may not have driven a truck before, and they may have difficulty managing a larger truck while on the road. Or, a driver may not be familiar with a particular vehicle model and they might drive erratically as a result of their unfamiliarity.

How can I stay safe on roads in the winter?

In many parts of the U.S., the winter months can be a dangerous time of year to get behind the wheel. With snows, ice and winter storms that bring heavy rainfall and strong winds, there are a number of weather-related hazards to watch out for. In some instances, it might be smart to avoid driving until conditions have improved. Some people, however, have to drive to work or take to the road for some other important reason. You should never drive when you are worried the road conditions being unsafe, but there are some hazards to watch out for throughout the winter and a number of tips to stay safe.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published an informational piece which covers some of the different strategies that drivers can employ to stay safe when driving during the winter. For example, drivers should always be prepared for dangers that may lie ahead, from planning their routes properly to clearing windows and checking their vehicle beforehand. It is also helpful to have a shovel on hand in case you get stuck and a working flashlight, especially since days are shorter.

Pennsylvania car crash stats reveal 1,137 deaths

With more than 120,000 miles of roads, Pennsylvanians have no shortage of opportunities for automobile accidents. However, recent statistics show the 2017 traffic fatality rate was the lowest since the commonwealth started keeping records in 1935.

In a recent publication, Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation found that there were 1.12 fatalities per 100 million road miles.

Riding a motorcycle for the first time

As with many other activities, riding a motorcycle for the first time can be very difficult. Some people may have dreamed about becoming a motorcyclist for years and finally decided to turn their dream into a reality. However, if a motorcyclist is inexperienced, taking their motorcycle out onto the road can be incredibly dangerous. It may place their life in danger and put the lives of people in other vehicles at risk also. As a result, you should be careful if you are planning on riding your motorcycle even though you do not have much experience. Moreover, you should never operate a motorcycle on the road unless you know that you can handle it properly.

There are various reasons why riding a motorcycle can be so dangerous. For someone with little experience, this is especially true. You may want to look into a training program if you are inexperienced and it is always vital to focus on safety. Sadly, some motorcyclists do not pay attention to these considerations and take their motorcycles out even though they are not fit to be on the road. In doing so, they may be responsible for an accident that injures someone riding on another motorcycle, a car or a pedestrian.

When drivers ignore the right of way

Motor vehicle collisions may happen for any number of reasons, but driver behavior plays a key role in a lot of accidents. Irresponsible driving takes many forms and occurs in far more ways than driving under the influence and going over the speed limit. For example, ignoring traffic safety laws and even failing to use common sense can result in a deadly traffic crash. Many accidents have happened because a careless driver failed to pay attention to which vehicle had the right of way.

If you are hit by a car while driving through an intersection even though you had the right of way, you should stand up for your rights and it may be necessary to file a lawsuit. Sadly, these accidents have not only led to the loss of many innocent lives, but they have also shattered victims’ lives by leaving them with permanent disabilities and various types of injuries.

Hunting season and the risk of a car crash

In many parts of the country, fall means the arrival of hunting season. While hunters may look forward to this time of the year, it is very important to be aware of some of the different risks associated with hunting season. Aside from firearm mishaps, things may go wrong in other ways. For example, a motor vehicle collision may occur as a result of hunting activity. Moreover, these crashes may involve other drivers who are not aware that anyone is even hunting nearby.

Hunting can lead to a car accident in different ways. A hunter may spook deer, for example, causing them to dart across the road in front of oncoming traffic. Moreover, a hunter may fire their gun near the road, which could startle a driver and cause them to lose control of their vehicle and slam into another car. Hunters may even cause an accident if they are overly excited about a hunt or try to drive home after drinking too much.

Recovering from a drunk driving crash

Any traffic accident can be tough, but some are especially devastating, such as drunk driving accidents which involve an inebriated driver who never should have been on the road. Sadly, these wrecks continue to happen at an alarming rate and the risk of a drunk driving crash is especially high during the holiday season. As the end of the year approaches, be sure to watch out for drunk drivers and make sure that you stand up for your rights in the event that one causes a collision which causes you or one of your family members to suffer.

Drunk drivers can be particularly dangerous because they drive at very high speeds and struggle to respond to threats on the road. Drunk drivers may veer into oncoming traffic at a high rate of speed, or they may collide with a car while going around a sharp turn. People who disregard the safety of others by trying to operate a vehicle while they are under the influence must be held answerable when they cause an accident. Moreover, there is no excuse for driving drunk, even though some reckless drivers try to come up with explanations for their behavior afterward.

How can I protect my family while cooking this holiday season?

Families all over Southwestern Pennsylvania are gearing up for a joyous holiday season. For home chefs, this means whipping up delicious meals for friends and family, including turkey and all the trimmings. If you plan on hosting a holiday gathering in your home this season, ADT recommends the following tips.

Make a fire safety plan

5 tips to keep your child safe at the bus stop

Last week, a second-grader in Pennsylvania was hit by a vehicle while waiting at the bus stop and died. The bus driver found him when the bus arrived at the stop. It was the fifth time in three days that vehicles injured or killed students at a bus stop.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, over 50 percent of students in the United States take the bus to school. If your child takes the bus to school, it is important to educate them on bus stop safety to keep them safe in light of recent tragedies. The following are five safety tips to keep your child safe at the bus stop:

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