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Determining the cause of a car accident

It is important to know who or what caused a car accident. After all, car accidents can be expensive, costing people in Pennsylvania a lot of money or even their lives. This cost has to be accounted for, which is why the police as well as insurance companies do everything in their power to figure out the entity responsible. Once the correct party has been determined, the police can administer the proper punitive action, and the insurance companies can send said party a claims payment.

Dangerous use of phones while driving increases

Pennsylvania drivers may be using their mobile devices in even more dangerous ways than in previous years. According to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released on Jan. 24, drivers in 2018 were 57 percent more likely to be seen using their phones for texting or emailing than in 2014. They were less likely to be using them to make calls.

Trucker may be behind fatal pile-up in Florida

Pennsylvania motorists likely know how dangerous it can be to drive around large commercial trucks. An accident that occurred in early January in Florida illustrates this to a tragic degree. Florida Highway Patrol reported that a large truck, driven by a 59-year-old man, was going north on I-75 near Gainesville when it moved left from the right lane and struck a 2007 Honda sedan in its path.

Crash rates go up among dump and concrete delivery trucks

Pennsylvania motorists may have good reason to feel anxious whenever they drive around commercial trucks. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a new report that focuses on accident rates among dump trucks and ready-mix concrete delivery trucks, and the results are not reassuring. In 2016, there were 8,206 dump truck crashes so severe that the vehicle had to be towed away. There were 838 such crashes with concrete delivery trucks.

The global cost of motor vehicle accidents

Many Pennsylvania motorists are concerned about the threat posed by traffic accidents, and those concerns are echoed by leading global public health officials. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), car crashes are the No. 1 cause of death around the world for children and young people between the ages of 5 and 29. Across all age ranges, vehicle accidents are the world's eighth most common cause of death, now ahead of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. The WHO reported that traffic deaths rose to 1.35 million in 2016 as part of its 2018 Global Status Report on Road Safety.

Winter driving preparations for Pennsylvania motorists

Driving in Pennsylvania during the winter can sometimes be difficult for motorists in the Keystone State, especially when conditions affecting traction and visibility suddenly develop. The National Safety Council is making an effort to educate drivers on new available technologies designed to help regain traction and reduce accident risks when conditions are hazardous. The non-profit organization is also encouraging drivers to take sensible precautions when heading to their destination during the winter months.

Stay safe when traveling for Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving almost upon us, Pennsylvania’s roads will be seeing a lot of traffic over the next few days. It is estimated that the Pennsylvania Turnpike, all on its own, will have around 3.7 million cars and trucks travel on it in the time around the Thanksgiving holiday. It is important for all drivers who will be traveling in connection to the Thanksgiving to act responsibly out on the roads.

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