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Is distracted driving awareness enough?

Many things happen in spring. It's the return of warmer weather and lawns and trees begin to turn green. This year, it also brought Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, a campaign from the National Safety Council to raise awareness of a well-known but still-growing problem.

Studies show that Americans are already aware of the problem. They just do it anyway.

New PA Bill could substantially impact the rights of injured Pennsylvania workers

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is currently considering signing a bill into law that could seriously impact the rights of injured workers across the Commonwealth. Senate Bill (S.B.) 936 recently passed the state House by a narrow margin of 101-92 and now sits on the Governor's desk to potentially be signed into law.

What is S.B. 936?

S.B. 936 would make big changes to the way doctors treat work injuries under Workers' Compensation. Under current law doctors treating injured workers are allowed to use their best judgment in prescribing medications. If S.B. 936 becomes law, that would change.

Driver's ed aims to reduce distracted driving - will it work?

Driver's education courses are designed to help prepare future drivers for everything they may encounter while driving. The courses discuss the meaning of road signage, when to yield and the importance of driving safely. Part of this conversation has expanded in recent years to include a discussion on distractions.

Hands-free voice-command systems keep older drivers safer

Many new cars today come equipped with different types of infotainment systems designed to assist drivers with navigation, making calls, and listening to audiobooks or music, all accessible by voice command.

A new study by the IIHS and MIT found that some voice command systems cause less distraction for elderly drivers than systems requiring manual and visual interaction. In particular, infotainment systems which require a single voice command as opposed to multiple commands proved to be safer, especially for older drivers. 

Thomas Harper Joins the Firm!

Thomas Harper Head Shot.jpgCohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo (CFAR Law) is excited to announce the addition of Thomas Harper to their firm. Thomas, who is a former Army JAG Corps Attorney, will join the firm and will handle Workers' Compensation, Social Security Disability and Personal Injury cases.

When is a workers’ compensation claim denied?

The aftermath of a work-related injury can be painful, stressful and confusing as you figure out where to start or who to talk to about your situation. In order to protect your rights as an employee, you should be aware of the many potential reasons your claim could be denied.

Some of the most common reasons for claim denial include:

  • Not reporting an injury right away.If you don’t notify your employer of an injury within the specified time limit in your state, you can lose to compensation. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, “[Unless] an employee gives notice to the employer within 21 days of the injury, no compensation is due…”

Prepare For Long Waits For An SSDI Decision

The wait for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is longer than ever. According to reporting by the Washington Post, the number of people who have died while waiting for a SSDI decision increased 15 percent between 2016 and 2017, from 8,699 deaths to 10,002. Waiting is hard, and it seems that for those waiting for the lifeline of SSDI benefits, it just got a lot harder.

Why does it take so long?

Beware Of Thanksgiving Driving

As the holiday season approaches, it's important that your family stay safe so you can celebrate together. Unfortunately, the holidays are one of the most dangerous times to be on the road. Many people travel by car to see loved ones over the Thanksgiving holiday, which comes at a time when the weather is turning cold and road conditions may be more treacherous. The holidays are also a time when people celebrate by drinking alcohol. And unfortunately, some of those drivers end up on the road and cause accidents.

According to 2016 data from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, In Lehigh County there were 445 crashes in November, compared to an average rate of 414.25 crashes per month that year.   That's a 7.5 percent increase in traffic crashes for the month of November. While not every accident can be prevented, the important thing is to take extra precautions when driving during the Thanksgiving holiday; especially if you are driving at night, in inclement weather or in heavy traffic.

Peril In A Parking Structure

Roads aren't the only place where car accidents can occur. Drivers, passengers, pedestrians and bikers can be injured from accidents that take place in parking structures as well. While vehicles in parking structures generally are not moving at high speeds the way they do on highways, the impact of parking lot collisions can still be substantial, and cars and people alike can sustain damage, too. People have even had freak accidents resulting in severe injuries in parking structures when their cars plunged off of an upper level, crashing to the ground below.

Most parking structure accidents are not this severe, however, and involve collisions between cars vying for space in close quarters. Determining fault in such accidents depends on two factors:

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