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Boredom, the open road and the risk of distraction

One potential problem people face when they spend a lot of time in the car is simple: They get bored. The beginning of a road trip is fun, with the excitement of getting underway. The end is fun, when you arrive at your destination. But those 10 hours in the middle, as you drive through land that all looks the same? That's when you feel bored.

As such, people often seek out distractions. They turn up the music. They talk to passengers. And, far too often, they eat.

A new bill may prevent repeat DUI offenders from driving again

Pennsylvania state lawmakers recently passed a bill that calls for stiffer penalties for those who are convicted of two or more driving under the influence (DUI) offenses. Now families of victims who have lost their lives in drunk driving crashes are championing Deana's Law. If passed, it would make it even harder for individuals previously convicted on DUI charges to ever behind the wheel of a car again.

The newly proposed bill has been named after a 45-year-old Delaware County woman who lost her life when she was struck and killed by an alleged drunk driver.

How to divide assets in a Pennsylvania divorce

While getting ready for a divorce, one of the first things you consider is property division. You may have concerns about who gets what. Additionally, you probably have a lot of questions about how the process of dividing marital property works. 

Before you split up any assets, you must go through the process of identifying, categorizing and valuing them. Here are the general steps and guidelines for dividing marital property in a Pennsylvania divorce.

What are 3 of the most common workplace injuries?

When asked to name dangerous professions to work in, it's common for individuals to mention roles such as factory workers, tree cutters or underwater welders. While these jobs definitely carry with them significant danger, workers in more traditional occupations risk being injured as well.

Slips, trips and falls

How do taxes affect what you leave for your loved ones?

Ensuring that your loved ones are cared for is one of the main reasons you have a will. You want them to be comfortable after you’re gone. Of course, you also want to know that your estate is divided and cared for properly.

Knowing that your wealth and property is going to be taxed might make you anxious, since you want to give those close to you as much as you can. Here are a few things to understand:

Why brain injuries are more common in older adults

As we get older, we become less flexible and more brittle. Seemingly minor accidents—which, in our younger years, we could quickly recover from—can now lead to more serious injury.

As an older adult, you may already realize that your bones can break more easily than they could before. A slip in the grocery store could land you in the hospital with a broken hip. However, you may not realize that a simple stumble could also result in traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Fluctuating winter weather? Do this right away.

The weather this winter has been nothing if not variable. Last week it was below zero. Today it’s 60 degrees. Next week, we’re expected to get snow.

While rapid season shifting certainly keeps things interesting, it’s important to understand how highly fluctuating weather conditions such as these can impact your safety on the road. In today’s post, we examine one critical—but commonly overlooked—step that any winter driver should take to protect themselves behind the wheel.

The implications of the government shutdown on personal safety

The partial government shutdown has now been in effect for over a month. More than 800,000 federal employees have been furloughed or are being forced to work without pay.

As this nation-wide halt in services wears on, the impacts on human lives are becoming increasingly severe. One less obvious consequence of the shutdown is a higher risk of personal injury. Here’s why:

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