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How your online activity can hurt your personal injury case

You’re driving home after a long day at work. Suddenly, a distracted driver in the lane next to you swerves into you—sending your car spinning into oncoming traffic. Miraculously, you survive, but you’re badly shaken and suffering from serious injuries that will take you out of commission for months.

During stressful life events such as these, you may be filled with anger towards the reckless driver and anxiety about your future. It can be tempting to vent your frustrations or seek support on chat forums or social media.

When a Black Friday shopping spree ends in personal injury

While Thanksgiving used to be primarily about gathering with family and friends for an abundant, calorie-filled meal, the holiday tradition is changing. For many families, Thanksgiving is now synonymous with the three Fs: feasting, football and Friday—Black Friday, that is. The steep, day-after-Thanksgiving sales prompt many Americans to head to the mall, in search of the perfect holidays gifts at great prices.

However, the shopping event isn’t always a relaxing, fun-filled occasion. The enormous surge of holiday shoppers—who have often been waiting in line all night on no sleep—can quickly make things get competitive and unruly. Violence often erupts at such sale events—leading to serious personal injury or even death.

How do I tell my kids our marriage is over?

If you think the hardest part of divorce in Pennsylvania is serving your spouse with papers, then you might not realize how vulnerable your children are. There is no perfect way to tell them the news, but if you are not careful, you could do so in a manner that makes it more challenging for them to accept it and move forward. 

No matter how old your kids are, keep in mind that they are still young and not capable of understanding the situation like you or any other adult. Older children may not take the news as hard as younger ones. However, careful consideration before, during and after your divorce can help them heal faster. 

How likely are collisions with deer out on Pennsylvania’s roads?

States vary in what kinds of safety hazards are common on their roads. Here in Pennsylvania, one type of accident there is a relatively high risk of, compared to most states, are collisions with deer. This can be seen in a recent report on deer crashes.

This report, by State Farm, gave the odds of colliding with a deer or similar animal out on the roads for all of the states and the District of Columbia. These odds were based on animal crash statistics covering July 2017 to June 2018.

Safety tips for driving with your infant

When you have a baby, everything takes more time. Gearing up for a simple excursion to the park requires anticipating every possible eventuality. Will your baby need to eat or be changed while you’re out? Does she have adequate protection from the sun? Did you pack extra blankets or clothes in case she gets cold?

Traveling with your little one by car can be even more of an ordeal. And ensuring your baby is optimally protected in her car seat isn’t always straightforward. In today’s post, we provide the latest safety recommendations for car seat usage.

Why you should be especially careful behind the wheel this week

The summer is over, and the holiday season hasn’t yet arrived. And yet surprisingly, this non-descript down time has a tendency to create real safety risks for drivers. Two days over the coming week are among the most dangerous to be on the road.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently released a report on car crash fatalities. It compiled and synthesized crash data across the country from 2012 through 2016 and compared crash trends by date. It then identified the five days of the year with the highest rate of car crash fatalities. The results may not be what you’d expect.

Queen of Soul leaves no will. Complex probate to ensue.

Earlier this year, the world said good-bye one of the most ground-breaking musicians of our time. Aretha Franklin’s passing shed light on the iconic legacy of her life’s work—from extraordinary musical achievements to civil rights activism. One thing the Queen of Soul didn’t leave behind, however, was a will.

Passing away “intestate”—without a will—happens more often than you might expect. Many people are reluctant to consider their own death as a reality and therefore put off setting out concrete legal guidance in the event of their passing. Failing to do this, however, can lead to drawn-out legal battles and resentment in the wake of one’s passing.

4 tips on how to introduce a dog to your baby

For many couples, dogs are an important part of their social life. Many friends, family and neighbors own pets. You might own one yourself. When a baby comes along, a lot of things change. You and your partner will be adjusting to parenthood, and you may need to adjust your interactions as well. It’s important to be careful with your baby when you are around dogs. To create a safe environment for your family, a well-thought introduction is key.

What happens if I drive on a suspended license?

Last year, you made a stupid mistake. You were out at a bar with friends. You ended up drinking more than you’d expected, but you still decided to chance it and drive yourself home. Fortunately, you didn’t get into an accident, and nobody got injured, but you did get pulled over. Now your license is suspended.

Tonight, you’re back at the bar with your friends—only this time, you’re not drinking. Everyone else gets too wasted to drive, and they ask you to take them home. You know you’re still not allowed to drive, but you also want to make sure your friends are safe. Is it really so bad to drive on a suspended license?

Steps to take following a car wreck

When a car accident occurs on a Pennsylvania road, a driver may feel embarrassed or angry. However, the best thing in the immediate aftermath of a crash is to take a breath and assess the situation. If anyone is hurt, a call should be placed to get emergency personnel to the scene of the accident. Otherwise, the police should be called to take a report or keep the peace between those involved in the crash.

In the event of a minor accident, it may be a driver's responsibility to file a police report on his or her own. Anyone who has been involved in an accident should get to the side of the road, and they should look out for other drivers engaged in rubbernecking. It is a good idea to take as many photos of the accident scene as possible.

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