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Beware of cyclists on Pittsburgh streets

Bicycles have been steadily gaining in popularity over the last few years -- especially among urban commuters. In fact, Pittsburgh is eighth in the nation when it comes to the number of commuters who travel by bike. This means that commuters in cars and other vehicles need to exercise some care when they see a bike on the road or they approach a bike lane.

Here are some tips that can help drivers share the road with bicyclists a bit more easily:

General Mills flour recalled due to salmonella

General Mills is asking consumers to throw out their five-pound bags of Gold Medal Unbleached Flour in a voluntary recall over salmonella fears. The only bags impacted by the recall are those with a "use by" date of April 20, 2020.

Salmonella is a dangerous bacterial infection -- and one of the most frequent sources of food poisoning for consumers every year. More than a million people in the United States are affected by salmonellosis every year. Around 450 die annually.

Can an air bag hurt you in an accident?

Air bags are safety devices that were developed to provide protection from devastating injuries. While that is usually the case, air bags have also caused devastating injuries and even deaths.

Reports show that frontal air bags saved 44,869 lives from 1987 to 2015. During that same period of time, 290 deaths were blamed on the deployment or non-deployment of air bags. Among the fatalities, most were car passengers, and 90 percent were children or infants.

Multivehicle accident in Pennsylvania caused by coffee

A truck driver's morning cup of coffee caused a horrifying accident on Pennsylvania's Route 30 in Manchester Township.

The driver of a box truck choked on her coffee while driving east of I-83. She blacked out while choking, and her truck rammed into the rear of a small, compact car with such force that it went completely underneath the sport utility vehicle in front of it, lifting the SUV into the air.

Words to the wise about pressure cooker dangers

Whether your favorite pressure cooker is manufactured by Instant Pot, Black & Decker or some other brand, it may quickly become your favorite tool in the kitchen due to its versatility and ease-of-use.

However, pressure cookers are also dangerous. Old-style pressure cookers weren't much more than a pot for the stove with a sealable lid, a lock and a valve to let off steam. Modern pressure cookers are usually a bit more complicated and electric -- but they're just as potentially volatile.

Winter Bicyclists Need To Stay Safe, Vigilant

It's not uncommon anymore. Increasingly, more and more people ride their bicycles and commute during the winter months. You may think winter bicyclists are a bit crazy to be bundled up in layers and pedaling in sub-zero temperatures or when the streets are filled with heavy or slushy snow. But, to them, it's a lifestyle decision or even a matter of principle.

As a motorist you should be aware that commuters come in different varieties. A wintertime bicyclist deserves attention, too. You've got to share the road with them as more and more cities add bike lanes along well-traveled streets.

Driving safely amid snowplows in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania sees a lot of snow every year -- and every snow storm brings out the snowplows. For drivers who are already anxious about being on the road amid all that snow, seeing a snowplow up ahead can create even more anxiety.

Here are some tips about how to safely share the road with a snowplow and avoid an accident:

What if I'm hit by an uninsured driver?

It's a beautiful day. You're enjoying your commute. You pull into an intersection when, out of nowhere, a vehicle slams into your passenger side door. Shaken, you try to figure out if you're hurt - your car definitely is. You get out to exchange information with the other driver and find out that they don't have insurance. What do you do now?

This is a nasty situation that many people find themselves in each year. Usually the at-fault driver's insurance would cover the cost of medical bills, vehicle repair and other costs. But what if that person doesn't have insurance? Is the person who got hit out of luck? The answer is both yes and no.

Dump trucks pose a rising danger on the road

If you see a dump truck or one of those ready-mix concrete trucks on the road with you, you may want to consider taking another route or maybe stop for coffee -- whatever you need to do to let the truck get well ahead of you.

Even as data suggests that industry and technological changes are reducing the number of fatal big rig accidents across the nation, the number of accidents involving dump trucks and ready-mix concrete trucks has skyrocketed. According to data released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), severe dump truck accidents rose a whopping nine percent in 2016. There were 5,483 accidents involving dump trucks that resulted in injuries that year.

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