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Injuries involved after three vehicles collide

An accident involving three vehicles left numerous people with injuries and the police scrambling to find out what exactly went on in the build-up to this crazy crash. The accident happened at an intersection in Penn Hills, where three vehicles came together in a scary wreck. There are photos of the vehicles in the source article linked at the bottom of this post, and the damage to each one of them is extensive.

The police are investigating the crash, but at the moment there aren't many details. What we do know is that multiple people had to be taken to local hospitals for the injuries they suffered, though the extent of those injuries was not disclosed.

Traumatic brain injuries from car crashes can change your life

No one plans to get into a serious motor vehicle collision. Although everyone knows there is risk of both injury and potentially death when you drive or ride in a fast-moving vehicle, it is necessary for most people in Pennsylvania with jobs, children or medical needs. Many people do their best to avoid risk factors, including drugs, alcohol and distraction while driving. However, the fatality rate is on the rise anyway.

Sadly, not everyone makes good decisions about behavior when behind the wheel of a vehicle. It only takes one person texting while driving or choosing to drive after taking painkillers to completely change your life. Even if you initially think you don't have any serious injuries, you should always seek medical evaluation after a crash, particularly if you hit your head or black out for even a second.

Car accident deaths spiked in 2016, yet again

In our last post, we talked about the seemingly infinite amount of risks out on the road. Anyone who is out on a street or highway -- may it be a pedestrian, a bicyclist, a motor vehicle driver, or otherwise -- needs to be aware of their surroundings and proceed with caution.

In that post, we also talked about how the annual number of motor vehicle fatalities have hovered in the 30,000s for the last decade. That is a statistic that is often heralded as being a dawning of a new safety age out on the roads. This is because from 1963 to 1991, the number of motor vehicle fatalities per year remained over 40,000 -- and was often above 50,000.

There are too many risks to count out on the road

One of the most frightening aspects about traveling is that there are so many unknowns when it comes to safety and your upcoming trip. Will you get into a car accident? If you take the bus, will the bus driver operate the vehicle safely? If you use a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft, will the driver be safe? If you take a train or taxi, what happens in case of an accident?

The risks of being out on the road are numerous, and with more than 30,000 people dying every year in traffic accidents, it is clear that more needs to be done to keep drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians, and many other people out on the road safe. Hopefully some significant laws can be passed to increase the safety infrastructure in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as well as all across the state -- and really the entire country.

Out of control truck rounds corner, hits car and kills driver

A horrible accident claimed the life of a 21-year-old man in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, an area some 70 miles to the east of Pittsburgh. The accident happened last Friday morning, when the 21-year-old was traveling in the westbound lanes of SR-56. Suddenly, a large truck hauling coal and traveling eastbound went around a bend in the road and strayed into the westbound lanes. The truck collided head on with the 21-year-old's car, killing him.

The truck driver was not injured in the accident, and the police are investigating the crash. It certainly seems that negligence is at work here, given the out-of-control nature of the truck, but we will have to wait and see what the results of the investigation are.

Few details known after dog attacks 1-year-old

A dog attack that happened outside of Pittsburgh (and the state of Pennsylvania) still shows the incredible risk that comes with owning a dog, and how owners have to train their pets well in order to prevent catastrophes like the one in our source article.

The case is out of Cleveland, where a 1-year-old girl was bitten on the face and chest by a dog. It is unknown at this time what breed of dog was involved in the attack, and the extent of the injuries to the infant are also unknown. What we do know is that the attack happened at night around 10:30 p.m.  The 1-year-old was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Other than that, little is known about why the attack occurred.

Major mall accessories store sold makeup with asbestos

When you think of asbestos, you probably think of serious cancer, like mesothelioma. Most cases of this kind of cancer involve people who worked in industries with regular exposure. Factory workers, auto mechanics and even construction workers who handled insulation or asbestos remediation could end up developing serious medical conditions due to repeated, prolonged exposure to the toxic minerals.

There's a secondary source of exposure, however, which many consumers don't yet realize. Many health and beauty products, especially those with certain minerals like talc, could also contain asbestos and put users at risk of developing cancers. This risk is the reason for a recall by Claire's, a popular and well-established chain that sells accessories and costume jewelry to tweens, teens and young adults.

Walmart sued after woman slips and falls in store

A woman has filed a lawsuit against Walmart after she slipped and fell in one of their stores back in June. The woman's injuries were not detailed in the source article, but what we do know is that the woman slipped on some water that was left standing in the store. It is unclear if there were warning signs around the spilled water to alert customers to the dangerous condition. That will be sorted out in the lawsuit.

There are a couple of things to note here. The first is the spill itself. These happen so often in stores and restaurants, especially heavy retail and grocery stores (like Walmart). As such, they should have standardized procedures and protocols for how to deal with these spills in a timely and effective manner.

Hit and run accident claims life of pedestrian

In a tragic case out of Allegheny County, a pedestrian is dead and the vehicle responsible for that person's death has not yet been caught because the driver decided to flee the scene. The accident happened last night on Liberty Avenue, 15 minutes before 10 p.m. The police are still investigating the crash and have asked the public for help in identifying the fleeing the vehicle.

Other than that, there is very little information here that will enlighten you and help explain the unfortunate and fatal circumstances that happened here. Sadly, this is the usual story for a hit-and-run case: the driver flees and isn't caught (though he or she may be caught with time) and the victim (or their loved ones) is left without justice.

Looking at 2016 drunk driving data from NHTSA

If you had to guess how many people died in drunk driving accidents in 2016, how many people would you guess? Most people would put the figure somewhere in the thousands, but probably not much more than that. However, in 2016, there were actually 10.497 deaths related to drunk driving, averaging out to roughly 29 per day.

What's more is that these accidents caused about $44 billion worth of damage and deaths. That's a staggering figure. These accidents are so outrageous, mainly because they are so preventable. They simply shouldn't happen. People who are inebriated shouldn't be behind the wheels of a car because they inherently have a reduced capacity to make quick decisions and an increased chance of being in a car accident.

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