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Mail carriers are getting attacked by dogs far less

According to the United States Postal Service (USPS), dog attacks against mail carriers in the Central Pennsylvania area have significantly declined since 2016. The USPS said that the number of attacks has dropped by 40 percent, and that in 2017 there were only 68 such attacks. The USPS said that they credit mace and mail satchels as part of the reason why dog attacks against their employees have dropped, in addition to the overall awareness of dog owners.

This is certainly great news, and we welcome the fact that dog owners are getting better about controlling there dogs in any context, especially under the guise of mail carriers. But we still say that 68 dog attacks is 68 too many.

Pickup truck strikes, kills pedestrian near Pittsburgh

An accident that happened earlier this morning has left one pedestrian dead and the police investigating the incident. The crash happened around 5:30 a.m. and there are questions about the visibility at the time of the accident. There was also substantial traffic from the sounds of it, meaning that there were plenty of witnesses for the police to talk to in order to find out what exactly happened in this particular case.

The driver of the pickup truck that hit the pedestrian remained at the scene of the crash, and the police will continue to investigate the situation. The woman who was walking across the street and was struck by the vehicle was declared dead at the hospital.

When an accident happens, prepare for the long road

Motorists that are injured in a car accident have a lot of things to think about. What will happen to their families while they are injured? What will happen to their damaged vehicle? How will their medical bills be paid for? What were the circumstances of the crash, and are there any signs that another driver was liable? For their long-term health, are there any steps they can take to earn the compensatory damages they will need?

In the immediate aftermath of a crash, the victims of the accident need to focus on their recovery. The medical treatment you receive will be closely documented, and all of this information could be utilized in a personal injury lawsuit should you go down that path.

Always report a slip-and-fall accident when it happens in public

The floor is wet, or the sidewalk is icy. Suddenly, you feel the world shift around you as your feet slid out from under you. You wind up falling on your back, slamming onto your side or crashing into nearby fixtures in the store. You may need help to get up, or you may even black out for a few seconds. If you don't notice a horrific injury, like a broken arm, right away, you may feel tempted to quickly move on and hope no one saw. Doing that could prove to be a major mistake.

While you may feel embarrassed about your slip-and-fall incident, you should take the time to report what happened to the owner or manager of the business. If you fell on the sidewalk outside a business or home, you should let the property owner know, if that person is present. Doing so could end up being important for your future.

Woman's career impacted by slip and fall

A woman who shattered her ankle after slipping on ice while she traveled for work has been awarded $4.9 million in damages as a result of the incident. The case dates back to 2010, when the woman stayed at a hotel owned by Marriott International Inc. and she traveled to the Quad Cities to help a client. The woman works as a software consultant.

While she stayed at the hotel, she walked outside before 8 a.m. one day and she slipped and fell on some ice outside the hotel. The broken ankle that she suffered was so bad that she needed multiple surgeries to correct the issue, and the woman began suffering arthritis in the ankle. The issues with her ankle were so severe that she eventually had to take a pay cut and reduce her job title because she was unable to travel and move around as well as before the injury. 

Another accident involving self-driving car in Pittsburgh

As many Pittsburgh residents know, Uber has invested heavily into their self-driving fleet and they have put a lot of these vehicles out on our streets here in the Steel City. As is expected, some problems have arisen and Uber is working towards fixing these issues. But that hasn't stopped accident from happening that involve their self-driving vehicles. Another one of these accidents, and it is still unclear what actually happened in the lead-up to the crash.

The accident occurred in the Strip District of Pittsburgh on a four-lane road. Uber says that their self-driving car did nothing wrong, and the driver of the other vehicle disagrees. According to that driver, he was attempting to make a left turn as the self-driving car was attempting a right turn. The two vehicles were approaching from opposite directions.

More dog bite data shows problem is worsening

A few weeks ago, we wrote a post about pit bulls and why this breed of dog has such a bad reputation. In part, it is a portrayal in TV shows, movies, and the news that builds them up into this monstrous dog. Another part if the fact that they are, on a biological level, very powerful -- more so than most other dogs. And another part still is that, statistically speaking, they are involved in far more fatal dog bite incidents than any other breed. It isn't even close.

Today we'd like to provide an update to that post, as the statistical information regarding the year 2017 shows that things aren't getting any better. In fact, they are getting much worse.

On wrongful death and product liability

Imagine for a moment that you have a relatively new blender. Or a relatively new toaster. Or really, any new appliance whatsoever. You use it a few times with no issues whatsoever. But then, one day, as you use this new appliance, it malfunctions in the most bizarre way, causing you harm. In the days that follow, you do some research online and you find out that the device you purchased has multiple different problems that other users have reported.

This happens more often than you would think, and it is often the starting point for a product liability lawsuit (which are almost always a class action lawsuit). Products fail all the time, and the ways in which they fail can cost people limbs, lives, and loved ones. Every manufacturer should be held accountable when their product puts consumers in danger.

What kinds of accidents result in wrongful death claims?

Unless you have personally experienced the loss of someone close to you in an unnecessary accident, you will not fully understand the trauma of such a loss. Family members will never stop wondering, "What if my loved one took another route to work that day?" Or, "What if the at-fault driver had decided not to drive drunk that night?"

These thoughts, unfortunately, will never fully go away. However, one thing that family members can do is seek financial restitution and civil justice for their losses through the pursuit of a wrongful death claim. Although no amount of litigation or financial compensation will ever be sufficient for losing a loved one in an unnecessary accident, these lawsuits may help bring a sense of closure.

Multiple accidents culminate in fatal wreck

An early morning series of accidents on the Pennsylvania Turnpike left two people dead and the police scrambling to investigate the entire scene. The fatal wreck was triggered by two other accidents that preceded it. The first wreck saw a car hit the guardrail, which was followed by two passenger cars colliding with each other.

It was the third accident that was fatal. With the two wrecks in front of a tractor trailer, the truck driver stopped the vehicle because the Turnpike was blocked. Unfortunately, a passenger car behind the truck was unable to stop in time and, as a result, they collided with the truck. Two adults in the car -- a 55-year-old and a 47-year-old -- were killed in this crash, and two younger passengers -- aged 16 and 12 -- survived the crash but with injuries. They were transported to a local hospital.

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