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The Use of Motorcycle Helmets in Pennsylvania and New Jersey Reduces Biker Accident Injuries as Well as Costs

10
Jul 2012
By: Flager & Associates

When bikers strap on a helmet before zooming out of the driveway, whether commuting to work on their motorcycle or going for a scenic ride, they’re usually not thinking about money. But according to a new study by the Center for Disease Control, that seemingly simple act of wearing protective headgear on a motorcycle translates to healthier state budgets. From 2008 to 2010, the CDC examined motorcycle accidents across the nation in order to establish how much each state saves when bikers and passengers wear helmets, and the results are startling.

According to the study, over $3 billion was saved in 2010 alone, with total costs saved due to helmet use ranging from $2.6 million in New Mexico to $394 million in California. In Pennsylvania, the savings was just over $300 per registered motorcycle and New Jersey came in just below that figure. Because the cause of motorcycle accidents is typically attributed to speeding or negligence of other drivers, it makes sense for bikers to wear helmets, particularly on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and New Jersey Turnpike. Though in New Jersey, universal helmet law applies, with all riders required to wear a helmet regardless of age, in Pennsylvania, the law only requires helmets for bikers under 21 years old.

As Philadelphia personal injury lawyers, we know that the most important take-away in the CDC study is that lives are saved and motorcycle accident injuries are reduced thanks to helmet use. “Motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in a collision than the occupants of the other vehicle,” attests the firm, “which could lead to a potential wrongful death lawsuit. Motorcyclists are also five times more likely to sustain some injury than are the passengers in the other vehicle.”

Nationally, says the CDC, helmets lowered deaths by 37 percent for motorcycle drivers and 41 percent for passengers, and that meant 1,544 fewer motorcyclist fatalities in 2010. Over 40 percent of motorcyclists killed in accidents between 2008 and 2010 were not wearing a helmet, says the CDC report. In states where helmets are not required, 79 percent of the motorcyclists killed were not wearing one, compared to 12 percent in states where helmets are the law.

This study offers yet another reason for motorcyclists to wear helmets, if there weren’t enough already. It is also strong motivation for Departments of Motor Vehicles to promote helmet use more aggressively, and for elected officials to support legislation that helps reduce motorcyclist injuries and fatalities. They’ll be saving money for their state and saving lives in their constituency, so everyone wins.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to motorcycle accident injuries, or you lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash death, contact the Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Flager & Associates. Call 215-953-5200. or contact us online for a free consultation to discuss your options. You may be entitled to compensation.

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One Northbrook Corporate Center
1210 Northbrook Drive, Ste. 280
Trevose, PA 19053

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

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Study finds teen girl drivers more distracted than boys

A new study reveals that teenage girls are more likely than boys to use cell phones and other electronic devices while driving, putting them and others at risk of serious injuries in car accidents.

The study, conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, was based on video footage gathered by researchers at the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center. Texting while driving was the top distraction, followed by eating and drinking, personal grooming and fiddling with the vehicle controls.

As personal injury lawyers in Philadelphia, we at Flager & Associates, P.C. have represented people injured in car accidents due to distracted driving. It’s heartbreaking to see what victims and families experience due to the negligence of others.

While the new study focuses on teen driving behavior, our accident attorneys in Pennsylvania know that young people are not always to blame for car crashes. We have seen how distracted drivers, young and old, can be responsible for serious car accidents in Philadelphia and elsewhere.

Researchers found that teenage females were nearly 10 percent more likely to become distracted while driving than boys. They were nearly 50 percent more likely to reach for something than boys, and nearly 25 percent more likely to eat or drink while driving than boys.

Boys, however, were about twice as likely as girls to become distracted and look behind them and were also more likely to talk with people outside of the car.

The AAA study also examined how teens act when they have peers in the car vs. how they behave when driving alone. With friends in the car, they are more likely to horse around while driving. When driving alone, the teens were likely to use mobile devices.

It’s important for parents to speak with their teenage drivers about the dangers of distracted driving. Parents or guardians may want to restrict the number of passengers to one, which can cut down on boisterous behavior.

Earlier studies found that texting while driving increases the chance of a car accident by 23 times compared to someone who is not texting. While even experienced drivers should not text behind the wheel, inexperienced drivers like teenagers who send or receive text messages may be at an even higher risk for a serious accident.

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident, you should not hesitate to contact a personal injury lawyer for a free consultation. The experienced attorneys at Flager & Associates, P.C., can fight hard to protect your legal rights. Call 1-888-470-1099 or visit http://www.flagerlaw.com to see how we can help. Flager & Associates, P.C. is located at One Northbrook Corporate Center, 1210 Northbrook Drive, Ste. 280, Trevose, PA 19053.

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

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NJ, PA cell phone driving laws strict, but not tough enough?

10
Feb 2012
By: Flager & Associates

Pennsylvania and New Jersey have some of strictest texting while driving laws in the country. Pennsylvania recently outlawed texting while driving effective March 8, 2012. New Jersey currently prohibits texting while driving. But that’s not enough, according to the federal agency responsible for investigating auto accidents. The National Transportation Safety Board recently recommended banning the use of cell phones while driving, including hands-free cell phone devices. “It’s about not being engaged at the task at hand,” NTSB chairman Deborah Herman said in a front page New York Times article. “Lives are being lost in the blink of an eye.”

Distracted driving kills and injuries thousands of people each year nationwide. If you or a family member has sustained a serious injury due to someone else’s reckless behavior, take action. Contact a Pennsylvania texting auto accident attorney who fights for justice. Contact Flager & Associates. Serving clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, our dedicated Pennsylvania texting auto accident lawyers work tirelessly for clients every day in the Philadelphia are. We understand how complicated accidents can be for families. Turn to a Pennsylvania distracted driving attorney who helps people get their lives back on track. Contact Flager & Associates.

Including Pennsylvania and New Jersey, 35 states ban texting while driving. In addition, nine states prohibit the use of hand-held phones. Even so, auto accidents happen. “You can’t take it back, you can’t have a do over, and you can’t rewind,” Herman said in defense of the NTSB’s support for a total cell phone ban while driving.

Auto accidents killed 1,256 people in Pennsylvania and 583 people in New Jersey in 2009. Thousands more are injured in both states and nationwide every day. Don’t become another statistic. Take back control. Contact an attorney who believes every person deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Contact Flager & Associates.

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

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Cost of a motor vehicle fatality soars above $6 million in PA & NJ

The number of people who died in motor vehicle accidents in Pennsylvania and New Jersey has declined in recent years. In 2005, a total of 1,616 people died in auto accidents in Pennsylvania and 747 died in New Jersey. In contrast, 1,256 people died in Pennsylvania car crashes in 2009 and 583 died in New Jersey auto accidents that same year, according to recent statistics.

But while the number of fatalities has declined, the financial impact of a fatal auto accident has skyrocketed in both states and nationwide. In 2009, the cost of a single motor vehicle fatality exceeded $6 million nationwide. That figure is 85 percent – or $2.76 million – higher compared to 2005, when the estimated cost of a single motor vehicle fatality was $3.24 million across the country.

Accidents happen fast. But the effects can last a lifetime. What would your family do if you lost a loved in a deadly auto accident? You need a dedicated Pennsylvania fatal auto accident attorney on your side. You need Flager & Associates. Serving clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, our dedicated fatal car crash attorneys in Pennsylvania work tirelessly every day to help families just like yours. We have handled many tough cases before throughout our careers. This wealth of experience enables our lawyers to knowledgeably tackle each case with a clear understanding of what needs to be done to make sure your family gets the compensation you rightfully deserve. Put your trust in a fatal auto accident lawyer in Pennsylvania who puts people first. Contact Flager & Associates.

Some insurance companies may give you a hard time after your loved one’s accident. They realize that many people will often settle for far less than they should receive for their accident. They don’t scare us. Contact an attorney comfortable taking on uncooperative insurance companies. Allow us to cut through the red tape so your family can get on with your lives.

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Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

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Fatal motor vehicle accidents cost PA, NJ families billions of dollars

Pennsylvania ranks fifth in the nation for the highest financial impact of fatal motor vehicle crashes, according to a recent study. Each year, such accidents cost residents $1.52 billion. The financial impact on New Jersey families is startling as well: $651 million each year.

Fatal motor vehicle accidents wreak havoc on families. You need a determined Pennsylvania auto accident lawyer working for you. You need Flager & Associates. Serving clients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, our experienced car accident attorneys near Philadelphia have dedicated their careers to fighting for justice. Fatal accidents can be extremely complicated. Knowing what to do can be confusing. Count on a Pennsylvania auto accident attorney who can guide you through all the red tape. Contact Flager & Associates.

In 2008, 1,468 people in Pennsylvania and 590 people in New Jersey died in a motor vehicle accident within 30 days of the crash. A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calculated the annual financial impact of fatal motor vehicle crashes in the United States. Each year, fatal accidents cost America $41 billion in medical and work loss costs.

Fatal motor vehicle accidents can be devastating for families. And it’s not just dealing with the heart-breaking loss of a loved one. Insurance companies can often be difficult to deal with after an accident. Let us help take the frustration and mystery out of dealing with big corporations. Contact Flager & Associates. We’re eager to help you.

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

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Uninsured motorists put other drivers at risk in Pennsylvania and New Jersey

What would you do if an uninsured motorist hit your car in Pennsylvania or New Jersey? How would you pay for the damage to your vehicle? What if you were injured? What if your insurance company plays games and holds off paying you for your accident?

Don’t be a victim. Take action. You need a determined auto accident lawyer in Pennsylvania on your side. You need Flager & Associates. Serving clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, our experienced car accident attorneys near Philadelphia can give you the attention you rightfully deserve. Don’t leave your future to chance. Count on an auto accident attorney in Pennsylvania with years of experience fighting for clients. Contact Flager & Associates.

Uninsured motorists are everywhere. An estimated 16 percent of drivers have no auto insurance. That figure often rises during tough economic times. Each time the unemployment rate goes up 1 percent, the number of uninsured drivers increases by an estimated 1 percent, according to a recent study.

Car accidents involving uninsured motorists can be complicated.  The best way to recover money after an accident with an uninsured motorist involves making a claim against your own uninsured motorist policy. But insurance companies can sometimes be unresponsive.

Don’t let an accident with an uninsured motorist derail your life. Get your life back on track. Contact Flager & Associates. We’re not afraid of insurance companies and their lawyers. Allow us to put our years of experience and vast resources to work for you.

Dedicated, determined, driven to succeed – Flager & Associates. We mean business!

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

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How to avoid a rear-end crash in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Know the facts.

16
Feb 2011
By: Flager & Associates

Every 12 seconds, a rear-end crash happens somewhere on a road in America. Each year, more than 2.5 million rear-end collisions take place nationwide, according to the National Safety Council. Busy highways and city streets in Pennsylvania and New Jersey can be especially prone to such accidents. What can you do to stay safe? Here’s some helpful hints for avoiding a rear-end crash.

• Leave enough space. Leave plenty of room between other vehicles. You need time to stop safely, especially if a driver stops for no apparent reason.

• Pay attention. Be especially aware of the driver directly in front of and behind you. Are they following too closely? Driving erratically? This can sometimes be a sign of drunk driving or someone texting while driving.

• Look for pedestrians. People on foot can be unpredictable. Many pedestrians use crosswalks. But sometimes, people, especially children, dart out unexpectedly into the road. Be prepared to stop.

• Monitor road conditions. The weather changes fast in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, especially in the winter. Clear roads can quickly become covered with ice or snow, making driving conditions extremely hazardous.

• Watch for stopped vehicles. It’s sometimes hard to tell from a distance if a car has stopped, especially vehicles parked on the shoulder of a road.

• Slow down. Just because other drivers might be traveling far beyond the speed limit doesn’t mean it’s safe to do so. Excessive speed often results in accidents. Speeding contributes to 30 percent of all traffic fatalities each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

What would you if you were injured in a rear-end collision? You need someone familiar with such complicated cases. You need someone knowledgeable about each state’s complex legal system. You need Flager & Associates.

People throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey know Flager & Associates as one of the country’s best car-accident law firms. When you choose Flager & Associates, you get a lawyer dedicated and determined to winning your rear-end crash case.

Don’t let a rear-end collision ruin your life. Fight back. Contact Flager & Associates.

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

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Black ice causes serious accidents in Pennsylvania and New Jersey

13
Jan 2011
By: Flager & Associates

The road looks safe. The next thing you know, your car spins out of control, perhaps slamming into a tree or even another vehicle. How did this happen? Blame black ice. Drivers around the world know all too well how quickly melting snow can re-freeze and turn a wet road into an ice rink. That’s exactly what happened recently outside of Philadelphia nearby in New Jersey. Two drivers in Ewing Township, N.J. lost control of their cars on black ice and slammed into each other, sending three people to the hospital.

Black ice can be deceptive. The road looks wet, but it’s really frozen solid. That’s often why drivers lose control of their car on black ice. They never even realize there’s ice on the road until it’s too late.

Experts estimate that black ice covered roads result in five times more accidents than clear roads. And if you’re trying to stop on black ice, good luck. It takes nine times as long to stop on black ice as it does to stop on a clear road, according to road safety experts.

Black ice accidents happen fast. What would you do if you were involved in a black ice car accident? What if you were injured? What if you couldn’t work? How would you pay your medical bills? You need someone familiar with serious car accidents. You need someone who gets results. You need Flager & Associates.

Our lawyers have years of experience fighting for car accident victims in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We understand how traumatic accidents can be for people. Let us deal with the red tape so you can focus on your recovery.

Don’t let insurance companies push you around after your accident. Stand up and demand justice. Contact Flager & Associates. We mean business!

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

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Passengers injured in drunk driving accidents. Facts you need to know.

13
Dec 2010
By: Flager & Associates

What would you do if you were injured while riding in a car with a drunk driver? How would you pay your medical bills? What are the laws in Pennsylvania and New Jersey regarding your right to be compensated for your injuries? Knowing what to do can be confusing. We can help.

Passengers often sustain injuries in car accidents. On average, 9,668 people die each year in accidents while riding in a vehicle. And often, drunk drivers cause these accidents. In 2008, drunk drivers killed 578 people in Pennsylvania and 197 people in New Jersey. That’s 39 percent of all fatalities in Pennsylvania, 33 percent in New Jersey.

What does all this mean if you were injured while a passenger in a drunk driving accident? Any time passengers sustain injuries in a car accident, passengers almost always have a personal injury claim against one of the drivers.

Another important factor to consider is who supplied the alcohol to the driver. If a bar or liquor store knowingly sold alcohol to the driver in an intoxicated state, you may be able to pursue a case against the bar or liquor store.

Liability laws vary by state. Pennsylvania and New Jersey are “no fault” insurance states. That means your insurance company pays your medical bills regardless of who’s at fault. But getting insurance companies to cooperate can be hard.

Drunk driving accidents are complicated. Knowing what to do can be difficult. You need someone who thoroughly understands the law. You need an experienced legal team in your corner. You need Flager & Associates.

Our knowledgeable attorneys have years of experience defending clients seriously injured in drunk driving accidents in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We tenaciously investigate every case and work tirelessly to obtain the full compensation you deserve for your accident.

We understand how traumatic drunk driving accidents can be. We can help. Contact Flager & Associates today. We’re on your side.

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

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