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Although alcohol-related crashes accounted for approximately 9% of the total crashes in 2014, they resulted in 28% of all persons killed in crashes.
 
Welcome to our Philadelphia accident and injury Google Hangout. My name is Rene and I’m here with Rand Spear, Philadelphia’s car accident lawyer. Today we are going to talk about accidents caused by drunk drivers.
 
 
 
1.     Rand.  What groups make up the greatest number of drunk drivers that cause accidents in Pennsylvania?
 
§  75% of drunk drivers were male
§  The two age groups from 21-30 had the highest percentage of drinking drivers
Although the 16-20 age group increased in 2014 there were no incidents of drunk driving accidents in 2015 for the under 16 group
 
 
2.     What impact does drunk driving have on accidents in Pennsylvania?
 
In 2014 there were 333 crash fatalities, with most of the fatalities in the car being driven by the drinking driver. On average 29 alcohol related crashes occur every day with 20 persons injured as a result most of them occurring after dark on the weekend.
 
3.     What can be done to try to help reduce these accidents?
Education is the first step towards reducing the statistics along with heavy enforcement, stronger penalties and ignition interlocks help to reduce the numbers of drunk drivers.  And if you’re drinking don’t drive and find a designated driver.
 
 
 
If you have been injured by the negligence of a drunk driver or have a case in Pennsylvania or New Jersey related to a car accident or any other accident or injury please call Rand Spear the Accident Lawyer at 888-373-4LAW
 
Or visit the firm at:
http://www.randspear.com/  
Thanks again for sharing your experience and knowledge with our audience Rand.
 
I want to thank everyone for participating today and I invite our audience to come back and hang out next time when we will be discussing a new and important topic.
 
That’s all for now and goodbye.
 

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Motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to have a fatal accident than passenger vehicle occupants per mile driven. Motorcycle fatalities were down by 2% nationwide, but in Pennsylvania they rose slightly.
 
Welcome to our Philadelphia accident and injury Google Hangout. My name is Rene and I’m here with Rand Spear, Philadelphia’s car accident lawyer. Today we are going to talk about motorcycle accidents.
 
 
 
1.     Rand.  Why do you think that fatalities for car occupants have gone down 30% since 1997 but the rate for motorcycles has increased 122%?
 
§  Greater popularity for motorcycles among weekend warriors
§  Much faster bikes –pocket rockets- less experienced riders-34% of deaths were speeding
§  Lack of universal helmet laws-PA repealed in 2003-
Only 19 states have laws
§  Alcohol-28% of deaths were over legal limit in 2013
 
 
2.     To what extent does the lack of helmet laws impact the injury and death rate for motorcycle riders?
 
In 2015 there were 179 motorcycle fatalities.  48% or 86 were not wearing helmets, but of the 332 bikers that were not injured in crashes 217 were wearing a helmet.  That’s almost 2/3’s of the riders.
 
3.     Can you give us some tips that will help motorcyclists avoid getting into an accident with other vehicles?
 
 
§  Cars turning left in front of bikes make up 42% of all crashes. Keep an eye on the wheels of the car in front of you so you can anticipate turns that might cut you off
§  Ride at a pace where your reaction time and ability to take action fit within your range of vision
§  Only ride as fast as you can see and use visual clues like telephone polls and signs to judge a road’s direction, even if that road is disappearing over a blind crest.
§  Be aware of where blind spots lie and spend as little time in them as possible. If you can see a drivers eyes in their mirrors, then they have the ability to see you too.
§  Beware of situations where lane changes become more possible. Is highway traffic slowing, with one lane moving faster than others? People are going to want to be in that lane. Don’t be where they want to be.
§  Look for signs of a car changing lanes: turn signals, wheels turning, the car wandering around its own lane while the driver checks his mirrors and, of course, the driver’s head moving.
§  Never, ever, ever, ever ride between an active traffic lane and parked cars. Not just because of the opening doors thing, but because pedestrians step out, cars pull out so they can see, and for a million other reasons.
 
4.      Can you give us some tips that will help drivers avoid getting into an accident with a motorcycle even though it may mean less work for you?
 
60% of crashes are the fault of motorists
§  Pay attention. Look twice before you turn and always be aware of bikers in proximity to your car
§  Give more room than you would if a car was near you. Motorcycles stop faster and have more reason to stop quickly. You could run over them
§   Allow motorcycles a full lane
§  Signal your turns and lane changes
§  Check your blind spots. Bikes do not give you any warning that they’re coming- you can’t hear them until they pass you
 
If you have a case in Pennsylvania or New Jersey related to a car accident or any other accident or injury please call Rand Spear the Accident Lawyer at 888-373-4LAW
 
Or visit the firm at:
http://www.randspear.com/  
Thanks again for sharing your experience and knowledge with our audience Rand.
 
I want to thank everyone for participating today and I invite our audience to come back and hang out next time when we will be discussing a new and important topic.
 
That’s all for now and goodbye.

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Eleven out of every one hundred accidents is a hit and run resulting in nearly 1500 deaths each year according to AAA Foundation for Safety.  
 
Welcome to our Philadelphia accident and injury Google Hangout. My name is Rene and I’m here with Rand Spear, Philadelphia’s car accident lawyer. Today we are going to talk about hit and run car accidents.
 
 
 
1.     Who is responsible for paying for damages for a victim of a hit and run accident, including loss of income and hospital bills above personal injury protection?
 
 
2.     How can you prove who is at fault in a hit and run if there are no witnesses?
 
Collecting evidence is important etc.
 
3.     Are there statutes of limitations and what are the victim’s responsibilities in order to be compensated for loss?
 
You will have to prove:
 
§  the accident was caused by a unknown motorist;
§  reasonable efforts have been made to identify the other driver and find out if the other driver had any existing insurance policies; and
§  you suffered actual injuries and damages as a result of the accident.
 
 
4.      Is there a way to protect yourself and your family from loss in a hit and run accident?
Uninsured motorist coverage but sometimes the victim ends up footing the bill
 
 
 
 
 
If you have a case in Pennsylvania or New Jersey related to a car accident or any other accident or injury please call Rand Spear the Accident Lawyer at 888-373-4LAW
 
Or visit the firm at:
http://www.randspear.com/  
Thanks again for sharing your experience and knowledge with our audience Rand.
 
I want to thank everyone for participating today and I invite our audience to come back and hang out next time when we will be discussing a new and important topic.
 
That’s all for now and goodbye.

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From 2004 to 2013 there were 1344 people killed in school transportation related crashes- an average or 134 per year according to the NHTSA.

Welcome to our Philadelphia accident and injury Google Hangout. My name is Rene and I’m here with Rand Spear, Philadelphia’s car accident lawyer. Today we are going to talk about bus and car accidents because it is back to school time.



1. Rand can you tell us a little more about the above study and what lessons can we learn?

• 71% of the people killed in these crashes were occupants of other vehicles and not in the buses. Only a fraction were actually in the buses

• 21% were bicyclists and pedestrians.

• More school age kids were killed in crashes between 7 to 8 and 3 to 4 than any other time of day.

• Use care- more cars on the road, distracted drivers and kids not paying attention etc. More people are killed in cars and walking than in buses. Buses are large and inflict more damage on cars and pedestrians


2. Rand, Tell us about some of the types of accidents that occurred?

• Most of the serious accidents and those involving fatalities were crashes into the front of the school bus. Two thirds involved multiple vehicles

Impacts into the right side of the bus were the second most common occurrence.

• Many accidents occur when one car stops for the school bus but the car behind them doesn’t
• Kids crossing in crosswalks and a car passes the bus and hits them

3. What can drivers and pedestrians do to avoid crashes with school buses?

Although many accidents are unavoidable, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your children this school year.

• Understand the school bus stopping laws in your state.
• Review bus stop safety tips with your family.
• Refrain from distracted driving.
• Whether walking, driving, or cycling, always maintain a safe distance from school buses.


If you have a case in Pennsylvania or New Jersey related to a car accident or any other accident or injury please call Rand Spear the Accident Lawyer at 888-373-4LAW

Or visit the firm at:
http://www.randspear.com/

Thanks again for sharing your experience and knowledge with our audience Rand.

I want to thank everyone for participating today and I invite our audience to come back and hang out next time when we will be discussing a new and important topic.

That’s all for now and goodbye.

Disclaimer: Information contained in this video should not be construed as legal advice. Content is for information purposes only. Nothing contained herein shall constitute an attorney-client relationship.

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More people die in car crashes in the United States every year than in any other high-income countries according to the CDC.

Welcome to our Philadelphia accident and injury Google Hangout. My name is Rene and I’m here with Rand Spear, Philadelphia’s car accident lawyer. Today we are going to talk about car crashes, wrongful death and why the US leads this statistic.



1. Rand can you talk to us about the trends in the number of car accidents resulting in death in the US?

• According to the CDC report, although the death rate has dropped by 31% it has not dropped as much as it has in 19 other wealthy nations. In 2013 more than 32,000 people died in car crashes. The trend is up in 2015 to more than 35,000.

• The US had the slowest decrease in road deaths. For example in Spain & Denmark the death rate dropped by 75% and 63% respectively.




2. Rand, What are these accidents and deaths attributed to?

• Mostly to drunken driving, speeding and not wearing seat belts.

The US ranked 2nd in deaths involving alcohol behind Canada
The US also ranked 3rd lowest in seat belt use-especially for children under 12.
The report says that more than 3000 lives could be saved just by improving seat belt use.

3. Has your firm handled any wrongful death cases involving clients that were killed in car crashes?



If you have a case in Pennsylvania or New Jersey related to a car accident or any other accident or injury please call Rand Spear the Accident Lawyer at 888-373-4LAW

Or visit the firm at:
http://www.randspear.com/

Thanks again for sharing your experience and knowledge with our audience Rand.

I want to thank everyone for participating today and I invite our audience to come back and hang out next time when we will be discussing a new and important topic.

That’s all for now and goodbye.

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More people die in car crashes in the United States every year than in any other high-income countries according to the CDC.  
 
Welcome to our Philadelphia accident and injury Google Hangout. My name is Rene and I’m here with Rand Spear, Philadelphia’s car accident lawyer. Today we are going to talk about car crashes, wrongful death and why the US leads this statistic.
 
 
 
1.     Rand can you talk to us about the trends in the number of car accidents resulting in death in the US?
 
§  According to the CDC report, although the death rate has dropped by 31% it has not dropped as much as it has in 19 other wealthy nations.  In 2013 more than 32,000 people died in car crashes.  The trend is up in 2015 to more than 35,000.
 
§  The US had the slowest decrease in road deaths. For example in Spain & Denmark the death rate dropped by 75% and 63% respectively.
 
 
 
 
2.     Rand, What are these accidents and deaths attributed to?
 
§  Mostly to drunken driving, speeding and not wearing seat belts.
 
The US ranked 2nd in deaths involving alcohol behind Canada
The US also ranked 3rd lowest in seat belt use-especially for children under 12.
The report says that more than 3000 lives could be saved just by improving seat belt use.
 
3.      Has your firm handled any wrongful death cases involving clients that were killed in car crashes?
 
 
 
If you have a case in Pennsylvania or New Jersey related to a car accident or any other accident or injury please call Rand Spear the Accident Lawyer at 888-373-4LAW
 
Or visit the firm at:
http://www.randspear.com/  
Thanks again for sharing your experience and knowledge with our audience Rand.
 
I want to thank everyone for participating today and I invite our audience to come back and hang out next time when we will be discussing a new and important topic.
 
That’s all for now and goodbye.

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More people die in car crashes in the United States every year than in any other high-income countries according to the CDC.  
 
Welcome to our Philadelphia accident and injury Google Hangout. My name is Rene and I’m here with Rand Spear, Philadelphia’s car accident lawyer. Today we are going to talk about car crashes, wrongful death and why the US leads this statistic.
 
 
 
1.     Rand can you talk to us about the trends in the number of car accidents resulting in death in the US?
 
§  According to the CDC report, although the death rate has dropped by 31% it has not dropped as much as it has in 19 other wealthy nations.  In 2013 more than 32,000 people died in car crashes.  The trend is up in 2015 to more than 35,000.
 
§  The US had the slowest decrease in road deaths. For example in Spain & Denmark the death rate dropped by 75% and 63% respectively.
 
 
 
 
2.     Rand, What are these accidents and deaths attributed to?
 
§  Mostly to drunken driving, speeding and not wearing seat belts.
 
The US ranked 2nd in deaths involving alcohol behind Canada
The US also ranked 3rd lowest in seat belt use-especially for children under 12.
The report says that more than 3000 lives could be saved just by improving seat belt use.
 
3.      Has your firm handled any wrongful death cases involving clients that were killed in car crashes?
 
 
 
If you have a case in Pennsylvania or New Jersey related to a car accident or any other accident or injury please call Rand Spear the Accident Lawyer at 888-373-4LAW
 
Or visit the firm at:
http://www.randspear.com/  
Thanks again for sharing your experience and knowledge with our audience Rand.
 
I want to thank everyone for participating today and I invite our audience to come back and hang out next time when we will be discussing a new and important topic.
 
That’s all for now and goodbye.
 
Disclaimer: Information contained in this video should not be construed as legal advice.  Content is for information purposes only.  Nothing contained herein shall constitute an attorney-client relationship.

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More people die in car crashes in the United States every year than in any other high-income countries according to the CDC.  
 
Welcome to our Philadelphia accident and injury Google Hangout. My name is Rene and I’m here with Rand Spear, Philadelphia’s car accident lawyer. Today we are going to talk about car crashes, wrongful death and why the US leads this statistic.
 
 
 
1.     Rand can you talk to us about the trends in the number of car accidents resulting in death in the US?
 
§  According to the CDC report, although the death rate has dropped by 31% it has not dropped as much as it has in 19 other wealthy nations.  In 2013 more than 32,000 people died in car crashes.  The trend is up in 2015 to more than 35,000.
 
§  The US had the slowest decrease in road deaths. For example in Spain & Denmark the death rate dropped by 75% and 63% respectively.
 
 
 
 
2.     Rand, What are these accidents and deaths attributed to?
 
§  Mostly to drunken driving, speeding and not wearing seat belts.
 
The US ranked 2nd in deaths involving alcohol behind Canada
The US also ranked 3rd lowest in seat belt use-especially for children under 12.
The report says that more than 3000 lives could be saved just by improving seat belt use.
 
3.      Has your firm handled any wrongful death cases involving clients that were killed in car crashes?
 
 
 
If you have a case in Pennsylvania or New Jersey related to a car accident or any other accident or injury please call Rand Spear the Accident Lawyer at 888-373-4LAW
 
Or visit the firm at:
http://www.randspear.com/  
Thanks again for sharing your experience and knowledge with our audience Rand.
 
I want to thank everyone for participating today and I invite our audience to come back and hang out next time when we will be discussing a new and important topic.
 
That’s all for now and goodbye.
 
Disclaimer: Information contained in this video should not be construed as legal advice.  Content is for information purposes only.  Nothing contained herein shall constitute an attorney-client relationship.

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Welcome to our Philadelphia accident and injury Google Hangout. My name is Rene and I’m here with Rand Spear, Philadelphia’s car accident lawyer. Today we plan to talk about tips for cyclists to avoid crashes with motorists, which is the second half of our two-part bicycle-car accident Hangout series.
 
 
1.     Rand. Can you give us some tips cyclists should follow that might help prevent accidents, as they sometimes seem to be all over the road?
 
§  Generally, the more a bike follows the normal traffic pattern, the safer and more predictable they become.
 
§  It is safest when riding on the right. Some cyclists think they're safer on the left, where thy can see cars coming, but riding on the left is actually one of the biggest causes of car-bike crashes. If you ride on the left, both you and oncoming driver must come to a complete stop to avoid head-on collisions. When you ride on the right, drivers behind you only have to slow to your speed -- and they have three times as long to react. Also, drivers and pedestrians about to pull out from side streets and crosswalks will be looking toward you -- in the direction traffic normally comes from.
 
§  If you're going as fast as the cars, pull into line with them. When riding down a hill at high speed, you need more room to steer and brake. Besides, it's dangerous to ride along next to the right side of a car.
 
 
2.     How about some tips when it comes to going through intersections?
 
§  At intersections, move to the correct lane position depending on which way you'll be going..
 
o   Pennsylvania law requires cyclists to stop at stop signs and red lights, and prohibits them from riding on the sidewalks in business districts.
o   Respect the right of way of pedestrians.
o   Riders should base their speed on the road condition and volume of traffic.
o   Make sure to use the proper hand signals when stopping, turning, or changing lanes.
o   Be extra careful when crossing intersections.
3.     Do you have any other tips?
o   Riders should use the whole lane—not the edge of a street—to make themselves visible and predictable to other motorists.
o   Riders should be extra careful when there is a passing truck or bus which has larger blind spot (rear area of a vehicle where drivers cannot see any object from their side mirrors) than a passenger car.
 
 
4.     Has your firm handled any cases involving clients that were injured while riding a bike?
 

 
 
 
If you have a case in Pennsylvania or New Jersey related to a car accident or any other accident or injury please call Rand Spear the Accident Lawyer at 888-373-4LAW
 
Or visit the firm at:
http://www.randspear.com/

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More people died in car crashes over the Labor Day Weekend than on any other holiday except Thanksgiving.
 
Although drivers should be careful every day that they are out on the roads, certain times of the year present more of a risk for accidents and death than everyday driving.  In fact according to a 2015 National Safety Council study, Labor Day weekend accounted for an average of 375 deaths in car accidents for the previous 5 years. An average of 37% of those deaths involved alcohol impairment.
 
Welcome to our Philadelphia accident and injury Google Hangout. My name is Rene and I’m here with Rand Spear, Philadelphia’s car accident lawyer who’ll offer us some tips to keep us safe on the roads during the holiday weekend.
 
 
 
1.     Rand, can you give us your opinion about why there is such a high number of deaths over the Holiday weekend and why so many involve alcohol?
 
The summer vacation is ending and more young inexperienced drivers are on the road celebrating the last holiday and spend a lot of time behind the wheel. There will be crowds and where there are crowds there are traffic issues.
 
2.     Can you offer any tips to help stay out of trouble?
 
• Don’t drink and drive.  Law officials will be in full force focusing attention on impaired drivers.
• If you do drink, make arrangements for a designated driver or a taxi.
• Wear your seat belt. It is estimated that 148 people may survive collisions this weekend because they will have worn safety belts.
• Enforce a distraction-free zone for drivers. This includes cell phones, gps, etc.
• Ensure children are in properly installed safety seats appropriate for their size.
• Allow plenty of travel time to discourage speeding and frustration.
• Drive alert and exercise extreme caution at all times.
 
3.     Rand. Are the authorities planning on doing anything to help prevent the drunk driving statistics from climbing again this year?
 
o   In the state of Pennsylvania, in 2015, there were 10,558 DUI-related crashes. Of those, 345 were DUI-related fatalities,
 
 
o   The 2016 national enforcement mobilization "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" went into effect across the country on August 17 and will last until September 5, 2016. The program will consist of checkpoints and patrols in undisclosed locations between 6 p.m. on Fridays and 6 p.m. on Mondays through the end of the holiday weekend.
 
o   Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.
 
 
 
 
 
 
If you have a case in Pennsylvania or New Jersey related to a car accident or any other accident or injury please call Rand Spear the Accident Lawyer at 888-373-4LAW
 
Or visit the firm at:
http://www.randspear.com/  
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