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Douglas V. Stoehr, Attorney at Law
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1960’s Distracted Driving Experiment
 
Back when technological temptations were limited to tuning the radio or playing with the heat, John Senders began a quest to figure out how much attention was needed while driving.  Senders was a scientist at Bolt Beranek and Newman in Cambridge.  He received a call from the Bureau of Public Roads complaining about poor and dangerous driving.  This made Senders think back to an incident in 1952 when he was driving from Dayton to Cleveland, Ohio.  He was in a heavy rainstorm and the windshield wipers only cleared a small section of his windshield.  He said he just got a periodic view as he was driving.  With his windshield wipers going at a constant speed, he could go 32 mph.  If he sped up to 34 mph, he felt distressed. 
 
In 1967, Senders performed an experiment to replicate conditions that he encountered while driving from Dayton to Cleveland.   In the experiment, he drove in mid-day traffic on I-495 in a 1965 Dodge Polera, wearing a motorcycle helmet that had the visor sandblasted into an opaque shield.  This was rigged to a pneumatic tube which periodically flipped the visor down over his eyes.  With the visor down, he could see nothing but light until he triggered the visor to lift for a fraction of a second.  This was similar to what he encountered in 1952, and this was his entire point:  he built a mathematical model of human attention.  
 
Senders also found that other distractions impaired a driver’s ability to focus while driving.  For example, conversations, looking at landmarks or in the rearview mirror, and experiencing hypnosis by staring down the road, all affected a driver’s ability to focus while driving according to Senders.  Many years later in 2011, Senders compared his 1952 experience, and the 1967 experiment, to the distractions that modern drivers face.  He described his experimental findings as “quaint’” compared to the number of distractions today.

If you have been injured by a distracted driver, please give Attorney Doug Stoehr a call at (814) 946-4100.  You can also visit his website at www.stoehrlaw.com.
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Automatic Emergency Braking
 
The US Department of Transportation and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety this month have announced that ten major vehicle manufacturers (Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo) which represent 57% of light duty vehicles and have committed to making Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) a standard feature on all new vehicles.  These 10 companies are taking a major step in making crash prevention technologies more widely available to consumers. 
 
AEB includes a wide range of systems designed to address the large number of crashes, mainly rear-end collisions, where drivers don’t apply the brakes, or fail to use sufficient braking power to stop the vehicle.  AEB systems use sensors such as radar, cameras or lasers to detect an imminent crash, and warn the driver and engage the brakes in the event the driver does not. 
 
If you have been injured in an automobile accident, give Attorney Doug Stoehr a call at (814) 946-4100.  You can also visit his website at www.stoehrlaw.com and view some of the testimonials of his past satisfied clients.
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Nursing Home Abuse In America
 
According to a report published by the Department of Health and Human Services, there were almost 90 million Americans over 65 years of age in 2014.  This means that many families will eventually be faced with the tough choice of picking a nursing home for a loved one.  A recent government study found that 85% of nursing homes reported at least one incident of abuse or neglect.   Understaffing, poor training and high turnover rates contribute to issues of resident neglect or mistreatment.  According to the Office of the Inspector General, nursing homes only report 53% of these allegations.  What exactly is considered neglect/abuse?  Bed sores, open wounds, bruising, broken bones and infections that never go away.  It can also be inadequate or inconsistent medication distribution, non-reported falls or unsanitary living conditions.  This neglect and mistreatment can lead to death.
 
Fortunately for these elderly residents, there are people like Attorney Doug Stoehr to help them.  If you have a loved one who has suffered abuse or neglect in a nursing home, you can give Doug a call at (814) 946-4100.  You can also visit his website at www.stoehrlaw.com .
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Distracted Driving and Motorcycles
 
When two cars collide, it often results in damage that can be repaired in a couple of weeks.  When a car hits a motorcycle, there is often direct vehicle to human contact.  Over half of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve a motor vehicle and most of the time the motorcyclist is not at fault.     80% of crashes and 65% of near crashes involved drivers who were not paying attention to traffic for at least three seconds or more.  Distractions take many forms;  phone conversations, texting, eating, grooming and daydreaming.  Because of a motorcycles size, it can be hidden in a car’s blind spot and can also appear further away than what it actually is.   More following distance also needs to be allowed for motorcycles because to slow down, sometimes they downshift or “roll off the throttle.”  Therefore no brake lights come on.  Attorney Doug Stoehr believes that motorcyclists deserve the same respect on the road as any other vehicle.  If you have suffered injuries due to a distracted driver, please give Attorney Doug Stoehr a call at (814) 946-4100.  To learn more about Attorney Doug Stoehr and his practice, go to www.stoehrlaw.com and you can read some testimonials of his satisfied clients.
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Statistics for Labor Day Weekend
 
The Pennsylvania State Police have released accident statistics for 2014 for the Labor Day weekend.  There were 686 crashes during this time, 70 of these were alcohol related.  Of these 686 crashes, there were 13 deaths and 211 injuries suffered.  They also cited almost 800 people for not wearing seatbelts and 545 people for driving under the influence.
 
AAA estimates that this year, nearly 35.5 million Americans will travel over Labor Day weekend  the final holiday weekned of summer.  87% of these travelers will get where they are going by car.  These numbers are being helped this year by the fact that drivers will be paying the lowest average gas prices since 2004.
 
Attorney Doug Stoehr reminds everyone to buckle up and drive sober this weekend.  Do not become a statistic.  If you have been injured due to the negligence of another driver, please give Doug a call at (814) 946-4100.   You can also visit his website at www.stoehrlaw.com.
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ATV Accident Statistics
 
Every year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issues warnings about accident risks involving ATVs.  Despite safety awareness campaigns, the number of new injury cases reported by emergency rooms each year has either remained constant or increased.  The following are some accident statistics:
           
     -Nearly 75% of all ATV crashes result in debilitating brain and  
      spinal cord injuries.
     -The total number of ATV injuries reported each year has nearly
      tripled in the past 20 years.
     -Riding ATVs is in the same category as football and diving as
      being among the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries in
      youths 17 & under. 
     -Most modern ATVs are capable of reaching speeds up to 100
      mph.
     -80% of all ATV-related fatalities result from a traumatic brain
      injury or spinal cord injury suffered by the rider in a crash.
 
Attorney Doug Stoehr wants to remind everyone to be careful when riding ATVs.  But if you have been injured due to someone’s negligence while riding, please give Doug a call at (814) 946-4100.  Doug has successfully handled ATV claims in the past with great results for his clients.  You can also visit his website at www.stoehrlaw.com
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The Trucking Industry and Work Log Violations
 
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced the new provisions for work day limits for the trucking industry.  The maximum average work week is now 70 hours; an 11 hour daily driving limit and a 14 hour work day limit, which is a decrease from the previous maximum of 82 hours.  When drivers have reached their maximum 70 hour work week, they are required to rest for 34 consecutive hours (which includes 2 nights of sleep) before they can resume driving.  They are also now required to take a 30 minute break during the first 8 hours of a shift.
 
Working long daily and weekly hours on a continual basis causes chronic fatigue, which in turn can lead to a high risk of crashes.  According to the FMCSA, it is estimated that these new rules will prevent approximately 1,400 crashes and 560 injuries a year.  If you have been injured in a crash with a tractor trailer, please contact Attorney Stoehr at (814) 946-4100.  You can also visit his website at www.stoehrlaw.com and read some of the testimonials of past satisfied clients.
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Crackdown on Aggressive Driving

The 3rd Aggressive Driving Wave for 2015 is currently being conducted in Pennsylvania and will last through August 30, 2015.  Over 330 municipal police agencies and the Pennsylvania State Police are participating to reduce the number of “Aggressive Driving” related crashes, injuries and deaths on 474 roadways throughout the state.   The focus on this wave will be primarily on red light running, tailgating and speeding.   Other unsafe driving behaviors such as driving too fast for conditions, texting  while driving, and work zone safety violations will also be targeted. 
 
Municipal police agencies who participated last year  wrote 53,587 aggressive-driving related citations including 31, 150 for speeding, 5,011 citations for failure to obey traffic control signals, 145 DUI arrests and 179 drug related arrests.    Attorney Doug Stoehr wants everyone to remain safe while traveling on the highways.  But if you have been injured due to the negligence of an aggressive driver, please give him a call at (814) 946-4100 to schedule a free consultation.  You can also view his website at www.stoehrlaw.com and read some of the testimonials of previous satisfied clients.
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