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  • Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers: Pennsylvania Statewide Spotlight on Aggressive Drivers and Work Zone Safety

    Pennsylvania has undertaken a new statewide effort for 2015 that is meant to increase driver and road worker safety across the state’s roadway infrastructure. Many local police departments are coordinating with the Pennsylvania State Police in the special enforcement effort, which will extend through the spring on more than 400 roadways across the state. Municipal and state law enforcement will be actively working to target aggressive drivers and prevent aggressive driving car accidents, injuries, and deaths.

    Motorists who frequently drive in excess of the speed limit and commit other types of aggressive driving behaviors are frequently at fault for causing car accidents and fatalities across Pennsylvania. Here are six safe driving reminders to help all Pennsylvania motorists decrease the risk of causing or becoming involved in a car accident.

    • Obey the speed limit. Speed is a killer and if you speed excessively, you are putting everyone on the road at risk.
    • Do not tailgate slower vehicles.
    • Resist the urge to race to beat red lights or run stop signs.
    • Never weave in and out of traffic.
    • Remember to not pass illegally on the right.
    • Always yield the right of way to oncoming vehicles.

    Philadelphia Work Zone Safety

    The statewide aggressive driving cessation campaign also includes a special focus on improved work zone safety for 2015. Since 1970, 85 road construction workers who were employed by PennDOT have been killed in the line of duty. In 2013, accident statistics showed that more than 1,600 of the crashes were reported to have occurred in Pennsylvania highway work zones.

    Drivers should always exercise increased caution when approaching and driving through roadway construction work zone areas. Active work zones are designated by signs accompanied by a flashing white light when workers are present. The following safety tips are important to remember when entering an active roadway work zone.

    • Maintain your vehicle’s speed at or below the posted work-zone speed limit.
    • Stay alert and pay attention to signs and flaggers.
    • Use your vehicle’s four-way flashers if stopped or traveling at a slow speed.
    • Turn on the vehicle’s headlights if signs request that you do so.
    • Never tailgate and drive to maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and those around you.
    • Avoid distracted driving by not using mobile devices while behind the wheel.
    • Give your full attention to the road.
    • Always drive with your seat belt fastened.
    • Expect the unexpected.
    • Drive with a patient attitude.

    Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers at Galfand Berger Represent Victims of Car Accidents throughout Pennsylvania

    If you or a family member has been injured in a car accident as a result of the negligence or aggressive driving of another motorist, call the experienced personal injury lawyers in Philadelphia at Galfand Berger LLP. Our car accident lawyers can advise you on the potential liability of the parties involved. Our offices are conveniently located in Philadelphia, Reading, and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and we serve clients throughout the Harrisburg and Allentown regions, as well as in South Jersey. Call us today at 1-800-222-8792 or complete our online contact form for a consultation with one of our skilled Philadelphia personal injury lawyers.