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40 percent of construction worker's body burned

Construction workers in Pennsylvania are frequently required to work with and around dangerous materials. Safety regulations and practices should be followed and enforced by employers and onsite managers in order to keep people safe when on the job. Sadly, this does not always happen and all too frequently, construction workers are injured as a result.

Minnesota considers new law about distracted driving

Around the nation, concerns about distracted driving continue to grow. For some time now, Minnesota has had a law in place that made illegal the handheld use of phones for select uses while driving. These uses include sending, reading and receiving emails or texts as well as going online to use the internet for any purpose. Now, however, the state legislature has been presented with a new bill that would expand the law to also ban handheld use of cell phones for any reason including making phone calls.

How and when you may want to get a second opinion

Odds are, you place a lot of trust in your doctor. Such medical professionals are highly educated, and they also undergo significant training before they are permitted to practice medicine. The very nature of the doctor-patient relationship is based largely on trust, but even doctors are prone to the occasional human error. That is why, in a number of circumstances, it may make sense to seek a second medical opinion. You may find it beneficial to seek an opinion separate from your primary doctor if he or she:

Distracted driving realities

Pennsylvania residents have no doubt heard and read much about the dangers of distracted driving in the past several years. While texting seems to get the brunt of the attention when people talk about distracted driving, it is important for people to understand that dangerous distractions can and do take many forms.

Should lane-splitting be legal?

One of the most controversial topics when it comes to congested traffic is lane-splitting. Each state has the right to determine whether this practice should be legalized. There are many arguments both from those who are against the practice as well as those who are supporting it. The state of Pennsylvania currently does not allow lane-splitting for motorcycle drivers, but changing laws in other states may affect that. Researchers have found evidence that the practice may actually be beneficial to motorcyclists as well as other drivers on the road.

Are motorcycle helmets necessary?

When it comes to riding a motorcycle, there are many things a driver must remember in order to be safe, and a helmet is one of them. Helmet laws differ depending on the state, but Pennsylvania law states that drivers who are under 21 years old must always wear a helmet. If you are over the age of 21, you need to wear a helmet until you either complete an approved motorcycle safety course or gain two years of riding experience. There are many people who believe the laws on helmets in Pennsylvania need to change to require helmets at all times.

Understanding distracted driving latency

Concerns about distracted driving are really no longer new. Many Pennsylvania residents have been involved in accidents caused by drivers who had been focused on tasks other than driving at the time. Sadly, use of phones or other devices while behind the wheel continues to be a common activity for many drivers in the state.

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