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Student hurt in crash gets his own graduation

A student from East Juniata High School in McAlisterville, Pennsylvania, was involved in a car accident, suffering head injuries that forced doctors to put him into a medically-induced coma. The accident happened on May 22, and he was under for six days.

When he woke up, the young man realized that his entire high school class had graduated without him. It had happened on May 25, just three days after the accident.

Could stress actually kill you?

If you think that stress isn't a big deal, it's very important to consider what more and more medical experts have found: That stress itself can be deadly.

Now, a small amount of daily stress is to be expected. However, when exposed to too much stress, for too long, it can cause serious problems and even take lives.

Considerations when someone dies prior to an injury lawsuit

If one of your family members was injured -- a spouse, for example -- he or she may have been considering a personal injury lawsuit. For example, if negligence by an employer led to a workplace accident that severely injured your spouse, more than simple workers' comp could be in play.

However, what can you do if your spouse passes away before the lawsuit begins? Below are a few things you must consider.

Key pedestrian traffic laws in Pennsylvania

Many laws have been put in place in Pennsylvania to keep pedestrians safe, some of which focus on those people and some of which focus on the traffic around them. Below are a few key laws to know.

-- If one car stops to let a person go across the road in a crosswalk, all other vehicles have to stop as well. This is to prevent a following car from trying to pass, not seeing the person and hitting him or her in the crosswalk. It is important to note that this applies in multi-lane streets, so drivers in the next lane have to stop even if no traffic is stopped directly in front of them.

DUI accidents spike around graduation

When graduation arrives, DUI accidents and fatalities go up. Studies have found that teens between the ages of 16-19 die at a rate of about 3,000 per year from accidents. Alcohol is involved in about a third of these, or 33 percent. On graduation night, though, alcohol is involved in 40 percent. Clearly, drinking and driving is more common around graduation, and the results are on the roads.

Other studies have found that about 33 percent of those who are under the legal drinking age -- 21 -- and who are killed in car accidents die during graduation season.

Pennsylvania man dies in car accident

A man from Pennsylvania was recently killed in a car accident, and three teenagers were hurt in the wreck. The man, who was a passenger in the car, was 39 years old.

The accident happened at about a quarter to nine in the evening, according to the police. A 19-year-old woman was driving her car on Route 19, going south, but she drifted off of the roadway for some reason. Her car first hit a guardrail, which knocked it into a sideways spin, and then it slammed into a tree.

Who is responsible for injuries on a cracked sidewalk?

If the sidewalk outside of someone's home is cracked and in poor repair, it may be slightly annoying. However, it may not be something he or she is really interested in fixing. The repair job may be too expensive, the person may be planning on moving -- and therefore hesitant to make long-term repairs -- or he or she may just not feel like putting in the time and effort. The homeowner may believe that it's up to the city to make the repairs.

The thing that people need to remember, though, is that repairing the sidewalk may subject them to liability if someone is injured on it If maintenance is not done, those who are injured may be able to seek compensation through a premises liability case.

Can your passengers drink in the car?

You know that you can't actively drink while driving a vehicle, but what about your passengers? Is is legal for someone to be drinking in the back seat while you're driving?

In Pennsylvania, it's not. The open container laws were created to stop exactly this type of situation, and they make it illegal to have any type of alcohol open in your vehicle. This means that a passenger who is holding an open beer, for example, would be in violation of those laws.

Is there a deadline to file a car accident insurance claim?

If you've been involved in a car accident, you may be wondering if there's a deadline by which you have to file your insurance claim. While it's true that insurance policies and providers vary—and so it's incredibly important to check your own policy—there is generally not a time limit.

The reason most people ask this question is simply that they're worried that they waited too long. Maybe you were involved in a wreck last month, for instance, and you just got too busy to report it. Maybe you didn't know your car suffered any damage, so you were just going to let it go, but now some damage is apparent and you want to look into your options. The same could be true for injuries.

Safety tips pedestrians can utilize

There is an incredible level of danger with any pedestrian accidents, so it's wise to take steps to protect yourself. Even if you're not at fault—if a driver hits you while you're legally crossing the street, with the signal, for example—the ramifications for you are far worse than they are for the driver. Use these tips to stay safe.

1. If you're out at night, it's a good idea to wear bright clothes. You may even want to consider clothes with reflectors on them, which are often worn by cyclists. Some experts have said that it can also be wise to carry a flashlight.

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