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Did you suffer the loss of a loved one in a Pennsylvania crash?

When you learned that there had been a Pennsylvania car accident involving one of your loved ones, you may have felt as though the world dropped out from beneath your feet. Whether the initial impact of the collisions took your family member's life, or he or she survived his or her injuries for hours or days before death occurred, you immediately knew your life would never be the same.  

Nothing on earth can replace the life of a human being. No one mourns through the exact same process. You hopefully have a strong support network in place to help you cope with your great loss. There are often community groups where people who have suffered tragedies can gather to encourage and support one another. Many people go through similar processes when grieving the sudden, unexpected loss of a close family member.  

Does talcum powder cause cancer?

Talcum powder, which many people refer to as baby powder, has numerous uses. Mothers sprinkle it on their babies when changing diapers to prevent rashes. Many people also use talcum powder on their bodies after they bathe for hygiene purposes and it's found in numerous beauty products and makeups. The problem is, the naturally occurring mineral -- talc -- can also contain potentially cancer-causing elements which have caused serious problems for women who apply talcum powder to their genital areas.

Johnson & Johnson, one of the world's leading producer of talcum powder-containing hygiene and beauty products, has been the target of at least three different lawsuits since 2013. In the lawsuits, female plaintiffs have alleged that their use of Johnson & Johnson talcum products caused them to contract ovarian cancer. The lawsuits go on to allege that Johnson & Johnson was negligent in failing to warn them of cancer risks associated with their products. The science behind the lawsuits alleges that talcum powder applied to genital areas can travel into the vagina and uterus, eventually making its way through the fallopian tubes and into the ovaries.

3 common car accident causes most people never think about

When Pennsylvania motorists are navigating traffic, they don't have a running tally of all the car accident causes in their minds. In fact, the average driver probably isn't even thinking about the possibility of a car accident at all. Nevertheless, the following three issues commonly cause fatal or injurious collisions. Therefore, it's important for motorists to be aware of them.

Nighttime driving: Darkness means less visibility for everyone who is on the street: motorists, motorcyclists, bicyclists, runners, skateboarders and pedestrians will all have a harder time seeing and responding to the environment around them. For this reason, drivers need to be especially careful and attentive to what's happening around them and make sure that they have high quality headlights that are fully on. Drivers also need to be especially careful on roads without streetlights.

Drivers may want to consider safer options for 'infotainment'

Driving to work in the morning while listening to your favorite audio recordings and music could be one of your favorite moments during the day. You may also enjoy talking to friends on the phone or taken advantage of your vehicles navigation software to prevent getting lost. However, when it comes to the way you access entertainment and multimedia features in your vehicle, some ways have proven to be a lot safer than others.

According to recent research from AAA, the complexity of many in-vehicle infotainment systems is too much for the average vehicle driver to manage without incurring significant risks. Many drivers are forced to turn numerous knobs, navigate multi-layered computer systems and observe what they're doing on a digitized screen just to play their favorite songs. This is in stark contrast to years past when car radios were nothing more than a few analog switches and dials that could be manipulated without taking one's gaze away from the road.

Motorcycle safety: The statistics reveal all

There's no doubt that driving a motorcycle with the wind against your skin through the country roads of Pennsylvania is one of the most invigorating experiences you could have. There's also no doubt that a motorcycle can be a very dangerous piece of equipment when you don't drive it properly.

To highlight the dangers associated with motorcycles, here are a few facts and statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • In 2010, approximately half the people who died on motorcycles were over the age of 40. This figure had increased by 25 percent since 1995.
  • Eighty-nine percent of passenger deaths on motorcycles were female. Meanwhile, only 10 percent of motorcyclists who died were women.
  • Forty-one percent of people who died operating motorcycles were not wearing helmets and 50 percent of people who died as passengers were not wearing helmets. This statistic is especially sobering when you consider how rare it is that you see someone riding a motorcycle without a helmet.
  • Approximately 50 percent of all motorcycle accidents happen in rural areas.
  • Twenty-eight percent of motorcyclists who died in 2010 were intoxicated by alcohol with a blood alcohol content (BAC) that exceeded the legal limit.

Are your symptoms related to asbestos on the job?

You may be surprised to learn that a health hazard you were exposed to 10 – 40 years ago may have only recently begun to present symptoms. If you have ever worked in a Pittsburgh steel mill, one of the city's old school or library buildings or lived in an area near such structures, your symptoms may be signs that you have suffered an asbestos injury.  

Thousands of workers and others have been unknowingly exposed to microscopic particles found in certain building materials and other products, especially in shipyards, factories, mills and other industries. If you fall under one of those categories and have not been feeling well for some time, you'll definitely want to research asbestos-related illnesses and also learn more about the type of support available to help those who suffer from such diseases.  

Kia recalls vehicles to prevent fatal air bag injuries

The Japanese air bag manufacturer, Takata, has been showing up in the news every other week for the last decade. The air bag maker manufactured tens of millions of deadly air bags that have ended up in vehicles throughout the world, resulting in a constant stream of recalls. In fact, so many recalls have occurred that it will be impossible for the world to fix all of the affected cars. This fact, however, has not deterred Kia from issuing yet another Takata-related air bag recall of 507,000 defective cars before it has even determined a solution to the problem.

According to Kia, the German vehicle parts maker, ZF Friedreichshafen AG, is to blame for the problematic air bags. ZF Friedreichshafen AG built the air bag control unit that causes the devices to inflate when a collision occurs. However, a defect causes the controllers to short circuit and thus the air bags are not deploying in various collisions. Failed air bag deployment in affected Kias – and recalled Hyundais equipped with the same air bags – have already caused six injuries and four deaths around the world.

Massive Spam recall to prevent injury from metal fragments

Can you imagine biting into a sandwich and feeling the crunch of metal against your teeth? Can you imagine suffering an injury after eating a seemingly innocuous product that you purchased at the grocery store? Although you can imagine such a circumstance, you probably don't think it would ever happen to you. That's because, as Americans, we've come to trust the safety of products we purchase from grocery stores. Nevertheless, accidents during the manufacturing of food products do happen and sometimes American consumers are harmed by them.

For example, recently four individuals complained that they bit into some Spam, manufactured by the food maker Hormel, and discovered a disconcerting surprise: pieces of metal. Some of those who reported the problematic spam said that it caused them to suffer some minor mouth injuries. Fortunately, no serious injuries were caused by the contaminated and potentially dangerous products.

Pittsburgh grandfather killed in tragic car accident

A 61-year-old man died in a multicar crash in downtown Pittsburgh. The accident happened on a recent Saturday on the 10th Street Bypass. Four additional victims were injured in the incident.

The collision happened when a sport utility vehicle drove into a concrete barrier. This resulted in another car crashing into another sport utility vehicle. The driver in the car was the one who died. The victim was a proud grandfather and a wonderful neighbor according to the people who lived close to him. One neighbor expressed that he felt bad for the man's family for their loss.

Have you checked to see if your car has a recalled Takata airbag?

Most people have heard about the Takata airbag recall. However, they don't know the frightening details related to just how deadly these airbags are. The tragic Takata scandal first erupted a decade ago after a deadly pattern was identified: People were dying in minor fender-benders because their airbags had exploded like grenades.

Automakers have since recalled 34 million cars throughout the world due to the dangers they pose to motorists and their passengers. Every year, millions more cars are added to the list – some more dangerous than others. The Takata airbags called "Alphas" are the most dangerous of them all because they have a 50 percent chance of exploding after a fender-bender. By the end of 2019, it's projected that automakers will have recalled as many as 70 million cars.

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