4 Adventurous Experiences Around Pittsburgh

If you’re a fan of adventure, Pittsburgh is the place to be. With three rivers in the downtown area as well as numerous state parks in the surrounding countryside, you’ll never have More »

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Your Post-Car Accident Checklist

One of the most terrifying situations that you can be in is to be the injured victim of a car accident. When this occurs, you are disoriented, your body hurts and may be badly injured, and your spirit is at a low ebb. With all of this going on however, after an accident you have to do all you can to keep your mind clear because this is a critical time to think through whether what happened to you is due to the behavior and actions of another person. If the answer is yes, that might make that person or entity liable for financial damages that are payable to you.

Damages can come to you as compensatory damages which include payments for things like medical bills, pain, suffering, loss of work, and loss of function, and punitive damages which can be assessed if the person who caused the accident is found to have been extremely negligent or reckless or caused the accident on purpose.

In order to increase the chances of you receiving compensation, as soon as you are in a position to following the accident, here are a list of things that will help your car accident lawyer has success in your case and get you the largest settlement.

Call 911

A lot of times people see an accident and think that someone has called 911, so they do not do it. This can cause delays in the police and ambulance arriving on the scene. So to be sure simply call them again. If emergency services are in route the operator will tell you, but better safe than sorry. The 911 operator will ask you for as many details about the accident as possible to make sure the people coming to the accident are prepared for the situation.

Get the Other Driver’s Contact Details

As soon as you are able you or someone who you are with should get the other driver’s full name, address, phone number, license, license plate number, email address and insurance information.

Make a Record of Everything That Happened and That You See

You should use the time right after the accident to try and notate everything that happened regarding the accident. If you can write then write it down or use the video recorder on your phone to record it. You should also take video and pictures of everything and not leave out even the small details. Take pictures of the cars, street signs and roads where the accident occurred. Go over what you were doing when you were hit, what you saw and heard and the actions of the other drivers involved in the accident. You might even want to draw a diagram of the location where the accident occurred. This information is critical because often people will forget large details of the accident later and this information is a key piece of evidence in a car accident case. The police will also make a report and if your information lines up with that report it is very powerful evidence for your case.

Get Details of Any Witnesses You See

Ask if anyone saw the accident and ask for their details. You attorney can interview these people later which can be helpful for your case.

If you are too hurt to do any of these things on, the scene ask someone else that you know who may be able to do them. If you are alone when you are being treated in the hospital you can do these things. They will be very helpful with your car accident case.

How to Maneuver Your Bicycle Safely in California Traffic

Although at only about 50,000 bicycle / motor vehicle crash injuries each year, estimates are that only 10% of them are actually reported to police meaning that half a million people are injured each year by cars while riding a bicycle.

Th statistics are staggering and point to the fact of how dangerous it is for motorcycles to be interacting in the same travel space with motor vehicle in cities all over the country. California municipalities have responded by creating specific bike lanes in urban areas and giving motorists additional training on how to co-eist with bicycles.

Because bicyclists have very little protection when riding, they must be very careful on the road. Here are some things for bicyclists to note.

Things Bicyclists Should Do and Not Do

To be clear, the best way to survive a bicycle / motor vehicle accident if you are on a bicycle is to not be in an accident in the first place. Of course this is obvious but if you keep it in mind, then there are a numbers of precautions you can take and things you should do to avoid injury.

Wear Protective and Safety Gear

Bicycle riders must always dress like they will likely be in an accident when they ride. This means always wearing a helmet, wearing long sleeves and pants and if possible have these garments have some padding. If you are struck there is nothing between you and the pavement except your clothing.

You should also make sure you have all of the available safety equipment including mirrors, a safety vest, and lights in multiple directions, safety reflectors and a horn on your bike. You should make sure that all of these are operational and visible no matter what time of day or night you are riding.

Never Go Straight Through an Intersection

When you ride your bikes you should always stop at each intersection before you pass through it. Bicyclists adopt a habit of slowing down and looking both ways when going through an intersection, but if a car is coming fast or coming around a corner you may not see it in time. So when you reach an intersection, come to a full stop before you go through it.

Be Careful When Passing Vehicles

You should always be cautious when you are passing a moving automobile. When you do, you will be in the driver’s blind spot at some point and the person may not see you then make a sudden turn right into you. Also legally vehicles may only overtake other vehicles and pass on the left. But if someone disobeys this law and tries to pass on the right, you might be the victim of an accident if you do not pay good attention. So always keep focused when passing.

Accidents are Sometime Unavoidable

The reality is that sometimes an accident with a motor vehicle is unavoidable. Someone can run into you, cut you off, or cause you to fall and get injured. This reality exists every time you get on your bike and head out on the road.

What to Do if You are in a Bicycle / Motor Vehicle Accident

Sometimes, accidents are inevitable. You can do everything right, but a motorist may not notice you, may be distracted, or may be in an impaired state. In this case you can be hit by a motor vehicle and be severely injured. If you are injured by a motor vehicle while you are riding on a bicycle, you can contact a reputable bike accident lawyer. These professionals will assist you in gaining both justice for the painful event and financial compensation to help you pay for your injuries, pain and suffering, and loss of income. Yu should immediately reach out to an attorney because time is a consideration and a great attorney will help you with your case.

Sailing Into Your Vacations With Style, 7 Reasons To Float Away On a Cruise

If you have never taken a cruise vacation before then this is a post for you, written by someone who has been on over 11 breaks and vacations on some of the finest cruise ships in the world. There are a lot of common misconceptions about cruises such as them being insanely expensive, boring or that you don’t see much of your destination, all of which are untrue. The reason for the post today is to give you just a few reasons why you will fall in love with a cruise holiday, and why you should be on the lookout for offers or a last minute cruise deal.

Multiple Destinations

I absolutely love to travel and explore new places and when you take a cruise that is exactly what you can do, as you visit a number of different destinations. What I enjoy in particular is that the destinations which you generally visit during the cruise, are places which you’d be unlikely to visit on any other type of trip.

Breakfast With a View

Sometimes the simple things are the most special and for me, waking up each morning and drinking a coffee as I gaze across the ocean is something truly wonderful.

Days at Sea

Before my first cruise I was worried that I may get bored on the ship, on those days which are dedicated to just sailing. After my first trip however, I realized that these are some of the best days, because the ships are so well built for you to enjoy your time aboard. These are the days you can relax by the pool, head to the cinema, chat with friends and relax as you float across the ocean.

Price

The first thing to say is that cruise vacations are nowhere near as expensive as you may think and in terms of getting bang for your buck, it doesn’t get much better. For a single price you will have taken care of your accommodation, your transport, your food and most of your activities, an easy and cost effective way to travel.

Experiences

Some of the sights and experiences which you find on-board a cruise ship are simply stunning, and ones which you are unlikely to find on any other type of trip. There are few things more spectacular than watching a school of dolphins swim by your boat or to watch the Northern Lights shoot across the sky in the middle of the night. During your time on-board the ship, there are all kinds of wonderful things to see.

Luxury

Cruise ships seem to have a much higher level of service and hospitality than any other mode of transport which I have traveled on. The level of luxury which you can find here, the pampering and the first class service will be enough to make you want to come back again and again.

Meeting People

Being all together for such a long amount of time, especially on a confined vessel, means that you have plenty of chances to meet a number of new people. What I love most about cruises is that they appeal to all kinds of different characters. One day you could chat with an old couple from Spain, the next with a family from Newcastle, the perfect blend of people for you to meet.

Why not try out a cruise this year? I am sure that you will love it.

 

4 Adventurous Experiences Around Pittsburgh

If you’re a fan of adventure, Pittsburgh is the place to be. With three rivers in the downtown area as well as numerous state parks in the surrounding countryside, you’ll never have a lack of physically challenging activities to keep you busy. Be sure to add the following experiences to your list of things to do when vacationing in this city.

Kayak the Three Rivers

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The Allegheny, Ohio, and Monongahela Rivers meet at a confluence at Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh. While it’s a beautiful sight to behold, it’s also a fun one to explore. Get out on the water by renting a kayak at Kayak Pittsburgh on the North Shore.

In your telltale yellow boat, you’ll be able to glide next to the Riverfront Trail to see both PNC Park and Heinz Field from the rivers. Head over to Station Square to dock and grab a bite to eat, or paddle down the Allegheny to check out Washington’s Landing.

Bike the Great Allegheny Passage

Pittsburgh is lucky to be a stop on the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP), a trail that starts at Point State Park and connects to the C&O Canal Towpath in Cumberland, Maryland, for a continuous path all the way to Washington, D.C. The 150-mile GAP prides itself in being nearly level at most points, with an average grade of less than 1 percent. Because the whole trail is made of crushed limestone, it’s perfect for walking, biking, or jogging for as long as you feel like going.

Float Down Natural Water Slides

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Ohiopyle State Park is a little over an hour drive from Pittsburgh; however, it’s well worth the trip thanks to one unique feature — natural water slides. The park encompasses land in the Laurel Ridge, which includes rocky terrain. Over time, a shoot of the Youghiogheny River carved a path through these rocky gorges, creating a smooth natural slide that carries riders downhill.

Swimmers can slide about 100 feet into a shallow pool. Just make sure the water levels aren’t too low or high, or you could end up getting stuck or being carried away by the current.

Since Ohiopyle State Park has myriad more opportunities to explore, considering booking your hotel close to this area. Check out Pittsburgh hotels on Hotel Planner to find a place that’s between the hustle and bustle of the city and the relaxing atmosphere of the country.

Zoom Around Mines and Meadows

Feel like zooming through the forest on a motorized vehicle? Then the Mines and Meadows ATV Park in Wampum is just the place for you. Just 45 minutes outside the city, this park has a twist— it was built on the site of former underground limestone mines. This means that you can take your journey underground to zoom around the abandoned caves and paths. Splash through underground lakes in near darkness for an experience that will get your heart beating.

Pittsburgh is any adventurer’s dream city. Whether you are alone or in a group and crave stimulating experiences downtown or thrilling journeys in the country, Pittsburgh can appease your needs.