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shutterstock_909878241-300x199Statistics show that teens are among the most dangerous drivers. This is not news to any of us. Many teens are just irresponsible, while others simply don’t have the experience necessary to be good drivers. The fact is that drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are the most dangerous drivers. According to the National Traffic Safety Administration, for each mile driven, teen drivers are approximately four times fore likely to be involved in an accident with another driver. They’re also involved in four times more fatal accidents than drivers between the ages of 25 and 69. Teens account for about ten percent of the population, and twelve percent of all fatal car wrecks.

So given these statistics, the question becomes, “Who is liable for these driving mistakes – the teen, the owner of the vehicle or the teen’s parents?” The following are some situations to consider when answering that question.

A Teen Crashes a Family Vehicle

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Dishwasher-on-fire-300x200Manufacturers create and market hundreds of dangerous consumer products every year in the United States. In fact, each year manufacturers or the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls 400 and 450 products. Here are seven unlikely consumer products that may cause injury or death of which you should be aware.

1. Drop Side Cribs

In 2011, the Consumer Product Safety Commission banned drop side cribs, but many of them are still being sold at garage sales or through individual sellers. Because the moveable side is droppable, the drop may result in suffocation of a baby. In fact, the cribs were associated with approximately 32 deaths since the year 2000, according to a 2012 article on ConsumerReports.org.

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medical_exam-300x199If you are filing a personal injury claim, be aware that your medical history may have an impact on the outcome of your claim. Having a prior injury similar to the injury for which you are filing a claim might give the defense an opportunity to try to discredit or reduce your settlement. Speak to a personal injury attorney to discuss your case and to start gathering the medical evidence necessary to prove your accident-related injuries.

Having a Prior Injury Doesn’t Automatically Nullify Your Case

Having a prior injury does not mean you cannot win your claim. You will just need to prove that your injury is related to your accident, or that your accident aggravated a previous injury. Your lawyer can help you accomplish this by gathering medical evidence to support your case and speaking with medical experts.

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new-mexico-bus-sedmi-crash-august-30-2018-300x225A California-based trucking company and one of its drivers are being accused of negligence after eight people were killed in a crash. The collision happened Thursday on a busy New Mexico highway. Two surviving passengers are suing.

Lawsuits show the trucking company has a history of crashes.

Federal investigators worked for a second day at the scene of the deadly New Mexico crash. They’re trying to determine what led to the violent collision between a Greyhound bus and a tractor trailer Thursday.

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180830185511-01-new-mexico-bus-crash-super-tease-300x169UPDATE – Authorities on Saturday identified five of the eight people who died in this week’s crash involving a Greyhound bus and a semitrailer on Interstate 40 in New Mexico.

The victims were identified as Sadie Thomas, 50; Charla Bahe, 34; Terry Mason, 45; Luis Alvarez, 50; and Veronica Jean Williams, 49, the Office of the Medical Investigator in New Mexico announced in a news release. Alvarez was the bus driver.

At least eight people were killed and more than 40 injured after a semi-truck and Greyhound bus collided on a busy New Mexico highway Thursday. One survivor, Rachel Cunningham, who said she was asleep on the Greyhound when the crash happened, woke up to a gaping hole in the bus’ passenger side.

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AAVA160_VZ939_H-626x383Autonomous cars are generating considerable buzz for many reasons, but one of the most dramatic centers on public health: Many say self-driving vehicles could drastically reduce, or even eliminate, the tens of thousands of traffic fatalities that occur annually in the U.S.

Human error plays a role in 94 percent of all traffic accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is why auto makers and regulators believe self-driving vehicles have the potential to be so transformative.

Once driverless cars are on the roads in large numbers, they say, there will be no need for traffic lights because the vehicles will be able to communicate with each other to time when they go through the intersection. The cars will intuitively know what’s a safe speed to travel based on traffic and road conditions, and human errors such as failing to stop at a stop sign or mistakenly driving through a red light will become non-issues.

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back-to-school-safety-300x161It’s that time of year again: back-to-school season! And that means early morning traffic has increased for those headed off to work each day.

Knowing this, and the risk increase posed to children can give parents an extra dose of anxiety. Thankfully, there are ways parents can protect their children from bus accidents, car accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents during the school months.

Back-to-School Bus Safety

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UPDATE: The FDA continues to work with the manufacturers to evaluate reports of deaths in patients with liquid-filled intragastric balloon systems used to treat obesity. Since the August 2017 update:

  • The FDA has received reports of five additional deaths that occurred worldwide since 2016. Four of these deaths (three with the Orbera Intragastric Balloon System manufactured by Apollo Endosurgery, and one with the ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System manufactured by ReShape Lifesciences) occurred following gastric perforation one  day to 3.5 weeks after balloon placement. The fifth death was reported for a patient who had the Orbera Intragastric Balloon System.  The report does not mention a perforation event and the manufacturer is still investigating this death.

Since 2016, the FDA has received reports of a total of 12 deaths that occurred in patients with liquid-filled intragastric balloon systems worldwide. Seven of these 12 deaths were patients in the U.S. (four with the Orbera Intragastric Balloon System, and three with the ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System).

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Summer is almost at an end, and school has started back up, leaving many of us trying to get in one last trip by ground and air.

Typically, personal injuries in regard to transportation accidents are focused on those that involve pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles, or automobiles; however, despite the relative safety of air flights, accidents while aboard a plane do occur.

The most serious injuries during flights are due to

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downloadMore times than not, people involved in auto accidents do not always seek medical attention right away.

Because the pain is not immediately felt, or because they hope the pain will subside, a lot of people do not see a need to visit a doctor. Other times, the hassle of filing a personal injury claim can plain out seem like a hassle.

Unfortunately, delaying medical attention will have a negative impact on your potential case.

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