Year: 2020

Kids in Danger: Accidents Near School Bus Stops

Published on December 25, 2020, by Matthew Sharp

Car Accident

As vulnerable pedestrians, children are at risk of becoming involved in a traffic collision while waiting for or walking to the school bus. Across all age groups, more pedestrians than passengers are injured in school bus-related accidents. Prevention of these often fatal accidents requires diligent driving practices by drivers passing through areas near schools and bus stops. Illegally Passing Stopped Buses Leads to Fatal Accidents Of school bus drivers surveyed by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, 20% across 38 states reported that 84,000 [...]
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How Wrongful Death Cases Work

Published on December 18, 2020, by Matthew Sharp

Wrongful Death

Surviving dependents of Nevada victims in wrongful death accidents may be able to pursue compensation for the loss of their loved one. Whether a claim is pursuable, what damages can be paid, who pays for damages, and who receives compensation depends on the circumstances surrounding the accident.  What Is a Wrongful Death Case? A wrongful death case pertains to the loss of life due to another party’s negligent actions. Nevada state law defines wrongful death as the preventable death of any person that is caused by the neglect [...]
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What Is a Deposition in an Accident Case?

Published on December 11, 2020, by Matthew Sharp

Car Accident

A deposition is a written record of a witness’ testimony that will be used during a trial. It is conducted by the other party’s lawyer to gather information after a lawsuit has been filed. The person deposed is called the deponent. This person is put under oath and must answer the questions asked both truthfully and to the best of his or her ability. The deponent’s attorney is permitted to attend the deposition. Leading Up to the Deposition The lawyer requesting the deposition will schedule it and notify the [...]
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Head-On Truck Crash?

Published on December 4, 2020, by Matthew Sharp

Trucking Accident

Head-on crashes with big trucks can yield serious and often fatal injuries. Victims that survive these accidents usually face extensive and expensive medical treatment, prolonged recovery times, and a lifetime of physical and emotional scars. While compensation from a personal injury case may not fully replace what an accident victim lost, it can make a big difference in his or her life. Head-On Truck Collisions Are the Deadliest Type of Crash The likelihood of being involved in a head-on or frontal impact collision with a large truck is small. [...]
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Elmiron Linked to Vision Loss

Published on November 26, 2020, by Matthew Sharp

Personal Injury

The prescription drug Elmiron has been linked to vision loss, including macular degeneration and maculopathy. It is suspected that the manufacturers of this commonly prescribed interstitial cystitis drug knew or should have known of its toxic side effects but did not issue a warning of its risks. Failure to Warn the Public The FDA approved Elmiron in 1996 for use in treating interstitial cystitis, which is a painful bladder syndrome that causes severe and chronic pain in the bladder and groin. More than one million people in the [...]
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Strange Reasons People Spend Thanksgiving in the ER

Published on November 19, 2020, by Matthew Sharp

Personal Injury

Thanksgiving is known for overwhelming emergency room staff with an overflow of patients. Injuries incurred result from a variety of factors, some of which are stranger than others. Activities such as preparing dinner, turkey carving, and horseplay with family all commonly yield injuries during the holidays.  Deep-Fried Turkey Hazards Thanksgiving is distinguished as having the highest percentage of home fires caused by cooking compared to the rest of the year. Turkey fryers are dangerous products that account for a significant share of fires and personal injuries around the holidays. Deep [...]
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Improved Data Collection Critical to Traffic Safety

Published on November 12, 2020, by Matthew Sharp

Car Accident

Updates in the latest Model Minimum Uniform Crash Criteria (MMUCC) provide guidance for states to improve crash data collection and traffic safety. While the Nevada Department of Public Safety recently announced that fatal crashes are on the decline, quality crash data can help make roadways safer and reduce deaths and serious injuries. Using Data and Predictive Analysis to Save Lives The World Health Organization (WHO) states that car crashes are responsible for 1.25 million deaths each year. To cut deaths by half, the WHO acknowledged the importance of big data and [...]
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The Dangers of Tipsy Truckers

Published on November 5, 2020, by Matthew Sharp

Trucking Accident

Drunk driving is a fatal mistake that is made all too often by qualified truck drivers. With higher standards to be upheld than the average non-commercial driver, truckers must remain diligent and aware while on the road. All one has to do is look at the sheer size of an eighteen-wheeler to recognize the threat posed by tipsy truck drivers. Driving a commercial truck is not as simple as jumping in the cab, turning the keys, and pressing the gas. There are numerous tests drivers have to take before [...]
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Truck Accidents: When Truckers Put the Pedal to the Metal

Published on October 26, 2020, by Matthew Sharp

Trucking Accident

Truck drivers who put the pedal to the medal are negligent and reckless. Speeding puts others on the road at risk of getting seriously hurt or killed in trucking accidents. Victims that survive crashes with speeding big rigs may suffer catastrophic and expensive injuries. More Truckers Are Racking Up Speeding Violations According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), speeding violations among truck drivers continue to increase each year. In 2018, violations increased to 146,945 violations, an increase of 7.8% from the previous year. Speeding is a factor in nearly [...]
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Hidden in Plain Sight: When Hotels May Be Liable for Human Trafficking

Published on October 19, 2020, by Matthew Sharp

Personal Injury

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) states that hotels can be held criminally and civilly liable for sex trafficking that occurs on the premises. An employee knowingly renting a room to a trafficker or a “sex buyer” using the room for a commercial sex act makes the hotel liable under TVPA. Hotels Have a Duty to Fight Human Trafficking According to federal law, those who pay for sex acts are considered traffickers. Under TVPA, sex trafficking survivors or the federal government can file a lawsuit against a trafficker. However, a suit can [...]
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