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  • Toys Hurt Children More Often Than You Think
    April 08 2015

    A growing percentage of children suffer significant injuries at the hands of their favorite toys, according to the Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP).


    Based on a study by the CIRP, a child is treated in an emergency room in the United States every three minutes for a toy related injury.  The biggest risk for young children is choking on small toys or small parts of larger toys.  As children get older, injuries or more likely to calm from riding toys like foot powered scooters, tricycles and wagons.

    According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2013, there were an estimated 256,700 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments.


    When a child is injured, any number of things could have cause the injury: carelessness, negligence, or simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. When the injury is the result of a defective product, then your next feeling is likely anger, frustrations and a vigilant pledge to get even with the company that allowed a defective product to go unchecked, ultimately inflicting harm upon your child.


    Dealing with a defective product—known as a products liability case—can be complicated.  In addition, you’ll want to ask yourself some questions:

    • How do you determine whether the accident was the result of defective equipment?
    • Do state or federal laws protect me and my child?
    • How can I objectively evaluate the cause of injury?


    If you are considering legal action because of an injury, it is imperative that you retain possession of the toy:  do not give it to the manufacturer.  You should consult with a lawyer before sending anything to the manufacturer.


    One of the most important questions you should ask yourself early on is whether you need a lawyer.  Getting answers to the above questions, and any other questions you may have, can help save you time and money.  A competent lawyer can help you tease out the nuances of your particular case.  I offer free consultations for families of child injury victims, and I am happy to give you the guidance you may need.

  • Distracted Driving and Teens
    March 26 2015

    I have written previously about the dangers of distracted driving. Distracted driving is the cause for many car accidents which result in serious injuries and death.  It is especially prevalent in teen driving as reported today on Oregon Live,  A new survey recently published from AAA American Foundation for Traffic Safety,  asserts distracted driving is more prevalent and the consequences are more severe in teen drivers. 


    “The findings of the AAA Report confirm what safety groups have suspected for a long time—distraction is more severe and more common in teen driver crashes than previously found in government data,” said Jackie Gillan, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.

  • How to Prevent Pedestrian Injuries
    March 17 2015

    In my last post I pointed out that a recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) noted that pedestrian fatalities continue to remain high.  Here in Portland, Oregon there are many pedestrian accidents in the city due to a high volume of vehicle traffic and pedestrian traffic.  There are things you can do, both as a driver and as a pedestrian, to help prevent personal injury and even death.  These suggestions are from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) : 


    DRIVERS


    • Look out for pedestrians everywhere, at all times. Safety is a shared responsibility.
    • Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions, such as nighttime or in bad weather.
    • Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.
    • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well back from the crosswalk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians so they can stop too.
    • Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. There may be people crossing that you can’t see.
    • Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
    • Follow the speed limit, especially around people on the street.
    • Follow slower speed limits in school zones and in neighborhoods where there are children present.
    • Be extra cautious when backing up – pedestrians can move into your path.


    PEDESTRIANS


    • Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
    • Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.
    • If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
    • Keep alert at all times; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.
    • Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections whenever possible. This is where drivers expect pedestrians.
    • Look for cars in all directions – including those turning left or right.
    • If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows you enough time to cross safely, and continue to watch for traffic as you cross.
    • Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach you to make sure you are seen.
    • Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day, and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.
    • Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.
    • Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and judgment too.


    The City of Portland has a number of suggestions as well along with the State of Oregon.

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