Personal Injury Law News- July 8, 2016
This weeks personal injury law news:
Texting and driving has been a major issue in personal injury suits for the past several years. Attorneys use texting evidence in many cases as proof the defendant was distracted and at-fault. However, with more people using social media apps while driving, some personal injury lawsuits are targeting specific apps. Apps, that are more distracting to drivers.
Snapchat, a popular app that lets you send picture and video messages that disappear after being opened, is under fire. One feature of the app allows people to add a “speed filter” that says how fast they are moving over the picture or video they take. This speed filter incentivizes some users to use it while they are driving, which is obviously a huge distraction. Read more here.
$142 million is the reward Zac and Heather Lytle from the Texas State Jury for the wrongful death of their baby at a day care. The baby, Roger, was swaddled and left unattended in a position in which smothering could easily occur. Money can never replace their child; a lack of properly trained daycare workers was the problem.
35,200. The estimated number of deaths from motor vehicle accidents in 2015 according to NHTSA. This is an increase of 7.7 percent from the year before. This is the fifth consecutive quarter of increased traffic fatalities beginning with the fourth quarter of 2014. How big is Florida’s increase?
“There is sound reason for concern. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death of teens, ahead of all other types of injury, violence or disease. In fact, every day, six teens die in a car crash. “Read the rest of this important report here.
“Extraverted older adults and conscientious, curious teens may be more likely to engage in risky driving behavior. However, agreeable teens are less likely to drive distracted, according to new research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.”
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