Personal Injury News Of The Week- July 15, 2016
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that none of the 21 small SUVs that had a headlight test performed, earned its highest ranking.
Pokemon Go, came out late on July 6, lets players catch Pokemon in real-world locations via GPS. The app makes the Pokemon appear on your screen, through the camera, as you walk around outside. The game is number one in the app stores currently, but it also quickly led to many reports of Pokemon-related injuries. Why is this? The accidents are because of the users’ decisions not the game itself. With people playing it while driving, biking and purely just not paying attention to where they are going while they walk accidents are bound to happen. One player posted this on Reddit:
“Pokemon Go put me in the ER last night. Not even 30 minutes after the release last night, I slipped and fell down a ditch. I fractured the fifth metatarsal bone in my foot, 6-8 weeks for recovery. I told all the doctors I was walking my dog lol… Watch where you’re going, folks!”
In New York, A 28-year-old man was distracted while playing and he drove his car off the road and crashed into a tree, police said. The man was okay but the front end of his car was completely totaled. It could have been a lot worse.
According to AAA research, most everyone has had aggressive moments on the road. This includes tailgating, using obscene gestures, obsessive honking and even more extreme actions. Men are three times more likely to have road rage than women.
With apps like Uber and Lyft becoming more and more popular, accidents in these ridesharing vehicles are also becoming more prevalent. These ridesharing and Uber accidents are raising some important legal questions. Including, what to do if another driver’s negligence caused the crash with the ridesharing car, or who’s insurance covers medical bills and lost wages?
Recently the family of an 11-year-old girl from Massachusetts who tragically died in April, filed a wrongful choking death lawsuit. The child died as a result of choking on a marshmallow at a friend’s birthday party. The little girl, Azriel Estabrooks was supposedly without oxygen for a long amount of time before she was found unconscious lying on floor. Azriel died a few days later. The complaint says that the parents who were hosting the birthday party were not supervising the children adequately, which led to the child’s death. The attorney representing the parents of Azriel Estabrooks says that there are many unanswered questions about the circumstances that led to their daughter’s death. Read more here.
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