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Understand the purpose of product liability law

When a product doesn't work as it should and ends up causing injuries, that's when product liability lawsuits come into play. Product liability law includes the laws that make the rules for who you can hold liable if you're injured by a defective or dangerous product.

For example, if you set up a fire alarm correctly, but it never goes off in a fire, that defect could lead to your injury. If that happens, you need to know who to hold responsible. Is it the battery's manufacturer? Is it the fire alarm's manufacturer? Product liability law determines who you can pursue for damages.

Signs that you might be more severely injured than you thought

You likely have the day of the accident etched deeply in your mind, that is, if you remember it at all. As an accident victims, you may be encountering many challenges during recovery. Depending on your condition, you might still be off work or in need of daily living assistance. Sadly, many collisions may have been preventable were it not for negligent or reckless drivers.

If you were unconscious or in serious condition after the accident that caused your injuries, rescue workers may have whisked you away to the nearest hospital or flown you to a trauma unit. Then again, you may be among those whose symptoms were not immediately apparent -- those who went home from the hospital only to wind up back again later, seeking further medical examination for possible traumatic brain injury.

Immigrant faces 12.5 years in prison for motorcycle deaths

Motorcyclists are put at risk the moment they decide to head out on the roads. They have no frame around them to protect them from the impact of another vehicle, and they have no way to reduce injuries with air bags or other safety tools.

While motorcyclists can wear motorcycle gear and provide themselves with some protection, the reality is that many crashes are so serious that there's nothing a helmet or bodysuit is going to do to help them.

Oregon sees spike in at-fault truck crashes

Living in Oregon, you know that it's common to see large trucks on the roads. However, the interesting thing is that the number of large truck crashes has actually reached the highest point in over 10 years in Oregon, showing that these drivers truly are not getting safer.

When the economy is good, truck drivers are seen more frequently on the roads. Of course, that's not surprising: If business is good, more goods need to be transported. The chief executive officer (CEO) of the Oregon Trucking Association stated that 2018 was a record-breaking year for the trucking industry, seeing more trucking than ever before.

What should you expect from your attorney after an injury?

Catastrophic injuries are so serious that the likelihood of your life ever being the same is extremely low. For some, the impact of those injuries leaves them disabled and unable to do the things they loved. Others struggle with brain injuries, memory loss, problems with sight or issues with hearing.

No matter what the injury is, when it impacts your everyday life, it's hard to imagine things ever getting better. Fortunately, they can with just a little help.

Attempt to reduce drunk driving limit dies in Oregon

If you worry about drunk drivers on the road, then news about a failed attempt to lower the drunk driving limit may be frustrating. According to the news, a bill was created in hopes of lowering the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit from .08 to .05 percent. Unfortunately, it is dead and will not be heard this session.

The limit for hundreds of bills to move from the Senate to the House is coming up quickly, and this bill will not be moved out as part of the process. If Oregon was to lower the limit, it would be only the second state to do so, the other being Utah, which lowered the DUI limit from .08 percent to .05 percent.

Sleepy driving: It's more dangerous than you think

When a person gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, he or she is responsible for making safe choices. This includes avoiding distracted driving, not driving after drinking and adhering to the rules of the road. When you think about safe driving, you may not consider avoiding drowsiness as well. In reality, fatigued driving is a serious safety threat for all Oregon drivers.

Drowsy driving happens when a person gets behind the wheel when he or she is actually too tired to drive safely. Unfortunately, many people are unable or unwilling to admit when they may not be in a condition to adequately operate a motor vehicle. Like distraction or drunk driving, fatigued driving is dangerous and can lead to an increased chance of an accident.

Account for wet weather to stay safe while driving

One thing that Oregon residents can count on is regular rainstorms. The weather isn't always sunny and dry in this state, which means that drivers have to become familiar with how to drive safely in wet conditions.

Driving a semi in rain isn't always easy. With less friction on the roadways, it's easier for these massive trucks to slide and lose control. Drivers need to take a few precautions to stay safe.

Woman pleads guilty after causing death, injuries in DUI crash

When drivers decide to get behind the wheel when intoxicated or impaired, they put their lives and the lives of others at risk. That's what happened in one case in Oregon when a woman smoked marijuana before causing a fatal collision.

The 39-year-old woman pleaded guilty to causing the fatal car crash that resulted in one man's death and injuries to three others. She pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide, DUI and assault.

You can hold others liable if you're hurt by defective products

Product liability laws hold businesses and manufacturers responsible for the products they create. They are able to be held responsible for dangerous or defective products because of U.S. product liability law, which sets up rules that make it easier for people who get hurt by products to seek assistance and recover damages.

There could be several parties responsible for defective products including the manufacturer, distributor, a manufacturer of component parts, the wholesaler or a retail store or outlet.

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