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Woman Charged With Negligent Manslaughter For Death Caused By Texting While Driving

This month, a 20-year-old Maryland woman drove through an intersection directly in the path of a motorcyclist who had the right of way. The motorcyclist slammed into her car and was killed. The woman didn’t see the motorcyclist because she was distracted by texting a friend— she has since been charged with negligent manslaughter. Oregon… Read More »

Elevator And Escalator Injuries: Not As Rare As You Think

Last year in Portland, a man was seriously injured when he fell two stories onto the floor of an elevator shaft after the doors opened without the elevator being there. According to statistics gathered by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, in 2012, an estimated 22,674 people were injured in elevator and escalator accidents, with about… Read More »

Your Landlord’s Responsibility For Broken Stairs

Apartment building tenants take it for granted that stairs are safe. Unlike an elevator, there are no moving parts on stairs that can go wrong — the stairs are just there. However, stairs can cause life-threatening injuries. Recently, in New York, a man left a party that took place on the roof of a seven-story… Read More »

Construction Accidents And Injuries

Last month, an Oregon construction worker was killed after wooden trusses fell on his head. As this shows, a construction site can be a dangerous place — according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s most recent statistics, 4,609 deaths occurred in the U.S. in 2011 as a result of construction accidents. That’s an average… Read More »

Pedestrian Injuries In Oregon

According to the most recent statistics gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,432 pedestrians were killed in U.S. traffic accidents in 2011, which is an average of over 12 deaths a day. Oregon accounted for 46 of those fatalities. NHTSA Recommendations NHTSA Recommendations on how both pedestrians and drivers may avoid accidents,… Read More »

Car Accidents That Occur On Defectively Designed Roads

A year ago, a tractor-trailer barreled down Route 222 in Pennsylvania, rear-ending the car in front of it — crushing the car, killing the driver and seriously injuring three other people. Last week, the local district attorney announced that he was charging the truck driver with vehicular homicide and other related offenses. At the press… Read More »

Products Liability Due to Defective Design

This month, a federal judge set a trial date in a products liability case against Toyota. The plaintiff claimed that Toyota Camrys would suddenly accelerate, causing crashes and injuries, and that the problem was due to a design defect in the Camrys themselves. A design defect occurs when the manufacturer designs a product in such… Read More »

How To Minimize Your Risk Of Becoming A Motorcycle Crash Victim

A 2011 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report found that a motorcycle rider was 30 times more likely than a car passenger to die in a crash and five times more likely to be injured. During a recent three-week span in Oregon, newspapers described several motorcycle crashes that included an especially deadly crash that resulted… Read More »

What Are Your Rights When A Defective Product Hurts You?

The Consumer Products Safety Commission recently ordered the recall of several models of dehumidifiers because they were fire hazards that had already caused over $2 million in property damage. If you suffered damages from one of these dehumidifiers, you may be eligible for compensation from the manufacturer. Theories Of Liability The makers of these dehumidifiers… Read More »

Statistics Show Increase In Oregon Dog Bite Claims In Recent Years

Recently in Baker City, a pit bull mauled a five-year-old boy to death. The dog attacked the boy at a friend’s home. As such occurrences indicate, the problem of dog bites is getting worse. State Farm Insurance Company released a report stating that dog bite claims in Oregon rose from 62 in 2011 to 77… Read More »