Coastal Texans are no strangers to the extreme dangers of hurricanes. While the dangers of the storm itself are obvious, there are still many other risks of accidents and injuries to residents, commuters and those who visit the affected areas after the storm has passed. With Hurricane Harvey, many buildings and homes have been damaged structurally, and downed power lines and trees can be found throughout the area. Traffic lights and signals have been rendered inoperable, and that makes both driving and walking dangerous.

Carbon monoxide poisoning
Many people simply aren't aware of the perils that exist after a hurricane passes. With the lack of power in many areas, portable generators are often in use. Given the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning, generators should never be used indoors. Since carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, innocent victims can be unaware of it and die from breathing it.

Driving in floods
Roads will remain flooded long after Harvey is gone. Obstacles both on and under the surface water of flooded roadways also pose dangers to drivers and passengers. Flood currents alone can overtake a vehicle and sweep it away. Six children perished from Harvey's flooding like that. At least one other driver is known to have died under the same circumstances.

Fires
With blackouts comes the need for light. After Hurricane Hugo in 1989, a total of nine people died from fires started by candles. Be sure to have flashlights and batteries on hand at all times.

Rebuilding
Construction work is dangerous. Falls, electrocutions, being struck by an object and getting caught between two objects have been characterized by the federal government as the "fatal four." Accidents involving those four causes are certain to occur during the Texas rebuilding process. They account for about 62 percent of all construction accidents. Both workers' compensation and third party personal injury claims will be made.

Increased truck traffic
Once the water recedes, expect both small and large truck traffic in and around Houston to thicken up for quite awhile. Materials, heavy equipment and crews need to be brought in for removal of debris and rebuilding. Like New Orleans, some areas might not ever be rebuilt, but once traffic starts moving again, accident lawyers can expect injuries from motor vehicle accidents.

Property damage
Part of the job of any personal injury lawyer is to read and interpret the language of insurance policies. With hurricanes, compensation for damage ...



Popular transportation network Uber could be in big trouble in the Big Apple. Two New York women have just filed official suits against the company after two different drivers made them feel extremely unsafe.

According to an article on the New York Post, the first woman claims that she asked her Uber driver to drop her off on the Upper East Side. For some strange reason, the drive drove her all the way to the Bronx. When the woman told the driver he was going in the wrong direction, he allegedly ignored the passenger and kept driving. Once the driver stopped at a red traffic light, the woman decided to quickly exit the vehicle and run far away from the Uber car. After leaving the car, the woman called Uber's Customer Care division to report the driver. An Uber staff member offered the woman a $20 Uber gift card and told her the driver would soon be fired.

The second NYC woman allegedly had an even more harrowing incident in an Uber car. She told reporters her Uber driver appeared extremely fatigued and even swerved into oncoming traffic two times. After narrowly avoiding a serious collision, the driver apparently told this woman he had been driving for a long time and that was extremely tired.

When this second woman called Uber to complain about this driver, she says her trip data was completely erased from their app. Without this information, she couldn't report the name of the driver or Uber vehicle to the Taxi & Limousine Commission.

The only comment to come out of Uber's headquarters on this case was that it did not delete any driver information on the second woman's app.

This is not the first time Uber has gotten in trouble over its drivers. Recently a 24-year old woman in Dallas sued the company after her Uber driver ran a red light and crashed with another vehicle. Milburn is now paralyzed from the chest down and undergoing extensive physical therapy.

Only after this horrific accident did Milburn learn that her driver, Arian Yusufzai had a long criminal history. The car Yusufzai was using was actually a stolen vehicle. Uber has yet to officially comment on this case.

There have been numerous other reports in recent years criticizing Uber's hiring practices. There have been at least 15 officially reported fatalities allegedly caused by Uber drivers within the past few years. ...




The LAPD has faced its fair share of criticism in recent years for fatally shooting three unarmed young men. Most recently, 29-year-old Brendon Glen was shot and killed in 2015 by the police on Venice Beach. Also in 2015, an officer shot and killed the 35-year-old Sergio Navas in Burbank. Before these fatalities, 25-year-old Reginald Doucet Jr. was shot in 2011.

All three of these shootings caused major uproar in the local community. Many locals gathered outside City Hall to protest what they perceived to be excessive police brutality.

In an attempt the begin to heal the wounds between the LAPD and the families of slain loved ones, LA's city council just announced they will pay over $8 million to settle all three of the lawsuits surrounding these men. This is the highest amount paid by LA's city council in the past decade.

Brendon Glen's family will reportedly get $4 million, Navas's family will receive $2.5 million, and Doucet's family will get $1.65 million. The vote at City Council came in at 12-1 to fund this $8 million by issuing judgment obligation bonds. Once the council officially decides to issue these bonds, they will need to take another vote next year to send them out.

Paul Koretz, a Democratic Los Angeles Councilman representing the Fifth Council District, made a public statement about this recent spate of fatal LAPD shootings. Koretz said he feels these recent shootings are "very distressing." He went on to say, "It seems like we're going in the wrong direction, and it appears that police departments across the country are having the same problem."

Koretz was referring to reports of increased racial profiling in police departments across the USA. Some critics believe police departments are unfairly profiling African Americans. Both Glenn and Doucet were African Americans.

In order to address this issue in LA, the Los Angeles civilian board has been getting more active in suggesting policy changes for the LAPD. A few measures the civilian board is interested in include changing training programs, including courses on how to handle situations without lethal force, and changing some of the department's rules on how to handle police brutality.

Economic analysts believe using judgment obligation bonds is the best way for Los Angeles to pay off these lawsuits. Los Angeles has used this borrowing tactic before in 2007 to handle issues of police misconduct, and economists believe Los Angeles must use the bonds in order to have enough ...
An entrepreneur visiting San Diego was tripping from a party the night before.

He ended up naked in a ravine!

While this sounds like the beginning of a hilarious story, it is the beginning of a story of a violent attack on an unarmed civilian.

December 12, 2016, NBC LA released a video which shows a horrifying degloving injury.


Here the dog can be seen with a mouth full of blood.



With the major arteries that run through the leg, I have to wonder, did they just want to permanently this person, or did they actually want him dead?
More lawsuits likely?
At this point you would expect someone from the department to inform the public what steps would be implemented to ensure nothing like this EVER happens again. Instead, a statement is released "...While the split second decisions of police officers are easy to second guess when you know the outcome, keep in mind the deployment of our K9 is intended to prevent the situation from escalating...”

Wow.

In 1995, LA settled with 55 dog bite victims.

 



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A brand new study released by AAA may make you think twice about skimping on your sleep. Researchers from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety told reporters that if you only slept between five to six hours the night before, you just doubled your risk for a car crash.

Sleep experts have been telling us for ages to schedule enough time each night for sleep. For how long should we be sleeping? At the very least, as this AAA study doubly confirms, we all should get seven hours of sleep each night.

In our fast-paced digital world, unfortunately, few of us get the kind of rest our bodies require. Heck, most of us are lucky to sleep some nights. But AAA is urging all Americans to get serious about sleep health, especially during the holiday season.

To obtain their data, AAA took a look at almost 7,300 drivers, 4,571 of whom crashed their cars. All of these drivers were observed between the hours of 6AM and midnight from 2005 to 2007.

All of this information was filed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey. This means that AAA researchers had access to data on how many hours each driver slept 24 hours before he/she crashed his/her car.

As hinted at above, the researchers found that the risk for a crash increased in proportion to how little sleep a person got. The less sleep time, the higher the chance of a serious accident.

While this may not seem like a shocking revelation, AAA researchers were surprised at just how much a lack of sleep hinders a driver's performance. Researchers said drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving in many cases.

AAA's research actually confirms a 2012 study published in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine that suggested how similar drowsiness was to drunk driving. This study, which took place in France, interviewed a total of 679 patients involved in a car crash. These patients were hospitalized in Bordeaux, Toulouse, and Limoges between the years 2007-2009. Researchers found that "sleepiness carried almost as much risk as alcohol ingestion" in every case. The researchers recommended both public "information and education" to combat this problem effectively.

This is all horrendous news, especially considering that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its own report this year revealing that over one-third of American adults fail to get seven hours of ...
Snapchat has been named in a lawsuit for a car accident involving a teenager who was using the app while driving. It's not out of the ordinary for people to use mobile tech irresponsibly while driving, but rarely does it lead to the tech company who developed the device or app to get sued. Snapchat is currently valued somewhere between $10-20 billion.

The lawsuit comes out of Georgia, where a violent car crash nearly left five people dead in September 2015. The blame is being put on Snapchat's speed filter, which superimposes the current speed over the image at the time the photo was taken, measured in either miles or kilometer per hour.

At the time of the accident, the teen driver was attempting to photograph herself driving at more than 100 mph in a 55 mph zone, in order to post the picture to social media. She then rear ended the plaintiff, Maynard Wentworth, at approximately 107 mph.

Severe injuries were had by the teen driver, her 3 passengers, and Wentworth, who went into a coma, spent 5 weeks in intensive care, and suffered permanent brain damage.

Wentworth's family is now suing Snapchat for an unspecified amount of money. His attorney's argue that Snapchat facilitated the teen driver's excessive speeding, due to the irresponsible implementation of the apps speed filter. They claim the app distracted the driver, and encouraged her drive recklessly, claiming “This is a product liability case because Snapchat put something very dangerous in the marketplace without any warnings or safeguards, and basically said, whatever happens, happens.”

The lawyers are also hold the teen driver accountable, who is also named in the lawsuit, but believe that Snapchat played a major role.

The teen driver's family claim that Wentworth pulled out in front of her illegally. However, the 3 passengers in her car have stated on record that she was driving as fast as 113 miles per hour. A car crash expert was able to determine her vehicle's speed at the moment of impact with Wentworth's vehicle.

This case joins a long list of instances of people who were distracted by their mobile devices, which then resulted in serious accidents. However, rewarding it's users for driving dangerously with it's speed filter doesn't make Snapchat look very good either, and may make their case more difficult in court.

Distracted driving has become a national topic, with regulations being passed all over the country that curb the use ...


Snapchat, a popular smartphone app, has been implicated in a fiery Philadelphia car crash that claimed three young lives in December 2015. Horrifically, the victims likely burned alive when their car crashed into a parked tractor-trailer filled with dangerous chemicals. Snapchat is a suspected cause of the car crash because one of the passengers posted several Snapchats on the day of the accident, one of them clocking the car’s velocity at 73 mph. Unfortunately, with over 6 billion Snapchat videos being sent every day as of late 2015, this tragic scenario is likely to be repeated.
What Makes Snapchat Dangerous
Snapchat allows users to send videos, photos, text and other content to other users almost instantaneously. The app is unique in that the received content “self-destructs” 1 to 10 seconds after the message is opened (thereby instantly erasing any evidence of “sexting”). The self-destruct function puts time pressure on a driver who might be checking out a sexually titillating video – once the message is opened, there is little time to look away to check the road, since the message might self-destruct in the meantime. Obviously, Snapchat can also distract drivers who are sending their own content.
Example: Missouri Distracted Driving Laws
For example, distracted driving caused nearly 100 deaths in Missouri in 2015, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol, in addition to hundreds of non-fatal accidents. As of early 2016, Missouri lags behind other states in prohibiting distracted driving – the only restrictions are that:

Drivers under 22 may not text and drive, and
Commercial drivers may neither text and drive nor use hand-held cell phones while driving.

This dearth of statutory prohibitions is disadvantageous to injured victims, because a conviction under a distracted driving law can be used to help win a negligence lawsuit against the driver. Nevertheless, it is still possible to win a personal injury lawsuit against a driver who violated no distracted statute, as long as the plaintiff can prove that the defendant’s conduct was culpable under the particular circumstances leading up to the accident. Six-figure verdicts and settlements are not uncommon in cases of serious injury.
Proposed Changes in Missouri Law
The year 2016 might see the Missouri legislature finally catch up with other states in enacting comprehensive legislation against distracted driving. Several competing bills are under consideration for 2016 that would extend the current ban on texting while driving to all drivers (instead of only young drivers), with the possible exception of hands-free texting.
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