Product liability refers to the responsibility a company has if it produces or sells a defective product that causes injuries and/or death. So, for example, let’s look at the airbags in your car. They are intended to deploy in the event that a collision occurs. Yet if one suddenly deploys while you’re driving, you would likely sustain extensive injuries to your head and chest, at a minimum. And who knows what types of injuries other drivers would sustain. The malfunctioning airbag is an example of product liability.
Since 2001, fatal accidents involving commercial trucks have been gradually on the rise. Fatigue, substance abuse, and not observing road safety rules are the three biggest contributing factors. Motorists and their passengers, pedestrians, and others not in a commercial truck comprise over 75% of the fatalities. And, with a nationwide truck shortage, individual truck payloads are going to get bigger as drivers are urged to spend even more hours on the road.
Many people are surprised to learn that legislation regarding dog attacks is different depending on where you live in the DC metro area.
Dog Attack Liability in the District of Columbia
Dog bite cases in Washington D.C. are filed as negligence claims. In DC proper, dogs are not allowed to run “at large” without a leash, or under control and supervision. For a claim to be successful, the injured party must prove that the dog owner failed to use reasonable care controlling the dog, and that this failure caused the injury. Evidence that a dog was allowed to run at large is evidence of negligence. An owner claiming they were not aware their dog was vicious is not considered a defense.
The rate of work-related fatalities in construction is higher than any other industry due to the nature of the work involved. Here are some of the most common hazards, as well as potential work safety solutions.
Everyone knows that if scaffolding is not erected properly, fall hazards can occur. In addition to proper erection, however, proper use of scaffolding is essential in the prevention of construction accidents. Scaffolds should have guardrails, midrails, and toeboards. The platforms should be made of scaffold plank grade material or the equivalent. A qualified person should inspect the scaffolding upon erection, and the scaffolding should be re-inspected regularly. Scaffolds must always be at least 10 feet from electric power lines.
Many motorists don’t understand how tractor trailers work, which inadvertently puts them in harms way. Understanding the unique features of tractor trailers can reduce the potential for injury or death in a tractor trailer accident.
Recognizing and Avoiding the “No Zone”
The United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) refers to the tractor trailer’s four large blind spots as “no zones.” These “no zones” include: