March 2015 Archives

WV lawmakers restore premises liability rule favoring property owners

Here in West Virginia, 2015 has apparently been a productive year so far in terms of tort reform. One of the important changes lawmakers made was to restore the "open and obvious" doctrine, a previously abolished rule of premises liability law which held that a property owner may not be sued by if someone on their property is injured by an obvious hazard.

Distracted driving may be more prevalent among teens than previously thought

As we noted in a recent post on this blog, distracted driving is an important safety issue when it comes to teen drivers. Numerous studies have shown that distracted driving among teens is rather common, but the results of a recent study by AAA seem to indicate that the behavior is more common than was previously thought.

Is cronyism making the NHTSA less effective?

There is a significant difference between networking and cronyism. When an individual is hired by a networking “connection,” there is generally nothing wrong with this scenario provided that the individual being hired is qualified for the position in question. If a friend, family member or associate is hired without proper qualifications for the position in question, this scenario may be described as cronyism.

A car is... Study finds teens have trouble finishing the sentence

Teenagers have some great qualities. They are young, healthy, spirited and optimistic about the future. Any parent would likely admit that teens also have some qualities that contribute to a few mistakes or lapses in judgment, like the fact they can be impetuous, confident and independent.

The first safety ad aimed at tweens released by the NHTSA

“Tween” is a relatively new term. In popular culture, “tween” is currently the label affixed to young people who aren’t fully children and aren’t fully teens. The behavior of these youngsters between the ages of 8 and 14 can fluctuate frequently between more childish approaches and more mature approaches. Because members of this age group are somewhat unpredictable in this sense, it can be difficult to know how best to communicate with them.

Filing a suit in response to a public transportation accident

Whether you are riding a bus in West Virginia or have traveled to New York and are riding the subway, you remain at risk of suffering harm in a public transportation accident. Certainly, public transportation accidents are not as common as motor vehicle accidents but they do occur. Partially because they are somewhat less common, many individuals are unsure of how to respond if they are harmed in a public transportation accident.

Study indicates that technology has made driving much safer

When you sit behind the wheel of your car or truck, do you ever stop to consider the power that you are wielding? Do you ever stop to think about how easy it would be to damage property or living things with a single lapse in judgment or a slightly wrong turn of the wheel? Driving is such an important activity in American life. It is a ubiquitous one and one that is often undertaken without much thought. However, Americans die every day as a result of car accidents and it is important to consider, from time to time, just how powerful the act of driving is and can be.

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