The Role of Maintenance in Slip and Fall Accidents

By on 9-26-2016 in Personal Injury

There are many ways for a person to slip, fall violently into the ground, and injure himself. But they have one thing in common – someone has been negligent, and most of the time, it is not the victim.

Property owners are legally obligated to make their properties safe from slip and fall accident hazards. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, those who have been hurt in slip and fall accidents because of negligent property owners may be able to take these property owners to court.

But how does a slip and fall accident happen exactly? There is always a catalyst that triggers the slipping. The slipping leads to a violent fall, and if it is violent enough, it may even result into injury. A slip and fall accident can happen either inside or outside the property, and below are the most common causes:

·       Inside

o   Defective escalators, elevators, or stairs

o   Slippery substances that are unattended, such as pipe leaks and spilled drinks

o   Slippery substances that warrant warning signs, such as floor waxes

o   Worn carpets, rugs, and other textiles

·       Outside

o   Buildup of ice, snow, or water

o   Debris and trash

o   Poor lighting

o   Uneven floors, such as those with cracks and potholes

If you will notice, all these causes are preventable, and in one way or another, all of them are maintenance issues. Facilities like escalators should regularly be inspected. Slippery substances should be cleaned or at least barriered. Worn items should be replaced. The property’s exterior should also be regularly cleaned to avoid buildup of ice, snow, water, and even debris like leaves and rocks. It should also be maintained to avoid pavement defects like cracks and potholes. Last but not least, it should also have adequate lighting to avoid visibility issues that may cause slip and fall accidents.

This is where the property owner’s negligence come into mind. Because the property owner has failed to maintain his premises, and this failure has resulted into a slipping and falling accident and injury, he can be taken to court because of premises liability, under slip and fall accidents.

The Zero Tolerance and Anti Texting-while-driving Laws

By on 9-26-2016 in Personal Injury

Drunk-driving, reckless driving, driver error and overspeeding (as well as driving too slowly and too fast during poor road condition) are listed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as the top causes of motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. From the more than five million car crashes recorded annually, more than two million individuals suffer injuries, while more than 32,000 lose their lives.

NHTSA reports also show that usual traffic violators, as well as usual victims of fatal car crashes, are young drivers, whose ages range between 17 and 24. Studies show that while young drivers, mostly students, are aware of traffic laws and say that they would never want to share the road with traffic violators, they, themselves, admit of having violated traffic rules when asked about specific road behavior, such as driving under the influence (DUI), texting while driving, speeding, and so forth. These same drivers expressed confident control of the wheel, though, despite the violation, which they said were still safe, based on their own standards.

With the intention of significantly reducing the number of car accidents, which always cause property damages, injuries or death, the NHTSA has become stricter in the enforcement of road safety laws; it has also passed new laws, such as the anti texting-while-driving law. In some states ban has, likewise, been imposed on the use of any type of text-based communications on mobile devices, such as computers and phones, which are used to send text or email messages. This anti texting-while-driving law is aimed at discouraging any act that would cause distraction – a serious threat to pedestrians, other motorists and everyone else on the road.

Another law that was passed (which will limit any chances of DUI among teenage drivers) is the Zero Tolerance Law. According to the website of Spiros Law Firm, this law specifically prohibits those under the age of 21 to drink and drive. Minors who will be caught violating this law are bound to have their driving privileges immediately suspended, as well as suffer the harsh punishments imposed in their state.