In the United States, we are a nation of dog lovers. There are an estimated 78 million dogs living in the United States, and approximately 44% of all households in the United States own a dog. That’s a lot of dogs running around. While the vast majority of dogs in this country live up to their title of Man’s Best Friend, not all of them do. Sadly, many dogs endure neglect and abuse at the hands of their owners, which often have the effect of making the dogs more aggressive than they would naturally be.

Below, we’ll go over what you should do if you are bitten by a dog and what legal options are available to you.

Steps to Take if You are Bitten by a Dog

Imagine this scenario: You are sitting at the end of a long line of cars at a stoplight, and suddenly, your vehicle is violently struck from behind by a speeding driver who didn’t stop in time. To add insult to injury, the driver speeds off and you couldn’t make out his license plate number. After you are treated for your injuries, it turns out that the car that hit you was stolen.

This situation raises an interesting question—who is liable for your damages, the thief or the vehicle owner? In most cases, the thief will be solely responsible for your injuries. However, as with every legal issue, there are exceptions to the rules. Read on to find out when, and under what circumstances, vehicle owners can be liable for damages caused by thieves driving their stolen vehicles.

Vehicle Owners are Generally Not Responsible for Damages Caused by Their Stolen Vehicles…

So you’ve been involved in an accident and you can’t work until you are healed. How do you make money in the meantime? This is a very common dilemma many of our clients face, and something that we are asked about often. While workers’ compensation and disability can help to lighten the blow of not being able to collect a paycheck, you may have additional expenses you need to take care of that those programs don’t cover.

Below are five ways that you can make additional money while you are out of work due to an injury.

Online Selling

The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness that originated in Africa in the 1940s and was initially detected in monkeys. It was later identified in humans by 1952. From the 1960s to 1980s, Zika virus infections were found mostly in Africa and Asia and were typically accompanied by only minor illness. Now, however, the Zika virus has become a full-blown epidemic in many South and Central American countries and has even made its way to the United States. Zika virus during pregnancy is often the cause of congenital brain abnormalities in the fetus, including microcephaly, and the Zika virus is also a trigger of Guillain-Barré syndrome. The virus is primarily transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito, but can also be spread through blood transfusions and sexual activity.

Below, we’ll examine three ways that you may be able to hold someone else liable if they were responsible for your Zika infection.

Employer Negligence

A new study conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) has found that older teen drivers experience more accidents and near misses than younger drivers. The study hypothesizes that this is because older teen drivers are often overconfident and perceive themselves as safer drivers than they really are. What is even more interesting is that parents may be unwittingly allowing this kind of behavior as consequences taper off for older teen drivers. Nearly 70% of teens aged 15 and 16 said they would lose their driving privileges if they were to get into an accident, while only 55% of older teens believe they would experience the same consequences.

Concerning high school seniors specifically, the study found that 75% of seniors feel confident in their driving abilities, but with age comes riskier behaviors. Older teen drivers (71% of whom were high school seniors) are more likely to use a phone while driving than younger teen drivers (55% of sophomores). These types of behaviors occur most often at red lights, stop signs, and while sitting in stop and go traffic, which are all situations in which the risk of having a rear-end accident are higher.

According to Dr. Gene Beresin, the senior advisor on adolescent psychiatry with SADD, “It’s natural for teens to gain confidence behind the wheel as they get older and log more driving hours…However, this age group is more likely to test the boundaries as consequences for bad driving behaviors decrease and their freedoms and responsibilities at home increase, making them feel more like adults. As a result, it is even more important for parents and teens to have conversations about safe driving practices to avoid potentially putting themselves and others at risk on the road.”

In the realm of personal injury law, the kinds of cases we see most often are those in which someone has committed a negligent act that caused someone else harm. In most cases, the perpetrator of the harm did not intend to cause the harm to the victim but was acting in a way that made them legally liable for the harm. For example, very few people intentionally try to crash their cars into other vehicles, but car accidents are often the result of a lapse of judgment on the driver’s part. If that lapse of judgment rises to the level of negligence—for example, they were texting and driving and not paying attention to where they were going—then it can expose the person to liability.

While most people do not intend to harm others with their actions, there are some cases where that is exactly the perpetrator’s intent. These types of actions are called intentional torts. Below, we’ll take a look at a few different types of intentional torts.

Assault and Battery

Driving is a dangerous activity, and, as such, car accidents are one of the most common types of cases we handle. Although you might think that you are the perfect driver, even the best drivers can get involved in accidents. And no matter how safe you are, you can be assured that not everyone else on the road is quite so careful. While there are more ways to get into a car accident than we could possibly count, below are a few of the most common reasons why people get into accidents.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is a serious and growing threat, and has only gotten worse due to the explosion of smartphone usage in recent years. Studies show that sending one text message takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. 4.6 seconds might not seem like a lot of time, but, trust us, it’s more than enough time to get into a serious accident.

As more and more people move back into central cities from the suburbs, walking and biking have become much more popular means of getting around. Walking has several benefits over driving; it’s healthier for you, better for the environment, and much less stressful than dealing with traffic jams and road rage. While walking is generally a much safer way to get around than driving (which is by far the most dangerous activity regular people engage in), it’s not completely risk-free. Walking can be especially risky in many urbanizing neighborhoods in the Atlanta area because there are more people walking around, but the pedestrian infrastructure has not quite caught up to the demand. In fact, a 2014 study in the report “Dangerous by Design” placed the Atlanta metropolitan area at number eight on its list of the 10 most dangerous cities for pedestrians.

Below, we’ll take a look at pedestrian accident statistics and go over a few ways that you can protect yourself from being the victim of one.

Pedestrian Accidents in the US

Multi-vehicle car accidents, also known as “pileups” occur when more than two cars hit each other and set off a chain reaction of rear-end accidents. Most often, they happen due to the force of the first collision; the last car in a line of cars (Driver 4) rear-ends the second-to-last in the chain (Driver 3), who then rear-ends Driver 2, who then rear-ends Driver 1, the first car in the line. If there were only two vehicles involved in this scenario—Driver 4 and Driver 3—then it would be clear who was at fault, since the vehicles behind are almost always solely responsible for rear-end collisions. With multi-car accidents, the issue of liability can be more difficult because it’s often tough to establish who did what and at what time. In this post, we’ll examine how liability in multi-car accidents works.

The biggest issue facing law enforcement officers who investigate multi-vehicle accidents is pinpointing causation. In cases where one driver admits to being distracted and being the first car to rear-end another car in line, then that driver will face liability for all of the accidents in the chain reaction. However, with multi-car accidents, there are often other issues involved, including bad weather, road construction, another car accident, and drunk driving.

When trying to get to the bottom of the causation issue in multi-car accidents, law enforcement will often focus on two questions:

Millions of people frequent amusement parks every year to enjoy a fun day with family or friends. Unfortunately, once in awhile, a day at the theme park can lead to a serious injury. A Pennsylvania man has sued a theme park for negligence after he claims that he contracted an eye-eating parasite on one of its water rides. Robert Trostle claims that he contracted the parasite microsporidia in his left eye from being splashed on the “Raging Rapids” ride at Pittsburgh’s Kennywood amusement park this summer.

Stating a Case for an Amusement Park Injury

In his complaint, Mr. Trostle said that his eye became itchy, red, painful, and sensitive to light in the days following his ride on the Raging Rapids, which simulates white-water rafting. He was given antibiotics after being diagnosed with acute conjunctivitis (also known as pink eye), but his symptoms continued to get worse, his lawsuit claims. He underwent “an extremely painful surgery where the parasite was scraped out of the eye with a surgical scalpel,” after being diagnosed with microsporidia keratitis, according to the complaint.The lawsuit also claims that the Raging Rapids ride’s water was “dirty, stagnant, and sludge-like,” and said that the park failed to adequately regulate, inspect, and filter the water.

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