Car accidents are the number one killer of teens between the ages of 15 and 19 in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2014 alone, more than 123,000 teens suffered injuries and 2,679 teens died in crashes when they or one of their peers was behind the wheel, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). [Read more…]
Everywhere you look people are either playing or talking about Pokémon Go. Parks, landmarks, and public areas of every sort across the world are filled with people trying to “catch ‘em all.” This immensely popular smart phone game has influenced people to exercise outdoors, explore new places in their communities, and meet new people who also play the game. But in spite of these positive effects, the game also poses some serious concerns.
We all know that texting while driving is unsafe. Nearly every state, including Colorado, has made it illegal to text while driving and three of the four states that do not have an outright ban on texting have restrictions for new drivers or school bus drivers. In spite of the dangers, people continue to drive distracted. [Read more…]
Summer is finally beginning to wind down. For most of us, this time of year simply means cooler weather and watching the leaves change color. But for thousands of college students across Colorado, the months of August and September mean the return of daily lectures, all-nighters spent writing papers, and, of course, driving to and from campus each day.
As students return to college campuses across the state this autumn, we will once again see a significant increase in the number of cars, bicycles, and pedestrians on and around our streets. This increase in traffic, combined with Colorado’s already hilly roads, brings an increased risk of traffic accidents. With this in mind, it’s a good idea to be aware of any increased traffic congestion in your area as well as some of the most common traffic accidents involving college-aged students in order to keep yourself and your family safe this fall. [Read more…]
Spinal cord injuries are one of the most devastating injuring one can suffer. The attorneys at the Law Office of Dianne Sawaya,LLC prepared an infographic to teach you about spinal cord injuries and their causes.
Car accidents can lead to property loss, injury, or even death. Unfortunately accidents are common in the Denver area, but what can you do to prevent them? The first step in prevention is to identify the most common causes. Dianne Sawaya, personal injury attorney in Denver Colorado created this visual chart to walk you through what you need to know about common causes of accidents.
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On Monday, February 29, a group of students at the University of Colorado was playing video games when an electronic hoverboard that was sitting motionless while it charged just a few feet away from them suddenly exploded.
As FOX 31 KDVR News reported, the explosion luckily did not harm any of the students, but it left a scene that “looked like the aftermath of a raucous party.”
Gabriel Rojas, one of the students present at the time, brought the hoverboard to the apartment of friend Mohamed Almansoori, who lives at The Province on 28th Street in Boulder. Rojas explained to ABC 7 News that the device was only plugged into the wall for about five minutes and then “it just started sparking and exploded everywhere.”
“The fire was just getting bigger and bigger. It popped once, like fireworks, and it kept exploding more, like flames and stuff.”
Rojas explained that he didn’t think the device was a risk; even though he had heard stories about hoverboards smoking and erupting in flames, he had assumed that his device was less risky because it was a high-quality product.
Rojas’ surprise is one that many Americans would likely have. If these electronic devices are so dangerous, how could they be legally sold in the United States? Data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows that the department is currently investigating 66 different hoverboard fire cases that have happened over the past year.
Around two weeks after the incident in Boulder, the International Trade Commission announced that the U.S. would be banning imports of hoverboards—oddly enough, this ban is not because of the safety risks involved but because the technology used in hoverboards potentially violates copyright protections belonging to Segway. As the Huffington Post described it, Segways now seem like “the hoverboard’s nerdy uncle.” Even though Segways use handlebars for balancing while hoverboards balance on their own, the technology used in the devices is far too similar for Segway’s comfort.
Although it’s a shame that the ban wasn’t decided based on the clear safety risks of hoverboards, the good news is that these potentially deadly electronics will likely dwindle in popularity—at least for a short time.
Still, hoverboards are legal in the U.S. and it is still possible to obtain them. It is unknown at this time if the company making hoverboards will be held liable for injuries caused by the items, but this seems like a classic case of product liability. Should injured victims of exploding hoverboards choose to file a personal injury claim, it is likely that the company would be held responsible for the injuries.
If you’ve been injured in an accident that involves product liability, such as a hoverboard, be sure to contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Dianne L. Sawaya LLC in Denver, Colorado.
Did you know slip and falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries? How about on average you can lose 11 days of pay because of a slip and fall? Dianne Sawaya, personal injury attorney in Denver Colorado created this visual chart to walk you through what you need to know about slip and falls.
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