Distracted driving is a problem we all hear a lot about and includes any behavior or activities conducted while driving that can divert the driver's attention from the roadway. Distracted driving includes texting while driving; operating a cell phone or smart phone while driving; using a navigation system while driving; operating a radio, CD player or other similar device while driving; watching a video while driving; reading or referencing maps while driving; eating and drinking while driving; grooming while driving; and talking to passengers while driving.
A woman injured when her airbag exploded during a traffic accident recently brought a lawsuit against Takata, the manufacturer or the airbag, and the maker of the car, Honda Motor Co. The 42-year old woman was injured when the airbag in her 2002 Honda Accord exploded following a low-speed collision. According to the lawsuit, upon impact from the accident, the ammonium nitrate in the airbag detonated which caused the inflator in the airbag to fragment and forced metal shrapnel through the airbag. The shrapnel struck the victim in her chest and arm which caused her to suffer severe lacerations. It was not clear if the woman's car had been recalled.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) cause approximately 30 percent of all injury deaths in the United States and are a major cause of death and disability. Each day, 138 victims die from injuries including TBIs. TBIs can lead to thinking impairments; movement impairments; hearing or vision impairments; and disrupted personality function such as personality changes or depression. The impact of a TBI can be felt by victims, their families and communities.
Premises liability law offers protection for victims injured by an unsafe property condition. A woman in a community several hours west of the Fairfax area has brought a claim for damages against Walmart following a slip-and-fall accident in one of their stores. The victim asserts that the negligence of the retailer led her to suffer serious injuries in a slip-and-fall accident. The woman filed the lawsuit based on her assertions that the retail super center failed to maintain safe premises and breached its duty of care.