With summer coming to an end and warm weather still lingering, I know that motorcycle enthusiasts are taking advantage of sunny days and hitting the roads for a few rides before the close of the season.
Nine year old Julian Suttle was critically injured in a single vehicle crash Saturday afternoon on VA360. Julian was flown to Duke Medical Center with life threatening injuries. At the time of this posting, there has been no new information reported on the child’s condition. Police report that the vehicle struck a stop sign, ran off the road and hit a utility pole. Reports stated that the vehicle was split in half during the impact. The driver of the vehicle, Melissa Rhodes, age 28 was also seriously injured in the crash.
Crash tests performed recently indicate that an estimated 313,000 Honda and Acura models are too dangerous to drive. The models have faulty airbags made by Takata that have a higher than normal chance of rupturing upon deployment. In many of the 2001-2003 models the vehicle airbags rupture rates were as high as 50%. When the airbags ruptured in these tests, they sent shrapnel into that cabin that would likely injure or kill the passenger.
Tokyo-based Olympus, a producer of 85 percent of the American gastrointestinal scope market, intentionally failed to warn hospitals in the United States of deadly infections that had been transmitted to patients after surgeries using the Duodenoscope in Europe and Japan. The Duodenoscope is a medical device that is used to scope a patient’s gastrointestinal tract to visualize problems in the biliary and pancreatic duct systems. These devices have been blamed for transmitting “superbugs” that can not be treated with antibiotics and are most often a death sentence for patients. Not only are the infections painful and deadly, they are so easily transmitted that many patients unfortunate enough to contract a “superbug” end up suffering and dying a horrible death alone, without support or comfort of having their loved ones near in order to prevent transmission of the infection.
Even though the weather turned chilly and rainy Sunday plenty of people took to the waters of Smith Mountain Lake to enjoy the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Unfortunately, a crowded lake and less than ideal conditions can mean danger for boaters and personal watercraft users alike.
Usually, where there’s smoke… there’s fire. And unfortunately, today, I’m using that statement in the most literal sense.
Mitsubishi, ChryslerFiat, Volkswagen, and Toyota owners take note, these trusted car manufacturers are still knowingly building cars with defective Takata airbags.
Police have closed a busy section of Orange Avenue in order to investigate an accident that occurred at approximately 9:50 am this morning. Witnesses say that two men were attempting to cross Orange Avenue when one of the men stepped onto the road in front of a recycling dump truck. The dump truck is owned by a private company.
If you been involved in any car accident, you know that it can be a complicated situation. Unfortunately, the burden of proof needed for making a claim falls on the victim in the accident and often the person who is suffering from serious injuries. Gathering this evidence and documentation is a daunting task for someone who is trying to recover from injuries sustained in a car accident. Enlist the help of friends and family and a Personal Injury Attorney.
And the injuries and deaths just keep happening. In 2007, a Virginia boy, just 10 years old died, when a goal he was defending came crashing down on him. I remember the incident well because I represented the boy’s family. And now, almost 10 years later, I’m watching my own 10 year old run out onto to the soccer field and I know that the goals are still falling and killing kids. According to Anchored for Safety, 39 people have been killed and 57 more have been injured by this dangerous product. Most of the victims have been children and most of them were playing on University, public school, or public municipal fields.