Side impact crashes or T-Bone crashes are the second most common types of vehicle collisions in the United States. Injuries to young children occur when the car seat restraint system fails. Types of failure can include, seat separation, buckle disengagement, and LATCH failure.
On Jan.22, 2014, the NHSTA proposed the first-ever side impact test for child restraint systems. The proposed test will use two test dummies, one representing a 12 month old child and one representing a three year old child. No testing will be done for children weighing over 40 pounds.
Unfortunately, no tests are being mandated for children ages 4-8, who typically weigh more than forty pounds and are often placed in booster seats. When questioned about the NHTSA’s reluctance to require testing for seats designed for older children, the NHTSA responded that those children would be protected by side curtain airbags. This is an irresponsible statement. Many vehicles are not equipped with side curtain airbags and not all children ages 4-8 are tall enough for the side curtain airbag to make any difference for the child in the event of the crash.
To read the full press release from the NHTSA, click here
If your child has been injured has been injured in a car accident, call experienced personal injury lawyer, Paul Thomson today for a free consultation. (540) 777-4900
Playtex has recalled 1.4 million pacifier holder clips sold in the United States and Canada from 2010 through 2013. The clips can break into small pieces and pose a choking hard for the child.
Playtex has received 99 reports of this happening. No injuries have been reported. Playtex recommends that parents discontinue use and are offering a full refund for the product.
Consumers should contact Playtex toll-free at (888) 220-2075 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.playtexproducts.com and click on Recall for more information.
When most of us think of swimming pools accidents, we think of children drowning or near drowning in pools. While this is a serious problem, fatal and serious injuries also occur from diving into shallow water. When a swimmer dives into water that is too shallow, the chances of striking the head and causing traumatic brain injury, paralysis and death are increased.
While at a recent Roanoke swim meet, my 7 year old daughter, an experienced swimmer, was instructed to dive from a diving block into a swimming pool with a 3ft depth. She dove too deep and grazed the side of her head on the bottom of the pool. Luckily, she suffered nothing more than a “goose egg” and a disqualification. The accident could have been much worse.
This swim meet was an event organized by experienced swimmers, swim coaches and fully staffed with life guards. I felt that my child was safe. Now, I’m not so sure.
The USASwimming 2013 facility standards require the “minimum water depth for racing starts during practice and competition shall be measured for a distance of 3 ft 3 1/2 inches to 16 ft 5 inches from the end wall.” It also requires, “in pools with water depth less than 4 ft at the starting end, the swimmer must start from within the water.”
Kudos to USASwimming for providing a safety standard and allowing a safer alternative for our swimmers.
More information on this topic can be found here: www.usaswimming.org.
According to the CPSC, an average of 26 people drown in pools and spas each year on July 4. The CPSC recommends that parents and children alike go over water safety rules and inspect public and private pools before use.
Safety recommendations include: teaching children to swim, using life jackets, putting fences around pools, and designating an adult water watcher that knows how to swim to supervise children at all times. The water watcher should not be distracted by anything else, such as reading, texting, using a smart phone or conversing with other adults. Water watchers should be given breaks while other adults take over.
Other potential hazards that can cause injury include pool drains, pipes and other openings. Children should be instructed to stay away from these areas of the pool. Pool drains should be inspected and in compliance with federal standards. Pool service providers can inspect your pool drains.
If a child goes missing, the pool should be searched first.
Keep a phone close to the pool for emergency calls.
Have lifesaving equipment such as floats, life rings, and a reaching pole available and easily accessible.
Spas and pools should be equipped with lockable safety covers, fences and alarms.
If you or a loved one is injured in an accident, call Paul Thomson of The Thomson Law Firm for a free consultation (540)777-4900.
Five people were injured early Sunday morning when a bass boat collided with a pontoon boat on Claytor Lake. The cause of the crash in unknown. One victim remains in the hospital.
According to the US Coast Guard, the top five reasons for boating accidents are:
1) Operator Inattention
2) Improper Lookouts
3) Operator Inexperience
4) Machinery Failure
5) Alcohol Use*
*Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents; it was listed
as the leading factor in 17% of deaths.
Collisions involving watercrafts were the most prevalent types of fatal boating accidents in 2012 in the United States.
More information on boating accident statistics from the US Coast Guard can be found at www.ascgboating.org.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a boat accident, call Paul Thomson of The Thomson Law Firm in Roanoke, Virginia. Paul is an experienced boat accident attorney. He is licensed in Virginia and West Virginia and devotes his practice to helping injured people in the Roanoke and New River Valleys, as well as Southwest, Central, Northern Virginia and West Virginia. Call The Thomson Law Firm for a FREE consultation today. 540-777-4900.
The short answer to that question is “YES”. Virginia has started the phasing in of a law requiring all personal watercraft and motorboat operators to be licensed by 2016. This schedule, posted on The Smith Mountain Lake Boating Association website, is listed below:
“The state of Virginia has passed legislation requiring all Virginia boaters to complete boater education classes. These requirements will be phased in over an eight year period and are outlined below.
You need a boater education class by the given dates if:
- You are a personal watercraft operator 20 and younger by July 1, 2009.
- You are a personal watercraft operator 35 and younger by July 1, 2010.
- You are personal watercraft operator 50 and younger or a motorboat operator 20 and younger by July 1, 2011.
- All personal watercraft operators and motorboat operators 30 and younger by July 1, 2012.
- You are a motorboat operator 40 and younger by July 1, 2013.
- You are a motorboat operator 45 and younger by July 1, 2014.
- You are a motorboat operator 50 and younger by July 1, 2015.
- All motorboat operators must have a class by July 1, 2016.”
More information on how to comply with the Boating Safety Education Requirement can be found on the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/boating/education/boating-safety-education-requirement.asp
A listing of Roanoke, New River Valley, and Smith Mountain Lake boating and personal watercraft safety classes can be found here:http://smlba.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/2013-Boat-Classes.pdf. Some class sizes are limited. Be sure to call and pre-register for your desired date and location.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident in Virginia or West Virginia, call Paul Thomson, of The Thomson Law Firm for a free consultation at 540-777-4900.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of a six year old boy in Pulaski County tonight. Their son was taken from them in a day care accident this morning. Accidents in home day care facilities and centers are increasing across the country and a tragedy like this one cannot go unnoticed by state and local officials.
According to early reports, “a shelf-like structure” fell on the child at approximately 8am. He died at Pulaski Lewis Gale Hospital at approximately 9am.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a day care accident, call Paul Thomson of The Thomson Law Firm at 540-777-4900.
Looking for something fun and exciting to post on your Facebook Page? Something that says to your friends, “I’m adventurous, in great shape, and living life to the fullest!” Well, some would have you believe that pretending to be an elite military professional on an Obstacle Race Course on a Saturday afternoon is just the way to spice up your fitness routine.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case for Avishek Sengupta, a 28 year old from Maryland, who died while trying to attempt the “Walk the Plank Obstacle” at a Tough Mudder event in Gerrardstown, West Virginia.
Reports are surfacing that the event was understaffed, unorganized, and had inadequate safety measures in place.
Other people were alos seriously injured during the event. As reported on The Baltimore Sun’s webpage, “Two people who participated in the race in nearby Gerrardstown, W.Va., suffered heart attacks, according to Teresa McCabe of West Virginia University Hospitals-East, which runs City Hospital. Ten people had hypothermia, orthopedic injuries or head injuries. And two people were treated for drowning, including Avishek Sengupta, a 28-year-old Ellicott City man who died Sunday.”
For more information on safety precautions for Obstacle Course Races, visit http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/13/130424-tough-mudder-death-extreme-endurance-sports-risk-safety/
For recommendations on how to establish rescue protocol visit http://mariovittone.com/
We will be posting more information about the validity of the waivers and that runners are required to sign before entering an event.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an Obstacle Course Race like the Tough Mudder, O-Run, Spartan, or Gladiators call Paul Thomson of The Thomson Law Firm at 540-777-4900 for a free consultation.
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute recently released findings from a study conducted with a 100 car naturalistic study. Many of the participants were drivers that drove in the Northern Virginia, DC Metro area and the I-81 corridor to Virginia Tech.
The cars were equipped with monitoring devices such as cameras, Vorad radar units, accelerometers, lane tracking software, and an in-vehicle network sensor. The randomly selected video footage showed drivers yawning, closing eyelids, head-bobbing and micro-sleep at the time of crashes or near crashes. Other behaviors noted during these sleeping episodes included drivers running red lights.
The study was done on 18-20 year olds. Most of the incidents included daytime sleepiness.
If you have been injured in a car accident, call Paul Thomson of The Thomson Law Firm today for a free consultation. Call 540-777-4900.
Toyota, Honda, Nissan, and Mazda are recalling millions of its automobiles today due to faulty airbags deployment. In a news release, a representative from U.S. Toyota said, ” The involved vehicles are equipped with front passenger airbag inflators which could have been assembled with improperly manufactured propellant wafers. Improperly manufactured propellant wafers could cause the inflator to rupture and the front passenger airbag to deploy abnormally in the event of a crash.”
Recall information for the vehicles involved can be found by clicking on the flowing links:
For HONDA http://owners.honda.com/service-maintenance/recalls
For TOYOTA http://www.toyota.com/owners/web/pages/resources/recalls
For NISSAN http://www.nissanusa.com/apps/contactus/recall
For MAZDA http://www.mazdausa.com/MusaWeb/displayPage.action?pageParameter=mazdaSiteMap
If you or someone you love has been injured by a dangerous product, call Paul Thomson, of The Thomson Law Firm, at 540-777-4900. The call is free.