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Mar 29, 2016 - Car Accidents

PARENTS MAY ACTUALLY BE SOME OF THE MOST DANGEROUS DRIVERS

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted inCar Accidents on Tuesday, March 29, 2016. Teenagers often get stereotyped as the worst drivers. People assume that they are constantly talking to one another, playing the music too loudly, and texting while they drive. While all of these things can be true, interviews with some parents have shown that they can be dangerous, as well. Studies have demonstrated that children are incredibly distracting, and driving with them in the car can be as hazardous as texting and driving. One woman who was interviewed admitted to a whole host of offenses, including the following: — Driving with her knees– Giving out food and drinks for breakfast in the morning, while driving– Working to break up arguments– Stopping a child who felt carsick from throwing up while in a moving car The woman admitted that she knew these things were dangerous. In fact, she said that her own cousin had watched a child drop something on the floor and then reached down to try to pick it up. When she did, she was involved in a car accident and was injured so badly that she passed away. The woman admitted that this was eye-opening, but that she still made poor decisions behind the wheel. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety carried out a study and determined that babies were eight times as distracting as passengers who were adults, while children were four times as distracting as adults. Has a […]

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Mar 22, 2016 - Car Accidents

DRIVERS MAKE MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF MISTAKES AT YIELD SIGNS

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. One of the big reasons behind car accidents is that drivers often fail to do as they are instructed by the traffic safety devices that are in place. This includes stop signs, red lights, flashing lights, and much more. One device that seems to create a lot of confusion and different types of mistakes is the yield sign. A yield sign is intended to get a driver to slow down, look for other traffic, and then allow that perpendicular traffic to pass if necessarily. If there is no traffic, the driver does not have to come to a full stop, but he or she should still slow down and look both ways before driving into the street. These signs are often used in low-traffic areas were a stop-sign is deemed to be overkill, but where drivers do need to be alert regarding an intersection. The issue is that drivers will make mistakes that run from being overly cautious to completely ignoring the sign. Some drivers just come to a complete stop, as if they are going through a stop sign. This is incorrect, and it congests traffic. It could even lead to rear-end accidents. Other drivers, however, hardly slow down and just sail through the sign, knowing they don’t legally have to stop if the way is clear. However, this can be even more dangerous if they don’t see opposing traffic […]

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Mar 17, 2016 - Premises Liability

ROOT CAUSES CAN DETERMINE FAULT IN ACCIDENTS

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Premises Liability on Thursday, March 17, 2016. When an accident happens, to determine whether or not there is a premises liability case for those who are injured, it’s important to break things down and look at the root causes of the accident. Only by doing this can fault be determined in specific situations. A popular example of this is the tragedy that happened at the Kansas City Hyatt-Regency Hotel back in the 1980s. There was a dance contest at the hotel, people grouped up to watch it from pedestrian walkways, and the walkway on the fourth floor collapsed. It then hit the one below it and they both fell all the way to the ground floor. Over 200 people were injured and 114 perished. When looking for the root cause, what was found was that a longitudinal weld did not have the strength needed to support the walkway. That weld gave out as people stood on the walkway in groups, giving it more weight than usual, when people just walked across it. When the weld failed, a support rod from the walkway then tore through the box beam. That’s what made the walkway collapse, and the second one was destroyed by the impact with the first. Root causes can go even further when establishing fault. There were clearly design issues with the walkways, and it was later discovered that project management errors made it so that these issues […]

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Mar 11, 2016 - Wrongful Death

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASE OF DOCTOR’S DEATH CONTINUES

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted inWrongful Death on Friday, March 11, 2016. A few hours before a 26-year-old doctor died on May 29, 2013, of a brain hemorrhage, doctors and physician assistants were still trying to determine what was wrong. Some thought it was brain swelling, others thought it was an infection and still more thought that it was a blood clot or a platelet disorder. The woman died after a major vein in her head burst due to a blood clot. The woman’s attending physician testified in a court in the medical malpractice trail that she ordered a CT scan because the woman had a history of headaches and her platelets were dropping. Even though the physician put a rush on the CT scan, it would take another hour for it to be done. The doctor said she thought the woman was having some type of neurological emergency in her testimony given at a deposition. However, when she was on the stand, she said she didn’t think it was an emergency. It would take about four hours for the woman to have an MRI done. When the woman was first admitted to the hospital, her platelet level was “off the charges.” It’s not known why this test wasn’t repeated for two days. The physician’s assistant said that she thought the woman might have been having a stroke. Once the woman started to experience tunnel vision, the physician’s assistant said that was a […]

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Mar 3, 2016 - Drunk Driving Accidents

WHAT IF YOU GET A DRUNK UBER DRIVER?

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted inDrunk Driving Accidents on Thursday, March 3, 2016. Uber is an app-based driving service that allows people to call someone else to pick them up and lets them pay with a credit card, all from their phone. It’s very popular with those who go out to the bar, have a bit too much to drink, and know they should find a safe ride home. In fact, Uber has stated, along with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, that they help to lessen the amount of drunk driving incidents across the United States. But what if you get an Uber driver who is also drunk? Is this something that could realistically happen? According to one woman, it definitely can. She claims that she called an Uber driver who turned out to be the same person who was at a party with her. She’d says she had seen him drinking wine and smoking a joint at the party. He showed up to get her, and she says she had to make him stop so she could get out of the car. The woman says that she contacted the company. She says she also found that a lot of other people had complained about the same thing. However, she learned that most people never went to the police. She also said that the company, which has a policy saying that drivers can never use alcohol while working, gave vouchers to those who complained. […]

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