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Understanding fault when a dog attacks and bites someone

There are many reasons to keep a dog, from security to personal preference. However, owning a dog comes with serious responsibilities as well.

It only takes a second for dogs to turn vicious. Maybe they think they are protecting their turf or their owner. Perhaps they are stressed by the high-pitched voices of children or reacting to sudden movement. Whatever the reason, they can swiftly inflict serious harm.

How to avoid picking unsafe toys for your child

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is responsible for both regulating what is placed on the market and then further monitoring it for safety as long as it's being sold here in the U.S. They are the ones responsible for setting guidelines that must be followed when labeling toys with the age groups they're most appropriate for.

One guideline set by the CPSC calls for items that appear to pose some kind of choking hazard to be labeled as inappropriate for children under the age of 3. They also require that such an item be labeled as containing small parts, thus posing a choking hazard as well.

You may have a dram shop case if you're injured by a drunk driver

Everyone knows that drunk drivers are responsible for their own poor decisions, but very often it is other people who end up paying the price. When someone gets behind the wheel while intoxicated, that person puts everyone else on the road at risk of a serious car crash resulting in injuries or even death.

Drunk drivers who are caught will likely face criminal charges for DUI, OUI or another offense. In some cases, victims can also sue a drunk driver for damages in civil court.

Why talking, texting and driving can prove fatal

Forget drinking coffee, combing your hair, reading the newspaper and countless other distractions of yesteryear. With as many different tasks as can be completed on smartphones nowdays, they've easly become the number one tool for distractions over anything else.

To make matters worse, research has shown that the smartphone use has the potential to impact several of the user's senses including touch, vision and to monopolize his or her mind. This type of distraction results in delayed user response times equivalent to someone who's impaired from alcohol with a blood alcohol content (BAC) at or above the state's legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Candles and other things that cause house fires

A warm and inviting home can help offset the misery of the cold winter months. For many people, creating a welcoming space includes the use of fire for heating or decorative purposes. A roaring fire in the fireplace adds ambiance to any evening or social gathering. A scented candle or perhaps a tabletop lantern can add the quaint, flickering charm of fire.

Unfortunately, while candles and fires can warm you up and improve your mood, they can also put you, your family and even your neighbors at risk of injury, death or property loss. It only takes a few seconds for an overzealous cat to knock a candle into the curtains or for a large bit of ember to shoot out of the fireplace and land on your carpet. Unless you have someone waiting to handle it, a little flame could turn into a massive fire in no time.

Medical malpractice lawsuit: what do you have to prove?

Imagine that you go into your doctor's office for a routine appointment, and it is discovered that you need to go through a medical procedure to alleviate a medical condition that you have developed. But when you get the procedure done, it is quickly discovered that they made a mistake during the procedure and you will have to go through more surgery and accrue more medical costs as a result of the mistake.

You would rightfully be upset, as well as living in pain and anguish. You would likely also consider a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Practical tips that might save you from a drunk driver

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), someone dies in a drunk driving accident every 48 minutes, on average, in the United States. Sometimes it is easy to spot a drunk driver on the road, but at other times it is not.

You might be wondering what you can do to improve your chances of becoming the victim of a drunk driver the next time you get behind the wheel. The following tips can reduce your risk of being hurt or killed by an intoxicated, irresponsible motorist.

Winter weather could increase the risk of slip-and-falls

Once the temperature starts to drop, many aspects of your daily life change. When it's cold or snowing, the roads can become more dangerous. You need to drive less and more slowly when you do need to travel. After snowfall, ice or even freezing rain, there are many other dangers that could result in an injury, including slippery sidewalks, parking lots and store floors.

During the winter, businesses should maintain safe facilities for patrons and employees. Generally, this means removing snow that accumulates in a storm, de-icing sidewalks, walkways and parking lots and ensuring that entrances and walking areas are dry and free of obstruction. Failing to do so could put visitors at risk of a serious slip-and-fall accident, which can have devastating consequences for the victim of the accident.

Kids are at a high risk of pedestrian accidents

Most children love to be active. Since many areas where they run and play are close to roads, streets and driveways, they can be at risk of being involved in a traffic accident. Children aren't expected to be perfect; they're still learning the rules of the road, and they make mistakes. Adults, especially drivers, are held to a higher standard, but everyone plays a role in safety.

Drivers have to be aware of the risks when driving where kids live, attend school, and play. They have to slow down and be mindful of children on the sides of the roads and look out for those who could suddenly run out in front of them. Awareness can save lives.

Prepare for dangerous winter driving conditions

Winter's arrival can be abrupt. The fall may end without warning. Maybe you go to bed and wake up to a world covered in snow. You'll still have to make your morning commute safely, regardless of how much snow has come down overnight. If you aren't prepared for winter driving conditions, that first day with snow could be a nerve-wracking experience. Thankfully, there's still time to prepare yourself and your vehicle for the challenges of winter driving.

The winter brings unique issues for drivers, including freezing precipitation. Snow, sleet, freezing rain (sometimes called slain) and hail can all cause problems on the road. Wet surfaces in cold temperatures may become frozen roads. Whether there's a thick layer of visible ice or treacherous and hard-to-spot black ice, cold roads and precipitation are a dangerous mix. Drivers could lose control of their vehicles or simply find themselves unable to stop while driving at high speeds. Any accident puts you at risk for injuries and losses, so take steps now to reduce your winter accident risk.

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