Are Ride Sharing Companies Responsible for Deaths Their Drivers (or Self-Driving Cars) Cause?

Technology has brought lots of changes to the marketplace, both in Oregon and across the United States. With peer-to-peer sharing services, we can search on an app and within minutes rent a room, a home, or perhaps even a castle, almost anywhere in the world. When we depart for our vacation, we can leave our pets safe and sound in the home of a pet lover we discovered online. And, of course, when we need a ride, ride-sharing (some prefer the term “ride-hailing”) services like Lyft and Uber can meet our transportation needs. These companies offer many benefits, including lower cost and the convenience of quickly booking the service directly from our smart devices. Unfortunately, however, technological change sometimes occurs so quickly that the law needs time to catch up. For example, taxis have been regulated for decades, and have rules in place to protect passengers. On the other hand, there are sometimes gaps in the regulations for ride-sharing companies. So, what happens when ride sharing drivers or self-driving cars cause deaths and injuries?

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What Happens if My Car is Recalled After I’ve Been in an Accident?

Our lives are often so busy that the last thing that we think we want to see in the mailbox is a recall notice for our car or truck. It can seem as though we’ve just received one more chore to add to the list. But the truth is, we should actually consider ourselves lucky when we learn of the existence of a problem before someone suffers an injury. Unfortunately, though, sometimes the recall notice doesn’t come quickly enough and the dangerous defect has already done its damage. In this article, we will discuss the recall process and how it should be handled.

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How is Medical Malpractice Determined for High-Risk Procedures?

Advancements in technology and medicine continue to create numerous societal benefits, including longer and healthier life spans, better quality of life, and more and better treatment options for disease and injury. In fact, some medical procedures that were once considered very dangerous are now considered routine.However, while we appreciate all the advancements made in medicine, some surgeries still come with very high risk. Moreover, in addition to the risk inherent in the medical procedure, there is the added risk from the possibility of medical negligence. Even if everything else goes according to plan, great harm can result from medical malpractice. In this article, we will discuss how medical malpractice is determined for high-risk procedures.

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Mesothelioma and Dock Workers

For centuries, dockworkers around the world have performed roles crucial to industry. In the United States these workers, sometimes called stevedores or longshoremen, share a long and proud history. They are responsible for performing tasks on port docks and for loading and unloading ships. When you consider that approximately 90% of today’s goods are transported at least partially by ship, its apparent that dockworkers have an incredible impact on commerce.

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What Lanes Are Semi-Trucks Allowed to Use?

As we’ve discussed on this blog before, semi-trucks present a unique danger to other drivers and pedestrians on American roads. The sheer size of a semi-truck means that even the most minor accident could have potentially deadly consequences, usually for the driver or other occupants of a passenger vehicle. Because of the danger that semi-trucks present to other drivers, there are many laws in place which dictate how they must drive, how they should be loaded, and how often they must be maintained and evaluated. In many states, semi-trucks and other large vehicles are prohibited from driving in the left lane of any two-lane highway or road.

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How Can I Avoid Medical Malpractice?

Going to the hospital can be an incredibly scary experience. Whether or not you know what the cause of your problems is, seeking medical treatment comes with a fair bit of uncertainty. Say, for example, you’ve been in a minor car accident, and you’re not sure if you’ve had a concussion. The symptoms that bring you to a hospital or doctor’s office often require tests, treatments, consultations, and more before you are diagnosed, treated, and discharged. On top of all of that, you might worry about doctors that seem distracted, indifferent, inexperienced, etc. We trust medical professionals to make us well when we’re sick or injured, but stories of medical malpractice are unfortunately as common as they are terrifying. Rest assured, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself from medical malpractice.

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What is Being Done to Stop Underrides?

Most of us have seen eerie photographs or video footage on television of cars with the tops crushed or ripped completely off after colliding with a semi-truck. Some of us have even witnessed the carnage first hand. In many instances, the destruction results from an “underride,” the term used to describe a motor vehicle that collides with and slides under the trailer of a tractor-trailer truck. At that point, the passenger vehicle can be run over, dragged, crushed, and otherwise mangled. And underrides are nothing new. Hundreds of people continue to die yearly as a result of them. Given the clear and obvious danger presented by underrides, it’s natural to ask if anything is being done to prevent them.

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Mesothelioma and The Risk to Firefighters

Firefighters bravely enter their profession understanding that their service exposes them to extreme dangers from fire, smoke, heat, motor vehicle accidents, and collapsing buildings. But what about illness and death related to cancer and asbestos exposure? Most would agree that society should hold those responsible who irresponsibly create such a danger. In this article, we will take a look at the firefighting profession, and the dangers presented by the exposure to asbestos.


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What’s the Difference Between Contributory Negligence and Comparative Negligence?

Sometimes a defendant’s negligence is clear and palpable, and the sole cause of a plaintiff’s injuries. For example, consider a patient who undergoes surgery and the physician mistakenly leaves a sponge inside the plaintiff’s body. The patient has done nothing wrong and only the physician’s malpractice caused any resulting harm. But sometimes, things are more complicated. For example, what happens if two drivers are both speeding, which results in an automobile collision and injuries? Are lawsuits still allowed? In this article, we will discuss how the law handles such a situation.

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Birth Injuries & Medical Malpractice

There is nothing more exciting in life than welcoming a new member into the family. In fact, societies across the world celebrate pregnancy and birth through a multitude of rituals designed to recognize this wonderful renewal of the life cycle. In the United States, there are baby showers, gifts, balloons, cards, new toys, new bedrooms, and lots of excitement. And fortunately, most pregnancies and births go just as nature plans, complete with a healthy baby and a healthy mother. Sadly though, things sometimes go wrong. Every year, there are complications with thousands of pregnancies and births.

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