Important Information about Escalator Accidents

A study by doctors from the Department of Emergency Medicine from the University of Bern notes that there are about 10,000 escalator-related injuries that happen in the United States every year. These injuries are often serious, require immediate medical attention, and are most common among children. Considering these facts, it’s important to ensure that such accidents are prevented and the number of injuries it has caused is lessened.

According to the website of the Goings Law Firm, LLC, property owners hold part of the responsibility for ensuring that escalator accidents are prevented from happening. It is up to these owners to make sure that all the escalators in their premises are properly maintained and regulated, meeting prescribed safety standards. Most accidents occur because some piece of clothing gets caught while a passenger is riding on the escalator. Deflector brushes installed along the side of escalators can help keep passengers riding too close to edges where pieces of clothing can get trapped. Another important safety measure is an accessible emergency stop button that can easily be activated in case an accident does occur. Without these precautions, elevator accidents can easily turn disastrous and those involved can experience severe injuries. Minor accidents that are properly stopped and addressed on time can lead to some bruising and broken bones. However, certain emergency situations can cause injuries that result in amputation and paralysis.

In the same vein, the website of the Williams Kherkher law firm notes that incidents like escalator accidents can lead to a wide range of unfortunate consequences. Aside from the physical pain caused by escalator injuries, victims and their families will also have to wrestle with emotional and financial burdens. The gravity of these consequences becomes even more bothersome considering that most victims involved in such accidents are children. As such, it’s important that the public is properly informed of the potential risks involved in these accidents and other cases of premises liability.

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The Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

According to data gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a total of 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents across America in 2012. During the same year, about 76,000 more pedestrians have been injured in traffic crashes. These numbers suggest that at least one pedestrian will be killed in an accident every 2 hours, and another one is injured every 7 minutes. These trends only prove that pedestrian accidents are a serious issue that needs to be prioritized and prevented.

The CDC also point out that pedestrians typically occur in urban areas and non-intersection locations. They are also most likely to occur at night. According to their data, the most susceptible individuals in these situations are pedestrians aged 65 and older. Based on the reported accidents in 2012, about 20% of the victims were elderly individuals. Children are also at high risk for pedestrian accidents. The CDC estimates that about 1 in every 5 kids between the ages 5 and 15 die in pedestrian accidents.

On its website, the law firm Crowe & Mulvey, LLP says that most pedestrian accidents are the result of some form of driver error or negligence. Sometimes, the slightest mistake behind the wheel can lead to catastrophic circumstances. These mistakes can be as simple as drivers failing to yield at stop signs and crosswalks, or speeding through school zones, residential areas, and parking lots.

Accidents can also come from a driver’s failure to properly check blind spots before making turns or changing lanes. In more tragic scenarios, pedestrian accidents can also be caused by drivers impaired by alcohol and other narcotic substances. According to the website of the Law Offices of Crowe & Mulvey, LLC, plenty of pedestrian accidents have been caused by an individual who is driving while under the influence or intoxicated (DUI or DWI). Based on the numbers from the CDC, alcohol impairment accounts for 48 percent of all fatal pedestrian accidents in 2012.

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How Criminal Charges Can Affect Child Custody Arrangements

Divorcing couples have to make plenty of difficult decisions. Among these decisions revolve around child custody. For parents who can’t come to an amicable agreement, the court can mediate and decide on an arrangement that will suit the best interest of the child or children involved. Such a decision will entail a variety of different factors and considerations to take into account.

In recent years, U.S. family courts have been keen on ensuring that children maintain the stability they have been used to and are able to spend time with both parents as much as possible. If the circumstances allow it, most judges award divorcing couples joint custody to keep the child’s relationship with both parents as close to what he or she have been used to. However, this decision will drastically change if one of the parents involved is deemed unfit.

The court has the legal power to restrict custody and visitation rights of a parent who is found to be unfit and incapable to properly care for their child. A parent will be considered so after an investigation that brings to light some factors that could be considered dangerous or risky to the child’s wellbeing. Someone with a history of domestic abuse, substance abuse, and other criminal offenses will be barred by the court from exercising their rights as a parent.

According to the website of the BB Law Group PLLC, a parent is usually declared unfit based on the following scenarios:

  • If a child or the other parent has been subjected to abuse, whether physical or emotional
  • If the parent in question is dependent on narcotic substances
  • If a parent’s new partner endangers the child’s well being

A parent with criminal charges can also face severe consequences when it comes to child custody or visitation rights. As pointed out by the website of the Flaherty Defense Firm, even minor criminal charges can have the potential to affect a person’s life. For example, a parent dealing with a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession could risk their ability to retain their rights as a parent after the divorce.

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How to Fix a Leaking Roof

It’s normal for roofs to develop leaks due to wear or tear over time. Luckily, most of these leaks are minor and can be easily fixed without the help of a professional. The key is to simply identify the cause of the leak and repair the parts that are causing the issue. Most of the time, leaks are caused by damage in the shingles, shakes, or areas where the roof connects with another surface such as a chimney or a vent pipe.

Damaged shingles can be fixed pretty easily. Simply look for any damaged, curled or missing pieces near the area where the leak is coming in from. If you are having a hard time locating the leak, run a hose over the surrounding area and have a person inside notify you when the water enters through the roof. With the leak located, survey the affected shingles for damage. A shingle that has curled due to cold weather can be straightened out using roof asphalt cement. However, a shingle that’s broken or easily crumbles at touch needs to be replaced. Remove the old shingle by prying it out with a hammer and nail a new one into place.

Shakes can be repaired in almost the same way, but with a little bit more effort due to the material you’ll be working with. First, you will need to split the damaged shake using a hammer and a sharp chisel. Work the chisel so it follows the angle of the roof, piece off the shake slowly, and use a hacksaw to cut off the nail heads left behind. Cut a new shake slightly smaller than the older one, slide it into place, and nail carefully to the roof.

According to the website of Black Slate Roofing, LLC, the roof connects with surfaces like vent pipes and chimneys with metal flashing to ensure that the structure remains weatherproof. Sometimes, leaks in these areas can be easily fixed by sealing gaps with caulking or sealants. More often than not, professional help is necessary for repairs involving damage to flashing around the base of chimney or vent pipe. Most of the time, severe damage compromising these areas require that flashing be replaced.

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