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Cumulative Trauma on the Tracks
Posted by Van Law Firm December 14, 2018

Cumulative trauma injuries accumulate over time and often result in severe injuries for railroad workers. Railroad workers operate in hostile environments where life-changing accidents are common, but cumulative stress injuries caused by repetitive motion, exposure to toxins, vibrations, loud noises, or sustained positions can be just as debilitating. Cumulative Trauma Explained Cumulative trauma refers to a series of small injuries or prolonged exposure to a hazardous environment or physically demanding […]

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Are You an Aggressive Driver?
Posted by Van Law Firm November 14, 2018

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an aggressive driver is anyone who places his own interest or time demands above the safety of others on the road. Likely, most people are guilty of becoming an aggressive driver at some point, but it is those who make it a habit who are most dangerous on the road. Aggressive drivers are involved in more accidents than defensive drivers. Who are […]

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Uber Lyft Accidents in Nevada
Posted by Van Law Firm October 15, 2018

Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft, carry liability insurance to cover their drivers, passengers, and third-parties in the event of an accident. However, there are different types of coverage depending on the facts of the accident. Most major insurance companies offer additional coverage through policies for rideshare drivers in Nevada. Policy Limits The policy limits offered by Uber and Lyft insurance vary depending on the type of coverage that is […]

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Railroad Workers at Risk: Arc Flash
Posted by Van Law Firm September 12, 2018

Arc flashes are a constant and potentially fatal threat to railroad workers. Arc flashes are concentrated bursts of energy that explode outward from electrical equipment. They are caused by a broad range of incidents including insulation failures and corrosion. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) both recommend standards to prevent arc flashes. How Do Arc Flashes Happen? An arc flash occurs when two […]

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How Is Legal Marijuana Impacting Crash Rates?
Posted by Van Law Firm August 15, 2018

A study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reviewed insurance claims for vehicle crashes from 2012 to 2016 and found that in states which had legalized marijuana, there was a three percent increase in collision rates relative to neighboring states who did not legalize marijuana. However, a different study published in the American Journal of Public Health found no increase in car collision fatality rates in Colorado and […]

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Is Your Chainsaw Safe?
Posted by Van Law Firm July 16, 2018

Many chainsaw injuries are caused by careless use, but a large number result from poorly designed or defective chainsaws and parts, inadequate warnings, or incorrect operating instructions from the manufacturer. Under products liability law, chainsaw manufacturers, sellers, and distributors can be held liable for injuries and deaths that are caused by dangerous chainsaws. Three Causes of Chainsaw Injuries Kickback: results when the chainsaw hits a solid object (i.e., an object […]

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5 Ways Railroads Try to Avoid Liability in a FELA Claim
Posted by Van Law Firm June 14, 2018

Railroads use a variety of tactics to attempt to avoid liability for FELA injury claims. Unlike workers’ compensation laws, which do not require the worker to establish fault in an injury case, a successful FELA claim requires the injured worker to prove that the negligence of the railroad caused the accident. Knowing what the carrier’s defense might be can help injured railroad workers and their FELA attorney build a stronger […]

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When Poor Road Conditions Cause an Accident
Posted by Van Law Firm May 14, 2018

According to a recently released study, 34 percent of the Las Vegas Valley’s freeways and major thoroughfares are in a mediocre or poor condition which contributes to significantly higher costs on Las Vegas motorists. Dangerous road conditions are a leading cause of traffic accidents, and Las Vegas has an abundance of poorly maintained roads. Causes of Dangerous Road Conditions Dangerous road conditions are caused by two factors: natural disasters and […]

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Kids with Guns: Who Is Liable?
Posted by Van Law Firm April 12, 2018

Gun owners may be liable for the injuries and deaths that are caused when kids accidentally shoot someone. Of the 265 kid-with-gun shootings reported in 2015, 83 resulted in a death. Forty-one young shooters killed themselves. Forty-two times someone else died from the accidental shooting. More than half (148) of the shootings occurred in the victim’s home. Thirty-one of the accidental shootings were at a friend’s home. The remaining 28 […]

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Railroads Are Not on the Fast Track to Safety
Posted by Van Law Firm March 15, 2018

Railroads are required to install positive train control technology but a report by the FRA shows that while some railroads have made significant progress, many freight and commuter railroads are not on the fast track to safety and have yet to install a single radio tower or equip a single locomotive with PTC technology despite a mandate from Congress. PTC could increase safety and reduce FELA injuries. But even with […]

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