Posts by Michael Phelan

When Gas Lines Explode, Who Pays for Victims’ Injuries?

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In September 2018, a series of violent natural gas explosions in Boston shocked the country. While the devastation caused by the Boston gas explosions stood out, gas leaks and resultant injuries happen throughout the country every year. Keep reading to learn more about the dangers of gas utility lines and find out how you can…

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What Happens When a Truck Driver Falls Asleep at the Wheel?

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In 2015, drowsy driving caused 41,000 injuries and more than 800 deaths across the nation. While federal and Virginia trucking regulations limit the number of hours a truck driver can operate their vehicle, drivers sometimes experience pressure from their employers to violate these rules so they can make deliveries faster. Keep reading to learn more…

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How to Protect Your Rights After a Drunk Driving Accident

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While the rates of drunk driving-related car wrecks have declined in Virginia over the past two decades, annual spikes in accidents still occur around the holidays, and even the most careful motorists can fall victim to a drunk driver. As the holiday season approaches, it’s especially important to understand the steps you can take to…

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Holiday Fatalities on the Rise on Virginia Highways

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Virginia Holiday Traffic Death Toll on the Rise During the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, 14 people were killed in Virginia automobile accidents.  This was the highest number killed over the Thanksgiving weekend since 2013.  This past Thanksgiving weekend, 12 people were killed in Virginia traffic crashes. Why do the number of Virginia highway fatalities during…

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E-Cigarettes Are Bad for Your Health

E-Cigarettes May Have More Nicotine Than Conventional Cigarettes One way that e-cigarettes are bad for your health is they contain nicotine.  Here’s an alarming fact.  According to Dr. Patricia Folan, director of the Center for Tobacco Control at Norwell Health, “e-cigs pack more nicotine than cigarettes.” E-Cigarette Juice in Vaporized Form May Damage Your Lungs…

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3 Surprising Facts About Virginia’s Distracted Driving Epidemic

Fatal distracted driving crashes increased in Virginia by more than 18% in 2017. While most drivers hopefully know that texting while driving is illegal in Virginia, ending our state’s distracted driving epidemic involves much more than just keeping people from typing on their phones behind the wheel. Keep reading to learn some surprising facts about…

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The Deadly Consequences of Distracted Driving

In 2017, more than 20% of all car accidents in Virginia involved a distracted driver. Not only that, but distracted drivers contributed to one-quarter of all fatal crashes. Unfortunately, Virginia’s distracted driving laws have significant flaws and fail to make our roads safer. Keep reading to learn more about Virginia’s distraction epidemic and find out…

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Swimming Pool Drowning Hazards Lead to Recall

Swimming Pool Drowning Hazards Lead to Recall

Swimming Pool Drowning Hazards Most swimming pool drowning hazards can be eliminated by good product design practices.  Swimming pool components should be designed to avoid the risk of entrapping swimmers, particularly children, under water.  For example, swimming pool drain covers or suction outlet covers are required by federal statute to have an anti-vortex design to…

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Why Do Lithium-Ion Batteries Explode?

Why Do Lithium-Ion Batteries Explode?

Most of us can’t go an hour without using a lithium-ion battery. They’re in our smartphones, laptops, electric and hybrid vehicles, wireless headphones, activity trackers, and e-cigarettes. Unfortunately, lithium-ion batteries also pose safety hazards to users, and the problem seems to be getting worse over time. Often, when a battery explodes or catches fire, the…

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How to Protect Your Family from Swimming Pool Injuries

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For many of us, swimming pools are an essential part of summer and our family vacations. Unfortunately, they can also put swimmers — especially children — in serious danger. Before you take your family to a pool at a park, hotel, country club, or friend’s home, it’s important to understand the risks. Keep reading to…

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