How Bias Affects a Motorcycle Accident Claim
Motorcycle accidents are different from other motor vehicle accidents in several ways: not only are riders more likely to suffer severe injuries, but they may have a harder time collecting damages. This is because most car and truck drivers – and therefore, most witnesses and juries – harbor some bias against motorcycle riders. A study…Read More
Do You Understand Virginia’s Bicycle Safety Laws?
Understand Virginia’s Bike Safety Laws to Have Fun and Stay Safe Virginia is a great state for bicycling, and Richmond is an especially terrific city for a brisk ride. Unfortunately, it seems the roads are becoming more dangerous for cyclists. According to research compiled by the Virginia Highway Safety Office, there were 13 fatal car…Read More
The Dangers of Vaping: How to Protect Your Kids
Vaping nicotine is often touted as a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes. However, e-cigarettes are extremely dangerous and extremely addictive. In recent years, use has exploded among middle and high school students. Keep reading to learn why the U.S. Surgeon General has declared underage vaping an epidemic, how to talk to your kids about the…Read More
How to Keep Your Infants Safe During the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Recall
Rock ‘n Play Recall: What You Need to Know On April 10, 2019, the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) called for the immediate recall of Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play sleepers. Today, after trying to blame parents and otherwise shirk responsibility for its dangerous product, Fisher-Price announced that it is recalling 4.7 million Rock ‘n Play…Read More
Can I Sue a Robot? Artificial Intelligence and Personal Injury Claims
From self-driving cars to smartwatches, we are all becoming more and more reliant on technology in our daily lives. Unfortunately, a defective “smart” device can cause catastrophic injuries. Below, the product liability team at Phelan Petty discusses the developing field of artificial intelligence (AI) liability. What Is Artificial Intelligence? Fueled by increasingly sophisticated software, chip…Read More
Does a Disclaimer Mean I Can’t File a Product Liability Lawsuit?
A disclaimer is a statement that tries to deny legal responsibility. When a retailer sells something “as is” or warns that “results may vary” when you use a product, they’re issuing a disclaimer. Manufacturers and retailers sometimes try and use disclaimers to defend themselves against defective product lawsuits. While these arguments are generally ineffective, it’s important to understand…Read More