Accident Risks Are Four Times Higher with Cell Phones

By JohnDistracted Driving

A study of Australian drivers discovered that the use of any cell phone, even hands-free, carries a four times higher risk of serious accidents. Male and female drivers experienced about the same increased risk from phone use, as well as drivers older and younger than 30 and those who used hands-free phones. 89 percent of the crashes involved other vehicles. …

Honda Recalls 2008 – 2009 Odyssey Minivans

By JohnPersonal Injury

If you or your family member has a Honda Odyssey 2008-2009 minivan it may be one of the almost 46,000 that were recently recalled. There are concerns that the rear doors may be defective and can potentially harm users, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Wednesday. The rear door gas-filled struts that help raise and support the lift gate …

Crane Cable Snaps at World Trade Center Construction Site

By JohnPersonal Injury

Fear rippled through the construction workers at the World Trade Center construction site when a crane cable snapped and thousands of pounds of steel flew down 40 stories onto a flatbed truck. It almost crushed the crane operator to death, but miraculously he was left unhurt. The entire building shook and there was chaos as the workers ran around trying …

Father Saves Son from Unsafe Construction Site

By JohnPersonal Injury

An Albuquerque father dove into 10-feet of sewage to save his 5-year-old son who had fallen into an uncovered manhole in the middle of a construction zone. While the family was taking an evening walk, the metal cover that should have been on the manhole was gone. The boy had run ahead and fell in. The father jumped into the …

Do Teens Get in More Car Accidents?

By JohnCar Accidents

The U.S. National Institutes of Health conducted an assessment of teen driving by tracking 42 teen drivers and their parents in Virginia during the first 18 months of their license. The vehicles had cameras, and a system that collected data on acceleration, mileage and GPS positioning. The teens were involved in 37 accidents, and the parents only had two. Near-crash …

Cyclist Injury Sparks Biking Awareness

By JohnCar Accidents

An accident that seriously injured an avid cyclist from Oak Cliff has pushed the need for bike lanes to the front of the Dallas community’s radar. The accident happened on the Jefferson Boulevard Bridge, which is marked for upgrades. But the improvement discussions were put on hold last month after the City of Dallas learned it would need $16 million …

Rescued Dog Bites NBC Anchor in the Face

By JohnPersonal Injury

It was supposed to be a feel-good segment on a local TV newscast until the dog bit the news anchorwoman in the face. The piece was about a dog that had been rescued from ice by a heroic firefighter. The 3-year-old Argentine Mastiff, Gladiator Maximus, attacked the anchorwoman at NBC’s KUSA Denver affiliate during a live, in-studio segment. The anchor …

Pit Bull Attack

By JohnPersonal Injury

A man who used his pit bull as a weapon was arrested by Nassau Bay police last week. According to police, he had his pit bull attack his two neighbors. The neighbors were arguing with the man when he told his dogs to attack them. One victim was bitten in the ankle and needed six stitches, and the 16-year-old victim …

A Race to the Death

By JohnCar Accidents

Street-racing is a popular past-time with teens, but with two deaths from street-racing in Dallas during the past months, the fun is over. A 43-year-old father was killed over New Year’s when his pickup was struck by a Suburban that police say was racing another car. The Dallas resident was rushed to the hospital, but died of his injuries after …