Amazon Key Opens the Door for Liability Issues

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Amazon Key, which is a system that allows delivery drivers to enter homes for package delivery, is causing a number of liability concerns for residents in Nevada. While the service may help prevent packages from getting stolen from porches and other accessible areas, it could enable thieves and other criminals to gain access to customers’ homes by hacking the computer systems. Personal injury risks are also a concern. Premises liability issues may arise if the homeowners’ dogs attack the drivers when they enter the homes or if drivers are injured because of a hazardous condition that exists inside of the home. Attorneys in Reno, NV are attempting to parse through the potential liability issues that could result from the use of Amazon Key. How Amazon Key Works Amazon Key is a smart lock system that is available to Amazon Prime members. The system costs $249 with free installation of the lock and a security camera. When the delivery driver arrives, he or she requests access by using an app. The company then checks its records to make certain that the drivers are at the correct addresses before unlocking the doors. There is a camera inside that videotapes drivers when they

Hotel Workers At Risk

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Nevadans who work in hotels face unique injury risks, necessitating that both the workers and their employers take steps to reduce the chance of injury. Hotel workers who are particularly at risk include housekeeping staff, janitorial and maintenance workers and kitchen staff. Hotels should be cognizant of the risks that their workers face so that they can implement measures that can increase workplace safety. Workers should be certain to use the proper equipment, follow the correct procedures and report unsafe conditions to their employers. Workers who are injured, while they are working, should promptly report their injuries. They may then file claims for workers’ compensation benefits so that their medical expenses will be paid. If workers are left facing temporary or permanent disabilities, disability benefits may also be available through workers’ compensation. Who Is Getting Injured? Each year in the U.S., hotel injuries make up an average of 2.5 percent of all of the injuries that happen in the private sector, excluding casinos. Approximately one out of every 1,000 hotel workers suffers an injury. In 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 17,910 hotel workers were injured at work. Among the reported injuries, 32 percent occurred in the

When Wide-Turn Trucks Put the Squeeze on Victims

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Squeeze play truck accidents occur when large commercial trucks make wide right turns and their unsafe turning procedures or another driver’s misinterpretation of their motives cause big rigs to put the squeeze on smaller cars. Trucks must take wide right-hand turns because the rear wheels will travel a tighter path than the front wheels, and the longer the vehicle, the greater the difference. In many cases, large trucks will move left before swinging into other lanes of traffic to make right turns. This incorrect driving procedure, combined with the possibility of misinterpretation by other motorists is a dangerous mix that can result in significant property damage, serious injuries, and death. Common Types of Right-Hand Turn Truck Crashes Some right turn truck crashes are caused by truck driver error while others are caused by mistakes made by other drivers. The most common types of collisions that can happen when trucks turn right include: Head-on crashes between the truck and oncoming traffic while truck drivers are swinging wide Crashes when truck drivers sideswipe vehicles while attempting to negotiate the turns Collisions with motorists who are attempting to pass on the right while trucks are swinging wide Collisions with pedestrians, parked cars or

Unintentional Injury: A Leading Cause of Death in Nevada [infographic]

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Unintentional injuries that result in death have trended upwards in Nevada and in the rest of the U.S., and they are the leading cause of death for people ages 44 and under. Overall, unintentional injuries are the fourth leading cause of death among people of all age groups. Most of these deaths are preventable, making it important for everyone to take precautionary measures to avoid causing or becoming the victims of unintentional injuries. Different age groups face varying risks of types of injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a goal of reducing deaths caused by unintentional injuries by 10 percent over the next two years. (Article continues below infographic) Unintentional Injuries by the Numbers According to the CDC, Nevadans suffered 72 injury deaths per 100,000 people in 2017. This was an increase over the 70 deaths per 100,000 that happened in 2015 and 2016. The upward trend was also seen across the U.S. Overall, 60.6 people died per 100,000 people in 2015, 61.5 died per 100,000 people in 2016, and 63.4 died per 100,000 in 2017. In Nevada, 4.8 thousand people suffered unintentional injury deaths while 479,000 people did overall in the U.S. Males were much likelier

Are Landlords Responsible for Residential Fires that Injure or Kill Thousands?

When fires injure or kill Nevadans because of negligent maintenance or repairs, the landlords may be liable for damages. While landlords are normally not responsible for a tenant’s personal property losses, they may be liable if fires are caused by faulty wiring or malfunctioning appliances. They may also hold liability if they have failed to install working smoke detectors in the units. When tenants rent homes, there is an implied warranty of habitability. Landlords must maintain their properties in good working order so that the homes are livable and safe. House Fire Prevalence Between Jan. 1, 2016 and Jan. 18, 2018, 39 people died in Nevada house fires. From 2007 to 2011, the National Fire Protection Association reports that an estimated 2,570 people were killed in the U.S. in fires and another 13,210 victims were injured each year. When fires are caused by tenants, the landlords will not be liable. However, when fires result because of landlord negligence, injured tenants or the families of those who were killed may be able to hold property owners and management companies liable to pay damages. Landlord Liability for House Fires In Nevada, landlords are required by law to maintain their rental properties in

On the Road to Zero Fatalities

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Nevada traffic fatalities have continued to occur despite safety advances, leading the government to implement a three-pronged approach to reduce car accident deaths to zero. The government is focused on working closely with manufacturers to ensure that they do not produce automobiles that are defective or that contain defective components. The second focus is on continued work in automation and safety advances. Finally, the government’s third prong is focused on addressing problematic driving behaviors that may lead to accidents. By focusing on all three of these prongs, the government hopes that it will be able to end traffic deaths. Working With Manufacturers The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration aims to work collaboratively with auto manufacturers to ensure that they make automobiles that are safe and defect-free. In 2016, the NHTSA reached an agreement with manufacturers to take a more proactive approach to the identification of defects before they reach the marketplace instead of waiting to recall unsafe vehicles after they have already caused injuries and deaths. To help prevent defective vehicles from being released, the government is taking the following steps: Promoting communication improvements between the NHTSA, automakers, and suppliers about cross-industry trends and safety issues Enhancing issue identification through

Who is Liable for Injuries Sustained at a Rental Property?

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When injuries to tenants or third parties occur, a Nevada property owner or manager may be liable if it is proven that a dangerous condition existed, the landlord knew about or should have known about the hazard, and the landlord’s negligence caused the injuries. Property owners are more likely to be liable for injuries when accidents happen in common areas. Landlords are less likely to be liable when injuries occur inside tenants’ homes from hazards that the landlord did not know about and could not reasonably have known about. When a Landlord Might Be Liable Landlords may be liable for injuries that happen to tenants or visitors to their properties if the accidents happen in common areas. To be liable, there must have been a defect that the landlord either knew about or should have known about. For example, if there is a damaged area of asphalt that has existed for a sufficient length of time on a walkway, the landlord may be responsible to pay damages if someone trips and falls because of the defect. Landlords may avoid liability by warning visitors and tenants of dangerous conditions by posting signs, taping off the area around the defect or positioning

Pedestrian Fatalities Reach All-Time High [infographic]

Pedestrian Fatalities Reach All Time High

Pedestrian accidents are becoming increasingly common in Nevada and across the U.S. A large contributor to the problem for both drivers and pedestrians is a distraction from cell phones, other people, electronics and eating while they are driving or walking. Many accidents happen when pedestrians attempt to cross the street. While cities like Reno and Elko have worked to improve pedestrian pathways, crosswalks and sidewalks, the incidence of pedestrian accidents has continued to increase. An accident lawyer may recover damages for injured victims or the families of those who are killed in pedestrian accidents.

Worker Protections for First Responders with Heart or Lung Disease

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In recognition of the unique dangers that firefighters, police officers and other first responders face in their jobs, the Nevada legislature passed a law in 2015 that allows first responders who develop debilitating heart and lung conditions to recover workers’ compensation without having to prove that their occupational exposures led to their disease conditions.Firefighters and police officers already face numerous risks while they fight fires and crimes each day.

Safety Regulations for Chemical Plants Delayed

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A regulation that was finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency to protect workers and the public from chemical plant accidents has been delayed by the Trump Administration, and 11 states have filed a lawsuit against the EPA as a result. The rule, which would help to protect Nevadans who work with chemicals as well as people who are members of the public and who reside near facilities that work with chemicals, was recently delayed by two years. The states that have sued claim that the EPA is placing special interests above the public’s health and safety and that the action by the agency is illegal.

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