A 7.1-magnitude quake rocked the greater LA area on last week, though injuries and property damage were minimal.  The reason the impact in LA was not greater is that the epicenter of the quake was some 100 miles from the city, lying in the town of Ridgecrest, California. The Nevada town of Pahrump is about the same distance from Ridgecrest, and the recent temblor is a reminder of the recent fight over Nevada’s construction defect lawsuit policy. The Ridgecrest quake packed the punch of 45 nuclear bombs and kept LA residents on edge for several days as aftershocks continued.
Earlier this month a Las Vegas jury heard testimony in a civil lawsuit filed by former Nevada U.S. Senator Harry Reid against the makers of Thera-Band, a popular exercise band. Senator Reid alleged that one of these exercise bands failed during use, causing a severe injury that left him blind in one eye. Senator Reid sued the company for an undisclosed amount.
The holiday season is fast approaching. Many of us are putting in extra hours at the office so that we can take time off for a family vacation in the coming weeks. Gifts are being purchased and wrapped. Festive lights are being strung, and blow-up Santas and other Christmastime creatures welcome us into neighboring houses. Cookies are being baked and delivered, and children are bringing home colorful art projects and home-made Christmas tree ornaments. Amidst all the excitement, many of us may find ourselves distracted, leading to possible accidents or injuries.
It’s a common scenario: a busy parent has spent the day caring for their young baby, and now they are both physically and mentally exhausted. If the child would only sit still for five minutes, laundry could be started, dinner could be made, or a hard-working mother or father could relax briefly. There are several devices parents turn to in these circumstances that strap a baby in with some sort of activity or entertainment. Bouncers, baby gyms, and Bumbo chairs are common favorites. Another commonly deployed device is the baby walker.
It goes without saying that some of the most horrific accidents seen on the roadways of Nevada are due to accidents between big rigs or semi tractor-trailers and passenger vehicles. What many don’t know are some of the most common reasons for these often-fatal accidents as well as the technology available to help reduce them.