Pittsburgh has seen the arrival of Scoobi scooter rentals this year. These two-wheel scooters similar to Vespa have a top speed of 30 miles per hour and cost of $5 for the first 15 minutes and .25 cents for each additional minute. While it is great to have eco-friendly, affordable and on-demand electric scooter rental here, emergency rooms across country have seen a surge in injuries related to renting on-demand urban transport vehicles offered by other companies similar to Scoobi.
The weightlifting equipment manufacturer and distributor Cybex has recalled 15,000 units produced over a 20-years period. Primarily used in health and fitness clubs, the plate-loaded weightlifting equipment has been tied to 27 reported injuries, including spinal fractures and paralysis, after the weight bar unexpectedly fell on the user.
The unsettling but all-too-common revelations of sexual abuse find Pennsylvania as the latest of Catholic dioceses and archdioceses to face charges. This occurred when the state's attorney general announced findings by a grand jury investigation of sexual abuse by 300 predatory clergy involving 1000 victims who were children. The only thing more disturbing than these terrible acts is the fact church officials sought to systematically cover it up over the last 60 years, often rewarding those who successfully did so.
The July 4 holiday is now past. Unfortunately, it was not a safe one for everyone. While it will be months before comprehensive numbers on fireworks-related injuries are released, eight people lost their lives in 2017 (double the number of 2016) with another 12,900 (up from 11,000) injured bad enough for a trip to the emergency room. About two-thirds of fireworks related injuries each year occur between mid-June and mid-July with more than one third of the victims under the age of 15.
Hunting parties often involve old friends and/or family members. There are occasional accidents and even the loss of life. Rarely is there discussion of filing a lawsuit against a hunting buddy.
Unscheduled landings are a nuisance for passengers. But they are a bigger problem for the airlines. These diversions can cost the carrier anywhere from $10,000 to $200,000. While the final decision involving a diversion is made by the pilot, this financial reckoning prompts many airlines to avoid diversions even when there is a medical emergency on the plane.
One of the drawbacks of being a motorist is getting stuck in seemingly-endless traffic jams. Usually, there is no way for a car or truck to get out of a jam--you must sit and wait until traffic clears. Motorcyclists, however, sometimes choose a different option: They ride between cars in a practice called "lane-splitting."
A commuter train on the New Jersey Transit Line smashed into the Hoboken Terminal on the morning of September 29th, killing one person and injuring 114 according to the Washington Post. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said the following regarding the crash: "The train came at a high rate of speed into the station and crashed through all the barriers, bringing it all the way to the internal wall of the Hoboken terminal. We have no indication that this was anything but a tragic accident." According to reports, some passengers were trapped under debris from the train and many people were openly bleeding from their injuries.
Autumn is upon us and soon the snow will begin falling. Snow brings with it the joy of playing in the snow and sled riding for kids across the country. But sled riding can be a dangerous endeavor for children; according to the most recent statistics, over 50,000 children per year are treated at hospitals due to sled, toboggan, and tube related injuries.
On the morning of Wednesday, September 7th, 2016, a 10-year old girl was waiting at her bus stop and ready to go to school. When the bus arrived, her driver stopped and put the flashing lights on. The girl was attempting to cross the street when a car disregarded the flashing lights and the stop arm. The girl was clipped by the car and taken to an area hospital to be treated for her injuries. Thankfully the girl sustained only minor injuries; she was treated and released shortly after admission. The driver of the car was charged with reckless driving. To read more about the accident, click here.