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Irresponsible pool ownership can lead to premises liability issue

Across the United States, drowning is a common risk for children under the age of 4. In fact, it's the second highest cause of death for that age group and is particularly an issue in southern states like Florida, where swimming pools are open year-round. Owners of backyard pools and spas should be aware of backyard safety practices and responsible supervision to avoid an injury or fatality. Those who do not take proper precautions can face serious consequences themselves under premises liability law.

Children under 5 years of age and young adults between the ages of 15 and 24 have the highest drowning rates in the United States. Younger children most often drown in swimming pools while young adults typically drown in natural water like lakes and rivers. Close to 80 percent of those who die are male.

Unattended kids can cause major premises liability issues

Playing outside is an important part of many people's childhoods, but injuries from avoidable playground accidents are not fun for anyone. Luckily, there are things that homeowners in Florida can do to prepare their spaces to be safe for young residents and visitors. Those who do not take proper precautions may find themselves facing a premises liability lawsuit should an accident occur.

It is important to always monitor children as they play, especially if they are using higher-risk toys and equipment. Climbing equipment, riding toys and swimming pools can be particularly dangerous for children. Supervisors should ensure that playgrounds that children in their custody pay on have a soft place to land, such as wood chips, and do not have equipment with is broken, sharp or can trap a child's body part.

Neglecting playground safety can cause premises liability issues

While scrapes and bruises can be typical for children playing on the playground, more serious injuries can occur if equipment is not safe. Someone who owns playground equipment could face premises liability issues under Florida law if they are found to be negligent in maintaining their structures. According to MRI technicians, there are a few safety tips parents and playground owners alike should be aware of to prevent playground injury.

The first thing that is critical is to keep an eye on children. Those who are responsible for other peoples' children could have a serious premises liability case on their hands if they do not properly supervise children playing. Supervisors should create and maintain safety-minded guidelines, such as not climbing up slides to avoid getting hit by someone coming down.

Will self-driving cars cause more car accidents in Florida?

Self-driving vehicles are a part of the near future, and Florida readers may want to know about how this new use of technology could affect them. Many states have permitted the testing of self-driving vehicles, and the Sunshine State is included in those numbers. However, a recent fatal accident involving a self-driving car and a pedestrian in another state have caused many to wonder if these vehicles could actually lead to a higher chance of car accidents.

In this recent unfortunate event, the autonomous car failed to detect the pedestrian and brake, as it was intended to do. There are many who think this form of transportation is actually more dangerous than many car companies want to admit, suggesting that states should pause or scale back their testing programs. However, Florida authorities have no plans to do that. 

Pacifier recalled due to choking hazard

Parents who recently purchased the Dr. Brown's Pacifier & Teeth Holder need to take immediate action because as of March 15, 2018, the company issued a recall for the product. At the time of the recall, retailers sold over 550,000 of these pacifiers around the United States. Additionally, over 10,000 sold in Canada.

The recall states that the snap located on the ribbon of the product can detach. This makes it a choking hazard, and the only remedy is to replace the item. As of this time, consumers have not reported any injuries as a result of the defect. However, there have been 67 reports of the snap detaching, which could pose a hazard if not fixed soon. Parents should take immediate action and contact the brand, Handi-Craft, to receive a replacement toy. 

Questions linger as to why car crash deaths are going up

There was a time in United States history that motor vehicle accidents caused a disturbing number of fatalities. In the 1960s and 1970s, the number of fatalities related to motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. routinely hovered in the upper 40,000s to the low-to-mid 50,000s. During this time, there were roughly 100 million fewer people in the country than there are today -- and the fatality rate has plummeted into the 30,000s since then. Road safety improvements and enhancements to motor vehicles have contributed to this change in the fatality rate.

But despite all of this, it isn't all sunshine and flowers for road safety. In fact, the last two years have shown significant signs of a downward trend in road safety.

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