Tag: Personal Injury

Improperly Secured Bounce House
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The Dangers of An Improperly Secured Bounce House

Last week a young girl from the United Kingdom died while playing in a bounce house. The death occurred when a strong gust of wind lifted the bounce house, with the girl inside, into the air sending it soaring a mile away from its original location. Atmospheric science professor John Knox states in a Washington Post article, there are a “documented 64 bounce house accidents due to wind worldwide since 2000” which include 271 injuries and 10 deaths.

Improperly Secured Bounce House Dangers

The importance of bounce house safety is something that cannot be overlooked. This is difficult in the state of Texas because bounce house safety regulation is very weak. Owning and operating regulations are very specific, but the safety portion does not specify how to safely anchor a bounce house to the ground.

Knox’s research shows these accidents occur when a sudden gust of wind lifts a improperly secured bounce house. Knox says “accidents typically occur away from big storms” and wind gust “seemingly come out of the blue.” The unpredictability of these strong wind gusts only further highlight the importance of securing a bounce house safely.  Small whirlwinds and waterspouts have also lifted up bounce house structures.

There are other risks involved when children play in bounce houses. The Academy of Pediatrics published a study in 2012 citing almost 65,000 injuries were reported from 1995 to 2010 in the U.S. That means roughly one injury every 46 minutes nationally. A majority of these injuries were fractures and sprains and 3.4% of injured children were hospitalized. The number of injuries increased 15-fold within the studied time period and the increase was similar to trampoline related injuries.

Bounce house-related child injuries are rising at an alarming rate. It is important to make sure you are using a reputable company with a good history to avoid any accidents that may occur. Be mindful of the weather conditions and never leave children unsupervised when playing in a bounce house.

NCAA Final Four Basketball - NRG Stadium
A banner hangs over NRG Stadium in preparation of the NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament Thursday, March 31, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

NCAA Final Four Weekend, Drunk Driving, and Being Safe

Drunk driving accidents have been on the rise in the city of Houston. KHOU stated in a recent news article, the number of drunk driving accidents in Harris County has increased dramatically in the past week. In the last seven days, there have been five motor vehicle fatalities where a drunk driver was involved. With the NCAA Final Four coming to Houston this weekend, it’s not crazy to expect the number of drunk driving related incidents to increase.

Alcohol Consumption Increase During Sporting Events

A study published in 2011 by Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research (ACER) found that 40% of attendees at sporting events had a blood alcohol content (BAC) ranging from 0.005 to 0.217. People who tailgated before the game have 14 times the odds of having a BAC greater than 0.08 and separately those who were under the age of 35 had eight times the odds of being over the legal limit. Adversely people who attended Monday night football games were more likely to have BACs below 0.08.

Drunk Driving and Super Bowl Sunday

In 2013, the LA Times stated “Alcohol-related car crashes are 75% greater” during Super Bowl Sunday. This not only includes attendees, but related events like viewing parties at home or at bars, pregame parties, tailgating, and after parties. Between 2002-2011, there were 642 alcohol-related fatal crashes on Super Bowl Sunday.

How to be Safe this NCAA Final Four Weekend

Large sporting events naturally lead to an increase of alcohol consumption. The NCAA Final Four is in town this weekend and the parties have already begun. While no alcohol will be sold at the actual event due to the  NCAA’s strict alcohol policy, this does not extend to private businesses like bars and restaurants that will be showing the games and having viewing parties. If you are attending these events, there are ways to have a good time and still be safe.

Designate a Sober Driver

Everyone at one point has been the Designated Driver. If you are the “DD” be responsible and politely turn down any drinks that may come your way. Your friends are counting on you to get them home safely.

Pay For a Ride

Living in Houston means you have a number of options to pay for a ride home. Uber, Lyft, and Cab services are always waiting to pick you up.  At Mukerji Law Firm we are a huge fan of Uber. We use them to get clients to and from the office all the time. If you’ve never used Uber before, use the code: mukerjilue to get $20 off your first ride this NCAA Final Four Weekend.

Use Public Transportation

If you live inside the loop, public transportation like the Houston Metro Rail is a great option. Besides being safe, you don’t have to worry about finding a parking spot or paying for parking. Your car stays safely at home and you don’t have to worry about someone accidently damaging your car because of the increase in traffic.

Stay Where You Are

If you’re at a friend or family member’s house for a viewing party you can ask beforehand if it’s alright for you to stay the night. If spending the night is not an option one of the many alternatives above are still on the table.

We want you to be safe this weekend and have a good time at the NCAA Final Four Tournament. We want to congratulate all four teams and their fans who have made it this far and we are excited to see who wins on to the NCAA Championship.

If you are in an accident this weekend caused by a drunk driver, please contact us immediately by calling 713-222-1222 and one of our attorneys will speak to you immediately.