Monthly Archives: August 2015

Did OnStar Save a Life?

cropped-logo_tpl_black.pngThis incident took place in Santa Clara County where a woman had an accident and then stayed in the car injured for 19 hours without any rescue coming to her. She drove off the road and ended going down Mount Hamilton. The incident took place on Monday but after hard search for her she was finally rescued the next day on Tuesday.

It was her iPad that helped the police find her. The police officers had to guess the password to her iPad in order to rescue her and it can be said that it was quite fortunate that they were able to discover her password after some tries.
She lives in Campbell and is about to turn 30 in a few years. She was riding her Chevrolet Cruze when the incident took place. After several efforts she was finally pulled out of her agony through an airlift done by Coast helicopter.

Officials from the San Jose fire department told the media that the lady has severely injured her lower parts of the body including her stomach area in the accident. However, they also said that her condition was critical only moderately. The biggest problem is that she must be in a state of shock after staying in the car injured for nearly a full day.

Firefighters had to go down 50 feet on the mountain to reach where the lady and her car were present. However, the final efforts to rescue her were made through the helicopter. The unfortunate event in all this was that the helicopter had to leave her there in distress for refueling before finally airlifting her.

There was the OnStar system on her car that had done its job by notifying the police of the accident at around 2PM Monday. The critical error made by OnStar system made here was that it did not provide police the right location of the lady and as per OnStar system’s notification they continued to search her in Camden Avenue.

Later, the system changed the location on the notification and now the police were sent to downtown San Jose for searching. They did not find the victim here too. After more than 13 hours had already passed the family contacted the police and told them that she was missing. They informed the police that she had never stayed out of the house for that long and that there was certainly something wrong with her.

One of the officers from Campbell police listened to the call and went to the family to inquire about the incidence. He asked the family if they had any smartphone of the lady with them but that was not the case. Finally, the police officer was given the iPad that the lady used to use. The problem here was that the iPad was locked and no one in the family knew its password. The next big challenge was to unlock the iPad and know her exact location through some locating application.

The police officer started to put in any possible passwords to unlock the iPad. Many attempts were unsuccessful when they tried her birthday and other numbers that could have been important to her. Lastly, the police officer was able to get into the iPad by entering the right password. After getting into the iPad he used the application installed on it to locate the mobile of the lady.
The application was successful in telling her exact location.

It was then found out that after going off the road the car had been capsized and was found in this position when the rescue reached the spot. However, after looking at the scene the officials from the police were not able to know what could have caused the accident in the first place.  The fire department from San Jose tried its best to rescue the lady from the car but all their attempts proved to be futile.

Lastly, it was the Coast Guard helicopter that was brought to her rescue. The unfortunate event happened here too as the helicopter had to leave her like that for the purpose of refueling. The helicopter then returned and rescued the lady after 19 hours of the accident. OnStar officials have also talked to media about the incident and have assured that they will have the whole matter fully investigated to find out what would have actually happened.

They will also have to answer as to why their system continuously provided wrong location of the car. They have contact centers and staff sitting to help people in such distressful scenarios with their OnStar system but they were not able to spot her location for more than half a day.

The story has two very unique aspects to it. First, it proves how technology completely failed to find the location of the person who had the accident – which means the technology did not do what it was supposed to do. Secondly, we see that the lady was finally rescued only because of technology. Had her location not been found by entering her iPad, she would not have been rescued even now.

Blue Lights, Eye Injuries and You

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Technology is awesome and the latest devices we see and own today are the speaking proof of it. At first, there were only phones, but then they became smartphones. The idea of smart prevailed quite fast and today we see the idea of “smart” being integrated to almost every electronic item in the market. There are some problems with our new technology though. Everything has its pros and cons but when we talk about our smartphones, tablets and laptops we count cons only in terms of features and performance. What if there were some health disadvantages of using these items?

You might not have studied much about blue light but now that electronic devices are everywhere, it is best that you get to know it. Blue light comes from full light spectrum. When you are in the sun you are exposed to blue light. There are other types of UV rays as well that we have to protect ourselves from. Wearing protected glasses can be a great way to keep our eyes safe from blue light.

However, the big problem arises when we use our mobile phones, smartphones, tablets, laptops and other devices at full brightness at night time. The blue light that comes out of these bright screens can have a great impact on our eyes. Not to mention, melatonin is directly affected by this light and melatonin is the hormone that helps you get a good sleep. Blue light from our smartphones and tablets can have an impact on our retina – that’s where blue light affects the most.

This can cause severe impairment of your vision right in the center portion of your eyes. A good way to stay away from this is to keep the mobile phones at low brightness levels and at a little distance from our eyes. Macular degeneration is the common problem that blue light can cause in people of all ages, especially the old ones. It is also said that too much exposure to this light can cause cataracts in our eyes.

More and more researches are being performed in order to find solid grounds to say that blue light really causes cataracts in eyes. Lastly, blue light has a huge impact on your sleep when you look right into it at night. It is said that blue light results in suppressing melatonin and so sleeping and sleep cycles can be greatly affected by it.


What If Your Health Is Compromised?

If you are reading this, we already know you are a person who uses some sort of electronic device e.g. computer, tablet, smartphone etc. If you have been noticing problems with your eyes in the recent days, it is best that you get them checked. Any irregular itching, needle like feeling in the eye, headaches or loss of sleep etc. can be a sign of blue light affecting your brain and eyes. There could be other factors causing this but blue light is no exception. It is best that you get yourself checked at a doctor’s clinic as soon as possible.


Getting Lawyer’s Help

If you have the money to get your eye related issues fixed, it does not mean everyone would have the same amount of money. Furthermore, it is quite a surprise that smartphone and other electronic device makers don’t put warnings on their products at all. This can cause severe damage to people’s vision and medical expenses too. If such problems are being caused and makers of these devices are not paying any attention, it is time for people to speak up and get legal help in this matter.

Of course, such big companies can never be handled by individuals and only professional lawyers know the way to bring them under the flag of justice. It is best that you get in touch with a lawyer and get help regarding your matter. Look for only the most professional and experienced lawyers that you can in your area to fight such a case for you because these cases are some of the hardest ones to prove. Many lawyers now offer free first consultation so you can discuss your case without paying a penny and know how a professional lawyer can help you.

Citations:

Legal Options after Bluelight-Induced Vision Loss

The Lowdown on Blue Light – Review of Optometry

Protecting Eyes From ‘Bad’ Blue Light