Could this be the TJ Hooper all over again?
In 1932 a case was decided by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals called the T.J. Hooper (60 F.2d 737). In this case, the owner of two barges and a tug owner were held liable to the owner of the cargo they were towing when the barges were lost in a storm. Most interesting to this case is that the tugs were found to be unseaworthy because they did not carry radio receiving sets, which would have allowed the crew to receive weather updates and possibly avoid the storm. This is important because at the time, radio receiving sets were customary but not required on tug boats.
This is the second article in a series that I have came across that talk about the hazards of outdated 911 technology, though newer technology is available and customarily used across the country. Realistically, this is due in part to funding; however, this is strikingly similar to the T.J. Hooper case in 1932. Could our use of outdated 911 systems be a T.J. Hooper incident waiting to happen? It’s hard to tell with so many governmental immunities to tort claims, but it is something to consider and counsel should analyze with their emergency management team.
Read the full article here: http://www.emergencymgmt.com/next-gen-911/No-Data-911-Calls-Misrouted-Outdated-Tech.html