Friday, December 29, 2006
In 2006 there were 29 traffic deaths over the New Year Holiday from December 31, 2005 to January 2, 2006. Seventeen percent (17%) were alcohol related. Twenty two involve careless driving, violation of right of way or speeding. Seventy one percent (71%) of those killed were not wearing seatbelts.
Do your part to make the 2007 New Year Holiday different. If you must drive over the New Year Holiday, drive safely, wear your seatbelt and don’t drink and drive.
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
The Hannukah, Christmas and New Year Holiday Season should be a time for joy, happiness and fun. Far too often, holiday traffic has fatal consequences that ruin the season for crash victims forever. Distracted by the season’s many activities, drivers in heavy traffic make split second decisions that too often prove fatal.
At least 13 people were killed in traffic crashes over this past Christmas weekend, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. And that number may increase if critically injured traverlers do not survive in the coming days.
Stay off the roads if you can during the holiday season. If you must drive, wear a seatbelt, and pay attention. And by all means, no drinking while driving. And that means NO drinking. Not even one. Driving while buzzed IS drunk driving.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Over the last five years, more and more people are killed in “in work zones. The number of deaths in motor vehicle crashes in work zones rose from 872 in 1999 to 1,028 in 2003 (an average of 1,020 fatalities per year).
Of those killed in work zones, 85% were drivers or vehicle occupants. About 15% of the deaths from auto accidents in work zones were pedestrians or bicyclists.
More than 40,000 people are injured each year in automobile accidents in work zones. Of the 1,028 deaths in work zones in 2003, about 230 involved large trucks.
About half of all fatal work zone accidents occurred during the day, and more than twice as many occurred on weekdays as on weekends.
Work zone safety involves more than alert motorists. Road contractors must also design detours and work zones to facilitate safe travel, both for motorists and workers.
Roadways keep America moving, and roads must be built and maintained to keep up with growth. But work zones can be death traps for unwary motorists. So slow down and drive safely in work zones.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Recently, a bus accident on I-75 north of Tampa resulted in the death of a bus passenger and serious injuries to several more. All were residents of a senior living community being transported by a bus operated by their active senior living community.
Bus travel is often a safe method of highway transportation for senior citizens whose physical limitations, such as vision and hearing loss, may make driving themselves more dangerous. But when bus accidents happen, unique legal issues arise. Issues such as whether state law required the use of passenger seatbelts, whether the bus owner owed a higher duty of care (as a “common carrier”) to its passengers, whether the bus driver was properly trained and experienced before being placed behind the wheel, and whether the bus was properly maintained. In addition, in cases involving buses operated by nursing homes, assisted living facilities, active living communities, whether proper policies and procedures for the safe operation of passenger transportation services were developed and followed can involve complex legal analysis by attorneys with experience with such issues.
Concern about bus safety, particularly school bus safety, has raised the interest of the public and state legislators in recent years, leading to the enactment of new laws governing the operation of buses on public roads. Up to date knowledge of the laws applicable to bus transportation and bus safety is critical to the proper analysis of any injury claims or claims of wrongful death arising from any accidents involving buses.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
According to the ” recent data shows that the insurance industry will reap record profits in 2006 again, far exceeding the near record 43 billion dollars in profits in 2005. The profits in 2005 broke records despite the economic devastation of Hurrican Katrina on the Gulf Coast. The trend of high profitability applies to all lines of coverage, including automobile insurance where motorists are paying historically high premiums despite lower payouts by insurers.
Nationally, the property and casualty insurance industry, which includes automobile insurance companies, is expected to report record net income of $ 60 Billion in 2006. According to theCenter for Justice & Democracy, consumers continue to suffer with oppressive premiums while the insurance industry rakes in record profits on the backs of its policyholders, even on the heels of the worst national disaster in U.S. history, Hurricane Katrina.
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Over the last several years, the Bush administration has rejected tighter standards on the trucking industry and instead reduced what the trucking industry and their lobbyists have viewed as cumbersome rules. Following intense lobbying by the powerful trucking industry, regulators in the last several years have rejected proposals to tighten drivers’ hours and have instead relaxed the rules on how long truckers could be on the road. Government officials also turned down repeated requests by safety groups and insurers to require more rigorous training of new truck drivers.
By loosening standards, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was fulfilling President Bush’s pledge to free the trucking industry of “cumbersome rules.” In the last six years, the executive branch has embarked upon the boldest strategy of deregulation in a generation.
Even with restrictions on the number of hours a trucker can be on the road, it is an open secret in the trucking industry that truck drivers’ logs are routinely falsified. Truckers commonly refer to their drivers’ logs as “comic books.” Even so, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has, with support from the White House over the last 6 years, eased rules on truckers work hours, rejected proposals to impose electronic monitoring to prevent widespread cheating on drivers’ logs, and resisted calls for more rigorous training of truck drivers.
The death rate for accidents involving trucks is double the death rate for accidents involving only cars. The number of deaths each year from trucking accidents in the U.S. is the equivalent of 25 major airplane crashes annually.
There are approximately 5,000 deaths annually in truck related accidents on America’s highways. Last year, there were approximately 114,000 injuries sustained in “.
Friday, December 08, 2006
4.4 million Mattel Polly Pocket toys have been recalled due to the danger of choking and other ingestion injuries.
The ” announced the recall of the magnetic Polly Pocket sets and urged Holiday shoppers to avoid buying toy sets with small magnets for children under six. This recall doesn’t involve Polly Pocket sets currently on store shelves.
The CPSC received 170 reports of the small magnets falling from Polly Pocket dolls and accessories, and three children swallowed more than one magnet suffering perforated intestines requiring surgery. If more than one magnet is swallowed, the two can attach to one another and cause perforations, infections, or blockages, which can be fatal.