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December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

This month is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, and the effort is being sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and our lawyers here at Rizk Law. Every year in the United States over 13,000 people die from car accidents that involve a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs. That is 36 people who die every day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s campaign is asking that citizens consider what they and their communities can do to prevent and lessen the amount of injuries and deaths caused by impaired drivers.

At some point in their lives, around three out of 10 drivers in the United States will be involved in a car crash that was caused by alcohol use. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost one-third of traffic related deaths in 2006 were caused by alcohol impaired drivers and nearly 13,500 people that year lost their lives to drunken driving. The problem is further demonstrated by the arrests of 1.4 million drivers who drove under the influence of narcotics or alcohol. That arrest number comes from just one year but makes up for only one percent of the 159 million people in the United States that admit to driving under the influence every year.

In order to reduce the amount of impaired driving and the amount of car accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has made some suggestions. The Administration reminds drivers and their passengers to plan ahead and to designate a sober driver before celebrating begins. Hosts should also play their role by ensuring that all guests leave with a sober driver. Finally, as the saying goes, “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk,” so take away keys if someone wants to drive impaired.

 

 

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Can brake overrides help prevent car accidents in Wisconsin?

The recent Toyota and Lexus recalls brought attention to Ohio serious car accidents caused by unintended acceleration. In those cases, many car owners reported that their gas pedal became stuck or that the breaks would not respond to pressure, leading to a collision. Some of the cars involved in these accidents did not have a brake-throttle override system, which causes the breaks to work in the event that both the brakes and the accelerator are pushed at the same time.

Federal regulators are now suggesting that the override system be a part of the required safety features in all car models. Most cars already have the feature, but regulators say that making it universal will help ensure that these types of accidents happen less frequently or not at all.

One interesting aspect to this requirement is an admission by regulators that many of these car accidents were in fact due to driver error, rather than a malfunction in the car itself. In Wisconsin, people who are injured by another driver’s error may be able to recover for the costs associated with the car accident.

The widespread problem with unintended acceleration led to extensive investigation and the government believes that including the brake-throttle override will reduce car crashes.

Some of the car accidents that resulted from unintended acceleration were caused by a gas pedal that was stuck in place or caught on the floor mat. Since the override system allows the breaks to work even in that circumstance, it could help prevent these accidents entirely.

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FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY, SCHEDULE YOUR SURGERIES IN THE MORNING

Surgery can be a scary prospect. Whether you are scheduled for minor skin cancer surgery or a triple bypass on your heart, allowing yourself to go under the knife can produce understandable anxiety.

One fact that may help calm your nerves is that if you schedule your surgery in the morning, you will be at a lower risk for surgical errors than you would be if you scheduled your surgery for the afternoon, according to Duke University researchers.

There are two fundamental reasons why afternoon surgical patients are at a higher risk for surgical errors. The first is that mid-afternoon is when most surgical teams experience a shift change. As a result, your team could even change mid-surgery. Most shifts in surgical wards begin at 6:30 or 7:00 a.m. When factoring in a standard work day with a standard lunch break, mid to late afternoon surgeries are often affected by this shift.

In addition, a biological factor plays into patient safety during afternoon surgery. Between roughly 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. the human body experiences a natural dip in circadian rhythms. These rhythms affect our brain wave activity as well as our alertness. For many people, this dip results in a normal feeling of sleepiness. This circadian dip does not benefit patients being treated by sleepy doctors.

Duke researchers determined that patients are most at risk when they schedule surgeries to begin between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. However, the safest bet may be to schedule your surgery on a day when it can be performed first thing in the morning.

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Three Car Accidents Reported In The Same Area Of Orange County

An area along toll road 241 has been the site of three car accidents on the same rainy Saturday in Orange County. California Highway Patrol officers responded to the scene of the first accident around 1:30 p.m on November 20th. The accident involved a white truck that skidded off the road and struck a utility pole. Only minutes after this incident occurred, three more cars were involved in a second wreck along the wet road. The cars involved slid off the highway during a collision between them. Although there were injuries in both wrecks, no one was taken to the hospital. A third wreck was caused when a car lost control and rear-ended a California Highway Patrol vehicle at the scene. No injuries were reported in that crash but traverse city personal injury lawyers have been retained.

While a quarter of Saturday’s wrecks remarkably occurred in the same location in Orange County, nine additional wrecks were also reported. California Highway Patrol officials say that rain was a factor in these accidents. A connector to the northbound 405 freeway was closed due to a serious accident on the westbound 22 freeway that rendered the roadway unsafe. This information was obtained from a SigAlert issued by police. Southbound on the 405 freeway, two cars were involved in a crash in which one vehicle ended up off the road and another was seen to be facing in the wrong direction. The crash occurred near the Westminster Ave off-ramp around 9 a.m. Around the same time, another car struck a pole on the northbound 55 freeway. The pole’s light was knocked out, but the pole itself was still standing after the crash. On the northbound 5 freeway south of Jamboree multiple lanes were blocked due to a two-car crash near the center freeway divider.

Ambulances responded to two car accidents in Orange County on Saturday. One of the accidents occurred on the East Seventh Street on-ramp to the 605 freeway and another occurred on the eastbound 91 freeway. A car and a van collided and were blocking the fast lane on eastbound 91.

At 9:30 a.m. a black Mitsubishi may have hit the center divider on southbound 405. A tan Cadillac did strike the center divider on the Knott Avenue on-ramp to the eastbound freeway 91. California Highway Patrol responded to all accidents.

 

 

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DANGEROUS CHEMICALS TO BE REMOVED FROM JOHNSON & JOHNSON PRODUCTS

The organic movement has heightened the public’s awareness of potentially dangerous chemicals which may be present in their food. As a result, Americans everywhere are increasingly choosing to buy organic dairy, produce and meats. However, other dangerous products harbor chemicals which are just as hazardous, if not more so, than the pesticides and hormones present in some foods.

In response to public frustration over certain chemicals in baby and beauty products, Johnson and Johnson has recently pledged to “remove potentially cancer-causing and other dangerous chemicals from nearly all its adult toiletries and cosmetic products worldwide within 3½ years,” according to USA Today.

The New-Jersey-based pharmaceutical giant had already planned to rid “chemicals of concern” from all of its baby products as of late last year. J&J only made this move after a coalition of environmental and health safety advocates had pressured the company to do so for several years. As a result of this earlier pledge, J&J will likely have its baby products reformulated by the end of next year. If the newest pledge is fulfilled as scheduled, adult products will be retooled by December of 2015.

Some of the well-known products receiving a chemical makeover will include Desitin diaper rash cream, Johnson’s baby bath products and lotions, and adult brands Clean & Clear, Neutrogena, Aveeno, RoC and Lubriderm.

It is critical that Johnson & Johnson approaches the chemical reinvention of these products with care. Otherwise, alternative ingredients may lend themselves to reactions in consumers and other dangers associated with various beauty products.

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SWIMMING FATALITY NUMBERS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN RELEASED

Earlier this month, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released some tragic and startling statistics. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day of this summer, 137 children under the age of 15 drowned in swimming pool accidents. In addition, nearly 170 children in that age group required the efforts of emergency responders for injuries sustained in near-fatal accidents.

The chairperson of the CPSC recently elaborated on these statistics in a release to the public. She noted that “These figures are a strong indication that child drownings are a serious public health problem. We are losing too many children to drowning, tragically cutting short these young lives and leaving families devastated.”

She continued by saying that, “while summer is ending, our vigilance in ensuring that all children pool safely must not end. With so many indoor community pools, hotel pools and spas, indoor water parks, as well as outdoor pools that remain open in warm-weather states, we must continue our efforts to remind everyone to pool safely whenever they are near the water.”

What exactly does it mean to “pool safely?” Primarily, it means keeping an eye on kids while they are in the water. Thirty-one of the deceased children drowned in the presence of others, while an additional 54 died not long after leaving an adult who remained in their immediate area. It is not enough to simply be present while children are in the water. Adults must also pay strict attention to them.

It is important for adults to understand this critical fact. Please check back later this week as we discuss the CPSC’s vision for water safety in the coming year, which will include critical adult education on the issue.

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Cycling Underneath the Impact in Washington State

Generally, Washington DUI regulations affect electric cars, but there are occasions when surfaces have to choose circumstances which are not only a little ordinary. As people may run numerous devices while underneath the impact of booze, medicines, or both dUI cases are available in all shades. From ships to lawn mowers, you will find several unusual ways of transport which have not been attempted for DUI. But think about one of transportation’s common ways that an engine is involved by doesn’t? California Cycling Laws their state of California identifies bike as “every system propelled exclusively by individual energy where an individual or individuals might experience,” consequently, a bicycle doesn’t count like a “motor vehicle.” there are certainly a quantity of regulations described from the Washington State Dept of Transport that try to maintain individuals secure, but remarkably, none identifies BUI, or “biking underneath the influence.” the only real law that referrals traffic regulations is RCW 46.61.755. This regulation allows every individual who trips exactly the same privileges as motorists to a bike, and claims they’re susceptible to the exact same duties which are relevant.

If I’m Captured Cycling underneath the Impact what Goes On?

Under RCW 46.61.790, the officer may offers intoxicated cyclists undergone by authorities transport if it’s apparent he’s drunk. Law enforcement officer could also provide release a the biker that is drunk to some qualified individual apart from the official herself. The official isn’t necessary to pressure help; on the other hand, any police force official who encounters a drunk biker in California who not desire to be assisted mustn’t offer assistance that isn’t approved. With this particular being stated, whenever you experience police force within this scenario probably the most that may occur is the fact that the official will offer you to consider you someplace secure or house. He might also request when you have buddies or any family unit members who might choose up you. Within the worst-case situation, the official may impound your bicycle if he seems there’s no more choice and that you’re a risk to yourself. Whenever you achieve sobriety in this instance, you are able to recover your bicycle. Where individuals are handled just as every other driver this image is noticeably distinctive from the exact same scenario in Florida. Drunk individuals in Florida could be billed with DUI/ DWI. If charged, individuals experience to be billed having a good of $250.00 along with a misdemeanor fines. This doesn’t depend like an electric DUI cost, that will be worse Individuals in California are secure from legal costs for biking underneath the impact. The important thing to all of this may be the motor vehicle’s state’s description. In Town of Montesano v. Wells, a cyclist’s DUI sentence was overturned because of the state’s reputation that the motor car means “every automobile that will be self-propelled.” an automobile that’s self propelled may continue its since it includes an engine, while a bike is driven by your personal pressure. An experienced lawyer might help you by creating a powerful legal protection should you encounter criminal costs in Washington.

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Bumbo International Trust

Four million of the popular baby seats made by Bumbo International Trust are being recalled after reports that dozens of infants have fallen out of the seats and have suffered injuries in their falls. At least 19 of these infants suffered skull fractures.
The South-Africa based company says that its products are safe if used as they are meant to be used. The company says that the chairs are made to be placed on the floor. The chairs do not have restraints as they are designed as an easy-in easy-out infant chair. Unfortunately, nearly 100 incidents were reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission in which children had fallen out of the chairs or wiggled their way out.
Forty-five of these incidents involved babies falling out of chairs placed on tables, countertops or chairs, and 17 of these infants suffered skull fractures. At least 50 falls, however, occurred when the seats were placed at an unknown elevation or on the ground. Two of these infants suffered skull fractures and one child suffered a concussion. Even falling near to the floor poses a brain injury danger to an infant because their skulls are soft and they have no way to break their fall and may hit their head on a toy or other object, seeking the help of Cleveland lawyers to assist.
People who own these chairs can order free repair kits from the company’s website. The repair kits contain a restraining belt and also a sticker that reminds parents and caregivers not to place the chair on an elevated surface.