It’s a nightmare scenario: you’ve just received a call that you partner or child has been killed in a car accident. According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, more than 37,000 people die in car accidents in the United States every year. You will understandably be feeling overwhelmed with grief and shock after receiving this call so it’s important to know what to do before it happens.
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According to the gatewayfoundation.org, alcohol is the most common addiction substance in the United States. Studies show that binge drinking over a period of time can cause serious health problems, including chronic diseases and a shortened life span. In the short term, alcohol impacts a person’s judgement and often leads to drunk driving and driving under the influence (DUI) arrests. Alcohol-related car accidents cost taxpayers $100 billion a year and thousands of lost lives.Read More
Many freshman college students are excited to join a fraternity or sorority as they start their college experience. It’s a way to create a sense of belonging when away from home for the first time. Most people love their experiences but sometimes things can go very wrong when hazing is taken way too far. Hazing is humiliating and sometimes dangerous initiation rituals, often imposed on students seeking membership into a fraternity or sorority. In recent years, there have been some tragic deaths associated with college hazing that have made the national news. Some of these deaths have resulted in wrongful death lawsuits brought by the family of the deceased. When the actions of a fraternity lead to the death of a person, it may be appropriate to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the university and/or fraternity to recover damages. Here is one example: on February 3, 2020, the mother of the Rutgers student who was killed by a train after becoming intoxicated at a frat party sued the school and fraternity for wrongful death.Read More
CDC Report Shows U.S. Maternal Mortality Affects Women Up to a Year After Delivery: Most Deaths Preventable
A 2019 CDC report casts light on a tragic reality in the United States: too many American women are dying from pregnancy-related complications up to a year after delivering their babies. A report released by the CDC today underscores the tragedy. The report found that including maternal deaths during pregnancy, at birth, or within 42 days of birth, the overall 2018 U.S. maternal mortality rate was 17.4 deaths per 100,000 live births. Clearly, the rate would be higher if it had included deaths up to 52 weeks after birth. The U.S. ranks 10th for maternal mortality among 10 other similarly wealthy countries.Read More
About three to five million people go parasailing every year. Thankfully, most parasailing experiences turn out to be a wonderful adventure. Unfortunately, parasail accidents do happen; causing some to question parasailing safety and liability. Parasail accident statistics reveal the risk people take when they agree to be towed behind a vehicle (usually a boat) while harnessed to a canopy wing that looks like a parachute, known as a parasail wing.
If you or a loved one was injured in a parasailing accident because of the negligence of a parasail operator, seek the help of a personal injury lawyer right away. A wrongful death action may be appropriate if you lost a loved one in the accident. An accident attorney can discuss your legal rights and options.Read More
While the snow and ice has cleared from the snowstorm in mid-January, the Pacific Northwest isn’t out of the woods yet. Slip and fall accidents increase during winter months because of icy walkways. Snow, sleet and freezing rain can all turn into hazardous traveling conditions. Pedestrians should take reasonable precautions to protect themselves from a fall by slowing down in icy conditions but property owners can reduce the chances of a slip and fall injury on their property by salting or sanding walkways.
Injuries from slip and fall accidents vary in severity from a bruised tailbone to broken bones and yes, even death. Senior adults over the age of 65 are particularly susceptible to slip and fall accidents leading to serious injuries; falls are the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among the older population. Each year at least 300,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures with more than 95 percent of hip fractures caused by falling. According to the National Council on Aging, one in four Americans over the age of 65 has a slip and fall accident every year. Every 11 seconds, a senior adult seeks emergency room treatment for a fall and every 19 minutes, a senior person dies from a fall. In fact, falls are the number one cause of fatal injury among seniors.Read More
According to an article on Nationalfisherman.com, three crew members were caught underneath a crab boat on Tuesday night, January 14th. Firefighters came to the rescue by cutting through the hull of the overturned boat at the entrance to Coos Bay, Oregon. The rescue efforts began after a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew saw the 38-foot crabbing boat struggling to navigate in heavy seas, before its deck lights went dark. The aircrew radio messaged the Sector North Bend command center and rescue crews were dispatched to locate the crew. Three hours later, the boat was found upside down near the tip of the north jetty at the bay entrance. Rescuers could hear the crew yelling from inside the boat. After using a battery-powered reciprocating saw to hack through the hull, firefighters helped the crew out and up the jetty rocks. According to North Bay Fire District Chief James Aldrich, all three men were rescued in stable condition and transported to the hospital.Read More
As reported by King5.com, 30 cars were involved in icy road car crashes in the westbound lanes of the SR 520 floating bridge on Monday night, January 13, 2020. There were multiple crashes involving the 30 motor vehicles. As a result of the car accidents, westbound lanes were closed around 6 p.m. and didn’t reopen until 10 p.m. Calls were made to Washington State Department of Transportation to de-ice the roadway. Washington State Patrol troopers and the Seattle Fire Department responded to the scene. A trooper tweeted that there were no major injuries.
If you were injured in an icy road crash because of the negligence of another driver, seek the help of a local car accident lawyer who can discuss your legal rights. The accident attorney may be able to help you seek a fair settlement.Read More
Taro Pharmaceuticals Issues Voluntary Nationwide Product Recall of Lamotrigine Tablets Over Cross Contamination
As reported on FDA.gov: on January 10, 2020, Taro Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. issued a voluntary product recall of one lot of Lamotrigine 100 mg Tablets (Lot # 331771 with expiration date June 2021 in 100 count bottles, NDC 51672-4131-1 to the consumer level). The lot is being recalled because it was found to have been cross-contaminated with a small amount of another drug substance called Enalapril Maleate, that is used to manufacture another pharmaceutical at the same facility. Read the full press release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200110005522/en/External Link DisclaimerRead More
Reduce Bicycle Accidents: New WA State Bike Rules Require Motor Vehicles to Give Cyclists 3 Feet of Space When Passing
As reported by komonews.com, new rules for bicycle safety went into effect in Washington State on January 1, 2020. The new rules were approved by Washington State lawmakers in May, 2019.
New WA State bike rules go into effect to reduce bicycle accidents
There are three components to the rule change:
- Drivers now have to give bicycle riders at least three feet of space when passing. The old rule asked drivers to pass cyclists at a “safe distance” but did not specify the distance.
- Drivers must move to the left lane (if there are two or more lanes of traffic) or into the opposing lane (if there is a single lane of traffic) to pass bicyclists on the road.
- If there is only one lane of traffic in each direction, drivers must slow down and allow at least three feet of space between their vehicle and the bicycle.