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With No Prenuptial Agreement Kelsey Grammer Looking at $50 Million Divorce

Friday, December 31, 2010

This is the kind of situation that makes many California divorce lawyers cringe. "Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer is looking at a $50 million payout in his upcoming divorce, because he did not have a prenuptial agreement.

Grammer and his soon-to-be ex-wife, Camille Donatucci, are in the middle of a messy divorce, and some of it involves the actor’s reported $100 million in assets. Grammer is already set to remarry and is apparently trying to speed up the divorce. He is seeking a bifurcation, which will officially end his marriage to Donatucci and allow him to remarry before the court rules on a financial. Unfortunately for him, a judge has not taken too kindly to his request for bifurcation.

Grammer and Donatucci were married for 13 years, and it was during this period of time, that the Frasier star accumulated his vast fortune. According to all reports, Donatucci seems to have played a big part in amassing this fortune. She helped turn his substantial earnings from the hit “Frasier” series into a massive fortune by making smart property deals. The couple also set up a production company during the marriage. All of these assets will be on the table as the divisions begin. The assets include properties in New York, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Colorado and the Hamptons.

The divorce is expected to be finalized by January, and "Frasier" will soon be free to marry again. However, he might want to tread carefully this time around. It's the fourth marriage for Grammer, and with a massive divorce settlement behind him, he will not be in a position to make mistakes this time around. It really might be fourth time lucky for Grammer, but Southern California divorce lawyers would advise a watertight pre-nuptial agreement, just in case.

High Rates of Defective DePuy Hip Implant Failures

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Reports of failures of DePuy artificial hip implants are pouring in from around the world. Last week, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal reported on “unusually high rates” of failures of these artificial hip implants that are supposedly designed to last for 15 years.

When the ASR or Articular Surface Replacement hip implants were first promoted, it was believed that the design would last longer and also provide patients the luxury of more natural movement. However, for many patients who were implanted with these devices, that wasn't what happened at all. Instead, these patients began to develop sudden, inexplicable and serious pain with their hip implants. Many of their surgeons recommended revision surgery, and when the surgeries were performed, the surgeons were startled to discover lumps of dead tissue near the implant.

Many patients implanted with these devices have found themselves living with excruciating pain, and have been rendered completely or partially immobile because of the pain. The rates of revision surgeries have been found to be exceedingly high for these devices.

Much of this has happened because the Food and Drug Administration continues to approve new medical devices that are sufficiently similar to existing ones on the market to be approved under a fast-track process. Unfortunately, the problem is that sometimes these devices that are similar to others on the market may come with unapproved components which may then create safety issues. California DePuy hip implant recall lawyers believe that this is one of the factors that has caused the DePuy hip implant device to malfunction in large numbers the way it has.

DOT Proposes Ban on Cell Phone Use for Truck Drivers

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

There are fewer thoughts more terrifying to a motorist than those involving a tractor-trailer behind his car texting furiously or talking on a cell phone while driving. While text messaging while driving was banned for all commercial bus and truck drivers earlier this year, the DOT had not moved for a complete ban on cell phone use while driving. That however might happen soon after the Department of Transportation announced a proposal banning handheld cell phone use by truck drivers and commercial bus drivers.

Most smart trucking and bus companies already have such rules in place. Many companies have been quick enough to realize that if their driver has the freedom to talk on a cell phone or text while driving and causes an accident, then there are serious liability implications for the trucking company. However, this would be the first time the federal administration has actually vocalized a complete ban on holding or dialing a cell phone or talking on a cell phone for a truck/bus driver while driving.

The ban comes as part of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood continues his efforts against distracted driving. According to estimates, more than 5,000 people are killed every year in accidents involving distracted driving. An additional 500,000 people every year are killed in such accidents. The new rule will not only prevent drivers from using hand-held cell phones, but would also penalize them for violations. The trucking company that employs the drivers would also be penalized for these violations. The Department of Transportation is sending a clear message that it will not tolerate distracted driving by drivers of commercial trucks, tractor-trailers and 18 wheelers.

Now, if only California truck accident attorneys could get the DOT to ban the use of dashboard computers in tractor-trailers. However, considering how much these computers have helped trucking efficiency, that's not likely to happen soon.

Study: Most Drunk Drivers in US Are Aged between 16 and 25

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A new study indicates that not only are more motorists driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs than believed, but most of these are young drivers aged between 16 and 25. That is in spite of nationwide efforts to curb drunk driving and a substantial drop in drunk driving accident fatalities over the past few years.

The study was conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. According to the study, approximately 40 million Americans drove while intoxicated last year. Out of these, about 30 million drove under the influence of alcohol, while 10% drove under the influence of drugs.

The survey also found that an average of 13.2% of drivers aged 16 and older drove intoxicated by alcohol, while 4.3% drove under the influence of illegal drugs. The highest drunk driving rates were in Wisconsin with rates as high as 20.7%, while the highest number of drugged drivers were found in Rhode Island where the rate was 7.8%.

Overall, nationwide, the researchers believe that approximately 20% of the drivers drove under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Drivers aged between 16 and 25 overall had a much higher rate of drunken driving (19.5%) compared to those aged above 25 (11.8%). They also had a much higher rate of drugged driving (11.4%) compared to motorists over 25 (2.8%).

That's not the kind of news Los Angeles car accident attorneys want to hear in the days leading up to the holidays when you can expect more drunk or drugged motorists. However, the research also showed that the annual drunk driving rates have dropped from 14.6% in 2006 to 13.2% in 2009. There is has also been a minute drop in drugged driving from 4.8% to 4.3%. However, according to another study also released this month, there has been a 5% increase in the number of fatalities with drugs in their system.

In Spite Of Awareness, Many Motorists Engage in Risky Driving Behavior

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

A new report shows that most American motorists are well aware of the dangers of speeding, cell phone use and running red lights; however that doesn't stop many of these drivers from engaging in such practices.

The report was compiled based on a poll conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. To Los Angeles car accident attorneys, the report underscores the complexities of promoting traffic safety in our country. The findings confirm that awareness of traffic safety risks is not necessarily enough to prevent drivers from engaging in such practices.

For instance, approximately two-thirds of drivers in the survey said that it was wrong to drive 15 mph over the posted speed limit, but 46% admitted that they had done so over the past month anyway. An even bigger percentage - 92% - believed that running red lights is hazardous, but a shocking one third reported that they had run a red light over the past month.

Ninety-two percent of motorists admitted that texting while driving or using a cell phone while driving is a dangerous practice, but over the past month, 24% of the drivers had texted or had a conversation on a cell phone while driving. Ninety-eight percent of persons in the survey said that drowsy driving was extremely hazardous to public safety, but at least 22% of the drivers admitted that they had dozed off at the wheel several times.

In fact, the least disconnect between awareness of a traffic safety risk and avoidance of such behavior seems to be with driving under the influence. Just about every person in the study had a dim view of persons driving under the influence, but even in this case, 14% admitted to having done so over the previous month.

It just goes to show that reducing accident and injury rates cannot depend solely on educating motorists. There needs to be individual effort by drivers to recognize the special hazards of certain behaviors, and avoid these at all costs.

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