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Trucking Safety Must Be Included in Teen Driver Education

Monday, July 26, 2010

Considering the kind of focus on trucking safety in the country, it's surprising to Los Angeles truck accident attorneys that there is little spotlight on educating teenage motorists about avoiding truck accidents. Few teen driver education programs include avoiding tractor-trailer accidents and driving safely around 18-wheelers, as part of their curriculum. As a result, you have too many teenagers going out into the real world with adult driver’s licenses, ill-prepared for driving around commercial trucks.

There's often not much you can do to avoid an accident if a truck driver is headed for you at excessive speeds, or talking on a cell phone. There may be little you can do to avoid a crash if you're around a truck driver who’s dozing off at the wheel. However, it's important for teen motorists to realize that they can increase their chances of avoiding a accident simply by staying extra safe and alert when they're around these rigs:

  • Teen motorists must understand that driving at excessive speeds or racing when you're around passenger vehicles is a terrible idea. It's even more dangerous to engage in such practices when you're around large commercial vehicles on the highway.
  • Never tailgate an 18-wheeler. A truck takes a much longer time to come to a complete stop, and if you don't leave enough distance between your vehicle and the truck, you stand a serious risk of rear-ending the rig.
  • Never try to cut off an 18-wheeler for the same reason. The truck can't screech to a halt like you can, and in any accident involving your vehicle and a large truck, it's you who has the highest chance of being injured or killed. In fact, in approximately 80% of all accidents involving large commercial motor vehicles and passenger vehicles, it's the occupants of the smaller vehicle that are injured or killed.
  • There are several blind spots around the truck, in which a teen motorist must absolutely not be driving. A truck driver will not be able to see vehicles that are in his blind spots.
  • Take extra care when you're trying to pass a truck. When you're alongside the truck, accelerate speeds so you can pass the truck as quickly as possible. Remember, when you’re beside the truck, the truck driver can't see your vehicle at all.

Bus Accident Involving Los Angeles Greyhound Bus Leaves Six Dead

Thursday, July 22, 2010

A fatal bus accident involving a Greyhound bus on its way from Los Angeles to Sacramento, has left six people dead, and several others seriously injured. There were 47 people on board the bus, which was running on Greyhound Route 6888. While the bus was traveling on Highway 99, the bus driver seems to have swerved to avoid an overturned SUV from another accident. The vehicle then crashed into a concrete divider, and a tree. Six people were killed almost instantly.

34 people in the bus are believed to have suffered injuries. Out of these, six are believed to be critically injured. The accident occurred at about 2:15 in the morning local time. Eyewitnesses are now coming forward with accounts. According to one eyewitness quoted in the Los Angeles Times, a sport-utility vehicle had been overturned on the highway from a previous accident. The vehicle had just been lying there with no lights and no markers. Out of the dead, at least one is believed to have been in the SUV.

California Highway Patrol officers have already begun their investigation. The bus has been left a mangled wreck, and investigators have their job cut out for them. The investigations will focus at least in part, on the earlier accident that left a sport-utility vehicle lying on the highway without any lights.

Bus accident claims in California can involve the driver of the bus, the company that owns or operates the bus, or maintenance and repair companies responsible for the upkeep of the bus. If there are other motorists involved in causing the accident, these will also be named by your California bus accident lawyers.

Marriott, Radisson Hotels Named in Privacy Lawsuit

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Sports reporter Erin Andrews has named Marriott and Radisson hotels and several other entities in an invasion of privacy lawsuit she filed, after nude videos of her were captured in a hotel room, and posted on the Internet. The hotels named in the lawsuit include the Radisson Hotel Milwaukee Airport, Marriott Nashville at Vanderbilt University and Blackwell Inn of Columbus Ohio.

The videos were taken by stalker Michael David Barrett. In December last year, Barrett pleaded guilty to federal stalking charges. Prosecutors had accused him of altering the peephole in Andrews’ room door, so that he could capture the footage. He then posted the footage on the Internet. According to prosecutors, as many as 10 videos of Andrews were posted online. In March this year Barrett, an insurance company employee, was sentenced to 12 years in prison by a California judge.

Now, Erin Andrews has filed a privacy lawsuit in Cook County, Illinois. The lawsuit accuses the hotels of negligent infliction of emotional distress, negligence and invasion of privacy. According to the lawsuit, the hotels shared information about Erin’s room with Barrett. The lawsuit alleges that when Barrett called the hotels asking whether Andrews was registered as a guest there, the hotels confirmed that she was. Not only that, they also provided him a room adjacent to her room. With such easy access to her room, Barrett was able to modify the peep hole to capture footage. Barrett allegedly tampered with the peephole, shortening the length of the eyepiece, and removing it from the door. According to investigations, the eyepiece in the peephole in Erin’s hotel room in Nashville had been sawed right through.

Andrews is seeking $50,000 in damages. To California privacy rights lawyers, the one thing that stands out in this case is the ease with which Barrett gained access to Andrews through the hotels that she was staying in. Not only was her room number shared with him without her implied consent, but the hotels also did not hesitate to give him a room next to hers.

FDA Panel Votes to Place Restrictions on Avandia

Friday, July 16, 2010

It’s a major setback to GlaxoSmithKline, but a substantial victory for patients who have been injured from Avandia use, and California pharmaceutical liability lawyers. This week, a special panel consisting of Food and Drug Administration experts voted to either pull Avandia from the market altogether, or place serious restrictions on its use.

Out of the 30 members of the panel, 12 voted to pull it off the market, 10 voted to restrict its sales and enhance warning labels, seven voted to enhance warning labels, while three voted for continued sales of the drug in its current form and with the same warning labels. One member of the panel abstained from voting.

That vote came barely a few days after GlaxoSmithKline came under heavy fire from a FDA official for leaving out important information about adverse incidents involving Avandia from its clinical trial. The company has relied heavily on the clinical trial called Record, to show that Avandia use is safe for patients with type II diabetes, and that fears about its links to cardiac disease are overblown. There have been several studies linking Avandia use to the development of heart disease, but GlaxoSmithKline has refused to accept these studies claiming them to be unreliable.

However, the FDA official reported that the Record study left out vital information about deaths and injuries caused by Avandia use. For instance, one patient suffered a stroke, but this information was left out of the trial results. Another Avandia user died of a heart attack, but the cause of death was left out of the trial data.

It is these anomalies in the clinical trial that caused the researcher to publish a report severely criticizing GlaxoSmithKline. According to the researcher, Dr. Thomas Marciniak, far from showing that Avandia is safe for use, the clinical trial actually seems to confirm all the fears that California pharmaceutical liability lawyers have had about Avandia.

It helped push the vote along that Dr. Marciniak spoke before the panel. He was able to voice his concern that there had been several mistakes in the clinical trial that helped hide Avandia’s risks. In the end, the FDA panel really had no choice but to place further restrictions on the use of this drug.

Study Linked Flame Retardant to Altered Thyroid Levels in Pregnancy

Thursday, July 08, 2010

A new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley shows that commonly-used flame retardants could cause alterations in thyroid levels in pregnant women. These alterations could even impact fetal health adversely. Obviously, this is a serious concern to California dangerous drug lawyers, because flame retardants are widely used in the state.

Polybrominated diphenyl ether or PBDEs organobromine compounds, are very often found in common consumer everyday items, like carpets, electronics, plastics, textiles and furnishings. The use of these compounds has increased dramatically over the past three decades, especially in the state of California, where flammability laws require that these chemicals be used on common products in order to reduce the risk of fires. Studies have found that approximately 97% of the American population has these chemicals in their bloodstream. Those levels are up to 20 times higher than the levels found in the bloodstreams of populations in Europe. Residents in California have some of the highest exposures to these chemicals in the world. With the widespread use of such chemicals in California, this is definitely something to be concerned about.

Scientists have always known that because of these liability laws, Americans are much more susceptible to the accumulation of chemicals in the blood stream. However, the impact of these chemicals and fetal health has not been adequately examined. Now, a new study conducted by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley examines these risks to fetal health.

The results of the research will soon be published in the Journal of Environmental Health Perspectives. The researchers studied 270 women, and examined them during the end of their second trimester of pregnancy. The scientists measured concentrations of 10 polybrominated diphenyl ether chemicals, two kinds of thyroxine, and thyroid stimulating hormone. The researchers then focused on the five polybrominated diphenyl ether that are most commonly seen, and found that a tenfold increase each of these chemicals was strongly linked to decreases in the thyroid stimulating hormone. This decrease was between 10.9% and 18.7%.

Low levels of thyroid stimulating hormone are one of the indications of clinical hyperthyroidism. In pregnant women, such clinical hyperthyroidism can affect the neuro development of the fetus. These women might have a higher risk of miscarriage, and have a higher risk of giving birth to a premature baby. There may also be intrauterine growth retardation. The researchers are hoping to conduct more studies in this area.

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