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ESC Systems Save Thousands of Lives in Accidents Every Year

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Electronic stability control systems have saved thousands of lives in accidents since these were first introduced. California personal injury lawyers expect that more lives will be saved every year, as this feature becomes standard in all automobiles.

A federal mandate requires that the systems be standard in all automobiles, with 100% compliance required for all 2012 model year vehicles. That means that electronic stability control systems will become as standard as seat belts and airbags in all vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released the results of a study, which shows that between 2008 and 2010, these systems have helped save more than 2,200 lives in accidents across the country. In 2008 alone, electronic stability control systems saved as many as 634 lives. The following year, 705 lives were saved and in 2010, 863 lives were saved because of electronic stability control systems. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data shows that ESC systems are consistently effective in helping the driver maintain control over the vehicle, and avoid rollover accidents.

Rollover crashes are some of the deadliest accidents on American highways. These accidents occur when a vehicle flips over after the driver loses control, and occupants inside may be at serious risk of injuries or fatalities. The risk of occupants being ejected partially or completely from a vehicle is very real during a rollover. Additionally, passengers may be at risk from roof crushes and collapses, which are very common during a rollover.

In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been so impressed by the success of electronic stability control systems in reducing fatalities that it has proposed that similar systems be also installed in all trucks and buses.

ADHD Medications Linked to Lower Crime Rates

Thursday, December 06, 2012

According to new research, persons who are on medications to control ADHD may have a much lower risk of criminal activity and criminal convictions.

Alabama criminal defense attorneys have come across earlier research that has linked persons with criminal convictions to symptoms of childhood ADHD, with the symptoms continuing into adulthood. It is estimated that as many as 5% of schoolchildren suffer from ADHD.

The research was conducted in Sweden, and was funded by the US National Institutes of Health, the Swedish Research Council and the UK's Wellcome Trust. The results of the study have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The researchers analyzed patient, crime as well as drug prescription registries over a four-year period. All the patients analyzed in the study were above the age of 15, and they were all diagnosed with ADHD. More than 26,000 patients were analyzed as part of the study.

The researchers compared the behavior of the patients while they were on their medications to control Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, with the periods of time when they were off the drug for at least 6 months. They found that crime rates during the study were approximately 32% lower in the case of males and 41% lower in the case of females with ADHD. Broadly, the number of crimes committed was approximately 1/3rd lower when the person was taking the ADHD medication, compared to when he was not on the medication.

The researchers recommend that persons who suffer from ADHD continue their medications in order to help reduce criminal behavior. They also suggest that keeping people on their medication could help reduce recidivism rates, and keep prison populations low.

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