I'm a proud member of the American Association for Justice, an organization begun in 1946 when a group of 11 lawyers met in Oregon to form a new organization called the "National Association of Claimants' Compensation Attorneys." That organization became, in time, The American Trial Lawyers Association and, finally, The American Association for Justice. 2016 is the Association's 70th birthday.
Wearing a seat belt is one of the best things you can do to improve your chances of surviving a car accident. Seat belts save lives. That has been proven time and again in studies going back decades. So why is it that children riding school buses are often exempt from seat belt requirements? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has long held the stance that large school buses should not be required to have seat belts. New Jersey is one of six states that ignored the NHTSA position and made seat belts on school buses mandatory. The NHTSA has now altered its position and will push to make sure that children on all types of school bus have a three-point seat belt to keep them secure.
More than twice as many people were hospitalized due to bicycling injuries in 2013 than in 1998, according to a report in the journal of the American Medical Association. The report showed an increase in the proportion of head and torso injuries, as well as a marked increase in injuries suffered by riders 45 years of age and older. In fact, the proportion of injuries suffered by riders over 45 increased 81 percent in that time period. In addition, the rate of hospital admissions for bike accidents rose more than the increase in total injuries. Older riders are suffering more injuries in bicycle accidents and are more likely to be hospitalized as a result.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is supposed to protect the American public. It's supposed to stand between the public and purveyors of cures, medical devices, techniques, procedures and drugs, making sure that these techniques have been properly vetted and are safe before they're used on a defenseless American public.
Or . . . Everybody saw this coming.
Or... The Hypocrisy of the Right
Every year, the National Transportation Safety Board releases a list of the top 10 safety issues it wants to emphasize in the coming year. The list for 2015 was released this week and contains several issues that impact drivers on a regular basis. The "Most Wanted" list includes two entries that contribute to thousands of traffic deaths each year. The first and most pressing is the problem of substance-impaired driving. The second is the issue of commercial trucking safety.
"Or . . . What Would Toys Be Like Without Trial Lawyers?"
This is another in my "what would life be like without trial lawyers?" (and jury trials) series. Glad everyone is enjoying it.