National Movement Targets Distracted Driving EndDD was started in memory of Casey Feldman, a 21-year-old college student killed by a distracted driver. Casey's story inspired hundreds of trial lawyers to fan out and speak to more than 75,000 teens (and counting) about how they can help end distracted driving.
Robert Clifford, senior partner at Clifford Law Offices (right) speaks to Pat Milhizer, Editor in Chief of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and the Chicago Lawyer (second from right), and Mike Kramer, publisher of the Law Bulletin Publishing Company (third from right) along with a number of lawyers at the firm. They discussed issues impacting the reporting of cases and legal events.
Women Spread Word About Problems With Essure Women who suffer serious complications from an implantable birth-control device called Essure want others to think twice before undergoing the procedure. So they launched a Facebook page, YouTube channel, website and enlisted Erin Brockovich to tell their stories.
After losing both legs in an auto accident, Aaron Holm decided to share his successful recovery plan with other amputees through his Wiggle Your Toes foundation. The group provides consultation, planning and referrals.
0% at Fault A 2008 Supreme Court ruling held that the makers of FDA-approved medical devices can't be held responsible for injuries, even if their product is defective and later recalled. Source: Unequal Harm, American Association for Justice
21% of Crashes It is estimated that people talking on cell phones while driving are involved in 21 percent of all traffic crashes in the United States. Source: The Great Multitasking Lie, National Safety Council
2-Fold Increase Energy drinks were cited as the primary cause for 20,783 emergency room visits in 2011, double the total reported in 2007. Source: More Emergency Room Visits Linked to Energy Drinks, The New York Times
By the numbers/ 12,000 Lakes - Minnesota is the "land of 12,000 lakes" rather than the 10,000 lakes promoted on its license plates, with more shoreline than California, Hawaii and Florida combined! Source: Sky Blue Water, Minnesota North Star 709 Deaths - Boat accidents nationwide killed 709 Americans in 2008, 12 in Minnesota alone. The vast majority of the victims - 90% - drowned and were not wearing a life jacket at the time of the accident. Source: Boating Safety Resource Center, U.S. Coast Guard 1 per Person - The number of readily accessible, Coast Guard-approved life jackets per passenger you must have on board your boat. Source: Boating, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Boating and Personal Watercraft Basics Boating mishaps throughout the country have dropped steadily in the past decade, from 8,026 accidents and 4,442 injuries in 1996 to 4,789 accidents and 3,331 injuries in 2008, according to Recreational Boating Statistics 2008 from the U.S. Coast Guard [download report]. Unfortunately, the number of deaths has remained steady, between 700 and 800 per year. With July traditionally the worst month for boating accidents, here is a summary of rules, regulations and safety tips from the Department of Natural Resources'Minnesota Boating Guide 2010. Visit the Boat & Water Safety home page online or download the brochure for more detail. Required Equipment
When operated unsafely, or without certain controls, the highly-concentrated light from lasers, even those in toys, can be dangerous, causing serious eye injuries and even blindness. FDA has issued draft guidance on the safety of toy laser products to protect children from harm. Read this Consumer Update to learn more about why laser toys can pose a danger to kids.
Follow a two-part strategy to prevent gasoline can fires or explosions. First, seriously consider buying a gas can with a flame arrester. Often called "safety cans," these containers are normally made of metal rather than plastic. Many feature a spring-loaded cap that closes automatically. Major manufacturers of safety cans include Eagle and Justrite, and prices range from $35 to $75 depending on the size of the can. No-Spill also makes a plastic gas can with a flame arrester. Second, never forget how dangerous it is to use or store gasoline. Review these safety tips: Around children ...
Three-year-old Landon Beadore was helping his mom pick up toys when he knocked over a plastic gas can just like the one pictured here. The pilot light on a nearby water heater ignited the gas fumes, which flashed back to the nozzle on the gas can, turning it into a firebomb. Landon's horrible experience has been repeated more than 75 times throughout the country, burning and killing children, teenagers and adults. Many of these injuries might have been prevented with a part costing less than $1 called a flame arrester. You Should Know more about gas cans and how to prevent injuries to your loved ones.
This blog is intended as a follow-up to our previous blog posted on June 18th entitled "Illinois Speed Limit Increase: More Fatalities?" regarding Illinois Governor Pat Quinn having not yet approved the bill to raise the Illinois speed limit on non-urban interstate highways from 65 mph to 75 mph. Mr. Steve Doner, Former Illinois State Chapter Coordinator for the National Motorist Association, would like to respond with an alternative opinion as outlined in the following published articles: Naperville Sun Daily Herald The State Journal-Register