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June 2018 Archives

U.S. Leads the World in Increased Traffic Deaths

A sobering statistic recently was released by the International Transport Forum: the United States leads the world in increased traffic deaths with a primary cause believed to be distracted driving. According to the new study of 29 nations, only five of the countries saw an increase between 2010-2016. The U.S., which jumped 13.5 percent in this period, was ahead of Argentina that experienced a 9 percent increase, followed by Chile that experienced a 5 percent increase. The International Transport Forum, an inter-governmental organization, is the only global body with a mandate for all modes of transport. It acts as a think tank for transport policy issues and organizes an annual global summit of transport ministers. These latest statistics were released at its May Summit in Leipzig, Germany.
road-safety-annual-report-2018_2.pdf About 1,400 decision-makers from more than 80 countries attended. Sadly, the U.S. also experienced the highest increase in pedestrian deaths during this time frame of 39.2 percent and a 34.8 percent increase in cyclist deaths. Norway saw a 37.5 percent decrease in pedestrian deaths during this same period and Israel saw cyclist deaths cut in half. Overall, there were an estimated 269 million registered motor vehicles in the United States in 2016, according to Fred Wegman, chair of the International Road Traffic Data and Analysis Group, a division of the International Transport Forum, said,"Distracted driving is more prevalent and prominent in the United States than in other countries." Derek Kan, U.S. undersecretary of transportation for policy, said the United States started a safety data initiative last year to predict and better understand what causes traffic fatalities.

Robert Clifford Co-Chair of Northern District Court's 200th Anniversary Fundraising Committee

Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner of Clifford Law Offices, along with Patrick Fitzgerald of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Zachary Fardon, Managing Partner at King & Spalding, and Emily Nicklin of Kirkland & Ellis, have been selected as co-chairs of the 200th Anniversary Fundraising Committee of the Northern District of Illinois.Sponsored by the not-for-profit Northern District of Illinois Court Historical Association, the festivities are expected to take place in March, 2019, and will include the showing of a historical documentary film that will highlight significant cases, societal issues and key people who have been an integral part of the 200-year history of the federal court in Illinois.

Bob Clifford Speaks on the Importance of Filing Legitimate Personal Injury Cases

In the June 2018 issue of Chicago Lawyer Magazine, reporter Heather Cherone wrote a story on "The Verdict on Verdicts." In that article, her research demonstrated that, "Despite big-dollar wins, 10 years of data show median verdict amounts are stable."

Frank Galvin from the film, The Verdict is Hon. Henry R. Simmons Favorite Fictional Character

Henry-R-Simmons.jpgHonorable Henry R. Simmons's (Ret.) favorite fictional character is Boston Lawyer Frank Galvin from the film, The Verdict. The film is about an alcoholic lawyer who takes on a medical malpractice case to save his career, even though no one thinks he can win the case.

Two Clifford Law Offices Partners Speak on the Opioid Mass Tort Litigation

Kevin P. Durkin and James C. Pullos, partners at Clifford Law Offices, spoke at the HarrisMartin all-day Multidistrict Litigation Conference on various mass torts. Their topic was "America's Opioid Crisis From the Front Lines: Litigation Landscape, Venues, Jurisdictional Hurdles, Defenses and Causes of Action."

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