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December 2012 Archives

Rules of the road apply to cyclists and automobile drivers.

The rules of the road apply to cyclists and automobile drivers.   Most bicycle accidents occur because automobile drivers fail to see the cyclists. Unfortunately, automobile-bicycle collisions often result in serious injury to the cyclist. Houck-Regas represents bicyclists who have been injured in such collisions as well as from defective bicycle products. If you or anyone you know has been injured in a bicycle accident, please feel free to call for a free consultation.

Truck Accident Kills Three

IN THE NEWS: Three people were killed near Cartersville, Georgia in the early hours of December 19, 2012, when a tractor trailer drove onto the highway median, hit the guardrail, and crashed into a concrete pillar. The trailer then flipped onto its side, caught fire, and caused a highway sign to fall, hitting a second tractor trailer. The driver of the second 18 wheeler lost control of his vehicle and drove off the highway.

NHTSA Report Shows Decline in Automobile Fatalities

IN THE NEWS: On December 10, 2011 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued its report concerning 2011 Motor Vehicle Crashes. The report shows a 1.9% decline in the number of fatalities in automobile accidents across the United States from 2010 to 2011. In addition to the reduction in the number of fatalities due to motor vehicle accidents, NHTSA reports that there was a nationwide reduction of 1.5% in the total number of police-reported crashes.

Stepladders Sold at Home Depot Recalled Due to Fall Risk

IN THE NEWS: On December 11, 2012 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall by Wing Enterprises of the Switch-it Stepladder/Stepstools sold exclusively at the Home Depot due to fall hazards associated with the product. The announcement notes that when the ladder is fully extended, the side rails can separate from the product causing the user to fall. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Wing Enterprises has received nine reports of the ladder becoming unstable and causing the user to fall and sustain injuries.

Medical Mistakes - The Sixth Leading Cause of Death in America

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article noting the prevalence of medical mistakes in US hospitals and the devastating impact of those mistakes on innocent people. Estimates indicate that medical mistakes alone cause enough deaths to fill four jumbo jets every week making them the sixth leading cause of death in America. However, these numbers don't even begin to scratch the surface of the number of innocent people who are injured as a result of those mistakes and other medical malpractice. As the Wall Street Journal notes, "roughly a quarter of all hospitalized patients will be harmed by a medical error of some kind."

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