Blog Posts in September, 2013

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  • Defective Implants And The Rise Of Implant Surgery

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Sep 28, 2013

    There are roughly 1 million knee and hip replacement surgeries performed each year in the United States. That number is expected to rise to nearly 4 million by 2030, due to an aging population and aggressive marketing to younger consumers by the companies producing joint replacements. The impact of defective implants will only rise as joint replacement surgery becomes more popular. At least one ...
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  • Backover Accidents And Rear Visibility

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Sep 27, 2013

    Few accidents are as heart-rending and horrific as backover accidents. The victims of these car accidents are often children. The drivers are often parents or guardians. While many technological developments have made cars safer for those inside, there is one area where vehicles have become more dangerous: visibility. Auto makers are using less glass in their vehicles for safety and fuel ...
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  • Car Accidents Involving Children Who Are Not Properly Secured

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Sep 26, 2013

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced that more than 33 percent of the children under the age of 13 who died in car accidents in 2011 were not properly secured. That includes fatal car crashes where smaller children were not in car seats and where older children were not wearing seat belts. A recent survey showed that roughly 25 percent of parents and caregivers had ...
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  • Legal Consultations: Everything You Need to Know

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Sep 25, 2013

    If you or someone you love was involved in a serious accident, you probably have a lot of questions about your rights and legal options. Your health is your most important concern. After seeking medical attention for injuries, talking to an attorney is imperative. But simply speaking to a legal professional may not be enough; you need to understand the best option for your unique circumstances. To ...
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  • FDA Tracking Codes And Defective Medical Products

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Sep 24, 2013

    When a product fails and causes injury, it is rarely a solitary incident. Whether a product is faulty in its design, its construction , its materials or in some other way, defective products generally fail in bunches. Identifying which products are causing harm can be a difficult task. In the field of medical devices, there have been significant challenges in pinpointing failing devices and ...
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  • Safety Group Sets Aggressive Goal For Curbing Fatal Crashes

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Sep 21, 2013

    Significant progress has been made in the field of automotive safety over the past few decades. Fatal car accidents have steadily dropped due to a number of factors, including seat belt use, improved roadway design, air bags and other innovations. Despite the improvement, the Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, Deborah Hersman, believes that much more can be done. Appearing at a ...
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  • Driver In Fatal Motorcycle Crash Pleads Guilty

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Sep 20, 2013

    The 35-year-old driver who struck and killed a motorcyclist on Interstate 15 last year has pleaded guilty this week. The driver had a history of drunk driving and was intoxicated when the wrong-way accident occurred in late July, 2012. The man accepted a plea deal with a potential sentence of 15 years to life. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for October in Vista Superior Court. The incident ...
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  • Speed Versus Safety In The Workplace

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Sep 19, 2013

    There are many areas of life where people choose to ignore proper safety precautions. In the workplace, however, what appears to be an unsafe choice that leads to an accident may actually be a complicated issue. One of the most common accidents that cause injury or death among construction workers is a fall from heights. Falls continue to be a major problem despite what the American Society of ...
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  • NTSB Steadfast In Support Of Lower BAC Limit

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Sep 18, 2013

    At what point does alcohol consumption make a person an unsafe driver? Three decades ago, the legal limit for driving drunk in most states was .10. Now, a blood alcohol content of .08 is the legal limit for drivers over 21 years of age in all 50 states. In an effort to reduce traffic fatalities caused by alcohol, the National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that states lower the BAC ...
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  • San Diego Motorcyclist Killed In Accident

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Sep 16, 2013

    The victim of a crash in Miranmar last Friday has been identified as a 42-year-old San Diego resident. The crash occurred when a Chevy pickup truck wandered into the westbound lane of Miramar Road, where the man was riding his Harley Davidson. The truck collided with the motorcycle, killing the San Diego man before first responders could arrive. The tragic motorcycle accident is still under ...
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  • Burn Injury Fact Sheet For 2012 Released

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Sep 13, 2013

    Burn injury victims face a long and difficult recovery process. Accidents that result in serious burns leave victims facing intense pain, multiple medical procedures, scarring and other health effects. While there have been advancements in the field of burn care, burns are still among the most difficult injuries to endure. The American Burn Association recently released its annual breakdown of ...
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  • Drivers Often Misjudge Position Of Motorcycles

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Sep 12, 2013

    "I never saw him coming." That is a common refrain from motorists who have collided with motorcycles. Motorcycle accidents often involve cars whose drivers never realized the motorcycle was there until the accident occurred. The frequency of such accidents may be the result of a gap in the human brain's ability to make judgments. A recent study conducted by a psychologist at Texas Tech University ...
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  • California Assembly Passes Limousine Safety Bill

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Sep 11, 2013

    The tragic limousine fire that killed five California women this May has spurred the passage of a new safety bill. The California Senate Majority Leader announced that the limousine safety bill, SB 109, was passed in Assembly this week and will now go to the full Senate for approval. The limousine fire turned fatal when several of the women in the vehicle were unable to escape through the one open ...
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  • Fatal Car Crash With Train

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Sep 10, 2013

    Speeding may have led to a tragic car accident this week when a vehicle drove off the road and was struck by an Amtrak train. The collision claimed the driver's life. Shortly after 9 p.m., the driver of a 1997 Honda sedan attempted to merge left on the San Diego Freeway. At the same time, another vehicle was attempting to move right into that same lane. The Honda swerved violently to the right and ...
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  • Air Brake Safety Week For Commercial Vehicles

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Sep 7, 2013

    Large commercial vehicles use a completely different braking system than normal cars. Air braking systems are necessary due to the weight of many commercial vehicles. September 8-14 is Air Brake/Brake Safety Week across the country. Commercial vehicle operators are encouraged to test their bakes systems and make sure that they are properly adjusted and functioning correctly. Even a properly ...
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  • Recording Devices On Self-Driving Cars

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Sep 5, 2013

    Estimates vary greatly on when, or if, we can expect self-driving automobiles to be a common sight on American roads. If they do become a legitimate option, there is some debate about how the devices should record what they do, or if they should record it at all. Piecing together an accurate picture of the circumstances surrounding serious car accidents has always been difficult. In fatal ...
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  • NFL Settlement Could Aid Victims Of Brain Injury

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Sep 4, 2013

    When the NFL agreed to settle the concussion-related lawsuits filed by thousands of former players, the total agreed upon was $765 million. Included within that settlement is money that will help pay for medical research into brain injuries . The high-profile nature of the NFL suits has helped to raise awareness of the severity of concussions and brain injuries. For the countless victims of car ...
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  • Tour Bus Crash Sends 10 To Hospital

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Sep 3, 2013

    A brake failure appears to be the cause of a tour bus crash that sent 10 people, 9 passengers and the driver, to the hospital over the weekend. The bus accident occurred as the group was on its way to a casino in northern Sand Diego County. All of the people injured were treated at Palomar Medical Center and are expected to make full recoveries. The investigation into the incident has not yet been ...
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