Blog Posts in March, 2013

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  • Texting While Driving Stats: We Know It's Wrong, We Still Do It.

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Mar 30, 2013

    The number of adults who text while they drive has gone up 60 percent in three years, despite nationwide efforts to combat texting while driving. Now, it appears adults text while driving more than teenagers. In a survey by AT&T, 49 percent of adults and 43 percent of teenagers admit to texting while driving even though 98 percent say it is dangerous. It appears we have all heard the statistics: ...
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  • Caffeine Significantly Reduces Truck Accidents: Too Many Drowsy Drivers?

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Mar 28, 2013

    Ah, the power of caffeine. It keeps us alert during the workday. It stops us from being grumpy when we get our kids ready for school in the morning. It may even prevent auto accidents . An Australian study published in BMJ found that caffeine consumption reduced the risk of truck accidents by 63 percent. The study compared the habits of 530 drivers who had been involved in an accident in the last ...
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  • Distracted Driving Initiatives in California

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Mar 21, 2013

    In our last blog post, we discussed the culture of distracted driving in the U.S. What are we doing to change this culture and make our roads safer for all drivers? Two initiatives to fight distracted driving in California made the news recently. The first initiative is a bill before the California legislature that would strengthen texting while driving bans for teenagers. The bill, SB 194, would ...
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  • CDC Study Finds U.S. Drivers Are Most Distracted Drivers

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Mar 19, 2013

    We all know that too many Americans drive distractedly, but a new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows just how great the problem is. U.S. drivers, it seems, drive distractedly much more often than European drivers. In fact, while 20.5 percent of UK adults admit to driving while talking on a cell phone at least once in the last month (which may seem like a lot), 68.7 percent of ...
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  • St. Patrick's Day Drunk Driving Accidents

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Mar 15, 2013

    When the luck o' the Irish isn't with you... St. Patrick's Day is a time of merriment for many people. A time to wear green and drink green beer at the bars. Yet, when it is time to go home, too many people choose to drive themselves, even though they have had "one too many" drinks. More than 100 people are killed on U.S. roads every year on St. Patrick's Day, many by drunk drivers. Drivers are 21 ...
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  • First Verdict in J&J DePuy Hip Implant Trials: $8.3 Million

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Mar 11, 2013

    The verdict is in: A California jury has awarded $8.3 million to the plaintiff in the first Johnson & Johnson DePuy hip implant case to make it to trial. The jury found that the ASR metal-on-metal hip implant was negligently designed and that the defective design caused injury. It did not, however, award punitive damages since it believed that DePuy took steps to warn of the risks of the hip ...
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  • Are Consumers the Last to Know About Auto Defects?

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Mar 7, 2013

    While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is doing more today than ever before to make auto defects known to consumers, it can take months, even years, before an auto defect report reaches the public. Take, for example, Hyundai's Veracruz and Santa Fe SUVs. The auto manufacturer recalled some of those vehicles in 2011 for defective air bags. Yet, the recall didn't happen ...
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