Cell Phone Ban Not Enough, Texting While Driving Up By Half Since Last Year

A recent study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration denotes that 2 out of every 10 drivers admit to replying to emails and text messages while conducting a vehicle.

Recent efforts to ban the use of cellphones while driving has yet to catch on all across the Nation since statics indicate that the rise in use of handheld devices in the last year has resulted in an even greater number of fatal accidents. Such fatalities could have possibly been avoided if drivers kept their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.

The agency’s survey revealed that most drivers of every age group admitted they would answer a phone call while handling a vehicle and didn’t feel they were doing anything wrong. Half of the individuals interviewed by the agency who were 21 to 24 years old confirmed they engaged in texting while driving.

The government agency leading the studies voices a strong opinion regarding this matter: only education won’t change this picture. They confirm that only steady law enforcement and strong laws will keep drivers safe from distracted driving.

Educational campaigns demonstrating the dangers of cell phone use combined with a strict police ticketing system has proven to work before, it’s time this will happen again across the nation.

As a Seattle personal injury lawyer, I urge all drivers to stay away from the temptation of using your cell phones while driving. Maintaining the focus on the road will save your life and the lives of others.

Personal injury lawyers should be of great assistance whenever you feel like you were the victim of the distracted behavior of others, don’t hesitate in contacting one whenever you need to.

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Honda Issues An Extension To A Previous Recall Due To Faulty Air Bags

An expanded recall of over 273,000 vehicles was added to an earlier recall of certain models from both Honda and Acura. According to recent news, the driver’s air bags may allegedly deploy with an intense force posing injury threats. Some cases may lead to the driver’s death.

The reports show that the company will replace all faulty airbags free of charge. All owners must make an appearance at a Honda dealer so they can fix the issue right away. The alleged extended recall was issued for the 2001 to 2003 Civic, the 2001 to 2002 Accord, 2002 Odyssey, 2002 to 2003 Accura 3.2 TL, 2002 to 2003 CR-V and the 2003 Accura 3.2 CL.

Many incidents have been reported to the carmaker and because of that, the extension of this recall was seen as a necessary act. All vehicle owners will be receiving letters from the company regarding the extended recall in the near future.

As an Everett car accident lawyer I urge all Honda drivers to check their vehicle models and see if their car is part of the recall. Personal injury lawyers urge all readers who happen to own a vehicle with faulty air bags to contact the dealership as soon as possible. Do not delay.

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FDA Issues A Dog Food Alert

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is releasing a National warning regarding a certain kind of chicken strips or treats that can pose serious health hazards for dogs.

According to recent news, there are some cases the contaminated strips can present life-threatening risks to pets.

The products that have been under investigation are marketed mostly as chicken tenders, treats or strips. The number of complaints regarding the several canine illnesses caused by the consumption of the alleged contaminated treats is increasing, pushing the FDA to look into the matter with more dedication and attention.

The FDA assures consumers the probably contaminated product is manufactured only in China. Some of the health issues linked to these products include an increase of sugar in the dog’s blood (Fanconi syndrome) and kidney failure. Sick animals sustain certain symptoms like vomiting, decreased activity, diarrhea and increased water consumption.

As a Federal Way personal injury lawyer, I urge pet owners in Washington to make sure the treats they purchase come from trustworthy sources.

Personal injury lawyers are aware that a dog’s health is always a priority to its owner. For more information on future recall news, stay tuned to this blog by returning to this address regularly.

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Cell-Phone Ban Is A Strong First Step But Shouldn’t Be The Last

Most commercial bus and truck drivers know all handheld cell phone use while at the wheel has been banned. Many different news sources say that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or FMCSA put the ban in place after a need to emphasize that no cell phones were to be used during the time drivers were supposed to keep their eyes on the road.

Critics claim that while this regulation is a strong first step in the struggle to eradicate accidents related to distracted driving, it shouldn’t be the only one. Road education is the real issue and it should be taken seriously by the authorities according to an official from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

As a matter of fact, distracted driving encompasses not only the occasional use of handheld devices but also many other factors that haven’t even been openly discussed by most authorities. News sources say a culture change for all types of drivers is the only way to go about creating a safer traffic for all.

Curbing risky behaviors is effective but there must be an extensive effort to educate the entire population about traffic laws and the dangers of distracted driving.

As a Renton car accident attorney I hope that other agencies like the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will do more to educate the population. Contact a personal injury attorney so you can ask any questions regarding a personal injury case but do so as soon as it happens, don’t delay.

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Recall Issued For Black Bean Tortillas

According to recent news from various outlets, the company United Natural Foods, Inc. is issuing a recall of black bean tortillas in the State of California. This is yet another case of possible botulism bacteria contamination to haunt the press.

The Rhode Island-based company announced along with the Food and Drug Administration that there hasn’t been any illnesses reports linked to the consumption of this item but they have decided to go along with the recall anyway.

The reports from the different articles have stated that the recalled item was distributed to Safeway stores. Although this was not a nationwide recall, I believe readers should be aware of any food recall that goes on even only in a local scale. We never know when products that might have been recalled in the past will make it to our table.

As a Seattle personal injury lawyer, I hope that nobody will get sick from consuming contaminated food products. Unfortunately, more often than ever, personal injury attorneys have to deal with sad cases of individuals who fall fatally ill after consuming contaminated products poorly inspected by the manufacturers.

Don’t delay and call your attorney right away.

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Possibly Mislabeled Seafood under FDA Investigation

According to many news outlets, there is an investigation being held by the Food and Drug Administration regarding the mislabeling of seafood packages that come from all over the world. Many cases of seafood species being packed and labeled as something else have been allegedly reported.

The seafood trade association has been reportedly discussing the issue in a recent conference. The DNA tests will start being held by the FDA soon. They will be using many samples of fish from warehouses and distribution centers. Imports will also be targeted. The NFI claims that the most advanced DNA bar coding technology will be put to good use for the testing. The genetic material is taken from each fish sample, is compared against all the gene fragments in store and then determined whether labels match the species inside the packages.

Regarding the mislabeling errors, FDA firmly believes that most of it must have happened after the product left the manufacturer’s facilities. According to reports, they think the mistake took place at the retail level.  A staggering number of 1,000 seafood samples will be tested.

As a Seattle personal injury attorney, I hope that cases of personal injury related to product mislabeling will end drastically after this extensive investigation. If you ever find yourself a victim in a similar case, don’t delay in contacting a personal injury lawyer in your area.

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Possibly Mislabeled Seafood under FDA Investigation

According to many news outlets, there is an investigation being held by the Food and Drug Administration regarding the mislabeling of seafood packages that come from all over the world. Many cases of seafood species being packed and labeled as something else have been allegedly reported.

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Regarding the mislabeling errors, FDA firmly believes that most of it must have happened after the product left the manufacturer’s facilities. According to reports, they think the mistake took place at the retail level.  A staggering number of 1,000 seafood samples will be tested.

As a Seattle personal injury attorney, I hope that cases of personal injury related to product mislabeling will end drastically after this extensive investigation. If you ever find yourself a victim in a similar case, don’t delay in contacting a personal injury lawyer in your area.

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Bagged Spinach Recalled Due to Salmonella

In a press release, Church Brothers, LLC, in conjunction with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), announced the voluntary recall of their 2.5-pound bags of clipped spinach due to the potential presence of Salmonella.

This recall is all 2.5-pound bags of clipped spinach contained in clear packaging and marked with the manufacturer code A279 47166 and “best by” date of 23 October of this year. The recall was initiated as a precautionary measure after a random USDA Microbiological Data Program sampling test procedure revealed a single bag to be positive for Salmonella. Neither the FDA nor Church Brothers has received any reports of illness in relation to this recalled spinach.

Salmonella is an organism that can result in severe and occasionally fatal infections in young children, the elderly or those with otherwise weakened or compromised immune systems. Healthy individuals that are exposed to Salmonella may experience symptoms such as fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

Steve Church, of Church Brothers, stated, “We are cooperating closely with the US Food and Drug Administration and California Department of Public Health to ensure prompt removal of product associated with the recall. While we are not aware of any illnesses associated with this product, it is important that we act quickly based on random sample results in order to reduce any risk to public health.”

Consumers are being urged to either destroy or return the potentially contaminated product to the company.

As a Federal Way personal injury attorney, I’ve seen recalls similar to this in the past and the devastating effects they can have on those affected by the contaminated food product. If you’ve been injured through the consumption of a contaminated food product, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal rights as a consumer.

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FDA Upgrades CareFusion Ventilators Recall to Class 1

In a press release, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the upgrade in classification of the recall for CareFusion Corp’s EnVe ventilator units to Class-1, the most severe designation given by the agency.

CareFusion, a drug-delivery systems and respiratory equipment manufacturer, initiated a voluntary recall of the ventilator units last months due to an issue with potential disconnection during transport. A notice was sent to 29 customers in pediatric and adult critical care. The failure to adequately ventilate patients with severe respiratory problems could potentially result in serious neurological injury or even death. The recall affects only the EnVe ventilator units manufactured in the period between December 2010 and May 2011. CareFusion is currently working to correct and update the hardware and software on the affects units.

Class-1 recall designations are issued in situations where the agency finds there is reasonable probability that use of or exposure to the recalled product could cause severely adverse health consequences or death.

As a Vancouver personal injury lawyer, I’ve seen recalls similar to this in the past and know the dangers these defective products pose to consumers. I hope that by making this information more readily available, potential injury can be avoided in the future. If you’ve been injured through the use of a defective medical device, it may be in your best interests to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area.

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Mercedes-Benz Recalled Due to Leaky Diesel Fuel Filter

In a press release, giant automaker Mercedes-Benz, in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), announced the recall of certain diesel models including the 2011 E-, ML-, and R-Class and the 2012 S-Class due to potentially faulty diesel fuel filters that may leak near a heating component and pose a fire hazard to consumers.

This recall affects roughly 6.900 vehicles that use the faulty diesel fuel filters. Neither Mercedes-Benz nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated whether they have received any reports of injury in association with this recall. The safety recall was initiated after it was discovered that pressure could build up to level that the diesel fuel filters are unable to handle. This could potentially allow fuel to spill onto the roadway, where it could pose a threat to other drivers and result in accidents, or allow fuel to leak in the presence of an ignition source and pose the risk of fire to consumers.

The recall is slated to being in November. The company is planning to contact affected vehicle owners. Dealers will inspect and replace the defective fuel filter for free.

As a Federal Way car accident lawyer, I’ve seen recalls of this nature in this past and understand the dangers they pose to drivers. If you’ve been injured in an accident that was caused by a defective auto part, contact a personal injury lawyer in your city to learn more about your legal options.

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