Every now and then, official government entities launch campaigns and other efforts to fight distracted driving. But other groups are also part of the effort, attempting to promote safety within their circles and make sure that safety comes first.

While many of these efforts happen in other states, anyone who lives in Washington will agree that distracted driving is a serious issue. As I and my colleagues see these efforts having a positive effect in other states’ communities, I find it important to share the news, helping those who follow me and my work to learn more about the risks associated with driving while distracted.

In Wisconsin, an experiment in a high school prompted teens to think twice about using their phones while behind the wheel. But not before they went to the scare of a lifetime.

With each day that goes by, news regarding the DePuy hip replacement recall continues to get worse and worse. Victim’s have been contacting asr hip replacement attorneys and sharing their horror stories regarding their hip implants. Aside from excruciating pain, they’ve also had to deal with lost wages, physical and emotional trauma. The original hip replacement is already a major ordeal for patients to go through, but the revisional surgery requires an even more extensive operation with a lengthy healing period.

To make matters worse, new information has surfaced indicating that Johnson and Johnson, Depuy’s parent company, had issued millions of dollars to orthopaedic surgeons in exchange for promoting their products. These surgeons then touted the products in medical journals and half of them failed to disclose their financial relationship with the manufacturers. Unfortunately, this is a common practice in the health care industry. In 2007, five of the major orthopaedic device manufacturers disbursed nearly $250 million in payments to surgeons.

Now, Johnson & Johnson is engaged in yet another public relations nightmare, bringing their product recall total to 11 in 2010. Considering that these defective hip replacements were implanted into almost 100,000 patients worldwide, you can bet the company is facing a multi-billion dollar class action lawsuit put together by hip replacement attorneys. DePuy announced that the revision rate is 1 in every 8 patients, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that number skyrockets as more and more victims come forward and demand the compensation they rightfully deserve.

By now, you may have already heard about the DePuy ASR Hip Replacement product recall. If you are one of the unfortunate recipients of this defective product, you may be left wondering what to do next.

Within 5 years of receiving a DePuy Hip Resurfacing system, it’s reported that 12-13% of patients need to have revision surgery to correct the damage. If you’ve been experiencing pain, malalignment, infection, dislocation or bone fracture, there’s a good chance that you fall within the category of recipients necessitating correctional surgery.

Because the poorly designed piece exhibits a dangerous amount of friction between the two metal components, tiny fragments of chromium and cobalt ions are released into your body’s soft tissue.

Three people were injured in a Washington auto accident after their van went off the roadway and slid down an embankment. According to King5 News, the single car accident occurred in the 17000 block of State Route 900 in Renton. Washington State Patrol officials said the 2003 Ford Econoline van veered off the roadway and went into a ditch and then struck an embankment. The driver and two passengers were all ejected from the van. The driver was ejected in spite of wearing a seatbelt, officials said. However he sustained the least of the injuries. Two others, who were not wearing their seatbelts, are in serious condition. Troopers believe alcohol was involved in the crash. The driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime in Washington State. According to the Revised Code of Washington Section 46.61.502, driving under the influence is when “a person is guilty of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug if the person drives a vehicle within the state.” It is also illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher.

In such cases, victims can file a claim with the help of an experienced car accident Seattle lawyer against the at-fault party to cover their medical expenses, loss of earnings, cost of hospitalization, therapy and other related damages. This incident is also an important reminder for all of us to wear seatbelts. There is no question that seatbelts save lives.
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A woman was killed in a Washington pedestrian accident after she was struck by a car while crossing a street in Lynnwood, Washington. According to a news report in the Herald Net, the woman was attempting to cross the 5300 block of 168th Street SW, when a car struck her. The injured victim was transported to a Seattle hospital where she died. Officials say the woman was not in a marked crosswalk. They also say that speed doesn’t seem to have been a factor. The car’s driver has not been cited or arrested pending an investigation.

Washington State law requires motorists to yield right-of-way to pedestrians walking in marked or unmarked crosswalks. According to the Revised Code of Washington Section 46.61.235 (1): “The operator of an approaching vehicle shall stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian or bicycle to cross the roadway within an unmarked or marked crosswalk when the pedestrian or bicycle is upon or within one lane of the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or onto which it is turning. For purposes of this section “half of the roadway” means all traffic lanes carrying traffic in one direction of travel, and includes the entire width of a one-way roadway.”

However, when a pedestrian is not in a marked crosswalk or crosses the roadway illegally, then it is very likely the pedestrian’s fault. However, in any Seattle pedestrian accident case, it is extremely important for all aspects of the incident to be analyzed thoroughly so the facts can be determined. It is possible that an unsafe and pre-existing condition here, contributed to the accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Washington pedestrian accident, please contact a Seattle personal injury lawyer to find out more information about your legal rights and options.
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A Seattle father and son, who both sustained major injuries in a DUI car accident, received tremendous support from their community. According to a Fox News report, the driver who struck the father and son was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. The convicted motorist was under the influence of alcohol and drugs when he hit the father and son as they stood on the driveway of their home, causing debilitating injury to both. The son lost his leg in the crash and the father suffered devastating neck and ankle injuries. The family owns a Chinese restaurant in West Seattle, which had to be shut down because of their injuries and inability to work. So far, the family is unsure if and when the restaurant can be reopened.

As we all know, drunk driving is against the law and is a serious crime. What we very often do not hear about is how these accidents affect the families of injured individuals. In this particular case, not only did the father and son suffer catastrophic injuries, but it seems like they have lost the business they worked hard to establish and they’ve lost their livelihood. One man’s decision to get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol and drugs greatly impacted this family’s life. The driver can apologize all he wants. But the young man will never get his leg back. And the family may never get its business back.

When a drunk driver causes an injury accident, he or she can be held not only criminally responsible, but also financially responsible for medical expenses and other costs incurred by the victims or their families. In such cases, injured victims can seek compensation with the help of skilled Seattle car accident lawyers to help cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, as well as costs for any physical therapy or rehabilitation that is needed for treatment of accident-related injuries.
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Allreds Design is recalling about 900 sets of baby bracelets and pacifier clips because they contain high levels of lead, according to a news report in Consumeraffairs.com. The company issued this defective product recall after getting a report of a 10-month-old child who ingested lead from these bracelets and was being treated by a physician for elevated lead levels. Lead can be extremely toxic if ingested by young children and in serious cases, can cause lifelong adverse health effects such as brain damage.

This product defect recall includes Allreds Design brand baby bracelets and pacifier clips sold in sizes 0 to 6 months, 1 to 4 years and 4 to 8 years of age. The baby bracelets and crystal and plastic beads come in various colors with a metal clasp. The items were sold by resale stores and other retailers nationwide from June 2008 through December 2008 for about $5. These items were manufactured in the United States. If you have these defective products in your home, Seattle injury lawyer Kirk Bernard advises that you take them away from your children right away and contact Allreds Design for details about how to get a replacement bracelet or pacifier clip.
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The Washington State Liquor Control Board has issued citations to two Spokane bars in connection with a DUI car crash in December, which resulted in three deaths. According to an Associated Press news report, the driver who caused the head-on collision was “over-served” at the downtown Spokane bars – The Lion’s Lair and the BLVD. Officials say they want the BLVD’s license suspended for a month and are asking for a five-day suspension or a fine against the Lion’s Lair. The drunk driver apparently drove west in the eastbound lanes of the Interstate 90 in Spokane. The drunk driver, as well as two people in the other car, were killed in the collision.

This news, interestingly enough, comes around the same time as when Men’s Health and USA Today released a study listing Spokane 51st among the “Drunkest Cities” in the United States. In fact, Spokane ranked higher than Seattle on this list. By assisting drunk driving accident victims, Seattle auto accident lawyers are working to help lower the city’s ranking as the 64th drunkest city in the United States.
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A pedestrian was critically injured in a Spokane car accident in the South Hill area, according to a KXLY news report. The injury collision occurred at the intersection of 10th and Oak where the victim was hit by a car. The driver of the car fled the scene of the crash. The victim was taken to a local hospital. The pedestrian is believed to have sustained life-threatening injuries. The suspect’s vehicle has been described as a light brown or blue sedan with a loud muffler.

As a Seattle car accident attorney, Kirk Bernard understands the serious consequences of hit-and-run accidents. Leaving the scene of an auto collision is a serious crime in Washington State and is punishable by jail time. According to the Revised Code of Washington Section 46.52.020: “A driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in the injury to or death of any person or involving striking the body of a deceased person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to, and in every event remain at, the scene of such accident until he or she has fulfilled the requirements of subsection (3) of this section; every such stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary.”
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Four people were hospitalized with injuries from a Washington car accident on a collision on Highway 99, The Seattle Times reports. A collision between two cars sent one car off the roadway and into adjacent railroad tracks. Another car rolled over and landed on its roof. The four victims were transported to a Seattle hospital for treatment of their injuries. The extent of their injuries is not known. Drugs or alcohol were not involved in the accident. Seattle police are still investigating the cause of the accident.

In auto accident cases where two or more vehicles are involved, one of the most important questions to ask is, “Who was at fault for the accident?” If the collision occurred at an intersection, it is possible that one of the drivers failed to yield right-of-way at the intersection or ran a red light or stop sign. Seattle car accident lawyers often see first-hand how speed, driving recklessly or distracted driving may be common reasons for collisions taking place.
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