Archive for March, 2012
Over the last few years, an interesting trend among motorcycle riders has developed :
Riders are getting older and more affluent.
There’s a good chance that the motorcyclist you see approaching you as you steer your car is likely to have gray hair and a top-of-the-line bike. The image of the mature, well-heeled rider flies in the face of the misconception many folks have about riders as young, speed demons. See: File Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit Massachusetts
A recent study by the consumer research firm Scarborough, which examines the spending habits of the aging Baby Boomer generation, finds that 7 percent of boomers live in a household with a motorcycle. At the same time, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reports that 54 percent of motorcyclists killed in crashes in 2009 were age 40 or older. Ten year earlier, that age group accounted for 41 percent of the fatal motorcycle accidents.
Focusing on a younger group of riders, in 2009 riders under 30 years old accounted for 27 percent of all motorcycle accident fatalities in the United States, according to the NHTSA data. In 2000, 35 percent of the total motorcyclists killed in crashes were under 30.
If you or a loved one is in a motorcycle accident, you will need a personal injury lawyer to protect your rights. As motorcycle accident attorneys in Boston, the lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone understand how devastating serious injuries can be..
A new study finds that women are more likely than men to be injured in a car accident. According to the report, females face a greater risk of car accident injury possibly because cars lack safety features tailored to women.
The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), relied on national traffic accident statistics from 1998 to 2008. Women are not necessarily in more auto accidents, but the design of safety devices like seatbelts and airbags may provide greater protection for men due to their larger size and their preferred seating position, according to the results. The report found that female drivers wearing seatbelts were more likely to be injured and sustained more chest and spin injuries than men wearing seatbelts in similar crashes. See: manhattan beach CA lawyers
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According to the study, women face “a higher risk of lower extreme injuries . as a result of their relatively smaller stature, preferred seating posture and a combination of these factors.” Women drivers using a seatbelt were 47 percent more likely to be injured than a belted male driver in a comparable crash.
While the study is pretty scary for women, the best thing you can do is to pick a car best suited for you. Some cars are a better fit for smaller drivers. Also, sit a safe distance from the air bag, which can cause harm to drivers who are not at least 10 inches away from point where it deploys. Make sure the seatbelt fits comfortably and securely. Make any adjustments if necessary.
Remember, if you are in an accident and sustain injuries, it’s a good idea to speak with a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer. You can be injured in a car accident in an instant, but the effects can last a lifetime. Contact the Law Offices of Mickey Fine to see how we can help.
Another batch of sales reps has sued Novo Nordisk ($NVO) for overtime. The would-be class action suit, which was filed by two reps, is seeking $70 million in overtime pay. Like so many other lawsuits–pending and otherwise–this one alleges a drugmaker misclassified its reps as exempt salaried workers when they should have been eligible for overtime.
As Reuters reports, it’s actually the second overtime suit lodged against the Danish drugmaker. A California firm sued Novo on behalf of one group of reps last summer. This time, it’s a New York firm–Sanford Wittels & Heisler–that’s been involved in several other pharma overtime actions. See: medical malpractice attorneys NC
The new lawsuit comes at a time when the U.S. Supreme Court is preparing to hear arguments in another overtime case. After different appeals courts came up with differing interpretations of the Fair Labor Standards Act–and how it applies to pharma reps–the Supreme Court agreed to consider an appeal in GlaxoSmithKline’s ($GSK) overtime case. Former GSK reps ended up on the wrong side of a Circuit Court ruling–in the Ninth Circuit, which has tended to side with the companies–and the Supremes took up the case.
A host of leading drugmakers have been sued by their reps for back overtime pay. Some companies have prevailed–Bayer, Roche ($RHHBY) and Wyeth, PM Live points out–but others, including Novartis ($NVS), face payouts in the tens of millions. If the Supreme Court contradicts the Ninth Circuit’s ruling, more reps with overtime complaints are likely to turn up in court.
What would you do if your child was injured in a car accident while riding in someone else’s car on the way to preschool in New Mexico? Sound far-fetched? Sadly, many adults fail to use booster seats for children when carpooling in New Mexico and elsewhere.
A recent nationwide study found that 76 percent of 681 parents of children 4 to 8 years old say they use a booster seat for their own child, but only 55 percent use one when driving other children. And when it comes to carpooling, 21% of parents do not insist on a booster seat when their child rides with another driver, according to a study published in the February issue of Pediatrics.
So many factors can come into play if your child is injured in an accident while riding in someone else’s vehicle. At Whitney Buchanan, P.C., a New Mexico auto accident lawyer at our law firm can work with you to individually review your potential case.
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