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Blog Posts in April, 2011

  • Fewer People Are Dying in Motorcycle Accidents

    Up until 2009, there was a steady increase in motorcycle crash fatalities across the country. The number of fatalities increased every year for eleven years. Only in the last two years has there been a decrease in motorcycle accident deaths. A recent report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) found that between 2009 and 2010, motorcycle accident fatalities dropped 2 percent. In ...
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  • Surgery Performed on Wrong Eye of Four-Year-Old

    Medical malpractice can take many forms, but one of the most feared by patients is the operation on the wrong body part. It was recently reported that a four-year-old boy who went in for surgery on his eye came out with the surgery performed, but on the wrong eye. The surgery on the wrong body part took place on April 13th. When the surgeon realized her mistake, she immediately performed the ...
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  • Recall for a Million Ford Pickup Trucks with Airbag Problem

    In February, Ford Motor Company announced that it would recall around 150,000 F-150 pickup trucks. Following that announcement, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration pushed for Ford to expand its recall, saying that safety concerns warranted recalling a million vehicles. At first Ford balked, but after the NHTSA said it would hold a rare public hearing on the matter, Ford changed its ...
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  • Inexperience, Not Recklessness, Causes Most Teen Car Crashes

    When most people think of teen drivers involved in vehicular crashes, they assume that alcohol or reckless driving are involved. However, a new study that examined 795 serious crashes involving 822 teen drivers found that the vast majority of these car accidents were caused by the teenagers' inexperience behind the wheel. The study was recently published in the journal Accident Analysis and ...
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  • Whistleblower Awarded $4.5 Million

    Recently, the IRS awarded an in-house accountant $4.5 million for his role as a whistleblower. The CPA discovered an underreported tax liability that resulted in the IRS collecting $20 million from a financial services firm. There are many provisions in both the federal and state statutes that provide rewards for individuals who serve as whistleblowers and help the government recover money from ...
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  • Pampers Recalls Pacifiers

    According to multiple national safety reports, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Key Baby LLC recalled approximately 30,000 Pampers Natural Stages Infant Ortho and Bulb Pacifiers. The pacifiers were voluntarily recalled on April 5, 2011, for the unreasonable choking hazards that the product posed to young children, toddlers and infants. The national product recall was issued ...
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  • Toyota Unexpected Acceleration Crash Case Goes to Trial

    There are going to be a lot of car accident lawsuits against Toyota Motor Corporation for a long time to come. In addition to cases filed in Florida, most state and federal jurisdictions in the United States have probably had a case filed against Toyota involving a sudden acceleration crash. As reported previously in this blog, all of the federal cases against Toyota have been consolidated into ...
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  • Sixty-Year Low for Car Accident Fatalities

    New numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that traffic fatalities across the country for 2010 were at the lowest level since 1949, when many fewer cars were on America's pre-interstate roadways. What was even better news was that the reduction was not attributable simply to less driving due to the recession and skyrocketing gas prices. Between 2009 and 2010, for ...
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