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May 2012 Archives

Safety Groups Push For Wider Ignition Interlock Mandates

Several national safety groups are pushing for a wider adoption of ignition interlock mandates for first-time drunk drivers. Intoxicated driving is one of the most common causes of serious car accidents and studies have shown that the use of an ignition interlock device prevents recidivism.

How the Public Perceives San Francisco Pedestrian Accidents

San Francisco residents were outraged after the recent death of an elderly San Francisco pedestrian who was struck by a cyclist on Castro Street. The cyclist, who will likely face criminal charges and a wrongful death lawsuit, sparked an intense debate about pedestrian safety and the increase of aggressive cyclists on area roads.

Johnson & Johnson Might Pay $1.8 Billion for Risperdal Claims

Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson may have to pay over $1.8 billion to settle claims related to its marketing of its blockbuster antipsychotic drug Risperdal. The drug was once Johnson & Johnson's best-selling drug, generating over $24 billion in 2003.

NHTSA Investigates Deadly Bus Drive Shaft Defect

Federal safety regulators have begun a probe into a possible bus defect which may have contributed to several serious recent bus accidents. Bus accidents are among the most serious types of traffic incidents in California and seriously many people every year.

Michael Kelly Selected as The New President of International Society of Barristers

San Francisco Trial Lawyer Michael A. Kelly was recently elected by the International Society of Barristers as their 2012-2013 President. The International Society of Barristers is one of the three most selective legal honor societies for litigators and has a membership that consists of some of the most elite trial attorneys in the world. Kelly has belonged to the organization since 1999, and previously served as its Northern California membership chair.

Hospitals Adopting Fairer Approach to Medical Malpractice Claims

A new transparent approach to medical malpractice claims management pioneered by the University of Michigan Health System was recently adopted by seven major Massachusetts hospitals. The UMHS approach is called the "Michigan Claims Management Model" and has been recognized as an effective way of helping improve patient safety and addressing unanticipated adverse medical outcomes in a non-adversarial way.

Fiery Alameda County Truck Accident Closes Highway 680

Almost a dozen cars were involved in a serious truck accident in Alameda County late Sunday. Truck accidents are among the most serious types of accidents in the Bay Area because the greater size of a truck makes it more likely that car passengers will suffer catastrophic injuries. The cargo of some trucks could also exacerbate the seriousness of a crash.

Grey's Anatomy Actor Patrick Dempsey Turns Into Car Accident Hero

Grey's Anatomy actor Patrick Dempsey recently took on a new role: car accident hero. The actor was reportedly in his Malibu home when a 17-year-old driver lost control of his Fort Mustang. The teen's Mustang flipped several times and landed in the actor's front yard.