Improving Government Oversight to Prevent Industrial Accidents

Workers should not have to lose their lives before government regulators take effective action to penalize companies that repeatedly put safety at risk. Yet such disasters as the BP/Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and the Massey Energy coalmine explosion point to breakdowns in the regulatory system designed to prevent industrial accidents. With proper attention to safety records, both the companies themselves and regulators could have seen catastrophic consequences coming. But neither government nor industry took effective action to prevent them.
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Defective Hip Implants Lead to Injuries, Product Recall and Litigation

After patients complained and a few individual product liability lawsuits were filed, Johnson & Johnson announced a recall of hip-replacement implants in August 2010. The defective implants are DePuy ASR hip-replacement products and are manufactured by a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary. The company faces a class-action lawsuit over the defective devices on behalf of the patients who received them.
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Insider Says Government Agency Keeps Roster of Dangerous Truckers

A former trucking regulator with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported that the agency has a list of commercial truck drivers with histories of serious safety violations. This information may bolster victim’s claims against commercial trucking operators, or carriers, in trucking accident lawsuits.
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Federal Safety Agency Proposes Back-up Camera Requirement for Passenger Vehicles

Accidents that kill or injure very young children are particularly troubling. Children who are not yet school age are highly vulnerable to all sorts of dangers – including being run over by a car that is backing up.

The federal data on the prevalence of back-up car accidents is eye-opening. According to estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 228 people are killed in car accidents each year and 17,000 people are injured. The agency’s data indicates that almost half of these deaths – about 100 – are of children under 5 years old. Children in this at-risk age group also account for about 2,000 of the injuries each year.
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Reform is Needed to Make PA Roads Safer — Starting With Ignition Interlock Reform

A respected nonprofit group, the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, has released a report on the safest states to drive in. The report ranked the states based on the 15 traffic laws that the Advocates believe that all states should adopt. The report ranks Pennsylvania among the least safe states to drive in.
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National Organization Investigates Football Helmet Safety Standards

The evidence continues to build about serious brain injuries that athletes can suffer on the field – and, in the case of football, the failure of helmets to provide proper protection. A brain injury is one of the most serious forms of personal injury, with potentially life-altering consequences.
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Pennsylvania Driving Laws Among Loosest in the Nation

Pennsylvania Still Debating Distracted Driving Laws

A respected nonprofit safety organization, the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, has issued a report saying that Pennsylvania is one of seven states that have a “dangerous lack of basic laws” regarding driving safety. This suggests that the state is missing many good opportunities to reduce the number of car accidents.
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Bad Driving Behavior and Pennsylvania Car Accidents

It is a problem we have all witnessed: careless and inconsiderate behavior on the road is almost as widespread as cars themselves. But the behaviors that sometimes only amount to minor annoyances for other drivers in the middle of Montana can have devastating consequences when they cause a crash on Pennsylvania’s well-traveled roads. A variety of bad habits contribute to car accident risk for commuters and other drivers, especially in more populous states, where more vehicles on the road equals more concentrated danger.
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