Blog Posts in March, 2013

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  • What Risks Do California Teens Face On The Road?

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 28-Mar-2013

    Teen drivers in California face an elevated risk of car accidents. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, traffic accidents are more common among 16- to 19-year-old drivers in our state than any other age group. Many factors increase teens’ susceptibility to car crashes, including: Lack of skill. Because teens are just starting to drive, they lack many of the driving ...
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  • House Transportation Committee Asks For Delay in Implementing New Trucking Safety Rules

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 26-Mar-2013

    The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee recently asked the U.S. Department of Transportation to delay implementation of a new set of rules designed to cut down on fatigue among commercial truck and bus drivers. The request, signed by members of both political parties, mirrors one sent in January by the American Trucking Association (ATA). While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety ...
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  • Distracted Driving Is A Multi-Layered Problem

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 22-Mar-2013

    Recent awareness campaigns in California and many states have raised the profile of “distracted driving.” Most drivers, if asked, can explain that distracted driving often involves cell phones or texting and that it’s important to pay attention to the road when you drive. However, many drivers don’t identify other common types of distractions as a problem – even when ...
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  • Snorkeling Masks For Kids Recalled Due To Laceration Risks

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 20-Mar-2013

    The Martinique LX Jr. Youth Snorkeling Mask sets sold at Costco have been recalled, according to a bulletin from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The tempered glass that makes up the lens of the snorkeling mask can break under certain conditions, creating a risk of cuts or other damage to the child’s face. So far, Aqua Lung Inc., which manufactures the face masks, has ...
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  • Trucking Industry Expects Truckload Growth to Increase, Bumping Up Accident Risks

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 14-Mar-2013

    The trucking industry expects the number of truckloads of cargo on the roads to increase 3 to 5 percent in 2013, according to a recent article in Trailer Body Builders. This increase in cargo loads is good news for the trucking industry, but it also means the number of fully-loaded tractor-trailers on the roads will increase, which in turn raises the risk for serious accidents. If you’ve ...
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  • Subaru Recalls Vehicles Due to Remote Starter Problem

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 12-Mar-2013

    Subaru of America, Inc. and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have announced a recall of over 47,000 Subaru vehicles in the U.S. The recalled vehicles are equipped with remote starters, which may accidentally start the vehicles on their own, leading to vehicle problems or injuries. The recall affects only those vehicles with remote start, not those with key fobs to unlock ...
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  • U.S. Continues to Grapple With Speeding-Related Traffic Deaths

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 8-Mar-2013

    Speed is a major source of serious car accident injuries and deaths, as every hardworking San Jose car accident attorney well knows. Unfortunately, little progress has been made in recent years in curbing speeding-related fatalities in the United States, according to a recent report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). A 2012 GHSA study found that speeding continues to cause about ...
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  • Anemia Drug Omontys Recalled After Allergy-Related Deaths

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 6-Mar-2013

    The drug Omontys, which is used to treat anemia in kidney dialysis patients, has been recalled by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and its manufacturers, Affymax and Takeda Pharmaceuticals. According to a recent article in The New York Times, there had been reports that three patients suffered severe allergic reactions to Omontys, which resulted in their deaths. According to the FDA, ...
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