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Study Finds Racial Differences in Car Seat Usage

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Every year, more than 130,000 children below the age of 13 are injured in auto accidents. Although the rates of car seat usage across the country have increased dramatically over the past few years, the fact is that minority children continue to be at risk of injuries. According to a new study, white parents are much more likely to report higher rates of car seat usage to restrain their children safely, compared to nonwhites.

The latest study was conducted by researchers at the University Of Michigan, and the study was published in Pediatrics journal. The study clearly shows that there is a need to target nonwhite groups and other ethnicities in efforts to increase car seat usage among parents.

The study clearly indicates to Burbank car accident lawyers that the race of the parents plays a very significant role in whether the child is placed in the right car safety seat that is appropriate for his size and age. According to the study, which was conducted at two emergency departments in Michigan, the proportions of nonwhite parents who too quickly moved their children to booster seats and seat belts from car safety seats were much higher than those of whites. The rate of transition to booster seats and seat belts was actually three times as high as that for white parents.

Moving your child too quickly from a child car safety seat to a booster seat or wearing seat belts can place a child at risk of injuries, because such transition must always be done in an age and weight-appropriate manner.

Children of nonwhite parents and minority parents are much more likely to place their children in a non-age appropriate child car seat, or position them in the wrong car seat, and these children may be at much higher risk of being injured.

BMW Motorcycles Recalled Due to Fire Risk

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

BMW North America has announced a recall of thousands of motorcycles due to a possible defect that could cause a fuel leakage and a fire.

The recall is affecting approximately 50,184 model year 2005-2011 R-model motorcycles, 2005-2012 K-model motorcycles, 2010-2011 S 1000 model motorcycles and 2006-2010 HP 2 motorcycles. According to the company, there is a defect in these motorcycles that could cause cracks to develop in the fuel pump flange, and as a result, the flange may leak fuel. This could easily pose a serious fire risk.

All owners of the motorcycles that are included in this recall are being asked to visit their local dealers to either replace the pump, or reinforce the flange free of charge.

Riding a well- functioning, well- maintained motorcycle is key to staying safe when riding. Motorcyclists are already at danger of being injured in accidents, caused by other motorists’ negligence, and adverse road conditions, and other factors. Riding a motorcycle that is not 100% safe to ride simply increases your risk of being involved in an accident.

However, it must be noted that most motorcycle accidents that are recorded in the United States every year are not caused due to defective or malfunctioning motorcycle components. Several studies have established that the biggest factor in motorcycle accidents is the failure of motorists to yield to a motorcycle. Motorists often fail to look out for motorcyclists, especially at intersections and other busy areas, and the result is very often a collision that leaves the motorcyclist seriously injured.

Motorcyclists may be at a higher risk of being injured when they are involved in an accident with an automobile, compared to the people in the car. With more motorcycles in California roads now, motorists must take greater precautions and look out for motorcyclists on the road.

Study Points to Beneficial Effects of GDL Laws on Novice Driving Skills

Monday, January 06, 2014

Earlier research has confirmed the benefits of graduated driver’s licensing programs in helping keep novice drivers safe. New research by the California Department of Motor Vehicles and the University Of North Carolina also confirms this fact.

The research used fatal accident data from between 1986 and 2007, and analyzed the data to see the impact of various components of Graduated Driver’s Licensing programs across the nation.

The researchers found that the rate of fatal accidents for 16 to 17-year-olds, were approximately 21% lower when the permit holding period dropped from 9 to 12 months. When these novice drivers had a passenger restriction of no more than one passenger in the car during this period, there was an approximately 50% reduction in fatal accident rates.

An intermediate license age of 16 ½ to 17 years led to a reduction in the fatal accident rate for 16-year-olds, but there was no discernible effect on the accident rate for 17-year-olds. Also, when nighttime driving restrictions for novice drivers prevented these motorists from driving after 10 PM, there was a significant reduction in the fatal crash rate.

The study also found that when minimum learner permit holding periods were extended to at least five months, there was a significant reduction in the fatal crash rate. However, when the minimum learner permit holding period was extended to between nine and 12 months, the reduction was much greater.

What Thousand Oaks car accident lawyers found really surprising was that when the passenger restriction included a limit of just one passenger in the car, there was a much greater reduction in the fatal crash rate, compared to rules that banned passengers altogether from the car. This could be because teenage drivers are much more likely to comply with a one-passenger restriction, than with a no-passenger restriction.


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