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CDC: Seat Belt Use Reaches 85 Percent

January 5, 2011  ·  By HM&M


Recently, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention released encouraging statistics regarding seatbelt usage. As a Chicago area personal injury lawyer, I am thrilled by the news that seatbelts are used by “nearly six in seven U.S. adults.” (Atlanta AP, 1/14).

To put the results in perspective, 85 percent of adults said they wore seatbelts, which is up four percent from 2002, but is a dramatic increase from 1982 when only 11 percent of adults wore seatbelts. The first state law requiring seat belt use was passed after 1982, which kicked off the trend.

The CDC also reported Tuesday that there has been a marked ” decline of more than 15 percent in non-fatal vehicle crash injuries from 2001 to 2009. The government previously reported traffic fatalities fell in 2009 to 33,808, the lowest number since 1950.”

All statistics are pointing in the right direction, thanks, in large part, to the laws passed to make our highways safer.

January 5, 2011

GM Recalls Almost 100,000 Vehicles Due to Two Issues

General Motors Co. is recalling nearly 100,000 vehicles “to fix two problems that could cause the rear axle to lock and the passenger-side airbag not to work.” (NY AP, 12/23). The airbag recall affects 2005 to 2007 model year Cadillac CTS. The axle recall affects the 2011 model year versions of the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet... Read More

January 5, 2011

A Record Year for Heatstroke Deaths

As a Chicago personal injury attorney, I am saddened by this story, and hopeful that the dim statistics will change in the future. Despite “repeated efforts to alert parents and caretakers about the dangers of leaving children and infants in automobiles on even moderately warm days,” heat stroke deaths continue in distressingly large numbers. (P.... Read More

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