Sunday, 30 June 2013

String of Accidents Lead to Reduction in Motorcycle Officers

Every San Jose motorcycle accident lawyer is aware that a motorcycle accident can result in catastrophic injuries, that can keep a person off his feet for weeks or months, and even unable to work.  The Bakersfield Police Department is finding this out the hard way.  The Department has seen many of its motorcycle officers involved in accidents, suffering injuries and unable to return to work, which is why it has decided to reduce the number of its motorcycles.
Just a few years ago, the Police Department boasted of a fleet of 25 motorcycles, but the fleet has been dramatically slashed down to just seven motorcycles.  According to the Police Department, there are several advantages that motorcycles offer during traffic enforcement operations, including maneuverability ability as well as a better view of the activity inside a car.  For instance, a motorcycle officer is much more likely to be able to determine whether a motorist is texting.
However, there have been too many risks associated with motorcycle law enforcement.  Many police officers with the Department have suffered serious injuries in accidents, and several of them had to opt for early retirement because of the catastrophic nature of these injuries.  In some cases, motorcycle officers have spent weeks and even months on disability, because of the nature of their injuries.
Since 2009, when the Police Department noticed ever-increasing number of accidents involving its motorcycle police officers, it has been downsizing its fleet.  According to the Police Department, since 2007 alone, there have been 37 police motorcycle accidents that resulted in injuries to the officer.
Motorcycle officers know that riding motorcycles is inherently more dangerous than traffic enforcement using the police car, but the Bakersfield Police Department is now not willing to take more chances on its officers, and has slashed its motorcycle fleet size. 

More Than One in Three Women Worldwide Victims of Domestic Violence

Across the world, more than one in three women is a victim of domestic violence. That data was released by the World Health Organization which also confirmed that women in Asia and the Middle East are most affected by domestic violence.
The World Health Organization report is believed to be the very first study of its kind into the prevalence of violence against women and its impact on female health. The agency estimates that worldwide, as many as 30% of women face violence at the hands of their domestic partners.
The World Health Organization confirms that these are shocking statistics, and it also confirms that these statistics are seen across the world. Overall, data from more than 81 countries was analyzed as part of the study, but the World Health Organization did not single out specific countries for their record on domestic violence against women.
The highest incidence of abuse was reported from Asia, especially from India, East Timor and Bangladesh, where as many as 37.7% of all women are affected by domestic violence. In the Middle East, the rate was almost the same at 37%, while sub-Saharan Africa followed with a 6.6% incidence of domestic violence against women. In high-income countries like the United States and Japan, about 23.2% of women are affected by domestic violence.
The World Health Organization data also strongly links domestic violence to crime. According to the World Health Organization data, as many as 38% of female murder victims are killed by their male domestic partners.
Allegations of domestic violence can have a very disruptive effect on a person’s life.  You may face social censure, and may lose access to your children.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Older Motorcyclists More Likely to Be Injured in Accidents

For years now, researchers and Phoenix motorcycle accident lawyers have known that older and senior motorists are much more likely to be involved in serious or fatal accidents, compared to younger drivers.  Injury risks also seem to be much greater when a senior citizen is riding a motorcycle.
New research published in the journal Injury Prevention finds that when older motorcyclists are involved in an accident, they are approximately 3 times more likely to suffer serious injuries, compared to younger motorcyclists.
The research was conducted by Brown University scientists, who analyzed injury patterns involving motorcycle riders aged 20 and above.  Accidents that occurred in 2001 and 2008 were considered in the study, and in all of these cases, the person suffered injuries that were serious enough to be treated in hospital emergency rooms.
During the study period, the researchers found an estimated 1.5 million injuries among motorcyclists.  The injured motorcyclists were divided based on their age group, 20 to 39, 40 to 59 and 60 and older. 
The researchers found that the number of injuries in all of the three groups increased during the study period, but the motorcyclists belonging to the third group or the above-60 group had the sharpest increase in injuries.  In these people, the injury numbers increased from 4,352 injuries in 2001, to a staggering 15,170 injuries in 2008.
The researchers found that motorcyclists in the third group were as much as three times more likely to be admitted into the hospital after suffering injuries in an accident, compared to riders who were in their 20s and 30s.  Motorcyclists who were in their 40s and 50s were twice as likely as motorcyclists in their 20s to sustain injuries that were serious enough to require hospitalization.