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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

05-05-18    

Help Hale’s Harley-Davidson and Rinehardt Law Firm get the message out! We are giving away over $900 in prizes including a custom fit modular helmet, a riding jacket with inserts, and a reflective backpack with rain gear and other cool gear!

Click like or comment on the post on our Facebook page for a chance to win! Winners will be randomly selected at 6:00 P.M. on May 31 and their names will be posted on our Facebook page.

We will be blogging all month about motorcycle safety. Like our Facebook page so you will be receive updates and notifications. Please share the post on your timeline to help get the word out!

Rules: This promotion is open only to residents of Ohio. You must be 18 or over to win.


Exploding Takata Airbags

03-09-18    

Airbag

Exploding Takata Air Bags

Defective Takata airbags have caused 15 deaths and more than 180 injuries resulting in the largest safety recalls in U.S. history. The recall affects 45 million cars across 19 manufacturers. Although there was initially an attempt to cover-up the problem, the primary objective right now is to get these defective airbags off of the road.

NHTSA Expands Do Not Drive Warning

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced that they are expanding their “do not drive warning” to include additional models of Ford and Mazda with defective Takata airbags. The MY 2006 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series trucks have been added to the “do not drive warning”list. If you have one of these trucks, DO NOT DRIVE IT! Testing showed these trucks pose a grave safety risk.

What Should I Do if I have a Car or Truck on the “Do Not Drive” List?

Contact the manufacturer to schedule a free repair. Ford and Mazda have replacement airbags available now and will tow vehicles to a local dealership. They will also provide free loaner cars, all free of charge. In the Takata air bag recalls, there are priority groups. Parts are only available for certain vehicles starting at certain dates.

Check for Recalls Twice a Year

The NHTSA recommends checking your car’sVehicle Identification Number (VIN) at least twice per year. Your VIN is on the lower left corner of your windshield and also on your car’s registration card. You can also sign up at NHTSA.gov/Alerts to be notified by e-mail if your vehicle is affected by a future recall.

If you or a loved one have been injured due to injuries from shrapnel or shards of metal or debris, contact our team at Rinehardt Law Firm by clicking on the contact us tab or calling 419-LAW-2020 for a free case consultation today.


In Search of Justice: Holding Big Pharma Accountable for the Opioid Epidemic

02-07-18    

Recent news has been inundated with lawmakers and health care providers discussing the opioid crisis and what to do about it, very important and complex issues with no easy answers.

But what we don’t see often discussed is what caused this epidemic to begin with? The answer is astonishingly simple. We, the American people and our medical doctors are victims of fraud at the hands of a number of pharmaceutical companies.

We didn’t get here overnight. This fraud has been perpetrated on the American people over the scan of two decades. We have finally reached a tipping point where the problem can no longer be ignored. We all know someone who has been affected by this crisis. We have seen the devastation it has caused to families in our communities.

How did they do it?

Certain drug companies, like Purdue Pharma, maker and aggressive marketer of OxyContin, intentionally misled doctors with aggressive marketing-including pamphlets, posters, advertising, promotional videos, and direct sales tactics. Although Opioids have never been proven appropriate to treat chronic pain because they carry a high risk of addiction and death, these promotional materials were filled with lies telling doctors the risk of addiction to opioids is miniscule.

Sales reps for the companies were paid huge bonuses and were encouraged to disseminate false information to physicians.The companies went so far as to hire researchers to publish articles based on junk science. The most often quoted “scholarly article” used by the companies to support their claim that the risk of addiction was low is a three-sentence letter to the editor of the New England Journal of Medicine stating so.

Why did they do it?

Again, the answer is simple. The almighty dollar. In 2010 alone, Purdue generated $3.1 billion in revenue from Oxycontin sales. Other drug makers benefited too.

What can we do?

Ohio has already brought a lawsuit alleging negligent misrepresentation, fraud, and unjust enrichment. But the state isn’t the only one harmed by big Pharma’s fraud.County and City governments have paid huge costs as a result of this crisis too, and should also seek justice from the appropriate drug companies through the courts. The drug companies need to pay our communities back not only for what we have already paid in direct and indirect costs for this crisis, but also for the future costs to repair the damage that has been done. We need to take a stand.


Driverless Cars Coming Soon: Lives Will be Saved

02-02-18    

Driverless Car

We have all heard that driverless cars are on the horizon. GM is currently testing a car with no steering wheel or pedals that it says will be ready for the roads in 2019. “Connected” vehicles are also in production, meaning cars will be equipped with Wi-Fi and other communication technology that enables them to share data with other connected vehicles, connected infrastructure and the driver’s smart phone. Many of today’s motor vehicles are already equipped with life-saving technology that helps drivers avoid drifting into adjacent lanes, warns drivers of obstacles when they are backing up, or brakes automatically if a vehicle ahead slows or stops suddenly.

Benefits of Automation

The main benefit of automated vehicles is safety. According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 94% of serious crashes are due to human error. More than 35,000 people died in motor-vehicle crashes in 2015. By removing human error, automated vehicles will save thousands of lives and reduce injuries. In addition, automated vehicles have the potential to smooth traffic flow and reduce traffic congestion, saving time and money. New technologies will allow vehicles to constantly transmit and receive information about traffic flow, road conditions, accident, weather, and other driving hazards. Automated vehicles may also provide new mobility options to millions of Americans who are unable to drive due to disability or other limitations.

Ohio is on the Cutting Edge of Automated Safety Technology

DriveOhio, an initiative of the Ohio Department of Transportation, is the state’s new center for Smart Mobility-using the emerging technologies to move people and things from point A to point B in the safest, most cost-effective way. Since 2011, Ohio has invested $14 billion in infrastructure projects, making Ohio’s infrastructure among the safest and most “autonomous ready” in the country, including a 35-mile Smart Mobility corridor. Public and private entities are working together to design, develop, test and use autonomous and connected technologies.


Top Ten List of Most Dangerous Toys of 2017

12-13-17    

Safety word

In the frenzy of shopping for Christmas gifts, remember to think about child safety. Don’t assume that a toy is safe just because it is on the toy store shelves. There are a range of popular toys that can seriously injure or even kill children.

There are thousands of avoidable toy-related injuries each year. The toy industry does not always put children’s safety before profits.

Every year before Christmas, a non-profit organization known as the World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H.) compiles a list the most dangerous toys on the market based on a review of the most recent childhood injury and fatality statistics.

Their top ten most hazardous toys for 2017 are:

1. Fidget spinners contain small parts that can be a choking hazard to children

2. Pull Along Pony, which has a 19-inch cord, raises concerns of strangulation in children of all ages

3. Heel Wheels are strapped to kids’ shoes as roller skates, but pose a burn risk because they include ‘real sparking action’.

4. Slackline, a toy meant to hang between tow trees, can lead to severe injury and death.

5. The Wonder Woman sword could potentially cause blunt-force and bodily injuries.

6. Itty Bittys Baby Stacking Toy includes small and larger rings that pose a risk of strangulation and suffocation.

7. The Oval Xylophone includes a wooden stick that may cause bodily injury.

8. ‘Zombie Strike’ crossbow raises the risk of eye and face injuries with its pressurized pull back lever.

9. The Spider-Man drone includes multiple rotating blades that can lead to eye and other bodily injuries.

10. Brianna Babydoll is a potential choking hazard as it includes small accessories.

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