Rollover Crash Victims Suffer Decades of Deadly Influences


Rollover Crash Victims Suffer Decades of Deadly Influences

December, 2013

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:

Attached is my Dec. issue of Care For Crash Victims.

I hope it helps you in your efforts to build a Safer America.

As always your comments are welcome

 

Associated Document:

December 2013 Monthly Report – American Victims

 

 

 

 

 

CDC Violent Death Surveillance System Under counts Vehicle Violence by Thousands


CDC Violent Death Surveillance System Under-counts Vehicle Violence by Thousands

September, 2016

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:

CDC Report:

Please see CDC’s MMWR Report on Violent Deaths that under-counts vehicle deaths by thousands.

“Surveillance for Violent Deaths — National Violent Death Reporting System, 17 States, 2013”

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/ss/ss6510a1.htm?s_cid=ss6510a1_e#T1_down

CDC Response:
When I asked CDC for an explanation, I received the following response:
“Thank you for your question. Here’s information from Dr. Lyons:The reason that motor vehicle deaths look smaller than what you might expect is that in the NVDRS we look at motor vehicle deaths that are specifically associated with violent deaths. The system uses the World Health Organization (WHO) definition of a violent death: “a death resulting from the intentional use of physical force or power against oneself, another person, or against a group or community”. Therefore, motor vehicle deaths as a whole are not collected in NVDRS, only those related to suicides, homicides, deaths from legal intervention (a subtype of homicide where the victim is killed by law enforcement acting in the line of duty), deaths of undetermined intent, and unintentional firearm fatalities.” 
Evaluation of CDC Response:
I then asked Ben Kelley, a long time leader in Public Health and Safety, for his views on the CDC response.
Mr. Kelley offered Dr. William Haddon’s landmark paper published in the Journal of Public Health (copy attached) and the following:

“Violence involves an energy exchange in which the human body is damaged by experiencing an energy onset at intolerable (harmful) levels. A look at Haddon’s “Escape of Tigers” (attached), which is a fundamental guide to public health thinking about injury, makes it clear that there is no distinction, from a public health standpoint, between “intended” and “unintended” violence. Nor is such a distinction useful. Assigning motives or lack of motive to such harm is a very slippery slope. Did the manufacturer of the injurious product “intend” or “want” to hurt someone? Did the errant driver? These are not useful exercises for creating a taxonomy of violence and its injurious consequences. Lenard’s description tells the story: 
“Therefore, motor vehicle deaths as a whole are not collected in NVDRS, only those related to suicides, homicides, deaths from legal intervention (a subtype of homicide where the victim is killed by law enforcement acting in the line of duty), deaths of undetermined intent, and unintentional firearm fatalities.” 

If motor vehicle crash death is not included, why are “unintentional firearm fatalities” and “deaths of undetermined intent”? It’s a nonsensical mishmash, skewed to favor powerful interests, intentionally or not. Violence and the harm it causes is a single “set” and should be treated as such.”

I forwarded Mr. Kelley’s thoughts to CDC and added that I continued to be concerned on behalf of crash victims (past, present, and future) that the CDC continues to minimize deaths and serious injuries from vehicle violence.  I wrote:
“How should American taxpayers view this CDC work that: 1.  relies on a WHO (paid in part by U.S. taxpayers) definition of violent death not an American definition?
2.  creates a data system NVDRS that excludes the daily American tragedies of about 100 deaths, 400 serious injuries, losses estimated at $2 Billion due to vehicle violence here in the U.S.A. today?
3.  continues the CDC travesty of minimizing vehicle violence notoriously exemplified by the CDC removal of “Rollover and Extrication” (one of the most violent vehicle crash modes) from the triage guidelines after CDC acceptance of $250,000 from GM.  Seehttp://www.careforcrashvictims.com/assets/CFCV-MonthlyReport-March2014-2%20.pdf   See also http://www.cdcfoundation.org/what/partners  andhttp://www.cdcfoundation.org/
All this feeds into the growing narrative of government policies being politically rigged.  See https://www.thetrace.org/2016/04/cdc-gun-violence-research-dickey-amendment/

Following Some of The CDC Money:

The work of CDC is often funded by corporate dollars – including GM – through the CDC Foundation.  See the long list of corporate partners at http://www.cdcfoundation.org/what/partners#category-299
And the work of CDC today also is often funded by Foundations that in an age of Pay to Play also have to be considered.  See long list of CDC Foundation Partners athttp://www.cdcfoundation.org/what/partners#category-363
And then there are the CDC Foundation’s Organization Partners.  See http://www.cdcfoundation.org/what/partners#category-365
As the U.S.A. today is historically approaching its 4 millionth death due to vehicle violence, what would the families who have suffered losses think of CDC today?
Lou Lombardo

 


Fwd: Wednesday: Media Conference Call on controversial tired trucker provisions in US DOT funding bills on Senate Floor and House Committee

May, 2016

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:

Media Conference Call Announced for tomorrow to Stop Congress Attacking Truck Safety.  See below to join call.

For many tragic reasons why see list of crash victims at

For State by State Rankings in 2013 from Worst (North Dakota) to Best (Massachusetts) see
http://trucksafety.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/sts2015-state-rankings-ncas.pdf

MEDIA ADVISORY: Media Conference Call – Wed. May 18, 2016 at 10:00am ET

Contact: Bill Bronrott, 202-270-4415, bronrott@gmail.com

 

Victims of Tired Trucker Crashes in ME, AL, GA and IL to Join Truck Driver and

Safety Advocates to Call on Congress to Stop the Attacks on Truck Safety

 

Tired Trucker Provisions in Transportation Spending Bills on Senate Floor This Week,

Scheduled for Mark-Up Wednesday in House Appropriations Subcommittee.  

Both Bills Repeal Obama Administration Hours of Service Rule for Truck Drivers.

 

No Congressional Hearings, No Scientific Review, No Public Input –

No Problem if it’s for the Trucking Industry

 

More Driving and Work Hours + Less Rest Hours = More Crashes, Deaths and Injuries

 

White House Issues Veto Threat Citing Tired Trucker Provision

 

WHAT:        MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL

This week, the Fiscal Year 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Bill (H.R. 2577) is being debated on the U.S. Senate Floor.  Tomorrow the House begins consideration of its spending bill in the House Appropriations Subcommittee on THUD.  Both bills include special truck interest provisions that dramatically increase the working and driving hours of truck drivers.  The Senate bill even expands on the provision pushed by Senator Collins in the last two spending bills to write into law a new 73-hour cap on the weekly driving hours of truck drivers.  The Obama Administration set a 60-hour weekly driving limit.  Both the House and Senate provisions stopping the Obama rule were slipped into the must-pass U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funding bill with no discussion or debate, no independent expert review and no public input.  Yesterday, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a statement threatening a veto of the Senate bill and its “potential to undercut public safety.”

Truck driver fatigue is a well-known and well-documented safety problem identified by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), U.S. DOT and decades of research.  Less than two weeks ago, there were two serious large truck crashes involving tired truckers in Nashville, TN and Charlotte, NC.  Each year about 4,000 people are killed in truck crashes and nearly 100,000 more injured. The NTSB included reducing fatigue related crashes on its 2016 Most Wanted List. Crash victims, law enforcement, trucking industry representatives, and safety advocates oppose these back room deals cut to benefit trucking industry profits at the expense of public safety.

WHEN:       Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 10:00 am ET

 

HOW:         To join the Media Conference Call: 800-875-3456       Verbal Passcode: GILL87137

 

WHO:                        

·      Craig and Kathy Clark, Powder Springs, GA, daughter Emily Clark was killed with four other Georgia Southern nursing students when a truck driver with a history of falling asleep at the wheel ploughed over their car.

·      Daphne Izer, Lisbon, ME, Co-Founder of Parents Against Tired Truckers (PATT), has been advocating for truck safety since her 17-year-old son, Jeff, was killed on the Maine Turnpike by a tired Wal-Mart truck driver who fell asleep at the wheel and ran over the top of the car, killing four.

·      Dana Logan, Cedar Hill, TX, Truck Driver, survived a multiple vehicle truck crash, caused by a fatigued truck driver who had fallen asleep, resulting in the death of five people.

·      IL State Trooper Douglass J. Balder suffered life threatening burns and injuries when a tired trucker smashed into his patrol car, exploding the gas tank.

·      Keiuna Davis, Savannah, GA, wife Jamila Davis was killed on her way to work in Madison County, AL on the morning of February 12, 2016, when a fatigued truck driver, who had fallen asleep, crossed an interstate median into Jamila’s lane of traveling and hit her vehicle.

·      Jackie Gillan, President, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety www.saferoads.org

·      Joan Claybrook, Chair, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH), and former Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

 

WHY:          Special trucking interests are seeking to, once again, overturn the Obama Administration hours of service rule and rewrite a complicated and controversial rule in a must-pass spending bill to benefit corporate trucking interests at the expense of public safety.  Over the past four years for which data is available (2009-2013), there was a 17% increase in deaths and a 28% increase in injuries from large truck crashes. In 2013 alone, the economic cost of truck crashes exceeded $100 billion. (U.S. DOT)

 

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____________________Lou Lombardowww.CareForCrashVictims.com

 

Nader Conference Breaking Through Power on Tort Law


Nader Conference “Breaking Through Power” on Tort Law

September, 2016

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:

With all the wrongdoing that has gone on, and continues to this day, we need to see and hear the people with the experience of righting wrongs.

Who has done more to right more wrongs than Ralph Nader?

Nader is devoting a day of his Conference on “Breaking Through Power” to Tort Law.

He is including Marianne Karth, the mother who lost two daughters in a truck underride crash.  Marianne has worked tirelessly to convert her grief into good so that other Americans need not suffer such tragedies.She has been researching and writing about what happened, its consequences, the historical failures for decades to promulgate solutions, and what can be done to end preventable vehicle violence for all of us – forevermore.  She obtained 20,000 signatures on a petition to President Obama for adoption of a National Vision Zero Goal and delivered them in March 2016.  See http://annaleahmary.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Vision-Zero-Petition-Book-3rd-Edition.pdf

She has taught me to better appreciate the injustice and the inequality of corporate and Federal government policies of weighing people’s lives against corporate dollars.

Attend this Conference and help us all learn how we can advance justice and reduce inequality.  See  http://eepurl.com/cfM1ib
Lou Lombardo

____________________Lou Lombardowww.CareForCrashVictims.com

 

Two U S Senators Call on Honda For Do Not Drive Recall For Air Bag Rupture Defect


Two U.S. Senators Call on Honda For “Do Not Drive” Recall For Air Bag Rupture Defect

July, 2016

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:
Please see Press Release below from Senators Blumenthal and Markey.
 

For Immediate Release

Contact: Maria McElwain (Blumenthal)

(202) 224-6452

Giselle Barry (Markey)

(202) 224-2742

July 26, 2016

 

AFTER NEW DATA REVEALS TAKATA AIR BAG RUPTURE RATES AS HIGH AS 50%, BLUMENTHAL & MARKEY CALL ON HONDA TO IMMEDIATELY ISSUE ‘DO NOT DRIVE’ ORDER FOR VEHICLES WITH THESE AIR BAGS

 

[WASHINGTON, DC] – After new data revealed that Takata air bags in certain Honda and Acura vehicles have a 50 percent chance of rupture in a crash, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) are calling on Honda to immediately issue a “do not drive” order to owners vehicles with these dangerous air bags. In a letter to Honda today, the Senators urged Honda to take the strongest possible action to ensure that vehicles with such air bags are immediately removed from the road before more people are killed. They also called on the company to take additional measures to make it as easy as possible for owners of these vehicles to have this dangerous defect repaired, without having to drive the vehicle to a dealership.

 

“Honda has a responsibility to clearly communicate the danger to consumers so that they understand the grave risks at hand,” the Senators wrote. “A ‘do not drive’ instruction should be conspicuously displayed on any recall notices, as well as this new test data so owners are informed that in the event of a crash, there is a 50 percent change that the airbag will violently explode. This new test data, coupled with the fact that eight of the 10 confirmed U.S. fatalities due to defective Takata airbags were in this subset of vehicles, make it abundantly obvious that a ‘do not drive’ instruction is absolutely warranted.”

 

The Senators first expressed concerns with NHTSA’s limited recalls and testing of Takata airbags in October 2014. They have also called on Takata to recall all vehicles with ammonium nitrate-based airbags, and expressed serious concern about the pace of Takata recalls and repairs. Earlier this year, the senators sent a letter urging President Obama to recall every vehicle with airbags using ammonium nitrate as their propellant, and to use “every tool at his disposal” to accelerate the repair of all vehicles with potentially-lethal Takata airbags.

 

A copy of the letter is available here and below:

 

Dear Mr. Mikoshiba:

 

In light of new test data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealing that certain model-year 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles show rupture rates as high as 50 percent in a crash, we write to urge you to immediately issue a “do not drive” order to owners of this subset of vehicles. This data warrants the strongest possible action that a manufacturer can take to ensure that vehicles with such air bags are immediately removed from the road before more people are killed.

 

As Department of Transportation Secretary Foxx stated following the release of this news, “Folks should not drive these vehicles unless they are going straight to a dealer to have them repaired immediately, free of charge.”[1] In the wake of this announcement, we expected Honda to echo the Secretary’s remarks and quickly follow-up with a “do not drive” instruction to owners of this subset of vehicles.

 

We are extremely disappointed that Honda does not appear to have taken this important step. Honda has a responsibility to clearly communicate the danger to consumers so that they understand the grave risks at hand. A “do not drive” instruction should be conspicuously displayed on any recall notices, as well as this new test data so owners are informed that in the event of a crash, there is a 50 percent chance that the airbag will violently explode. This new test data, coupled with the fact that eight of the 10 confirmed U.S. fatalities due to defective Takata airbags were in this subset of vehicles, make it abundantly obvious that a “do not drive” instruction is absolutely warranted.

 

Additionally, we call on you to take additional measures to make it as easy as possible for owners of these vehicles to have this dangerous defect repaired, without having to drive the vehicle to a dealership. Considering NHTSA has directed consumers “to not drive these vehicles,”[2] we suggest Honda make available mobile mechanics who can travel to where an owner lives or works to conduct the necessary repair; or free towing to the closest repair facility, so that owners will not have to drive these high risk vehicles. As you know, there remains 313,000 vehicles with this very dangerous defect unrepaired, and we believe making such additional options available will be critical to achieving a 100 percent recall completion rate.

 

We urge you to immediately issue a “do not drive” instruction order, on at least this subset of cars with airbags exhibiting substantially higher risk to life. Please let us know by July 31, 2016, what actions you have taken to this end, as well as any other actions you have taken to ensure vehicles with these especially high risk air bags are immediately removed from the roads.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Possible GM Fine: Questions About Both NHTSA and GM and What We Can Do


Possible GM Fine: Questions About Both NHTSA and GM and What We Can Do

February, 2014

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:

Sen. Markey is now inquiring into GM and NHTSA failures to protect American motorists.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/massachusetts-senator-says-highway-safety-agency-fell-down-in-gm-investigation/

 

Joan Claybrook has noted below that a maximum fine by NHTSA may be $17 million.

 

How does a fine of $17 million compare:

  • with 13 crash deaths?
  • with NHTSA’s Enforcement Budget of about $19 million?
  • with open ended GM payments to an un-named law firm it has hired?
  • with GM CEO pay? GM CEO pay is $14.4 million per year.

See http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2014/02/10/gm-ceo-barra-akerson-pay-compensation/5374869/

 

DOT policy values a statistical life at $9.2 million. See attached DOT memo

 

What if there are more than 13 crash deaths?“Thirteen deaths and 31 crashes in which air bags failed to deploy have been linked to the issue.

 

NHTSA said in a statement it has “opened an investigation into the timeliness of General Motors’ recall of faulty ignition switches to determine whether GM properly followed the legal processes and requirements for reporting recalls.”

Separately, The Detroit News has learned that GM has hired an outside law firm to conduct a full review of the issue….

The law firm — which GM officials would not name — is conducting an extensive review of the company’s actions.”

 

Source: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140226/AUTO0103/302260102/0/auto01/Feds-investigating-GM-s-handling-ignition-switch-recall

 

“Washington — Former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Administrator Joan Claybrook said in a letter to the agency on Thursday that because NHTSA hasn’t finalized regulations required by Congress, it might not be able to impose the full $35 million penalty on General Motors Co. if it found the automaker failed to recall 1.62 million older cars for ignition switch problems vehicles in a timely fashion. In fact, $17 million may be the maximum fine.

“NHTSA’s own gross failures to require a recall over the last decade for these vehicles also raise questions about whether the agency can be the cop on the corporate beat, alert to protecting the public safety, as the Congress intended,” Claybrook said.

 

Congress in 2012 said the maximum penalty NHTSA could impose for failing to recall vehicles in a timely fashion was raised from about $17 million to $35 million. But it required NHTSA by Oct. 1, 2013, to issue a final rule describing its interpretation of the relevant penalty factors.

 

“The fact that NHSTA didn’t issue this relatively simple final rule in a timely fashion (and before the GM recall) could put in jeopardy its authority to impose the increased $35 million penalty,” Claybrook said.

 

NHTSA didn’t immediately comment.

 

During the debate over transportation legislation during 2010-2012, NHTSA endorsed a proposal to hike fines to up to $200 million if automakers failed to recall vehicles within five days of determining they posed an unreasonable risk to safety. But the auto industry successfully lobbied to see it reduced to $35 million.”

 

Source: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140227/AUTO0103/302270072/1121/auto01/GM-will-cooperate-with-NHTSA-probe-into-ignition-switch-recall

 

Many questions yet to be answered about the Revolving Door at DOT NHTSA? Industry people now holding high positions of NHTSA Vehicle Safety programs. A long list of high NHTSA officials who have now gone on to lucrative auto industry jobs in law firms, lobbying firms, etc.

 

So many unanswered questions for crash victims, past, present, and future.

 

Can we hope for change for the better? In my comments (attached) before NHTSA earlier this week I pointed out the following:

“in the 5 years under President Obama, Americans suffered many thousands more deaths due to crash injuries – more than 160,000 people – than the number of Americans who died in the Afghanistan, Iraq, Viet Nam, and Korean wars combined. Naturally citizens might think that the White House would have auto safety on its list of important issues. But if citizens go to www.WhiteHouse.gov issues they will be disappointed to find 33 issues listed – but not auto safety. Why?”

 

I also pointed out ways to do better included greater citizen involvement such as was done in the 1970 Clean Air Car Race when students from MIT challenged students from CalTech and all other universities to come up with a Clean Air Car that could meet the Clean Air Act goals of a 90% reduction in emissions proposed by Nixon for 1980 and by Muskie for 1975. The students demonstrated in 1970 that it could be done that very summer of 1970.

 

It was my privilege to present the results to the NAS committee of judges. I did not know the final emission test results yet as we were still testing the student built vehicles in a Cal Tech parking lot. We were experiencing near record smog levels. I was told the Los Angeles Air Pollution Control District trailer in the adjacent parking lot was measuring high levels of Ozone. At a break, I ran over to the trailer and looked at the charts and remarked these are really high levels. A tall owlish gentleman in a three piece suit standing there glowered at me and said “Smog doesn’t bother me one bit!” I was so surprised and shocked that I could feel the hair on the back of my neck bristle.

 

The next morning I had to turn over the final results to the Chairman of the panel who was sitting at a picnic table with other judges. As they were discussing the results with great surprise and pleasure, the Chairman called out Harry come here. Look at what these engineering students have demonstrated. Harry was Harry F. Barr, VP of Engineering, GM — the man who had glowered at me the day before.

 

So let’s get students involved in meeting the Vision Zero crash fatalities goal that NYC Mayor de Blasio has set for the year 2024.

 

Associated Documents:

Comments on NHTSA Strategic Plan

VSL Guidance 2013