Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members: Legal Reader has kindly published an article I submitted (pro bono) that tells a brief story on how just months after I retired from NHTSA to work on improving care for crash victims, I learned an important insight on rollover deaths, injuries, and the corporatized legal system. Please see how I learned an important lesson.
The latest published NHTSA data is for the year 2018.
Table 115 attached shows that in that year 6,514 Americans died in Rollover crashes. Data is also available there for occupants of cars, trucks and vans by State and Vehicle Type. Rollover crashes also result in many thousands more serious injuries each year such as spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries,
Hopefully publishing this story will help build a Safer America. Lou
Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members: The work of a Washington Post Political Cartoonist Mr. Tom Toles has inspired me to write an article advocating that the media give the people just a little more information on the judicial branch. Legal Reader has kindly published an article that I submitted “pro bono”. See it at https://www.legalreader.com/we-the-people-can-fight-for-justice/ I ask that the media adopt a practice of naming the judges and Justices in articles on decisions and adding an asterisk indicating the party that nominated them to the courts as follows: (R*) or (D*).
Some may think this will politicize the Judiciary. I believe not to do so is to perpetuate a myth that the courts are apolitical. It leaves people in the dark – Blind, Ignorant, Gullible and vulnerable to BIG powerful interests. My experience and the current state of affairs suggests we the people need this information to be more knowledgeable citizens. I welcome your comments. Thanks, Lou
Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members: Sad to report the passing of a great auto safety leader Dr. Rolf Eppinger. His work leaves a legacy to humanity that continues to prevent tragedies world wide. Legal Reader kindly helped get the word out.
Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members: Legal Reader has published a Pro Bono article I submitted on the 2020 Election. It gives me no pleasure to write this article, but I believe the public needs to know what is happening to us, and how, and why.
We are living and dying from the invisible violence of the corona virus. By Earth Day April 22, 2020 the virus has resulted in more U.S. deaths in 2020 than are killed in car crashes in an average year.
I have just written an article published by Legal Reader on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day.
The idealism of the months after the first Earth Day that I observed was exciting. I had the privilege of participating in the Clean Air Car Race that summer. I described my experience at
The idealism expressed on and after Earth Day was soon subverted. Months later the loss of Public Health protections began under the Nixon Administration. The Nixon Administration transferred the air pollution program, in which I worked, from the PHS to the new EPA at the end of 1970.
EPA managers were heard to make sick jokes celebrating the downgrading of the mission from protecting people to protecting birds and bunnies.
Within a year, auto company executives were meeting with Nixon seeking relief from auto standards on air pollution and safety. See
More historical landmark documents of the times are at