Thursday, July 21, 2011

New CDC Analysis of Distracted Driving in U.S., Europe

A new analysis by the CDC examined the frequency of cell phone use and texting while driving in the United States and several European countries within Europe. Among the findings:

Overall, 25% of drivers in the United States reported that they talk on their cell phone "regularly" or "fairly often" while driving. Younger age groups had higher use, with nearly 40% of those ages 18 to 29 reporting that they talk on their cell phone "regularly" or "fairly often" while driving.

The percentage of European drivers who reported using the cell phone "regularly" or "fairly often" while driving ranged from 21% in the Netherlands to 3% in the United Kingdom. Read more.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Welcome Mike McDonnell! Plus July Newsletter

Michael McDonnell, one of the state's most experienced trial attorneys, has joined the Law Firm of Stephen M. Reck.  We're so pleased to have Mike on our team.  He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in all types of personal injury cases and knows how to build a winning case. 

Also, it's that time of the month: newsletter time!  You'll find lots of good info in our July newsletter. Read it here.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Hospitals Do Better When Run by Doctors

In its "Well" blog, the New York Times examined new research published in the journal Social Science & Medicine that found that "overall hospital quality scores were about 25 percent higher when doctors" rather than business administrators ran hospitals, and "for cancer care, doctor-run hospitals posted scores 33 percent higher." The research is "based on a review of 300 top-ranked American hospitals in the specialties of cancer, digestive disorders and heart surgery" and was done by senior researcher Amanda Goodall of the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, Germany. She "said the finding was consistent with her research in other fields, which has shown, among other things, that research universities perform better when led by outstanding scholars and that basketball teams perform better when led by former top players." Still, she said she "was surprised by the strength of the finding."