Holiday Travel Can Expose Drivers To An Increased Risk of Injury

As November quickly comes to a close, the 2015 holiday season is unquestionably upon on us. For many people, this time of year means traveling to other cities and towns to see family and friends who sometimes live hundreds or even thousands of miles away. According to the United States Bureau of Travel Statistics, the Christmas and New Year holiday period is one of the busiest long-distance travel periods of the year, and 91 percent of long-distance travel in accomplished using a personal vehicle, such as a car. Unfortunately, increased travel often leads to an increased risk of involvement in an accident, sometimes with devastating results for drivers and passengers. For this reason, anyone injured this holiday season should make sure...

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Defective Airbags: When Safety Devices Cause Injury

Modern vehicles often come equipped with many safety devices that are designed to help drivers avoid accidents or reduce the risk of bodily injury in the event that an accident occurs. Airbags are among the most common of these technologies and have become standard with newer vehicles. Unfortunately, defective airbags also have the potential to cause serious injury, as recently illustrated with the debacle surrounding the Takata airbag recall. Fortunately for anyone hurt by a defective airbag, the law often entitles victims of auto accidents to significant compensation. For this reason, anyone injured in a car accident should call a Clearwater auto accident attorney as soon as possible. Defective airbags can often cause car accidents While...

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Will Smith’s ‘Concussion’ Highlights a Growing Problem

Will Smith’s New Concussion Movies Deals With TBI and Helmets Will Smith’s newest film, ‘Concussion’ is likely to become a major blockbuster. Following the effects of severe head trauma in sports combined with elements of a medical thriller, the movie, discussed more here, also brings light to an increasing concern. Traumatic Brain Injuries, or TBIs, are on the rise in the United States. There are many causes for these injuries, including vehicle and work accidents. However, one that is not as well researched is the role of contact sports. Many adults go into professional sports with at least some knowledge of the risks involved. However, there is significant evidence that many football players have not been properly...

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Distracting Technology that can Lead to Car Accidents

. Many different technological devices cause accidents due to distracted driving1 and injured victims have the right to recover for their losses from the distracted driver. Some devices and programs that regularly lead to collisions include the following: Smartphones – Smartphones are perhaps the most ubiquitous technological device of this day and age. Many individuals are attached to these handheld devices and feel the need to be connected to others via text and social media at all times, which can include while driving. Texting, emailing, browsing the Internet, and other activities can cause cognitive, manual, and visual distractions that can lead to serious collisions. GPS systems – GPS systems are helpful because they eliminate the...

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How Video Cameras in Trucks can Help Injured Accident Victims

There is a relatively new trend in commercial trucking involving video cameras in the trucks. Many commercial trucks have had cameras facing the road for some time, however, many companies have recently been installing cameras that face the driver. Some of the larger trucking companies have instituted this practice, thereby increasing the pressure to do so throughout the industry. [1] While truck drivers are speaking out against these cameras and claiming they are an invasion of privacy, the cameras can be an extraordinarily useful tool in the event of a collision. According to a study published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA),[2]  truck driver error is a primary cause of accidents involving commercial vehicles....

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Lyft, Uber and Dangerous ‘Regulation Hopping’

Ridesharing Whip out your smartphone and click open an app. Wow! I can have a ride from my apartment to a nearby restaurant for how much? Technology and new ideas make the American economy function. However, there are many cases where unsuspecting consumers are taken advantage of by those posing as entrepreneurs. Americans love innovators and want to find the best service at the lowest price. This is where the trap of ride-share services come in. The Dark Side of Ride Sharing? Companies like Lyft and Uber burst on the scene over the last several years. Their potential has been lauded in the press and millions of rides have been delivered. However, there has been tremendous concern about the so-called ‘dark side’ of ride sharing....

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Severe Head Injuries in Football and Responsibility

Businessmen playing rugby aka U.S. Football, isolated in white Football in small towns can be a way of life. This sports pastime is a favorite among millions of Americans, played all the way from Pee Wee leagues to the NFL. While the sport is exceptionally popular to both watch and play, the risks that participating represent are not immediately obvious. Open up a newspaper or read on the internet every week and you will see which NFL or college players are sidelined due to injury. You can read about many types of injury that the players and coaches expect to take on at some time in their career, including dislocated joints, ankle injuries, pulled or torn muscles, and others. These different injuries may be common, but some have a more severe...

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Uber Loss Highlights Workers’ Rights in Changing Times

New Technology Does Not Supersede Basic Employees’ Rights Says Court Hammer and sickle isolated on white background. With clipping path. Uber faced a major blow in court recently after those driving using the service sued for benefits. Uber and its similar competitor Lyft have argued that such workers are not employees, but rather contractors. Both have been challenged in court and in two different decisions, federal judges have declared that the decision could only be decided by a jury, rather than a judge. Furthermore, the California Labor Commission’s decision against Uber in June 2015 placed it on even shakier ground. More than likely, unless Uber wins the appeal, they are done in California. There is no way they will be able...

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Guilty Till Innocent – Civil Forfeiture of Criminal Defendant’s Property

Vetted member of the Personal Injury Warriors Crew Our founding fathers set in stone, that our unalienable rights were, well, unalienable. But over time, politicians and even voters have appointed judges with a political bent in favor of curtailing these rights. An example would be that the First Amendment doesn’t protect yelling “fire” in a crowded movie house that is not even on fire, and so on. In fact, it is more than likely fraud, and if someone accused you of doing the yelling and you didn’t, it could even be defamation and so on. Of course, yelling “fire” like that is not really “speech” to begin with, so of naturally there is no First Amendment protection for it. It is sort of like saying...

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Military Surgical Tech Forcible Touching Raises Questions

Vetted member of the Personal Injury Warriors Crew An Airman 1st Class is embroiled in a scandal after it became apparent that he forcibly touched three women. The Air Force Times is quoting a branch press release stating that Michael Lightsey touched the women “for purposes of sexual gratification.” All three of the women were undergoing procedures at the Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, part of the 59th Medical Wing. They were under the influence of anesthesia and found a man in blue scrubs groping them. One woman described the man as taking her hand to rub his genitals. Another testified that the man groped her breasts and sexually assaulter her with his fingers. All three women had similar accounts of such assault. Lightsey...

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