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Still skeptical about seat belt use? Read this.

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Do you wear a seat belt while driving or riding in a vehicle?

Despite known safety advantages of wearing a seat belt, about 1 in 10 people only use one occasionally or not at all. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 90.1 percent of drivers and front-seat passengers wear a seat belt. In 1981, only 11 percent buckled up.

Bike helmets have their limits

A bicyclist’s safety is greatly impacted by how the drivers around them act. Negligent conduct by drivers can lead to bicyclists getting hit. Among the harms bicyclists can suffer in such accidents are brain injuries.

Brain injuries vary in their type and in their overall effects. So, there are a wide range of medical and care needs a bicyclist could have following suffering head trauma in a traffic crash. The legal needs of such individuals also vary, as they are affected by the circumstances of the crash and what particular legal issues these circumstances raise. So, well-tailored legal guidance is among the things it can be important for a bicyclist to seek out following suffering a brain injury out on the roads.

Pedestrian safety getting special focus in California this month

It is currently California Pedestrian Safety Month. This is the second year in a row that September has been given this title by authorities in California. The campaign is aimed at upping pedestrian safety awareness among both pedestrians and drivers.

Pedestrian safety is a very impactful issue, given the severe consequences pedestrian accidents can have. Pedestrians can receive life-altering injuries from such crashes. And sometimes, such accidents take lives. Nearly 900 pedestrians died out on California's roads last year.

California in the top 10 for worst drivers

How a given driver acted can be a very important issue in legal actions related to car accidents. It can impact what sorts of arguments and options crash victims who are bringing such actions are able to pursue. It is also, however, an issue that can sometimes be difficult to determine. Finding clear evidence on how a driver acted isn’t always easy. The possibility of challenges arising in relation to proving how certain parties acted in a car crash is among the things that make it so having good legal guidance can be an incredibly important thing for a car crash victim when pursuing compensation.

How drivers in an area act in general can also be an important matter. It can impact overall traffic safety in that area. In a previous post, we noted that Sacramento was identified as having the country’s worst drivers in a report. How is California as a whole doing when it comes to driver safety?

Many Parents Are Worse Driving Role Models Than Think

There are many areas in which a child might follow the example of their parents. This includes in their driving habits. So, it can be crucial for parents to set a good example for their teens when it comes to driving responsibly.

Unfortunately, a recent survey indicates that many parents may be overestimating how good of a role model they are being for their teens regarding safe driving. In the survey, both teens and parents were polled.

"The E-Cigarette Disaster" recently published

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E-cigarettes are a popular alternative to traditional cigarettes. Many people use these devices because they are perceived to be a safer than cigarettes. But how safe are they?

Todd Walburg, attorney at Cutter Law P.C., recently published an article in the summer 2017 edition of The Verdict. The Verdict is published by the Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association.

Federal bill could change what break rules apply to some truckers in California

Trucking regulations don’t just come at the federal level. There are also various state regulations that can apply to truck companies that operate here in California. What state rules applied to a truck company involved in a California truck accident can have major ramifications in legal actions brought by victims of the crash. It is among the things that can impact whether any such regulations were violated leading up to the accident. This, in turn, could have impacts regarding liability.

What state regulations apply to truck companies that operate here in California also has the potential to have safety implications.

What are some signs of a defective hip replacement?

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Hip replacement procedures in the United States doubled over the course of 10 years, from 2000 to 2010.

Metal-on-metal hip replacements are particularly problematic. Metal debris from these devices can enter the space around the implant and the bloodstream, causing serious complications.

Could self-driving cars be tricked into misreading road signs?

There are many things a self-driving car would likely need to be able to do to function safely out on the roads. This includes accurately interpret roads signs it encounters. Some tests researchers recently conducted raise concerns that there might be ways to trick self-driving car systems into misreading traffic signs.

In the tests, researchers attached graffiti-like stickers to road signs to see if they could cause cameras commonly used in autonomous vehicle systems to get confused in their interpretation of the signs. The stickers succeeded in causing such confusion. For example, the researchers were able to get a self-driving system to misinterpret a stop sign as being a speed limit sign.

Pedestrians beware: Pedestrian fatalities are at an all-time high

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Distracted driving is a threat to the vehicle drivers, vehicle passengers, other motorists on the road, pedestrians, and bicyclists.

When a pedestrian is hit by a car, the results are often catastrophic. The victim may suffer serious injuries, including injuries to the neck, head, shoulder or back. In the worst cases, the injuries may be fatal.

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