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Survey: Drivers Who Are Distracted Still Consider Themselves Safe Drivers

Distracted driving has become a growing threat to driver safety, as there was an 8.8 percent increase in fatal accidents related to distracted driving from 2014 to 2015, according to data released last month by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration… Read More

Arizona School Buses Have One of the Highest Inspection-Failure Rates in Country

According to a recent investigation by The Arizona Republic, nearly three of 10 school buses did not pass 2015 safety inspections due to major defects. The inspection failure rate in 2015 was almost double what it was in 2013, jumping from 15.4 to around… Read More

Rio Tinto Minerals Sued over Talcum Powder’s Link to Cancer

A newly filed lawsuit names mining giant Rio Tinto Minerals Inc. as a responsible party in five alleged cases of ovarian cancer caused by the use of Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products. Rio Tinto mines talc that is used in Johnson & Johnson's talcum… Read More

One Dead, Four Injured After Truck Carrying Takata Airbags Explodes

One person died and four were injured when a truck carrying Takata airbag inflators exploded near Quemado, Texas. The explosion was caused by a crash that ignited the airbag propellant, destroying the trailer and incinerating a house with a woman inside. The… Read More

Five Misconceptions about Overtime

According to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA), specific employees who work more than 40 hours per week are entitled to overtime wages. While the law has been in place for almost 80 years, there is still some confusion regarding its protections. The… Read More

New Study Finds That Road Debris Caused 200,000 Car Accidents

More than 200,000 car accidents that occurred between 2011 and 2014 involved road debris, and these accidents caused 500 deaths and 39,000 injuries, according to a new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. These types of car crashes have… Read More

California Court Ruling on Essure Could Lead to More Lawsuits

The judge for the Superior Court in Alameda County, California, ruled that 11 lawsuits against Bayer, the manufacturer of the permanent birth control device Essure, may proceed. The 11 cases represent 14 women who claim the device caused them to suffer… Read More

Uber Faces Many Lawsuits Over Classification of Drivers as Contractors

Ridesharing company Uber has been dealing with a barrage of lawsuits since it launched in 2009. The company is currently facing over 70 federal cases and numerous others in state courts.   Uber's largest legal battles are ongoing class action lawsuits… Read More

Drowsy Driving Killed 5,000 People Last Year, New Report Says

The Governors Highway Safety Organization (GHSO) released a new report showing that drowsy driving is a growing threat to your safety as an estimated 5,000 people were killed in drowsy-driving accidents last year. The report, titled “Wake Up Call! Understanding… Read More

How Independent Contractors Can Protect Themselves if Injured

The downside to the growth of Uber and other on-demand services is that more workers are being labeled as independent contractors instead of employees. That means that many workers are not eligible for workers' compensation insurance to cover medical… Read More

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