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California now has limits on GPS use while driving

Teens and adults are involved in fatal accidents in huge numbers each year. California is fighting back against distracted driving with new rules about using Global Positioning System (GPS) devices.

Since January 1 of this year, GPS devices and cellphones used for navigation in California must be mounted to the dashboard or in one of two places on the windshield. This eliminates one commonly cited justification for accidents when drivers claim to have been using their phones for navigation.

Could PTSD be important in determining car accident awards?

It is easy for people to focus on recovering from physical injuries after an accident. After all, there can be a recognized diagnosis for broken bones, damaged ligaments or tendons. But dealing with the emotional trauma from an accident may not be so easy to detect or treat.

Let’s face it, car accidents can be incredibly scary experiences; especially when the victim suffers serious injuries as a result. While the physical injuries may heal over time with treatment, the emotional ones may not; particularly when they are undiagnosed. 

What you should do after a dog bites you

When you're bitten by an animal, there are many laws in place that determine who is liable for your injuries. In most cases, it's the owner of the animal who can be held liable for any injuries you suffer. Your priority should be to get medical attention, but your attorney can begin a claim immediately following an attack.

You might be worried about bringing a claim against the person whose animal bit you for a few reasons. First, you might think that your neighbor, friend or the other party will suffer financially if you do so. Fortunately, insurance companies, like those that provide homeowner's insurance or car insurance, tend to pick up the costs associated with an animal attack. Another reason you might want to avoid a claim is feeling that the animal could be put to sleep. In many cases, animals that have only lashed out once are unlikely to be put down unless they're a real hazard to others around them. There are other possibilities, like leashing them or retraining them, that courts will also consider.

How many car crashes happen every 24 hours?

When you look at car accident stats as they're usually reported, on a yearly basis, the numbers can be rather overwhelming. The National Safety Council has estimated that there are 10 million car accidents every single year, for instance. On an annual basis, around 37,000 people are killed in these crashes.

If you increase the scope to look at all global accidents, an astounding 1.3 million people pass away after auto accidents, while anywhere from 20 to 50 million are hurt or disabled. The exact numbers are hard to pin down for numerous reasons, but it's clear that there's a high level of danger. In the U.S., over 2 million people are hurt.

Will the public be safer with self-driving cars?

The newest Cadillac commercials being shown during the NCAA Tournament are a snapshot into the latest offerings from America’s luxury automaker.  There are flashes of extended touch screens where nearly all the car’s functions can be controlled with one touch, and there is even a glimpse of a driver taking their hands off the wheel while the car drives itself.

Indeed, the “road” to self-driving cars is becoming clearer. The technology needed to make these cars a reality is being honed. If you have been paying attention, it can be seen with park assist functions and blind spot recognition controls. Given the extensive testing being conducted, it appears that self-driving cars could be seen on California’s streets and highways by the end of the decade. 

Avoid a roll-over accident with these tips

It was a shock when the vehicle next to you struck you, and it was made worse when the vehicle rolled over yours. Your roof collapsed, but you fortunately made it out of the vehicle with only some injuries. Rollover accidents are incredibly dangerous, and they're more likely for those driving SUVs or trucks.

How can you make your SUV or truck safer and less likely to roll?

How often do falls happen in nursing homes?

Falls are a serious risk for the elderly. They can lead to physical issues like concussions and broken bones and to emotional issues like depression and isolation. They can even prove fatal for those who are already in a rather fragile state. So, how often do they happen?

Some reports indicate that they're very common, with anywhere from half to three-quarters of all those living in nursing homes falling at least once during the year. The rate in nursing homes is more than twice as high as it is for those who live in other communities.

New cycling bills head toward becoming law in California

Bicycling is great for your health, and it's a good way to get from place to place. New laws may change the way you ride, though. According to a Feb. 21 news report, new bicycle-related bills were introduced by Californian legislators shortly before the deadline.

Two of the bills could make big changes. One states that a person who is riding a bicycle but traveling slower than traffic needs to stay in the right-hand lane or in the bicycling lane if there is one to use. There are exceptions to the rule that this bill would create. First, those who need to pass another bicycle or vehicle would be able to enter another lane. Second, those who need to make a left turn can enter a different lane.

Are California nursing home patients in danger from doctors?

One out of every three nursing home residents reports abuse at some time during their nursing home stays. Even despite this high rate of abuse, injuries continue to occur at an alarming rate.

Some legislators and consumer advocates are now fighting for a state law that will help to protect nursing home residents. They are trying to force medical providers to notify patients when they are on probation for past crimes. The hope is that this will help prevent cases of physical abuse.

Doctor on probation is allowed to practice medicine

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