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July 2015 Archives

Cosmetics manufacturers may cross the line with advertising

Makeup advertisements are supposed to be alluring. They are designed to give the consumer the impression that they will become just as beautiful as the people they see on the screen. This is where lighting angles and clever wording becomes important in the commercial or the magazine ad.

Hackers take control of Jeep, expose software defect

If it seems like we are picking on Fiat Chrysler in our last few posts, we certainly are not. However, the embattled automaker has been in the news for its many failures to correct mechanical and structural issues that have led the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to levy a record fine against the company.

NHTSA issues record fine against Fiat Chrysler over Jeep issues

While it may seem like there are fewer recalls this year compared to 2014, it is arguable that the final number will eclipse last year’s record. Part of this may be attributable to new technology that is being introduced, and not necessarily perfected for many uses. Also, the number of fines levied against automakers for failing to issue recalls could be a strong deterrent against complacency in correcting defects.

The numbers say it. Distracted driving is still a problem

It appears that if a dangerous epidemic is not in the major news headlines, people tend to forget about it. An example of this could be seen in how distracted driving accidents are treated. Two summers ago, everyone from major celebrities and federal officials were bemoaning the practice of using cell phones while behind the wheel. While the drumbeat of prevention has seemingly died down, the number of distracted driving related accidents have not.

Could new trucking legislation make it easier for truckers?

In many of our posts on the trucking industry, we note that semi-trucks are very dangerous because of their size, and that accidents with passenger vehicles can be deadly. Additionally, we highlight how injury victims face long roads of recovery, and how many are not compensated commensurate with their injuries.

Three tips to make a motorcycle or bicycle commute safe

When the weather is this good during the summer time, it may sometimes be difficult to go to work. This is not because traffic is terrible or strangled by snow; it’s because nice days like these shouldn’t be wasted by spending so much time indoors. Some in our region make the most of the weather and their commute time by riding bicycles or motorcycles to work. This way, they get to enjoy the outdoors and get to work in a timely manner.

Concussion symptoms - What to look for in kids who are injured

The summertime is naturally a time for increased activity for kids. Whether they are playing on the playground, on jungle gyms or during dance or gymnastics classes, the potential for kids to fall and injure themselves cannot be underestimated. For those kids that suffer head injuries, it is important to take all the precautions necessary to protect them.

The science behind potential airbag failures

Much has been said about the Takata airbag recall. It has been reported that nearly one in seven vehicles on the road in the United States could be potentially affected. This translates into more than 30 million cars, trucks and vans across the country. In light of the debate over who would be responsible for injuries stemming from potentially defective airbags, not much has been said about what makes them dangerous.

What insurance company ads won't tell you about their costs

If you watched the Women’s World Cup Final yesterday, you were obviously in for a treat. The 5-2 final score was the largest margin of victory in such finals, and the first World Cup for the United States since 1999. The U.S. also became the first country to win three World Cups.

What to expect with discovery

If you have been injured in a car accident, it should be no surprise if the insurance company you are dealing with needs additional information to verify your injuries and the expenses behind them. This part of information gathering is called discovery, and it may be difficult to deal with on your own. This is part of the reason that injury victims hire attorneys.

GM SUVs recalled due to power gate issue

Having a SUV with an automatic lift gate is a tremendous luxury. Being able to open the back door with just a push of a button is a welcome convenience when you have your hands full. But while we have written in a number of our posts that the recalls will keep coming for automobiles, the latest recall from General Motors is a testament to that foresight.

Outbreaks of bacteria borne diseases can be prevented

While we haven’t posted on the dangers of disease and infections in hospitals in a while, it does not mean that other disease-borne threats are not growing. The latest edition of the ECRI Institute highlights that outbreaks of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) have been on the rise. The outbreak of infections has been associated with the increased use of Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography procedures (ERCP).

Who could be held liable in a deck collapse accident

Imagine you are at a beach house at the Hamptons or at a lake front home in central New York enjoying a holiday barbeque. The host asks everyone to gather on the deck for a picture, and everyone obliges. While everyone poses, the deck gives way, sending everyone to the ground below. While this is a nightmare scenario, it actually happened at a home in North Carolina over the weekend.

How truck drivers can reduce the risk of an accident

It is no secret that driving a semi-truck is a dangerous job. With how large these vehicles are, and how many people are hurt in truck accidents each year, drivers must be careful about how they operate their vehicles around big rigs. At the same time, truck drivers must be vigilant as well. There are a number of things they can do to reduce the risk of being in an accident. This post will highlight a few of them. 

What can help in proving Fourth of July injuries

The Fourth of July weekend was an epic celebration of civic pride and patriotism where scores of people enjoyed fireworks displays and individual shows at residential homes. While most went off without a hitch, some people were injured. They ranged from minor injuries to severe ones. Also, there were also reports of homes being damaged because of fireworks being set off. 

Why doctors should be careful when using IVs

In a hospital setting, a common way to receive pain relievers and other medications is through an IV. Known in the medical profession as a PICC line, they are helpful in delivering medicines to people who are unconscious or need medication to take effect quickly.

What to do after an accident

For many people, today is a travel day so that they can avoid the traffic and chaos that comes with trying to get out of town for a holiday weekend. Among the many headlines ahead of the holiday: gas prices are at a five-year low for this time of year and more than 40 million people across the U.S. are expected to travel at least 50 miles away from home.

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