Posts From December, 2016

Good News: Seat Belt Use Reaches New High

  • Dec 20 2016

How do seat belts save lives?

Seat belt use has reached an all-time high, according to a study recently released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  Approximately 90 percent of Americans now use their seat belts, which is a statistically significant increase from 88.5 percent in 2015.  This positive data was gathered in a large-scale observational study conducted by the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS).  

Seat Belts Have Saved Nearly 345,000 Lives Since 1975

Seat belts are the single most important vehicle safety device of the modern era.  

Smartphones Could Help Prevent Distracted Driving

  • Dec 18 2016

What steps could cell phone manufacturers take to prevent distracted driving?

The government is asking smartphone makers to design their phones to discourage distracted driving.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a set of proposed guidelines for cell phone manufacturers to prevent drivers from using their phones while behind the wheel.  Proposed guidelines acknowledge that cell phones themselves may hold the greatest power to stop distracted driving.

Limiting the Use of Your Cell Phone While Driving

Proposals for electronics makers are aimed at restricting the ability of users to interact with their phone while driving.  

Father and Son Die in California Hiking Accident

  • Dec 18 2016

Who is liable in the event of a fatal hiking accident?

What should have been an enjoyable camping trip turned tragic when a father and son died while hiking near a Northern California lake.  Police officials reports that the pair were hiking along a trail by Shaver Lake when they suddenly fell off a cliff.  The trail was not an official one but is easy to access and commonly walked along.  A similar accident occurred in the area in 2014.

Liability for Hiking Accidents

Hiking is a favorite activity in California.  

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