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Blaze Seeks To Save Cyclist Lives With A Laser Projection Bike Light

Blaze Seeks To Save Cyclist Lives With A Laser Projection Bike Light | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
More and more urban commuters are embracing cycling as a way to get to and from work and around the city, and more and more cities are embracing cyclists by..
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Interesting new bicycle safety product: The Blaze Laserlight.

 

It has significant potential to help cyclists avoid being struck by vehicles. It is approximated that 80% of bike accidents while a cyclist is going straight and a vehicle turns into them. This light, besides helping cyclists see, projects "a [green] laser light projection that projects the image of the bicycle five or six meters in front of" the actual bicycle. In addition, it is rechargeable, USB compatible, and 100 percent waterproof. It costs $200 but, as the article notes, "you can’t really put a price on safety."

 

Article by: Ryan Lawler via TechCrunch

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Driver who killed teen posts his totaled car online with smiley face

Driver who killed teen posts his totaled car online with smiley face | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
A 16-year-old Brooklyn Center boy clung to life for days before dying after a suspected drunken driver, without a valid license, fled one crash on a north-metro highway and ran into the teen’s car down the road moments later, authorities said
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Minnesota man, after causing a fatal crash, makes horrible posts on Facebook.

 

The man, who was on probation, was allegedly drunk and driving on revoked license, gets into one crash, and while fleeing that one, causes another one with a vehicle driven by a 16-year-old driver. The boy died a couple of days the crash.

 

After the crashes, but before the boy died, the man posts photos of what was left of his vehicle with these messages:

 

"That’s her front end after I got done with her lol.” He signed that message with a smiley face.

 

“I’m all good slept a day in the hospital then came home and did yard work lol."

 

The man admitted to posting the images and comments, which have since been deleted.

 

This man's level of callousness is atrocious. Besides allegedly driving while intoxicated and a revoked license, his Facebook posts make it seem very likely he is going to get any sympathy from the police, prosecutor or jury, if the case goes to trial, or sentencing judge.

 

Source: Paul Walsh via Star Tribune

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A sickening story of a drunk driver who bragged on Facebook about their  car accident resulting in the death of a 16-year-old boy.

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Don't use facebook or make any SM posts if you cause a serious wreck.

 

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Do We Only Use Ten Percent of our Brains?

Do We Only Use Ten Percent of our Brains? | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
Do we really use only ten percent of our brains?
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The Ten-Percent Myth

 

The Myth: We only use 10% of our brains.

 

Answer: No. This is false. 

 

Partial Reasoning: Brain imaging research techniques clearly show that the vast majority of the brain is active and that many parts of our brains are used for various tasks. 

 

By: Benjamin Radford via Snopes

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Distracted driving: DOT says using navigational apps is as dangerous as texting and driving

Distracted driving: DOT says using navigational apps is as dangerous as texting and driving | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
Rapid evolution of smartphone apps leave a potentially dangerous gray area for police, motorists
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Can using navigational apps be as dangerous as texting and driving?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to issue voluntary guidelines for specific electronic devices including apps on smartphones. Right now, many states laws regarding smartphone usage while driving only refer to talking or texting on the phone. Using a navigational app is usually not covered by these laws.

 

My Take: The NHTSA and states need to go father than issue "voluntary" guidelines. Laws should prohibit all forms of distracting driving. Remember, there is no such thing as "safe" distracted driving. Distracted driving, in all of its forms, is dangerous. 

 

Source: CBS News

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Mental Distraction Rating System [Infographic]

Mental Distraction Rating System [Infographic] | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it

Infographic by: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

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Mental Distraction Rating System [Infographic] 

 

While some may only pose a "mild" or "moderate" danger, all distracted driving is dangerous. All it takes is 1 or 2 seconds of distraction for someone to be seriously hurt or killed.

 

Infographic by: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

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Prepared by AAA.

 

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Rumor: Google Exploring 'KITT' For Eyes-Free Functionality In The Car, Always-On Listening

Rumor: Google Exploring 'KITT' For Eyes-Free Functionality In The Car, Always-On Listening | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
A while ago, we posted about information we'd received indicating that sometime soon, Google's search functionality (and other actions) would be expanding... by Liam Spradlin in Android OS, Exclusives, Google, Leaks, News
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According to Liam Spradlin of Android Police, Google is apparently testing a new Android feature, nicknamed KITT, that would provide an "always-on voice" comment system that permit drivers or bike riders to do web searches and other actions while driving, biking, or doing other things that require your concentration.  

 

My questions:

Why does Google believe you to need to be able to search the web while driving?

Other than directions, what would you need to search for on the web while driving?  

 

If this rumor is accurate, this is yet another attempt to try to make distracted driving "safer." The problem is that there is no such thing: All distracted driving is dangerous.

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Distracted Driving is Like Trying to Read this Sign

Distracted Driving is Like Trying to Read this Sign | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
“Imgur is home to the web's most popular image content, curated in real time by a dedicated community through commenting, voting and sharing.”
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As an auto accident lawyer practicing in Los Angeles, I can't tell you the number of times that I have seen distracted driving cause or contribute to a traffic collision.  This sign perfectly illustrates the concept that the human mind is only able to concentrate so well with multiple stimuli.  When you are behind the wheel, concentrate on the road and put the cell phone down.  You could save a life!


For more information on car accident claims in and around Los Angeles, CA go to:


http://www.victimslawyer.com/los-angeles-car-accident-lawyer/


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This sign is a perfect depiction of the effects of texting while driving.

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A Doctor's Take On Sports-Related Concussions

A Doctor's Take On Sports-Related Concussions | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
A concussion is caused by a blow or jolt to the head or body that disrupts the function of the brain. The paradox is that initial symptoms often appear quite mild but can lead to significant and lifelong impairment.
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Article's conclusion: "Parents, coaches and trainers must remember that winning the game is never worth the price of permanent damage to a child’s brain or life."

 

Via: Forbes

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Google Glass Behind the Wheel? Lawmakers Say No

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Google Glass Behind the Wheel? 

Lawmakers Say No Speedbumps ahead for Google Glass in cars

Lawmakers in New York and New Jersey and in at least six other states across the country believe the devices are dangerous when used by drivers. Assemblyman Marcos Crespo (D-Bronx) has introduced one of three bills in Albany that would prohibit drivers from using Glass or similar devices. His bill, however, would go even further. ... His bill would let victims of car crashes sue Google and other device manufacturers if the driver who cause the accident was using their wearable device.

By: Matt Collette via WNYC News

A new bill would let victims sue Google.
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Google Glass Behind the Wheel? Lawmakers Say No

 

Speedbumps ahead for Google Glass in cars

 

Lawmakers in New York and New Jersey and in at least six other states across the country believe the devices are dangerous when used by drivers. Assemblyman Marcos Crespo (D-Bronx) has introduced one of three bills in Albany that would prohibit drivers from using Glass or similar devices. His bill, however, would go even further. ... His bill would let victims of car crashes sue Google and other device manufacturers if the driver who cause the accident was using their wearable device.

 

By: Matt Collette via WNYC News

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McDonald's Hot Coffee Case Analyzed | Burn Injury Attorney Florida

McDonald's Hot Coffee Case Analyzed | Burn Injury Attorney Florida | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
FORMER LAW PROFESSOR & Burn Injury Attorney Explains The Real Facts Of The McDonald's Hot Coffee Case & The Legal Basis Of The Jury Verdict
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*What Were The Real Facts Of The McDonald's Hot Coffee Case?* Outstanding post by Tina Willis about the true facts about the McDonald's Hot Coffee Case. It is sad that big corporations and insurance companies were able to spin the "facts" to help support their argument for tort reform. Tort Reform is NOT necessary despite what you may have been told. The legal system has built-in protections against frivolous lawsuits. When you learn the facts, as presented in the blog post, you will easily see that the Hot Coffee case was not a frivolous case.  
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Texting While Walking Can Be More Dangerous Than Distracted Driving | Generation SUNY

Texting While Walking Can Be More Dangerous Than Distracted Driving | Generation SUNY | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
We ve all seen or heard public service announcements warning against the use of cell phones while driving. We ve all become awa... (I plead the 5th!
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Pedestrians who text are at risk.

 

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Teaching your teen to drive: Driving around semi-trucks | Teen Safe Driving

Teaching your teen to drive: Driving around semi-trucks | Teen Safe Driving | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
Driving around semi-trucks can be scary, but it doesn't need to be. Here are some quick tips for teaching your teen how to drive safely semi-trucks.
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Teaching your teen to drive: Driving safely around semi-trucks

By: Mark Kinsel / National Safety Council

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Teaching teen to drive, and semi trucks on the road can be tricky. Know what the blind spot is.

Thanks +Jeffrery Lapin

 

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What do we have to do to get noticed! - Motorcycle Safety Ad

2006 Motorcycle Awareness campaign by the Motorcycle Council of New South Wales (Australia): www.mccofnsw.org.au * to promote awareness of motorcycles as roa...
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What do we have to do to get noticed!

 

2006 Motorcycle Awareness campaign by the Motorcycle Council of New South Wales (Australia)

 

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Car-insurance-Facts; read the fine print

Car-insurance-Facts; read the fine print | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it

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Kendall Jenner Slammed For Instagramming While Driving

Kendall Jenner Slammed For Instagramming While Driving | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
The second-youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner brood is getting serious flack for a video she posted on social media earlier this week. A recent video posted to Kendall Jenner's Instagram depicted Ms. Jenner and fellow model, Ashley Skye, rocking out to Avril Lavigne's "sk8er boi" in the car, Fox News reports. In the video — which has since been taken…
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Celebrity driving "uber" dangerously

 

Kendall Jenner posted an Instagram video that showed her and friend getting down to Avril Lavigne’s “Sk8er boy” while cruising through heavy traffic in L.A. Her tweet about the video said, "being uber girly." 

 

Maybe it should have read, "being uber dangerous." 

 

The Instagram video has been removed, presumably by Kenner. However, it is available other places. 

 

This is yet another example why we should not look to celebrities as role models, especially "reality stars." 

 

Source: Jordyn Taylor via BetaBeat

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To Sleep or Not to Sleep: It's Affecting Your Health [INFOGRAPHIC]

To Sleep or Not to Sleep: It's Affecting Your Health [INFOGRAPHIC] | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
Does getting eight hours of sleep a night sound like a dream? If you’re like millions of Americans, you’re lucky to get six hours, and inadequate sleep leads to
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To Sleep or Not to Sleep: It's Affecting Your Health [INFOGRAPHIC]

 

By: Illinois Neurological Institute

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Don't Just Sit There [infographic]

Don't Just Sit There [infographic] | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
Today's infographic address the hazards of constantly sitting and what you can do to prevent the symptoms that arise from it.
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The Health Hazards of Sitting: Don't Just Sit There! [Infographic]

 

Hazards of sitting too long or incorrectly include: 

Organ Damage; Muscle Degeneration; Leg Disorders; Foggy Brain; andNeck, Shoulders and Back Problems. 

What is the right way to sit: Sit up straight. 

 

There are things you can do to alleviate or prevent these problems. 

 

Infographic by: Bonnie Berkowitz and Patterson Clark/ Washington Post via Daily Infographic

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Infographic: Teens in Cars

Infographic: Teens in Cars | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
Get the facts.
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Teens in Cars [Infographic]

 

This infographic by Safe Kids Worldwide contains important information regarding teen fatalities and the risky behaviors of not wearing seat belts and distracted driving.

 

Source: https://www.safekids.org/infographic/infographic-teens-cars

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50% of teens are on the phone and drive. 

 

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Are your teens safe in the car?

 

robbinslaw.com    #Atlantaautowrecklawyer

 

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Oh Crap App

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Get Oh Crap App on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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The 'Oh Crap App!'

iTunes Description: "Download this app to protect your legal rights! This app is designed to educate the public regarding their legal rights when being investigated for a criminal offense. It features the emergency “Oh Crap!” button designed to be used in emergency situations where a person is being stopped or questioned by law enforcement. This app also has additional features such as an informational Blood Alcohol Calculator, Legal Rights Advisory and Top 5 Ways to Avoid a DUI."

While I believe that drivers should know their legal rights this type of app seems to encourage driving while intoxicated. I also would be highly suspect of the Blood Alcohol Calculator.

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Night Vision :: Statistics

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Studies have shown that the risk for fatal pedestrian accidents is almost 4x greater at night than during the day. http://t.co/1G7TnVuMEx
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Texting Driver Who Slammed Cyclist: I, Like, 'Just Don't Care'

Texting Driver Who Slammed Cyclist: I, Like, 'Just Don't Care' | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
Poor Kimberley Davis.

The 21-year-old Australian woman was livid when she slammed into a bicyclist while texting late last year, putting dents in her car. The victim suffered a spinal fracture and would spend the next three months in a hospital, b...
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Australian driver, who was texting while driving and struck a bicyclist, blames the person she struck. Driver is quoted as saying, "I just don’t care because I’ve already been through a lot of bullshit and my car is, like, pretty expensive and now I have to fix it. I’m kind of pissed off that the cyclist has hit the side of my car. I don’t agree that people texting and driving could hit a cyclist. I wasn’t on my phone when I hit the cyclist." 

 

Victim had a spinal fracture and was hospitalized for 3 months. 

 

Driver pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and was fined $4,500. 

 

My take: It is attitudes and opinions like this that make the roadways dangerous for everyone. 

 

Article by: Andy Campbell via The Huffington Post

 

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7 dangerous Apps that parents need to know about

7 dangerous Apps that parents need to know about | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
7 dangerous Apps that parents need to know about - Checkup Daily
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7 Dangerous Apps That Parents Need To Know About

 

The apps are: Yik Yak; SnapChat; Kik Messenger; Poof; Omegle; Whisper; and Down.

 

The article provides an explanation why these apps are dangerous for children.

 

By: Kristin Peaks for Cook Children’s via checkup daily/ checkup newsroom

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Aggressive Driving

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Aggressive Driving

 

"Eight out of 10 drivers surveyed in the AAA Foundation’s annual Traffic Safety Culture Index rank aggressive driving as a “serious” or “extremely serious” risk that jeopardizes their safety.

 

They’re right. Aggressive driving accounts for more than half of all traffic fatalities ...


Speeding is one of the most prevalent aggressive behaviors. AAA Foundation studies show that speeding is a factor in one-third of all fatal crashes ...

 

Half of all drivers ... admitted to exceeding both neighborhood and highway speed limits by more than 15% in the past 30 days. More remarkable, a quarter of drivers say they consider speeding acceptable.

 

As more people understand the many behaviors that can become aggressive and see their own behavior in a new light, they can begin to adopt safer driving practices and manage risk more effectively."

 

By: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (via ScoopIt)

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Sleep Deprivation: The 10 Most Profound Psychological Effects

Sleep Deprivation: The 10 Most Profound Psychological Effects | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
Lack of sleep may feel horrible, but what is it really doing to the mind and brain?
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The 10 most profound psychological effects of sleep deprivation: 

 

Sleepy brains work harder 

Short-term memory is shot 

Long-term memory is shot 

Attention is shot 

Planning is shot 

Habits take over 

Risky business 

Dying brain cells 

Mania 

Car crash 

 

By: Dr. Jeremy Dean via PsyBlog

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Do teen drivers fear parents more than police? | Steve Gursten

Do teen drivers fear parents more than police? | Steve Gursten | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
Michigan Sherriffs notify parents of teen drivers who get pulled over What if every time a teen driver was pulled over, parents were notified? As an
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Do teen drivers fear parents more than police?

"What if every time a teen driver was pulled over, parents were notified? As an injury attorney who handles countless crash cases involving inexperienced teen drivers who make novice mistakes, I can say that I’m very sure such a move would prevent auto accidents."

Post and excerpt by Steven Gursten of Michigan Auto Law

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San Diego Police target distracted walkers, drivers

San Diego Police target distracted walkers, drivers | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
“SD police cracked down on traffic violators Thursday, trying to drive safety message home .”
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