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2016: A Look Back

THE BIGGEST DRIVING STORIES OF 2016 The end of the year is a good time for a retrospective of the best and biggest stories of 2016…that involve driving. Here are three top newsmakers that we ...
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The Most Dangerous Time of the Year

THE MOST DANGEROUS TIME OF THE YEAR Every year, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a festive time, a time of getting together with friends and family. Often referred to in old songs and ...
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The Hidden Cost of Holidays

INCREASE IN ONLINE SHOPPING LEADS TO OFFLINE DANGER With Cyber Monday more popular than ever, and many retailers offering free shipping as an extra incentive for online shopping, Americans are ...
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The Chattanooga School Bus Tragedy

A TRAGEDY FORESHADOWED On November 21, 2016, a school bus carrying 37 students from Woodmore Elementary School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, careened off a narrow, residential road—not the bus ...
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The Multi-Tasking Myth

THE MULTI-TASKING MYTH Many of us think we can do two things at once. In fact, many of us pride ourselves on doing more than one thing at a time. In our fast-paced world, doing multiple tasks at once, ...
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The Weed Watershed

A CHANGING ATTITUDE, A CHANGING NATION Lost in the drama of the presidential election was the fact that five states had an issue on their ballots that may be a game-changer in those states and in the ...
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Tis the Season

ONLINE SHOPPING: THE RISKS It is the season for shopping--and for returning. Online shopping has become as much a part of the holiday season as a trip to the department stores used to be. The ...
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Halloween: The Deadliest Night of the Year

THE REAL HORROR ON HALLOWEEN During the month of October, many people--adults and children alike--go to haunted houses, watch scary movies, and decorate their homes with ghosts, witches and zombies. ...
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The Effect of Climate Change on Traffic Accidents

THE HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD...AGAIN This year, 2016, marks the third year in a row that the world is on track for setting a record for the hottest year since the 1880s, when global temperatures were ...
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The Big Reveal: Huge Increase in Traffic Deaths in 2016

2015 WAS RECORD-BREAKING YEAR--FOR TRAFFIC FATALITIES Earlier this year, the National Security Council released its findings showing that traffic deaths had increased by 8% from 2014-2015, meaning ...
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New Rule Opens Access to Courts

A CHOICE BETWEEN CARE AND THE COURTS A nursing home resident falls and hits her head due to poor lighting in a hallway. The resident slips into a coma from the traumatic brain injury and dies. Her ...
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Technology and the Law Series No. 4: Smart Homes

THE INTERNET OF THINGS The much-heralded Internet of Things, or IoT, is not quite ready for prime time. The IoT is the inter-networking of physical devices, vehicles, buildings, and yes, homes, ...
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Technology and the Law No. 3: Cybersecurity

WHISTLEBLOWER OR TRAITOR? With the release of the movie "Snowden," the characterization of the former NSA employee and his actions is once again being hotly debated. Was he a heroic ...
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Technology Series No. #2: Drones

The first installment in our September series "Technology and the Law" examined driverless cars and Uber's Pittsburgh Project (see: blog published Sept. 8). This second installment ...
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Autonomous Vehicles: Are We There Yet?

UBER'S PITTSBURGH PROJECT This month, the ride-sharing service Uber is rolling out its fleet of driverless cars to carry commuters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Uber has partnered with Volvo to ...
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College Football: Getting the "Games" Off-Field Under Control

THE SPORT IN THE BLEACHERS For many, the end of August marks the beginning of the best season all year: college football season. For students, alumni, and people who just love the game, college ...
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Amusement Parks: How Safe Are They?

"INSANE" On August 7, 2016, 10 year old Caleb Schwab rode the world's tallest water slide in Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas. The ride, named "Verruckt" which is ...
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Zika Part II: Bigger Than Ebola?

THE GAME-CHANGER On July 29, 2016, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced what the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes for Health, and many people both inside and outside of the public ...
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Distracted Driving has a New Twist

POKEMON STOP! Recent accidents involving people playing the hugely popular Pokemon Go app while driving have occurred; in Baltimore, a driver of an SUV hit a parked police cruiser, and in Auburn, ...
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Bicycling: The Sport to Watch Out For

BICYCLING: THE NEW SPORT TO WATCH FOR...TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES In the past several years, a lot of attention has been given to the traumatic brain injuries or TBIs resulting from football and ...
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Nursing Home Negliegence: Part II

REDUCING RESTRAINTS The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 required nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities to comply with specific regulations in order to participate in Medicare and ...
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The Pyro Period

A FIREWORK IN THE WRONG PLACE AND AT THE WRONG TIME On July 4th weekend, the sound of a firework going off is hardly unusual. But when the sound occurs on Sunday morning, and is followed by screams ...
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Distracted Mobility

A RECORD-SETTING WEEKEND IN A RECORD-SETTING YEAR The July 4th weekend promises to be another 2016 holiday in which record-setting numbers of people travel to enjoy family and festivities. Currently, ...
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Summer Camps: Not All Fun and Games

SUMMER CAMPS: NOT ALL FUN AND GAMES Every summer, approximately 14 million children and adults attend summer camps. Since 2002, the number of American Camp Association (ACA) day camps has increased by ...
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Summer Fun--and Danger

TRAGEDY IN THE MAGIC KINGDOM It was supposed to be a wonderful family vacation at Disney's premiere resort in Orlando, Florida. The Grand Floridian is a Victorian-style Disney Deluxe Resort hotel ...
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