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Self-driving cars change the golden rule?

If we are to believe the hype generated by tech gurus at Tesla, Google, Delphi and MobileEye’s Level 4 system as well as car manufacturers, fully automated cars are going to be hitting the roads in large numbers in the next few years. There is even a limited form of autopilot used by Tesla and others currently. But while this all may be the case, there is the pressing need of refining the yet to be developed artificial intelligence (AI) technology to safely operate these cars. Further to go than people think

As that dream self-driving cars seemingly comes closer to reality, some AI experts are going on record saying that AI will not be able to reliably avoid accidents for years or even decades to come. This painful recalibration of expectations could have disastrous implications for companies that have gone all in on driverless technology (which includes GM with a model out in 2019.

Bike accident reconstructions are now done

Car accident reconstructions are commonplace when it involves serious damages and injuries. With a million daily bike commuters and millions more who are weekend warriors taking to roads and trails, there is an increase in bike accidents.

Biking is dangerous

What does an employer have to do after a workplace accident?

Louisiana workers understand that an accident in their place of work can leave them with both physical injuries and financial losses that can significantly impact their families. If you are suffering after an accident in your workplace, you could have a rightful claim to benefits through workers' compensation insurance. Before you file, it can be beneficial to understand your rights and what to expect from the process. 

Employers have certain responsibilities to their employees, especially after a work accident. There are certain things your employer cannot do, and there are certain steps he or she must take after a workplace accident. One way to protect your interests is to understand your employer's responsibilities.

Senator Rand Paul sues neighbor after attack

They say that politics is a tough business to be in Washington, DC. But U.S. Senator from Kentucky Rand Paul found out things can be tough at home when he was attacked last November by neighbor while he mowed his lawn. According to a local paper, Dr. Rene Boucher who lives next door to the senator pleaded guilty to assaulting a member of Congress, which is a federal offense. The sentence was 30 days and included a $10,000 fine.

Paul files lawsuit

July 4th holiday dangerous for all motorists

We Americans love to celebrate July 4th. So many fond memories of spending time with family and friends, picnicking or BBQ-ing in the yard, or perhaps escaping the heat by spending time on the water. But the combination of traveling to see fireworks and the late hour after a long day in the sun makes for dangerous roads. This holiday is one of the deadliest of the year for motor vehicle accidents due to drinking and driving.

Recent statistics are sobering

Driver fatalities linked to increased rate of drug use

Alcohol impaired driving has long been a major factor in motor vehicle accidents and fatalities. But a Governors Highway Safety Association study finds that over 50 percent of the fatal crashes involve marijuana, opioids or a combination of the two in the system of the driver. The report’s data is from two sources: NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and NHTSA roadside surveys in the United States and Canada. 

The findings from 2016 (the most recent year of data) found that 44 percent of fatally injured drivers with test results tested positive for marijuana or opioids. This is a marketed 16 percent jump from 28 percent in 2006. The testing results were further broken down with marijuana involved 38 percent of the time and opioids involved 16 percent of the time and positive test for a combination of the two occurred 4 percent of the time.

How safe are you among the occupational hazards of the oilfield?

If you work in the Louisiana oil and gas industry — onshore or offshore — you earn your income in one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. The number of workplace fatalities in this industry is unacceptable, and you have the right to be in a workplace that will allow you to return home safe after every shift. However, in many cases, you might have to look after your own safety.

Many of the injuries that occur in the oilfield are preventable, and employers must provide workers with the necessary personal protective equipment. That, along with sufficient safety training might help to keep you safe.

Deer causes crash that kills 2 and injures 11

A van from the First Missionary Baptist Church in Smithfield, North Carolina, hit a deer while traveling on N.C. 96 on May 23 at 5:30 p.m.

According to the local ABC News affiliate, the deer jumped onto the road where the van hit it and lost control. The van then sideswiped another van and finally had a head-on collision with a SUV. It rolled over and trapped the 12 occupants, killing an 84-year-old church deacon. The SUV ended up submerged in a pond adjacent to the road, killing the 62-year-old driver. Both died at the scene of the accident.

Baltimore takes action to reduce falls by elderly

Parents know that children are remarkably resilient in many ways. The most common example is seeing children take a tumble, then jump right back up, and keep playing. Unfortunately, as we age, people lose that ability jump back up. By the time we turn 65, falls become the leading cause of death with tens of thousands of them happening each year.

According to US News, the city of Baltimore has been examining its high rate of falls involving the elderly, which includes 5,000 older adults going to Baltimore’s hospital in 2017. It is now taking steps to reduce those numbers. While the city is filled with old row houses with steep stairways, it is now using hospital data to identify neighborhoods or exact locations of where falls most often happen. City officials can then take steps to address the hazard by installing railings and better lighting, either in public spaces or in homes. The goal is to reduce the incidence of falls by 20 percent over the next ten years.

Drowsy driving may be the most underreported cause of car crashes

How many times have you gotten up in the morning feeling more tired than you did when you went to bed? Perhaps you can’t count the number of times. If so, you are like many other people here in Louisiana. It seems as though many people live in a constant state of sleep deprivation.

Most people dismiss the fact that their drowsiness could create a dangerous situation while driving. After all, it’s not as if they got behind the wheel drunk. Right? Unfortunately, driving drowsy does put everyone at risk. Some sources say that drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving, and with good reason.

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