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More Seniors Behind the Wheel Means Increased Accidents for All Age Groups

In the next 20 years, the number of elderly drivers ages 70 and older is predicted to triple in the United States. As age increases, older drivers generally become more conservative on the road. They often avoid busy highways or…

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Not So Frivolous After All: What Really Happened in the McDonald’s Coffee Case

You may remember Stella Liebeck, who several years ago sued McDonald’s after spilling hot coffee on herself. Mrs. Liebeck became the butt of many late-night jokes, and was even mocked in episodes of “Seinfeld” and “The Simpsons.” She was the…

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A Pool Owner’s Legal Liability

For many people, owning a swimming pool is the greatest financial and legal risk they will ever take with regard to personal property. The laws of most states hold the homeowner responsible for providing a safe environment for both children…

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Poor Vehicle Visibility Creates Dangerous Blind Spots

New car designs with low roofs and high trunks offer a sleek appearance, but they can cause drivers to have difficulty seeing out the back window. This poor visibility creates a big blind zone that can be dangerous and even…

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Social Media Usage Linked to Trial Complications

Should a juror be allowed to “friend” a defendant, a plaintiff, a witness or anyone else involved in the case on Facebook during a trial? The courts emphatically say no. The challenge for courts is enforcing social-media bans during trials,…

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Ideas to Help Manage Driver Distractions

Distracted drivers pose a deadly risk to everyone on the road. Here are 10 tips from the Governors Highway Safety Association for managing some of the most common distractions. • Turn it off. Turn your phone off or switch to…

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Costs of Dog-Bite Claims On The Rise

Dog-bite claims cost the insurance industry $478.9 million dollars last year. This is a 12 percent increase from 2010. According to Bloomberg News, the attacks account for more than one-third of all liability payouts from home insurers, mostly from medical…

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Study Shows Passengers Increase Odds of Teen Driver Fatalities

Teenagers have traditionally been the most dangerous drivers on the road, with accident rates four times that of older drivers. A recent AAA study calculates just how their risk of a fatal crash is multiplied when they have other teenagers…

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