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Can Backing Into a Parking Space Prevent Accidents?

UTAH. In very few places are there explicit laws on how individuals should park their car. New York City, for example has some parking areas where drivers are explicitly required to back into a parking space. Where city parking can be busy and where streets can be crowded, backing into a space has clear benefits. However, in most parking lots in America, drivers can choose whether to park head on or to back up. But, which is safer?

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Traffic Circles, Pedestrians, and Self-Driving Cars

UTAH. According to Fox 13, members of Utah’s state legislature recently visited Utah State University’s research center for autonomous vehicles. The legislators took a look at vehicles that were both electric and autonomous, cars that researchers hope will revolutionize the way we drive in Utah. They rode in the vehicles, a signal that lawmakers may be soon ready to embrace the new and controversial technology.

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The Smartphone May Be Responsible for the Increase in Deaths and Car Crashes

UTAH. According to Quartz, the number of people who were dying on U.S. roads had been on a steady decline. Then, people started using and buying smartphones. Traffic fatalities have increased by 14% over the last couple of years and many experts are blaming the smartphone for this increase. Yet, despite the fact that smartphones are a known distraction, federal data on exactly how many people are killed or injured due to smartphone use behind the wheel is hard to come by. According to Bloomberg, many deaths behind the wheel are not listed as deaths due to distracted driving or due to the use of a smartphone. In fact, Bloomberg notes that there might simply not be adequate data on the number of people killed each year due to distracted driving.

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Identifying Responsible Companies and Individuals After a Truck Accident

UTAH. If you’ve been involved in a truck accident, you may be facing a long recovery time, high medical bills, lost wages from time missed at work, and pain and suffering. The expenses that families and victims may face after a serious accident in Utah may be immense. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Utah residents lose an estimated $268 million in crash-related deaths each year. These figures account for medical expenses and estimated work losses. However, these numbers don’t account for the people who survive their injuries and may require long-term rehabilitation, nursing, or experience long-term disability.

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A Traffic Jam of Celestial Proportions

Utah. If you’re planning on driving to see the total solar eclipse set to take place on Monday, August 21st, prepare yourself for a magnificent and rare celestial phenomenon—and also for a traffic jam of celestial proportions. According to Time Magazine, federal and state officials are working against the clock to raise traffic awareness and to ready the communities and roads that will experience what is known as “totality” or the moment the moon crosses in front of the sun, plunging the world into nighttime—in the middle of the day.

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5 Disturbing Statistics about Teenage Car Accidents

If you’re like most parents, you probably felt mixed emotions when your child became a licensed driver. Not having to chauffeur your teen around town might have been a welcomed change, but no parents like to think about their children being injured in a car accident.

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Do I Have Grounds for a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

The loss of a family member is always a grievous tragedy, but the experience can be particularly devastating if your loved one died due to the negligent or malicious actions of another person. Pursuant to Utah Code section 78B-3-106, if your family member died due to the wrongful act or negligence of another person, you can pursue damages by filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

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Want to Avoid Drunk Driving Accidents over Memorial Day Weekend?

Drunk driving is a primary cause of serious accidents throughout the year, but alcohol-related crashes are particularly common over holiday breaks such as Memorial Day weekend. In 2010, more than 390 people lost their lives in traffic accidents over the Memorial Day holiday period—and drunk driving contributed to nearly 40 percent of those deaths.

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How Should I Take Photos of a Car Accident Scene?

It can seem impossible to think clearly after a serious collision, but your statements and actions in the immediate aftermath can have a profound impact on the success of your personal injury claim. In addition to contacting the police and recording the contact information of eyewitnesses, it is essential that you take pictures of the accident scene.

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What Is the Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims in Utah?

If you were injured due to the negligence of another person or organization, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. Every state has a specific deadline, called a statute of limitations, by which personal injury claims must be filed. If you attempt to file your claim after the statute of limitations has expired, it is likely that the court will dismiss your case.

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