UTAH. Utah’s new drunk driving law lowers the blood alcohol concentration limits for Utah drivers to 0.05. Starting in December, drivers could be put in jail if they are found driving with the new lowered limit. Furthermore, if drivers get into a crash and injure another driver or passenger, they could be found negligent or at fault for the crash if officers determine that their blood alcohol concentration is above the 0.05% limit. Yet, some critics of the new law claim that it doesn’t address the real danger on Utah’s roads: distracted driving.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada. Proponents of self-driving vehicles continue to claim that these cars have the power to reduce the number of people who die in car crashes in the U.S. According to Wired, car accidents lead to 40,000 deaths each year in the U.S. The recent self-driving car accident in Arizona, has critics once again scrutinizing the safety of these vehicles. Yet, the fact remains that self-driving cars are far less likely to make the same mistakes humans make. The question is: will the mistakes that machines make be more dangerous?
UTAH. Driverless cars have already taken to the road in Las Vegas. These research vehicles are serving as taxis. And, according to the Salt Lake Tribune, Utah may become the first state to make autonomous vehicles legal. The new law would include special insurance requirements for autonomous vehicles. Yet, autonomous vehicles are still being tested for safety and there are situations where the vehicles continue to have difficulties. Who steps in when these vehicles encounter problems? Recent events in Arizona in which a driverless vehicle hit a pedestrian have also raised important questions about autonomous vehicle safety. Testing has currently been suspended until more information is discovered. It isn’t clear how this accident will impact Utah’s proposed legislative changes.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada. Biking on public roads can be incredibly dangerous. Drivers may not always be aware of bicyclists. Bike lanes may not always be divided from the roadway. And, all it takes is one mistake, one missed turn, one swerve, to result in a biker being seriously injured. Anyone who has biked on city roads has had one or more close calls. In fact, one study found that when bike lanes aren’t protected, bicyclists might experience as much as one close call each week. These close calls usually happen because there are no bike lanes, there is no separation between bike lanes and the road, or because drivers are not punished when they hit bikers.
UTAH. According to ESPN, approximately 1.23 million children between the ages of 6-12 play tackle football. However, these children may be exposed to serious long-term injury risks by playing the sport. The Boston Globe reports that children who play tackle football can be exposed to repeated head injuries that can double their risk of developing behavioral problems and triple their risk for depression. The research has some child advocates saying that children should simply not be playing tackle football. Because the research into the impact of tackle football on children is still in its infancy, researchers have not yet made any official recommendations for youth football coaches and teams.
UTAH. Many women experience changes after childbirth. However, some women may not be aware that damages they experience during childbirth can be treated medically. As many as 80% of women may be sufferers of some kind of pelvic injury. As many as 95% of first-time mothers may experience some kind of tearing during childbirth. Doctors may not always take women’s complaints seriously. In some cases, it can be years before women receive the medical treatment they need. One woman, writing for the Guardian, reported that it took her five years to receive proper medical treatment. We live in a world where men’s sexual health is taken seriously, while many women suffer in silence after experiencing childbirth injuries.
Car accidents are traumatic events that many people do not have to experience in their lifetime. People generally feel panicked and confused in the moment when the simple act of driving turns into potential lifelong consequences for your health, finances and future. After being involved in an accident you should try to calm down. Focus on your breathing and just try to comprehend the situation. If you are involved in a car accident in Utah, your next steps can make a world of a difference.
It is your legal right to be compensated for your damages if the other driver was at fault but unless you take the appropriate steps you may not get the compensation that you deserve. The following steps are recommended as a course of action after being involved in a car accident:
LAS VEGAS, Nevada. According to Wired, the American Society of Civil Engineers recently gave U.S. infrastructure a “D” grade. When you think of crumbling infrastructure, you might imagine roads with potholes or bridges in need of repair. But, the reality is that poor roads, potholes, and other road hazards caused by infrastructure problems can lead to car accidents and other injuries. Unfortunately, many of America’s roads are in need of repair. A recent report indicated that one in five miles of America’s highways may need fixing. However, when it comes to fixing roads, they simply might not be a priority. Governments must decide how to spend strapped budgets. The cost of repairing America’s highways are estimated to be in the trillions. More urgent municipal projects may take priority over roads. While we might not think of road repair as a critical issue, bad roads can lead to tire blowouts, which can lead to accidents or other serious injuries.
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?
LAS VEGAS, Nevada. So, you’ve been in a car accident. You hit your head, but didn’t pass out, don’t feel dizzy, and don’t think you’ve suffered any memory loss. So, you’re fine, right? Maybe not. According to NPR, researchers for the journal Radiology report that even one concussion can have lasting changes on the brain. When the brain scans of healthy patients were compared to the brain scans of those who had suffered a concussion, the brains of those who had suffered a concussion showed damage in areas of the brain linked to mood and depression. In fact, some scans showed signs of atrophy or brain shrinkage. While researchers indicate that most patients who suffer mild traumatic brain injury go on to experience a full recovery, as many as 10 to 20 percent of patients might go on to develop problems with mood, depression, and anxiety. Others might experience headaches, balance problems, or difficulty concentrating. Sometimes these symptoms aren’t immediate perceptible.