Many parents drive minivans believing the vehicles they’re driving offer good protection in the event of a crash. After all, we trust our minivans to safely take our children where they need to go. Is this trust in minivan safety misplaced, though?   According to a recent small overlap crash tests by the Insurance Institute...
A Texas court ruling recently put an end to a decade of guilt for 30-year-old Candace Anderson.   In late November, a Texas court overturned Anderson’s conviction for negligent homicide. Back in 2004, she had pleaded guilty to charges related to the death of her fiancé, Gene Mikale Erickson, resulting from the crash of the...
It’s something most of us know we shouldn’t be doing: the statistics have shown, again and again, that texting while driving can have very serious consequences. Despite this, however, many people continue to text and drive.   According to a new survey commissioned by AT&T as part of the Texting & Driving … It Can...
While crash rates among teenaged drivers have declined as a result of graduated licensing systems, motor vehicle accidents continue to be the leading cause of both death and disability among teenagers. Teenaged probationary drivers in countries such as Australia have been required to drive with teen driving decals on their vehicles for a while now,...
Many people have heard the jokes made at the expense of senior drivers, but what’s the perspective of drivers over the age of 65 on various driving issues, including the licence renewal process for older drivers?   A new report on Older American Drivers and Traffic Safety Culture released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic...
We buy them the toys we know they’ll love, but other than a choking hazard warning for young children, toys generally do not come with safety or caution labels. But is the danger inherent in a toy something we need to consider when purchasing a play item for our child?   Just in time for...
Most of us are aware, to some degree, of the personal costs of motor vehicle accidents and the injuries they inflict on accident victims. But how high are these costs, not just to the individual, but to our health care system and our society as a whole?   According to the latest Vital Signs report...
Accidents are among parents’ worse nightmares when it comes to their children. After all, while we try our best to protect them, accidents can be unpredictable, and the damages caused by them can be so traumatic – for our kids, and for our families as a whole.   Just how much of an impact do...
California’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) places a cap of $250,000 on pain-and-suffering damages, also known as non-economic damages. However, the top court in California, the California Supreme Court, has recently agreed to hear Hughes vs. Pham, a case which challenges the constitutionality of this cap.   The plaintiffs in the case allege that...
Under California’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA), damages related to pain and suffering (also known as non-economic damages) as a result of medical malpractice cannot exceed $250,000.   Back in November, Proposition 46 was defeated, with 67% of California voters rejecting the ballot measure, which aimed to increase the cap on pain-and-suffering damage awards....
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