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Dangerous Pandemic Driving Skews Statistics

While the total number of traffic deaths in the United States dropped during the COVID-19 lockdown due to a reduction in overall traffic volume, the statistics for deaths per miles driven have spiked sharply.  This appears to be due to the fact that more drivers have been engaging in reckless behaviors such as speeding and driving under the influence.  

Testing of Self-Driving Trucks Underway

Waymo, which is a subsidiary of Alphabet, Inc. has been in the business of developing autonomous vehicles for the past 10 years. Since 2017, Waymo has been working on self-driving trucks and the company has plans to launch Waymo Via, a commercial freight delivery service.

Recall of Ford and Lincoln Vehicles Over Faulty Back-Up Cameras

Ford Motor Company has issued a product defect recall for more than 700,000 trucks, SUVs, vans, and cars.  This includes popular models of the ubiquitous F-150 pick-up.  The recall is due to backup cameras that may occasionally show a distorted image or go blank while the vehicle is in reverse and the camera is in use. This defect could lead to the drivers not being able to see obstacles or persons behind the vehicle, which could result in a crash.

Proposition 22 and the Gig Economy

You may be seeing a lot of political ads referencing Uber drivers and food delivery services.  Proposition 22 is on the ballot for November 2020 – the proposed law seeks to exempt food delivery businesses and ride-sharing firms from Assembly Bill 5 (AB5).

Child Passenger Safety Week Ramps Up Awareness in September

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently promoting Child Passenger Safety Week, which is the third week of September every year, and this year begins on September 20th.  The awareness week wraps up with Seat Check Saturday on September 26th. 

The Importance of a Good Night’s Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is an important part of injury recovery.  There are some scientific reasons for why that is the case.  One reason is that deeper phases of sleep result in increased blood flow to the muscles.  This brings nutrients and oxygen to those tissues that will help them repair and recover by regenerating cells within the muscles. Another reason relates to hormones.  The deep stage of sleep, or non-REM sleep, results in the pituitary gland releasing growth hormones that can stimulate the repair and growth of muscles.  When you do not get enough quality sleep, the secretion of growth hormones declines, making it more difficult for your body to recover from injury.  Another hormone that comes into play is prolactin.  Prolactin helps to regulate inflammation, and it is also released during sleep.  Inadequate sleep may result in increased inflammation throughout the body, which may hinder injury recovery and put you at risk for additional injuries.

Chronic Pain Patients – Must We Live With It?

In our law practice, we see many people who live with chronic pain – frequently of the back and neck.  Often they try numerous therapeutic approaches such as pain medications, physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, or even back and neck injections.  Unfortunately, those treatments do not always result in the complete elimination of pain.  Does that mean people who have achy backs and necks, arthritis, sore shoulders, and headaches must just learn to live with the discomfort?  Not always.  There may be a simple way to approach chronic pain that is of a muscular origin.

This Sunday is Pepperoni Pizza Day

Sunday, September 20, 2020, is National Pepperoni Pizza Day.  The day conveniently coincides with the second weekend of televised NFL games, so a perfect combination (no pizza pun intended) exists to deliciously celebrate the day.  

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