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Safely Secure Your Dog

It is something anyone that regularly drives on Sacramento area roads probably sees on a daily basis – untethered dogs happily hanging their heads out of the car window, often even the driver’s side window. Dogs are our friends and companions, and they like to go places with us, but there are serious safety issues involved with a dog roaming freely about a moving vehicle. In the event of a collision or even hard braking, a dog has the potential to become an airborne projectile. Obviously, this situation can result in significant injury or even death, not only to the dog but also to the human occupants of the vehicle. A small amount of preparation is all that is needed in order to travel safely with your dog.

Remembering Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr is best known as an actress during the 1940s.  She was featured in Acadamy Award-nominated movies such as Sampson & Delilah and Algiers.  But she was much more than a beautiful face and Hollywood talent. In 1941, Lamarr filed for a patent for frequency-hopping wartime technology that paved the way for our modern era GPS, wifi, and Bluetooth devices.  For Women’s History Month, we take a moment to remember Hedy Lamarr.

New Standards in Testing 

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), an agency funded by the insurance industry, has released its annual list of the safest cars: those that get top scores across its numerous safety tests.  In addition to its six standard crashworthiness tests, this was the first year that the list looked at factors such as visibility at night, passenger safety, and protection for pedestrians. This shift in emphasis was partly due to a trend in the past 10 years of increasing pedestrian deaths.

Auto Safety Technology May Save Lives

Research has revealed that the overwhelming number of automobile collisions are caused by human error.  It seems humans could use some help out on the roads.  Newer automobiles employ various types of driver assistance technology in hopes of keeping the vehicle occupants, as well as other motorists, safe. Some of the technologies available in newer vehicles are intended to warn the driver if there is a crash risk.  Other advances are designed to avoid a crash by taking action.  Understanding the different types of auto safety technology is important for vehicle owners and operators.  We will review some of the popular features now available:

The 55 MPH Maximum Speed Limit

According to a report issued by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), higher speed limits result in more fatalities.  This conclusion is based on research from the years 1993 through 2013. The IIHS study looked at the results that followed the repeal of the National Maximum Speed Limit of 55 miles per hour.  That national speed limit was enacted by Congress back in the 1970s and applied to all states.   

Traveling in Foggy Conditions

Dense fog and its effect on traveling safety have unfortunately been in the news lately due to the tragic death of basketball star Kobe Bryant. Mr. Bryant, along with his daughter and seven others, was killed in a helicopter crash caused at least in part by low visibility in foggy conditions.  Dense fog can be hazardous to all types of travelers, including aviators, mariners, and road vehicle drivers. Numerous travel incidents each year can be attributed to foggy conditions. The Sacramento Valley is prone to dense fog due to its geographical qualities and proximity to two rivers.

Focus on General Damages in the Golden Years

Damages in a “Golden Years” injury case (where the plaintiff is of retirement age or older) may best be utilized if a greater focus is placed on noneconomic, or general, damages.  General damages include, but are not limited to, pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.  It seems logical that these damages would be heightened at retirement age since that is when many people are more able to enjoy free time with family, or take vacations, or pursue hobbies that their previous work life did not allow time to nurture.  Most Americans work for decades and look forward to a retirement offering freedom to enjoy whatever activities they choose.  An injury during this time can diminish the ability to enjoy those leisure pursuits.   This is one reason the “Golden Years” damages should focus more on the general, or “pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life” damages.

Vehicle Fire Safety & the Automobile Firewall

Making vehicle fire safety a priority is a necessity, and one way to address that issue is to bring back the automobile firewall.  Outside of residence fires, the largest number of deaths by fire in the United States occur in vehicles.  One fifth (approximately 300,000) of the 1.6 million fires reported every year in this country are vehicle fires.  While less than ten percent of automobile fires are caused by collisions, those that are caused by collisions are the most deadly – approximately 75% of vehicle fire fatalities involve a collision.  This amounts to roughly 3,000 injuries and 500 deaths.  Contributing factors in many of these casualties are occupant incapacitation, blocked exit, and fast fire progression within the vehicle.

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