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Truckers and regulators not all on board with self-driving trucks

Delivery drones and 3D printers will not eliminate the need for millions of trucks to move goods around the country. But self-driving trucks may someday eliminate human truck drivers.

The Texas Legislature has laid the groundwork for autonomous trucking, reasoning that it makes sense to establish regulations for what appears to be the future of the trucking industry. However, many independent owner-operators and federal trucking regulators are skeptical that self-driving 18-wheelers can safely replace licensed human truck drivers. At least not yet.

Victims of Starbucks coffee burns awarded $100,000

Hot coffee and flimsy lids is an accident waiting to happen.
A Florida jury has awarded $100,000 to a woman who suffered second-degree burns to her abdomen when the lid popped off her Starbucks coffee. Such lawsuits have yielded mixed results over the years, from the infamous million-dollar McDonald’s case to a similar lawsuit against Starbucks in 2015 that ended in no recovery for the victim.

Rather than focusing on the temperature of the coffee, per se, the Florida case hinged on Starbucks’ signature coffee cup. Joanne Mogavero’s lawyers argued that the store failed to warn customers that the lids were prone to popping loose. At trial, a Starbucks representative acknowledged that the company gets about 80 complaints every month about lids that pop off or leak, causing burns and other havoc.

Why not more outcry about the high number of truck accidents

Numerous accidents, but little alarm

There is little doubt that 18-wheelers and other large trucks pose a risk to drivers on the road. Many people, however, may not realize how common truck accidents have become in the United States. And when a heavy vehicle crashes into a lighter automobile, the results can be catastrophic.

What truck driver’s know about driving their 18-wheelers

While many truck accidents are the result of driver negligence, even the most experienced over-the-road drivers can’t stop the laws of physics when they find their rig in dangerous situation at highways speeds.

Some information every trucker knows, but car drivers may not

Can Workers’ Comp Be Denied For Pre-Existing Conditions?

There is bad information out there about what is covered.

There is a lot of talk these days about coverage for pre-existing conditions under health insurance. What about pre-existing conditions under workers’ compensation? Can you be denied benefits if you have a medical condition or previous injury?

Hospital inspection data could be (and should be) made public

Private accreditors doing poor job as watchdogs 

A federal agency wants to require private health care accreditors to make their inspection reports public. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services believes that citizens have a right to know about errors and safety lapses at their local hospitals. CMS also contends that private inspections are only catching a fraction of serious medical deficiencies.

CMS already publishes government inspection reports on nursing homes and some hospitals, This helps consumers make choices about care facilities and medical procedures. But 90 percent of hospitals are overseen by private accreditors, which do not share their findings. Do you agree these records should be public?



Report dangerous driving, especially a truck driver 

An alert convenience store employee probably saved lives when he called police to report a truck driver behaving strangely. Police say the man was high on crystal meth and had driven his tractor-trailer from Washington State to Massachusetts - 3,000 miles - without stopping!

Even without the drugs, that trucker violated federal law by driving so many hours without rest. Sleep-deprived truckers are far more likely to cause an accident. If you see a truck driver weaving, drifting or acting oddly, call 911 immediately.


Do drivers have to stop for a funeral procession?

Connecticut law differs from other states. What is the right thing to do?

In a recent case in the D.C. area, a driver barged through a funeral procession, rear-ended one of the mourners, and led police on a high-speed chase.

That woman turned out to be driving drunk, but it raises the question of what a (sober) driver should do when encountering a funeral procession. Do motorists have an obligation to yield to the line of mourners' vehicles? What is the law, and what is considered proper etiquette?


Millenials are the most distracted drivers

The cellphone generation is more likely to text and drive. 

It has become fashionable to blame Millenials for everything. Their spending patterns and life choices are indeed reshaping America, in both positive and negative ways.

The Millenial generation's preoccupation with smartphones and social media has changed human interaction ... and made our roads more dangerous. Texting while driving is a significant factor in the rise in fatal car accidents.


Connecticut: The Back Strain State?

A health care company compiled state-by-state injury trends

Every medical diagnosis is recorded as a 5-digit medical code. These universal ICD codes are used by the health care industry for billing purposes, tracking and reporting.

Amino, a health care data company, crunched those numbers to reveal some amusing trends. Just as every state has an official motto and a state bird, every state can now claim an unofficial State Injury. Apparently residents of Connecticut are more likely to suffer a strained back than people in other parts of the country.


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