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Hit-and-run Los Angeles driver leaves motorcyclist to die

A few days ago, Los Angeles rush hour traffic was at its early morning peak. A driver of a pick-up made a turn in the intersection of Vanowen Street and Tampa Avenue just before 7 o'clock Wednesday morning.

A motorcycle slammed into the side of the pick-up, police said, as the truck made the turn. The driver of the truck took off, leaving the motorcyclist in his 20s there on the street to die. 

On the distracted driving phenomenon, Pt. 2

Last week, we wrote a couple of posts about distracted driving. Today, we would like to continue that conversation by talking about the laws that are popping up all around the country and how distracted driving measures are being applied here in the state of California.

Distracted driving (in this context, we are talking about cellphone use while driving) is a serious and ongoing problem. Despite the best efforts of many states all across the country, there are still plenty of people out there who are choosing to look at their cellphone screen while they drive. Unfortunately, even the most stringent laws aren't going to eliminate the negligent behaviors of a sizable subset of drivers.

Holding the reckless responsible in distracted driving accidents

More than two months ago, we wrote a post about distracted driving. In that post, we outlined a new device that could be vital for police in the future, called "the textalyzer." The device was created due to current limitations on how the police prosecute and collect evidence for car accidents where a driver was using his or her cellphone. Currently, it is very difficult to access those phone records to get the evidence necessary to prove someone was texting while driving or using their cellphone while driving.

Given the prevalent nature of distracted driving in today's world and the extreme danger it poses to everyone out on the road, the fact that a "textalyzer" would even be necessary is unfortunate. But, as it is, this means that people who are involved in distracted driving accidents have even more of a reason to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney now after such a wreck.

On the distracted driving phenomenon, Pt. 1

Defining distracted driving is a very easy task. It is any behavior or activity that leads to a driver taking his or her attention away from the road -- where it should always be. As a result, a distracted driver puts himself or herself at risk, while endangering people all over the road. From pedestrians to bicyclists to fellow drivers and passengers, a distracted driver puts them all in danger.

What is a more difficult task these days is to discuss distracted driving without mentioning cellphone use. It used to be that distracted driving would conjure up images of a driver fiddling with the radio or eating a fast food meal in their lap. But now, all anyone can think about when they hear the phrase "distracted driving" is a driver consumed with the ghastly glow of a cellphone screen.

Autopilot feature criticized after another Tesla crash

You have probably heard over the last few months that Tesla cars have been making headlines for their autopilot feature not quite living up to its billing. To be fair to Tesla, the autopilot feature is not supposed to function in the same way as a self-driving car. But this feature is named in a way that makes consumer and drivers think that they don't have to think, pay attention or have their hands on the wheel when it is active.

The last few months have shown that sentiment is demonstrably untrue.

Suffering a traumatic brain injury is a serious matter

Imagine driving home from work one day when you are t-boned by another vehicle. Though the accident is serious in nature, you actually manage to escape serious injury. Or, at least, that's the way it seems at first. A few scratches and bruises here and there, but no broken bones. You think it's a miracle and after receiving some light medical treatment at the scene, you are on your way to recovery.

However, as the hours go by after you return home, you notice that your vision is blurry and you are forgetting things quite easily. In fact, you have had a pounding headache since the accident and you generally just don't feel like yourself.

Pokemon Go just latest distraction for drivers

In the last month, you have probably noticed a lot of people, both young and old, walking around with their phones out seemingly wandering aimlessly through parks and secluded areas. They are all happily shouting with each other, trying to find some sort of location on their phones. These people are playing "Pokemon Go," an app that has taken the world by storm and is incredibly popular.

It is also incredibly distracting and absorbing, and you can probably where this discussion is heading now: Pokemon Go is just the latest in a string of distracted elements attached to cellphones that make us fear for the safety of people out on the road.

Beauty parlor stroke syndrome: Don't laugh

You may have heard the story of the San Diego woman who sued her beauty shop for causing her to have a stroke. You may have chuckled at this as "just another frivolous lawsuit."

It's not funny

The woman claimed that, during the shampoo, the stylist pulled her neck out of whack, hyperextending it. Eight days later, she felt weakness, and a week later, she suffered a massive stroke.

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