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The Dangers of Pavement and Shoulder Edge Drop-Offs

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A pavement or shoulder edge drop-off is a condition where there is a significant elevation change from one travel lane to another, or between a travel lane and the adjacent shoulder. This condition has been found to be hazardous to motorists, particularly motorcycles, compact cars, and vehicles pulling trailers and has led to numerous investigation and even litigation. Both drop-offs are created due to uncompleted and inadequate highway reconstruction projects.

Tragedy at the Gun Range: How Young is Too Young to Fire an Uzi?

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Given the nature of firearms, a day at the gun range can be exhilarating, but should always be treated with precaution and a safety-first mentality. On August 25th, 2014, a 9-year-old girl was taken by her parents to the Last Stop outdoor gun range in Arizona to shoot an Uzi, a fully automatic submachine gun. In the video taken by the 9-year-old's parents, the girl holds the machine gun and begins to fire at a target down range. The machine gun recoil is too much for her and the girl loses control over the weapon as the automatic fire recoil forces the weapon upward and to the left. Tragically, the range instructor, Charles Vacca, a U.S. Army veteran that did two tours in Kosovo as a tank operator, was shot in the head and died shortly after being shot by the 9-year-old.

4 Injured in Rollover Accident on Sam Houston Parkway

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A violent two-vehicle collision between a Jeep Grand Cherokee and a Chrysler, sent four people to the hospital early Wednesday morning. According to the Houston Police Department, the collision occurred at 3:00 a.m. on the South Sam Houston Parkway feeder road at South Post Oak.

Stroller Injuries Result in More Head Injuries Than Previously Thought

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According to a report published last Wednesday in the journal Academic Pediatrics, an average of 17,187 children a year wind up in emergency rooms because of stroller and baby carrier accidents. Sadly, more of these children are suffering brain injuries than previously believed.

Tesla and the Autopilot Plight

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When a person is not following the rules of the road and causes an incident, that person usually is at fault. But what about if the car causes the wreck? Tesla is on the cutting edge of technology with the electric cars they manufacture. Those electric cars also come with an autopilot function. So who is at fault with an autopilot wreck?

Chemical Plant Injures Several Workers in Nederland, Texas

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An explosion injured several workers at the Sunoco Logistics plant in Nederland, Texas on Friday, August 12, 2016, at approximately 8:40 p.m. Several workers, contracted to work on a pipe containing crude oil, were working the night-shift, when suddenly and without warning, the pipe exploded. The blast and ensuing fire caused severe injuries to several workers who were directly within the proximity at the time of the explosion. Thankfully, monitors with the state and federal governments found no immediate threat to the general public afterward.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Investigates Another Airbag Manufacturer

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a formal engineering analysis investigation into airbags made by ARC Automotive after the company's airbags were linked to the death of a Canadian driver last month. The fatality in Canada was due to the driver's Hyundai Elantra's airbag inflator exploding as a result of a low impact collision. This death was the first known fatality in recent years from a rupture in an airbag manufactured by a supplier other than Takata. Previous non-fatal incidents involving ARC airbags in 2009 and 2014 sparked preliminary investigations into whether the airbags should be the subject of a product recall.

GM Recalling Over 1 Million Trucks Due to Different Malfunctions

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General Motors recalled over one million 2014 and 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks worldwide because there is an issue the functionality of the seatbelts. Namely, there was a possibility that seatbelts in those vehicles would not hold or protect the driver or passenger in a crash. At issue of the seatbelt is a flexible steel cable that connects the seat belt to the vehicle. This steel cable can separate from the vehicle because of consistent wear and tear, and the repeated action of pulling the seatbelt over time. As of April of this year, there were no reports of crashes or injuries due to the faulty seatbelt.

Brainwaves and Texting

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Texting for communication has been on the rise since its inception. Many people seem unable to resist texting at any and all hours of the day, including while driving despite the obvious risks. A recent study by the Mayo Clinic about why it is so dangerous has finally given us an idea. A one year study of 129 patients was done using EEGs, called electroencephalograms, and video. The study found that 1 in 5 had altered brainwaves while texting, and those altered brain waves were a result of extra effort and concentration in the brain. They discovered that while it affected everyone's concentration, those 1 in 5 were especially effected.

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