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October 2016 Archives

Otto pioneers self-driving trucks with successful test

All of the media attention has focused on the "big" technology firms like Uber and their downtown Pittsburg self-driving taxis, the Google self-driven cars all over California, and Tesla with its widely adopted "auto-pilot" program. But, of perhaps greater importance, are self-driven trucks. Large trucks are responsible for a disproportionate number of severe and fatal accidents. It is believed that self-driven trucks or assisted-driven trucks can reduce the strain on truck drivers and reduce accidents.

Answers to common wrongful death questions

Wrongful death suits arise when the surviving loved ones or the estate of the deceased person brings an action on behalf of the decedent (the deceased person). Wrongful death suits operate on the premise that someone died due to the negligent action or omission of another person and that person should be held responsible for that person's death. This post will go over some typical questions that come up when families considering pursuing a wrongful death suit.

Public Service Announcement: "Sexting" is a Crime

For you kids out there (and parents, too!), be aware that so-called "sexting" can be prosecuted as a criminal offense in some states, including Pennsylvania. Sexting occurs when someone sends a "sexually explicit" (e.g., nude) picture of himself or herself to another via email or social media, often with a mobile device such as the ones many teenagers routinely possess.

Are smartwatches distracting drivers?

Smartwatches are taking the world by storm. A plethora of devices from wrist-worn fitness trackers to full-blown smartwatches are being offered to drivers. Unfortunately, these smartwatches are another device that distracts drivers. The study, from Tech Times out of the United Kingdom, found that smartwatches may, in fact, be more distracting than smartphones.

Little Tolerance for Underage Drinking & Driving

Since 1988, the legal minimum drinking age in every state has been 21. Many states had lowered the drinking age in the late 1960s and early 1970s to age 18. The results were disturbing, as the number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities rose.

Self-driving Uber passengers signed death waiver

You probably heard about the pilot program that Uber launched in Pittsburgh testing completely autonomous Uber cars. Passengers who order cars in Pittsburgh now may either get a self-driven car or a human operated vehicle. But what you may not know is before that pilot program launched, Uber tested the technology in a "friends and family" program. It allows friends and family of Uber employees to ride in the autonomous vehicles.

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