urlThe scam may be as old as the automobile itself: A fraudster throws himself in front of a vehicle and demands that the driver pay for his self-inflicted (or nonexistent) injuries. But in an age of ever-present cameras, it’s getting a lot harder to pull off.

There are scores of videos online that capture these scams, known in China as “pengci,” or “porcelain bumping.” This video here shows a woman in Yongzhou, in the central province of Hunan, taking the scam to brash extremes. After getting money from the driver of a car she had lain in front of, she boasts to bystanders and even does a little jig in front of the car.

Here’s an excerpt from the exchange between the woman and the driver:

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If the term “salvage title” stops you in your tracks, you’re not off base.

Salvage title cars attract some buyers because they’re priced significantly below market. They might seem like a bargain, but ultimately they have a lot of risks.

Salvage title cars might represent opportunities for a select group of buyers, but even then, the cars should be viewed with caution — and most buyers should avoid them altogether. Here’s everything you need to know:

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What are the safest SUV’s? Millions of Americans drive vehicles like these, and families are dependent on the vehicles to keep them safe in the event of a crash.

For many new SUV buyers, no characteristic is more important than safety. That’s why we’ve researched a list of the eight SUVs with the top safety scores.

The SUVs on the list represent a wide range of sizes and prices. There are subcompact SUVs that scored as well as the larger three-row SUVs; however, it is important to note that, as the IIHS says on their site, “Larger, heavier vehicles generally afford more protection than smaller, lighter ones.”

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The statistics discussed below were compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and focus on the causes of fatal car crashes as the main factors used in this study.

Traffic fatalities have decreased approximately 67 percent since 1975, there is still a long way to go. Many people joke about the subject of poor driving, but the truth that surrounds the issue is very serious.

After compiling the information, CarInsuranceComparison provided a score for each state and ranked them accordingly. The State of Texas ranked the worst in the overall rankings, a demotion from #4 the previous year. Our state ranked third-worst for drunk driving accidents, ninth for speeding, and ninth for the number of fatalities per 100 million miles driven. Texas scored among the top 14 states in all categories, which shows our state has a great deal to improve in the area of safe driving.

Latino-Leader-2017Reyes Browne Reilley is proud to share Latino Leaders Magazine’s recent list of the Top Latino Lawyers of 2016, in which Angel Reyes, founder and managing partner, was listed.

A leader is a person who holds the skills and ability to lead or guide other individuals, teams, or entire communities and/or organizations.

According to Benny Agosto Jr., who when asked what makes an attorney a Latino Leader he said, “such a leader also holds within him or her a strong belief in oneself, in others around them, in justice, and the rule of law. These individuals and leaders all have a dream in their heart which makes the work they do on a day-to-day basis worth the effort, and makes our community and our country better places. A dream for a better Latino community and a better world will only come for those leaders that have the confidence in themselves, the business opportunities to involve others around them, and the desire to help others and make an impact in the community, while always giving back. An attorney Latino Leader is a philanthropist.”

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EverQuote fielded a national online survey to 2,300 licensed American drivers on their driving habits June 18–22, 2016. The survey found drivers are unaware of how often they are actually using their phone behind the wheel and have clear misconceptions about what it takes to be a safe driver. When the survey responses were paired with actual driving data from our safe-driving app, EverDrive, the discrepancies between perceptions and reality become even more surprising.

The survey was divided 52% female and 48% male. The survey was split by age as follows: 18–24 16%, 25–34 23%, 35–44 19%, 45–54 18%, 55–64 15%, 65+ 9%. The margin of error for the survey is +/- 2.2%.

We have summarized the major findings in the following EverQuote Distracted Driving Report:

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Many drivers don’t think about their insurance coverage until after they have an accident and call their insurance company to file a claim to help pay for car repairs, a rental car and other expenses.

Unfortunately, many insured drivers are surprised to find out that their auto insurance does not automatically cover the cost of a replacement rental car after an accident. Since the average car is in the repair shop for two weeks after an accident, it can cost as much as $500 to rent a replacement car. But, some insured drivers pay little or nothing to rent a car because of an inexpensive but often overlooked option known as rental reimbursement.

Rental reimbursement coverage is available for only $1 or $2 a month with almost every auto insurance policy, but it is bypassed frequently by those who believe they will not have a car accident or those shopping only for the lowest cost premium. The cost of a rental replacement car adds up fast, so even if you don’t have an accident for eight or nine years, the coverage pays for itself when you need it most.

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A train slammed into a FedEx truck in North Salt Lake, Utah, on Tuesday. The cause of the crash is unknown for the time being, but the safety gates were up at the time, which suggests some sort of signal malfunction. The gates are programmed to move to a down position in the event of a signal failure or malfunction, according to The Salt Lake Tribune, and it is unknown why they did not in fact close. No one was seriously injured.

The smash, which sent a whole cloud of packages flying, was capture by the dash cam of a police car.

“The agency has never had an accident like this before, and UTA is investigating why and how it happened to ensure it doesn’t occur again,” the Utah Transit Authority said in a release. And while there were no severe injuries, you can bet there were some delivery delays.

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Our attorneys are well-versed in working with motorcycle accident victims. If there’s one thing our clients wish they’d known prior to being involved in a devastating accident of this nature, it’s how imperative it is to contact an attorney as quickly as possible.

After a motorcycle accident with injuries, there is no time to waste in launching an investigation to determine who is at-fault for the accident so victims can seek damages. Motorcycle accident injuries are often far more severe than those resulting from other vehicle accidents. The primary cause for this is that motorcycles offer less protection than a car or other vehicle.

For this reason, it’s imperative to contact an attorney as quickly as possible following a collision. It’s normal to experience confusion and stress following a motorcycle accident. A seasoned auto accident lawyer Washington DC understands this because they often work with victims who are traumatized after an accident.

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The widespread use of self-driving cars promises to bring substantial benefits to transportation efficiency, public safety and personal well-being. Car manufacturers are working to overcome the remaining technical challenges that stand in the way of this future. Recent research conducted and lead by Azim Shariff, assistant professor of psychology at the University of California, Irvine, shows that there is also an important ethical dilemma that must be solved before people will be comfortable trusting their lives to these cars.

Shariff echoes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration when it was noted autonomous cars might find themselves in circumstances in which the car must choose between risks to its passengers and risks to a potentially greater number of pedestrians.

Imagine a situation in which the car must either run off the road or plow through a large crowd of people: Whose risk should the car’s algorithm aim to minimize?