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?
Despite advances in workplace safety and regulations, on the job deaths do occur, and according to data released by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in December 2016, a total of 4,836 fatal workplace injuries occurred in 2015, the highest number of yearly fatal on the clock injuries in six years.

This averages to about 13 deaths every day.

Who was most affected by workplace death?  The majority of the victims of workplace death were men; in fact women represented a mere 7% of total workplace deaths.

FaceTime-with-Mom-and-Dad-while-driving-in-traffic-SThe family of a girl who was killed when the car she was in was rear-ended by a driver using his iPhone’s Facetime app has sued not only the driver, but also Apple. The family says iPhones should disable video and other distracting apps when they are being used by a driver. Should it be a company’s responsibility to make social media and other distracting apps unworkable when they are used in a moving car?

Jason Mars and Katherine Mangu-Ward weighed in with their opinions on the subject.

reasonMangu-Ward believe the responsibility rests with each of us as individuals, and believes it is impossible to outsource our ability to make decisions:


Investigators said a 19-year-old driver was texting before getting in an accident involving two school buses and a tractor-trailer near Gray Summit, Mo., in 2010. Credit Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, via Associated Press

Thousands of people die in distracted driving accidents every year, a topic we have discussed in length because it doesn’t seem to be changing.

But now, California is hoping to do something about it.


Eight young women out on a tour of Long Island wineries had both safety and comfort in mind when they booked a stretch limousine for their pre-wedding celebration in the summer of 2015. But four of them died and two were severely injured when the driver attempted a U-turn on a busy county highway and the long limousine was broadsided in traffic.

A grand jury investigation has found, beyond driver error, the victims suffered grievously from gaping omissions in auto safety regulations that essentially exempt stretch limousines from standard requirements like side-panel airbags, lap-and-shoulder seat belts and rollover pillars.

“Without sufficient safety standards in place, it is nothing but a fine line between a stretch limousine and a hearse,” Thomas Spota, the Suffolk County district attorney, declared when he released the grand jury report this month and called for remedial safety laws.
Although automobile manufactures are always coming out with new and improved safety features, car accidents remain a leading cause of death and injury in Dallas and in the United States.

According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic-Safety Administration), the amount of traffic accidents has slowly decreased in Texas, but on average there are about still about 3,300 fatalities a year in the Lone Star State alone. Surprisingly, at least 10% of those accidents involve drivers who are 16-20 years of age.

The main causes of most automobile accidents are drunk or distracted drivers. Despite all the public service announcements and growing awareness of the dangers of using cellular phones while driving, recent surveys show that most drivers are willing to risk others’ lives and their own to answer a call or text while behind the wheel. Texting increases the risk of having a car crash by a whopping 23 percent! For more information about distracted driving visit

“Don’t drink and drive,” a phrase in which the meaning is understood as do not consume alcohol and operate a motor vehicle.

A California man named Joseph Schwab has a case that challenges that understanding completely. He has been charged with driving under the influence of a drug – caffeine.

Mr. Schwab was arrested on August 5 of last year after being pulled over by a California alcoholic beverage control agent in an unmarked car. The agent claimed Schwab’s driving indicated he was driving under the influence.


One of the realities of driving is eventually, you’re most likely going to be involved in a wreck. On one hand you possibly made an unfortunate mistake. Other times, it’s entirely the other person’s fault. Either way, even if you have great insurance, dealing with a crash is almost always a hassle.

If/when you do have an avoidable contact incident, how you respond can drastically impact the outcome. In his latest podcast, consumer protection attorney and Road & Track contributor Steve Lehto walks you through everything you should do after an accident.

While some of it is pretty much common sense, not all of it is so obvious. For example, even in a single-car accident, you might still be responsible for property damage. Because of the way many of these laws are written, wrecking a vehicle on your own private property can still result in a citation.

If you have suffered serious injuries and sustained a lot of damages in an accident such as a car wreck, winning your personal injury claim can make or break your future. Therefore, it’s of utmost importance to take care when pursuing your claim. Get professional legal advice and follow all legal procedures carefully to avoid wrecking your case.

Below are five ways you can benefit your personal injury case and increase your chances of winning and getting the settlement you need.

#1: Collect Every Shred of Evidence

According to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2015, 35,000 people were killed and more than 2.4 million were injured on U.S. highways. The increase in the fatality rate, 7.2 percent over 2014, is the largest percentage increase in nearly 50 years and stops a 10-year trend of declining fatalities.

NHTSA has called surging auto fatalities “an immediate crisis” based on its data that showed 17,775 deaths in the first six months of 2016, up 10.4 percent from last year, and about 16 percent higher at the six-month mark in 2014. Following this trend, 100 people will die on U.S. roads today.

At least one-fifth of those accidents will likely be related to distracted driving. If this many people were injured and killed every day by some other means, experts would call that an epidemic. What makes this situation different?