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Volvo will limit top speeds on new vehicles starting next year

While many people focus on new automotive technology such as self-driving cars, one manufacturer is looking at limitations for a vehicle’s top speed.

Volvo recently announced that, starting in 2020, they will limit all new cars to a top speed of 180 kilometers per hour. This is equivalent to about 112 miles per hour (mph).

Talking on phones and running red lights: Utah Bills are passed and killed

When driving your car, which activity would you guess would result in receiving a ticket: running a red light or holding your cell phone while talking and driving? In many states, both activities are considered offenses and are enforceable by law. But not in Utah. Last week the Utah House of Representatives voted on both issues and the results may surprise you.

How dangerous is truck driver fatigue?

Truck driving is a strenuous job. These workers often put off sleep and work extended shifts, so it’s natural when they feel fatigued. However natural it may be, this exhaustion can often impair performance and lead to accidents.

Drowsy driving causes about 100,000 car accidents in the United States annually. Commercial trucks are the most dangerous vehicles to get into a drowsy driving accident with, and unfortunately truck drivers are the highest risk for drowsy driving.

Avoid Injury While Shoveling Snow

The snow has appeared in force this winter and that means shoveling driveways and sidewalks. Did you know that the way you stand or the shovel you choose can have an impact on your ability to avoid injury? According to Popular Science, having a neutral spine (your head neck and tailbone should all be in a line) can protect your back during shoveling. We've all heard the "lift with your legs" advice but actively engaging your core in the process will also help to protect your back.

Do homeowners need to shovel their sidewalks?

Winter weather brings plenty of snow to Utah, making any kind of travel difficult. It can be particularly annoying for pedestrians who are walking in residential neighborhoods where their neighbors and local businesses didn’t shovel their sidewalks.

When this happens, it can put pedestrians at a greater risk for a slip-and-fall injury. Who is responsible for the snow on the public sidewalks that run through a property?

Road Rage Management Naming your Anger

Have you heard of the term emotional granularity? In essence, it's a term that describes a person's ability to differentiate their emotions with a great degree of specificity as well as being to label those degrees with a variety of descriptive words. A person with emotional granularity can differentiate between sorrow from loss vs. disappointment for example.

What is the Bird Box Challenge?

Utah residents who don’t watch a lot of programming on streaming services may have been perplexed about what caused a recent car crash in the state, which law enforcement said was due to one driver participating in the Bird Box Challenge.  

On January 11, a 17-year-old driver was attempting to operate her vehicle with her beanie over her eyes and caused a car crash, hitting another car and a light pole.

Utah becomes the first state to lower DUI limit to 0.05 percent

Utah has historically been a leader in reducing driving under the influence (DUI). It was the first state to lower its DUI limit to 0.08 percent in 1983, which led to the other 49 states doing the same over the next two decades.

Now, Utah is once again taking the lead to reduce DUI fatalities by lowering drivers’ blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limits to 0.05 percent. This change took effect on December 30, 2018.

What is comparative negligence?

If you are injured on someone else’s property and the premises was dangerous, you may feel you have the right to recover damages for your injuries. While you should not have to pay for someone else’s negligence, your perceived role in the accident could lead to less compensation.

Utah has a comparative negligence law, which means courts look at the accident in full to see how each party contributed to the injury. Even if you are considered at fault in any way, if the fault of the person you are suing exceeds yours, you can recover damages.

Winter Driving Safety Tips

The snow has finally begun to fall and winter driving is upon us. There are many simple tips that can help you to be safe as you drive in winter weather. One of the easiest ways to stay safe on the roads in winter is to allow yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. Heading out the door with enough time to clear off your car, clean off your windshield wipers, let the defrost begin to work and the car to warm up can make a big difference. But more importantly, having the time to move at a safe slow speed on slushy, snowy or icy roads will help you to arrive at your destination safely.

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