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New bill would limit tractor-trailer truck speeds to 65 mph

Large trucks can be a hazard to other drivers, causing serious and sometimes fatal accidents. A new bill proposed in the U.S. Senate aims to reduce these accidents by limiting truck speeds.

The bipartisan effort by Sens. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, and Chris Coons, D-Delaware would electronically limit heavy truck speeds to 65 miles per hour. This bill would replace a proposal from the Department of Transportation (DOT), which has been in limbo for over a decade. 

Does your insurance cover electronic scooter accidents?

As electronic scooters grow in popularity, so have scooted-related accidents. Falling injuries, traffic accidents and fatalities are all linked to scooters.

Unfortunately, most riders are unaware that they are opening themselves up to liability when they get on a scooter. Lucian McMahon, senior research specialist for the Insurance Information Institute, told the Associated Press that under a standard insurance policy, there is likely a “pretty significant gap” in insurance coverage.

Can You Get A DUI While Riding a Bicycle?

In the state of Utah, though uncommon, it is possible to get a DUI while riding a bicycle. Typically, if you are ticketed for being intoxicated while riding a bicycle you will be charged with public intoxication rather than a DUI but in some circumstances, people have received DUIs. Often these cases can be argued because the law states that a DUI is for driving a "vehicle" under the influence and there is some wiggle room in proving whether or not a bicycle should be considered a vehicle.

Distracted driving: A big threat to Utah motorcyclists

There are many safety dangers that motorcyclists can face here in Utah. These hazards can have tragic consequences. Sadly, Utah’s roads have been a particularly deadly place for motorcyclists in recent years. According to the Utah Highway Patrol, motorcycle accident fatalities have been on the increase in the state.

Among the things that can create major risks for motorcyclists out on the roads is unsafe conduct by other drivers. One such behavior that many point to as being a particularly big problem out on the state’s roads is distracted driving.

Distracted Driving: It Can Wait

Have you taken the pledge to drive distraction free? Distracted drivers have claimed more than 20,000 lives between 2012 and 2017. Using a cell phone is one of the most common and most dangerous distractions when driving. However, anything that pulls your hands from the steering wheel, your eyes from the road, or your concentration away from driving is considered distracted driving.

Are women less safe while driving a car?

Men and women get into the driver's seat every day to go to work, run errands, pick up their kids, take road trips and so much more. When car manufacturers implement safety features, you would expect they take all drivers into consideration.

Unfortunately, the history of automobile safety testing has skewed toward male drivers. The crash-test dummy, first developed in the early 1970s, was modeled on male soldiers. Testing with female dummies didn't exist until 2012 and only some testing is done with these models today. As a result, seatbelts and other lifesaving devices are generally not designed for female bodies.

Who is liable if a dog bites?

Dogs are often called “man’s best friend,” so most people assume every canine is friendly. However, some dogs are scared due to previous abuse or feel threatened even when one doesn’t exist, and it can cause them to lash out in the only way they know how: biting.

A dog bite can cause serious injuries, which can be expensive in terms of medical bills and lost work. If this happens, who is liable for the injury?

Can You Be Ticketed For Not Wearing Your Corrective Lenses While Driving?

Did you know that if you have a corrective lens restriction on your driver's license you will be ticketed if you are pulled over and are not wearing your glasses or contacts? In fact, in some states, you might even face time in jail.

Pedestrian Safety: Do You Know How to Protect Yourself?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2017 an average of one person was killed every 88 minutes in an auto-pedestrian accident. This was a 1.7 percent decrease from the previous year but that still amounts to 5,977 deaths.

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