State Chart Reveals New Laws Have Little Impact on Reducing Distracted Driving

If you’re driving right now, it’s far more likely you are reading this on your phone than you would have been a year ago. Despite a harrowing surge in traffic fatalities, American drivers appear to be getting worse at avoiding …
Source: Journal USA State Chart Reveals New Laws Have Little Impact on Reducing Distracted Driving

GPS Failed to Warn Bus Driver Before Overpass Crash

The out-of-state driver of a charter bus full of high school students that crashed into a low-hanging overpass on a Long Island parkway was using a non-commercial GPS device that didn’t warn him about the hazard in time to prevent …
Source: Journal USA GPS Failed to Warn Bus Driver Before Overpass Crash

Poll: Older Adults Wary of Medical Marijuana

Few older adults use medical marijuana, a new national poll finds, but the majority support its use if a doctor recommends it, and might talk to their own doctor about it if they developed a serious health condition. Four out …
Source: Journal USA Poll: Older Adults Wary of Medical Marijuana

Strong Winds Collapse Hangar At Houston Airport¸ Millions In Damage

Strong winds took down a large hangar at Hobby Airport overnight when severe storms rolled through southeast Houston. No one was inside the hangar when it happened. No one was hurt. The Houston Airport System says the runway that was once covered by debris from the collapsed hangar reopened sometime after 3 p.m. Wednesday¸ but that part of a neighboring taxiway is still closed. According to HPD Lieutenant Larry Crowson¸ police received a call a little after midnight to assist the fire department at the hanger owned by Jet Aviation.
Source: The Page – USA Strong Winds Collapse Hangar At Houston Airport¸ Millions In Damage

Cigna’s Purchase of Express Scripts Unlikely to Affect Workers’ Comp

Cigna’s purchase of healthcare pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts last month was just the latest insurer/PBM acquisition in an effort to control rising medical treatment and drug costs. There’s been quite a few pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) acquisitions in healthcare …
Source: Journal USA Cigna’s Purchase of Express Scripts Unlikely to Affect Workers’ Comp

Two Virginia Beach Homes Burned By Kid Playing With Fire

Firefighters have extinguished a two-alarm fire that caused heavy damage to two homes in the Pecan Gardens area of Virginia Beach. The fire also killed a cat at one of the homes. As of 4:30 p.m. another cat from the home where the one cat died was unaccounted for. Fire officials say two more cats were in the other home¸ but haven’t shared whether they’ve been accounted for at this time. The blaze started at a shed between the two homes in the 500 block of Grant Avenue just after 3 p.m. Firefighters received a call at 3:15 p.m. and got the fire under control approximately 30 minutes later. Investigators determined the fire was started by a juvenile playing with fire.
Source: The Page – USA Two Virginia Beach Homes Burned By Kid Playing With Fire

DUI Driver Repeatedly Swerved Before Crashing Charter Bus

A charter bus headed to the Masters golf tournament overturned on a Georgia interstate Thursday¸ injuring 15 people and snarling traffic as scores of fans made the pilgrimage to one of the sport’s premier events. The bus driver was charged with driving under the influence. The bus carrying 18 passengers crashed about 8:45 a.m. Thursday¸ just as fans were driving in for the tournament’s first round. Sgt. Chris Wright of the Georgia State Patrol said the driver ran off the right side¸ then overcorrected and caused the bus to overturn in the median. Some passengers suffered broken bones and head injuries¸ Wright said¸ but none were life-threatening.
Source: The Page – USA DUI Driver Repeatedly Swerved Before Crashing Charter Bus

Sanitation Worker Safety Group Pushes Penalty Bills

Kenny Lawson loved being a garbage collector. The Germantown, Ohio, resident enjoyed working outdoors alongside his family, throwing his “solid as a horse” frame into physical labor that made people’s lives better. One customer left a cooler near the curb …
Source: Journal USA Sanitation Worker Safety Group Pushes Penalty Bills

Research Reveals Coastal Housing Recovery Gaps After Disasters

A team including an Iowa State University researcher studied Galveston, Texas, homes following Hurricane Ike, finding that the types of housing and homeowners – and how U.S. recovery policy handles each – played a major role in recovery outcomes. Sara …
Source: Journal USA Research Reveals Coastal Housing Recovery Gaps After Disasters

Hundreds Of Accidents Reported On Slick Minnesota Roads

Roads slickened by a spring snowstorm caused a messy and dangerous commute for drivers throughout the state Tuesday night. The State Patrol and local authorities responded to stalled vehicles¸ spinouts and cars in ditches as snow totaled 8.2 inches in Minneapolis and St. Paul and 6.5 inches in St. Cloud.With a low of 9 degrees overnight¸ roads were expected to be treacherous again into Wednesday. Temperatures below freezing and drifting snow were expected to combine to create continued hazardous conditions. Statewide¸ the patrol reported 421 crashes¸ 32 with injuries¸ in 24 hours from Monday to Tuesday evening.
Source: The Page – USA Hundreds Of Accidents Reported On Slick Minnesota Roads

Waymo CEO Says Self-Driving Tech Not To Blame In Deadly Tesla Crash

As controversy swirls around the death of a Model X driver last month¸ the head of Alphabet Inc.’s self-driving car unit is drawing distinctions between his company’s technology and Tesla Inc.’s Autopilot. Wei Huang¸ 38¸ died March 23 when his crossover using the driver-assistance system Autopilot collided with a highway barrier in Mountain View¸ Calif.¸ and caught fire. Computer logs recovered from the vehicle showed he didn’t have his hands on the steering wheel for six seconds before the crash¸ according to a Tesla blog post.
Source: The Page – USA Waymo CEO Says Self-Driving Tech Not To Blame In Deadly Tesla Crash

450 Homes Impacted By EF1 Tornado

Grove City experienced high winds during Tuesday’s storms. The city says 450 homes and 20 power poles were damaged as a result of the powerful gusts from an EF1 tornado. The southwestern Columbus suburb experienced some of the worst conditions during Tuesday’s severe weather with most of that damage along Hoover Road. Hundreds of homes were still without power Wednesday morning. Approximately 600 customers will remain without power until Sunday¸ according to an AEP Ohio official. Crews will first have to clean up the damage first¸ then install steel poles¸ which is a recent and more durable innovation¸ the official said.
Source: The Page – USA 450 Homes Impacted By EF1 Tornado

Louisiana Legislation to Drop Drinking Age Shelved

Louisiana’s legal drinking age will remain 21, after a state senator Tuesday shelved his proposal to let some younger people buy alcoholic beverages if they’re educated about the risks before imbibing. Sen. Eric LaFleur said he was trying to promote …
Source: Journal USA Louisiana Legislation to Drop Drinking Age Shelved

Florida Bridge Collapse Survivor Copes With Injuries, Anxiety

Richie Humble says flashbacks and anxiety attacks have haunted him ever since a pedestrian bridge near a Florida university fell on the car he was riding in, killing six people including the college friend driving their vehicle. Humble said Monday …
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The Cost of Subrogation Procrastination

Delays in Referring File to Subrogation Counsel Can Be Expensive In July 2017, we published a somewhat controversial article in the Journal,Ten Subrogation Mistakes Insurance Companies Keep Making. Thirty-four years of subrogation litigation experience had distilled ten of the …
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Minnesota Woman Advocates For Change In Boat Insurance Law

When Twin Cities TV reporter Courtney Godfrey lost part of her leg in a boating accident over the summer¸ she assumed the boat owner’s insurance policy would help. But she quickly learned the boat’s liability policy excluded her. Because the boat was owned by her husband. “We were like: ‘WHAT?!’” says Godfrey¸ a KMSP-TV reporter who lost the lower portion on her left leg in the propeller after she was flung overboard while the boat was making a turn on Christmas Lake in September. That’s correct: If Godfrey’s sister¸ who was also aboard¸ had been injured¸ the $451-a-year policy would have covered her. “If it would have happened the summer before¸ when we weren’t married¸ I would have been covered¸” she said.
Source: The Page – USA Minnesota Woman Advocates For Change In Boat Insurance Law

Tesla Is Recalling 123¸000 Model S Vehicles

Tesla (TSLA) on Thursday recalled about 123¸000 Model S sedans¸ asking customers with cars built before April of 2016 to have their power steering bolts replaced. A Tesla spokesperson said the company has observed “excessive corrosion” of the part in some cold climates where a certain type of road salt is used. No injuries or accidents have been reported in connection with the issue¸ the spokesperson said. A Tesla spokesperson said that if the bolts fail¸ the driver should still be able to control the vehicle. The issue can make the car more difficult to steer at low speeds and to parallel park¸ and it should “not materially affect control at high speed.”
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1 Dead After Fiery Crash At New Hampshire Tollbooth

One person was killed when a truck crashed into an E-ZPass tollbooth on a major New Hampshire highway on Wednesday afternoon and burst into flames. The crash occurred after 1 p.m. on the Everett Turnpike at the Bedford toll plaza¸ shutting down the northbound side of the highway for nearly two hours. The two left lanes reopened around 3 p.m. Aerial footage from NBC10 Boston’s Sky Ranger helicopter showed the burned wreckage of a vehicle lying in front of the tollbooth. The tollbooth was also damaged¸ with a side panel and speed limit sign lying in the rubble.
Source: The Page – USA 1 Dead After Fiery Crash At New Hampshire Tollbooth

Family Dollar Lost To Fire; Investigation Continues

Investigation into a weekend fire that destroyed the South Main Family Dollar retail outlet on Saturday was still continuing¸ a spokesman with the Hope Fire Department confirmed on Tuesday. “Family Dollar has its own investigator out of Memphis¸ and the fire scene now belongs to them. There should be a report soon¸ but right now¸ the scene is still under investigation¸” the HFD spokesman said. In a brief statement late Tuesday afternoon¸ Kayleigh M. Painter¸ who is Dollar Tree’s manager of Investor and Media Relations at its headquarters in Chesapeake¸ VA¸ said “We are thankful that no customers or associates were injured as a result of this incident.”
Source: The Page – USA Family Dollar Lost To Fire; Investigation Continues

March Madness Risk Planning Starts Early

Last year’s NCAA Final Four men’s basketball tournament was one of the highest attended and most watched games in the event’s history. According to NCAA.com, attendance totaled 153,780 for the games. In the wake of mass shootings and cyber threats, …
Source: Journal USA March Madness Risk Planning Starts Early