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Uber-Kills-SAN FRANCISCO — A woman in Tempe, Ariz., has died after being hit by a self-driving car operated by Uber, in what appears to be the first known death of a pedestrian struck by an autonomous vehicle on a public road.

The Uber vehicle was in autonomous mode with a human safety driver at the wheel when it struck the woman, who was crossing the street outside of a crosswalk, the Tempe police said in a statement.

The incident happened on Sunday around 10 p.m.

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should-undocumented-immigrants-be-issued-drivers-licenses_21899401-200x299The Federal REAL ID Act requires localities verify the “lawful status” of people who are issued a driver’s license or ID card in the US. Several states, including California, Illinois, and Maryland are legalizing, or have legalized, a sort of second-class driver’s license for people who cannot prove legal residency in the U.S. This license certifies drivers but can’t be used for federal purposes like social security applications, or any public benefits. The decision to issue such licenses has been politically contentious from both sides of the immigration reform debate – with immigration rights groups concerned about it being used as an aid in racial profiling, and social conservatives worried about it granting any level of legitimacy to illegal immigrants.

Irrespective of political leanings, issuing some form of driver certification to people who would otherwise be driving without any documentation has some major practical advantages for American citizens, such as, the following:

Training For All Drivers

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Car Accident - Reyes Browne Reilley - Dallas TexasThere are basically two types of drivers in the world: there are people who get really upset at the drivers traveling slowly in the left lane, and then there are a lot of drivers who are unaware this is even a problem and don’t realize they are actually more likely to cause a car accident.

The fact of the matter is when drivers hang out in the left lane it makes traffic worse and more dangerous for everybody involved.

If you have relatively slow drivers scattered amongst the left and right lanes, faster drivers have to repeatedly slow down and weave back and forth, changing lanes many times to pass all of them.

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bigstock-214125700-300x200Everyone knows the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol, but many people aren’t aware of risks of drowsy driving. Considering that nearly 328,000 car accidents can be linked to drowsy driving each year, it’s time to take a closer look at this growing problem and take action.

The Sleep-Deprived Brain

When the heavy blinks and frequent yawns start, most people push through the fatigue in favor of getting to their destination on time. As you begin to understand what happens to your brain when you’re tired, you might reconsider.

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bigstock-Two-Men-Calling-Car-Help-Assis-154606601-300x200An unexpected car accident can leave you feeling a bit scattered. That’s why it’s important to brush up on post-accident procedures now, when you’re good and levelheaded. This 8-step guide can help make the moments after an accident less stressful.

1. Move to a safe area (if you can)

If it’s safe to do so and you aren’t seriously injured, move your car out of further harm’s way, like to the shoulder of the road. If moving your car just isn’t possible, flip on your hazards to warn other drivers that your vehicle isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

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The Road Movie conveys the swift fickleness of fate, and the powerlessness of people—especially on the road, where danger lurks on every barren stretch of highway, and around every hairpin turn—to protect themselves against unseen calamity. It’s an unforgettable, unshakeable reminder that survival, in general and especially behind the wheel, is often something that’s out of our hands.

The Road Movie by director Dmitrii Kalashnikov is a wild documentary that offers fascinating insight into Russian life through the dashboard camera footage of its many drivers. Kalashnikov created the film solely out of this dashcam footage, which reveals that a great deal of very weird things happen all the time and the surprising number of people who do inexplicable things when they don’t realize that they’re being filmed.

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medical_exam-300x199If you are filing a personal injury claim, be aware that your medical history may have an impact on the outcome of your claim. Having a prior injury similar to the injury for which you are filing a claim might give the defense an opportunity to try to discredit or reduce your settlement. Speak to a personal injury attorney to discuss your case and to start gathering the medical evidence necessary to prove your accident-related injuries.

Having a Prior Injury Doesn’t Automatically Nullify Your Case

Having a prior injury does not mean you cannot win your claim. You will just need to prove that your injury is related to your accident, or that your accident aggravated a previous injury. Your lawyer can help you accomplish this by gathering medical evidence to support your case and speaking with medical experts.

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031814-5-common-ways-to-lose-a-pi-lawsuit_173305826-300x214If you have been injured, you may have grounds to bring a personal injury action against those you believe may be responsible. And while you may have grounds to bring action, there are a number of things you can do that will sabotage your chances of winning your personal injury claim.

From contributing to the accident itself, to ignoring your obligation to take vital legal steps – there are steps you must take in order to preserve the integrity of your case.

Here are five important things you need to make sure you DO NOT do that could put your case at risk from the start.

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Dishwasher-on-fire-300x200Manufacturers create and market hundreds of dangerous consumer products every year in the United States. In fact, each year manufacturers or the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls 400 and 450 products. Here are seven unlikely consumer products that may cause injury or death of which you should be aware.

1. Drop Side Cribs

In 2011, the Consumer Product Safety Commission banned drop side cribs, but many of them are still being sold at garage sales or through individual sellers. Because the moveable side is droppable, the drop may result in suffocation of a baby. In fact, the cribs were associated with approximately 32 deaths since the year 2000, according to a 2012 article on

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If you 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

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