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Apple Watch Brings New Concerns about Distracted Driving

Drivers who are fed up with seeing other drivers distracted by their phones may have a whole new problem to worry about. With the introduction of the Apple Smartwatch, it seems like the fight against distracted driving just took a few steps backward. Safety experts have cautioned that the unique characteristics of the Apple watch make it potentially the most distracting device for drivers to date. Some of the features of the smartwatch include the ability to check email, look at directions, and alarms that remind wearers of upcoming appointments. Taken together, these features, with the many distractions they can promote, become even more distracting when placed on the wrist, right in the field of view of a driver. Safety experts believe that the constant availability provided by having the device on your wrist can increase your chances of glancing at it while driving. Smartwatches and smartphones are not just…
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Felt Bicycles Recalls Bikes After Cycling Accidents

Felt bicycles are recalling all of their cruiser bicycles sold between June 2014 and March 2015 after a series of cycling accidents. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which protects the public from risks that are considered unreasonable when using a product, 26 people were injured because the bike’s brakes failed. This is not the first time Felt has had to recall their bicycles. In 2011, Felt recalled about 1500 bikes because it was found that the carbon fiber on the fork part of the frame could collapse, potentially causing severe injury to cyclists. Unfortunately, bike recalls are not uncommon and they are frequently associated with severe injuries. Earlier this month, Trek recalled almost a million bikes after a rider was paralyzed because of a defect in the quick release mechanism on the bike wheel, which causes it to separate from the frame while riding. How Often do…
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Injured Cirque Du Soleil Artists Fighting for Workers’ Comp

Professional athletes work in high risk environments where bodily injury is a real possibility. Because of this, most professional athletes are provided with contracts that include additional compensation alongside what workers’ comp provides. But for a profession with nearly four times the rate of injuries as professional sports, Cirque Du Soleil provides most performers with little to no extra compensation, putting them in the position of filing for workers’ compensation and often having to fight to get the benefits they truly need. A performer injured in 2007 after falling nearly 40 feet experienced difficulty getting the compensation she needed. She had injured her ankle and needed surgery. The workers’ compensation she was offered only allowed her enough money to get surgery that would help her walk again. But as a gymnast whose best prospects for work relied on being able to use her ankle for more than walking, the surgery…
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