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Could collision avoidance systems save your life?

Just about everyone here in Southern California uses technology on a daily basis. The advances in cell phones alone have changed the world. Now, automakers are finally taking advantage of technological advances to help keep you safer on the roads.

Collision avoidance systems are gaining popularity in the auto industry, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says they are working. If you are wondering what these systems even do, this article briefly discusses their utility.

California makes employers reevaluate hair grooming policies

Unless your job allowed it, you would never go to work in your pajamas. You understand that you need to dress appropriately for your work environment. If you work in construction, jeans and a t-shirt are probably acceptable. If you work in an office, you wear business attire.

But what happens if your employer tries to dictate how you wear your hair? Granted, if you have long hair and work with machinery, you probably want to keep it up and out of the way so that it does not catch in a machine, but that is not what this blog is about. Your employer should not have the right to tell you that you can't wear your "natural" hair simply because of a discriminatory bias, and the state of California agrees.

How will you feel when the adrenaline and shock wear off?

After looking at the state of the wreckage resulting from your car accident, you may have felt astounded that you weren't seriously injured. You went home that night feeling okay, but what about the next day or the day after that?

Some injuries suffered in car accidents fail to make themselves known right away. You may have gone home without broken bones or bleeding, but that does not mean you escaped serious injury. In the days following your accident, pay careful attention to how you feel.

An old law could put your child at risk of injury or death

You would think that companies that make toys would make sure the items they make do not endanger children. Sadly, that isn't always the case.

In fact, at least one manufacturer recently faced accusations of hiding behind an old law to avoid recalling one of its products that has led to 19 to 32 infant fatalities. That company Fisher Price, and the product is the Rock 'n Play Sleeper. A similar product made by Kid II has led to some of the reported deaths. Fisher-Price allegedly knew about the dangers for years before finally recalling around 4.7 million products in April of this year.

How would you feel if your airplane pilot napped in the cockpit?

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Do you ever wonder if your pilot got enough rest before your flight. Pilot fatigue is a serious problem in the travel industry.

Pilots often start their days early and end them late -- often in another time zone. In addition to just feeling tired, pilots experience jet lag just like everyone else. Even though regulations exist restricting flying time and dictating the need for rest periods, fatigue is still a problem. As recently as 2017, two exhausted co-pilots almost caused a catastrophic accident when they nearly landed their plane on top of others on the ground.

How can I find out if my vehicle is subject to a recall?

Did you hear about the Takata airbag recall? Is your car or truck affected by this recall? How do you find out? 

Some recalls come after vehicle owners or their passengers suffer serious or fatal injuries. If you receive information regarding a recall on your vehicle, understanding the urgency could affect what you do next.

Could you control your vehicle if a tire blows?

When you purchase tires for your vehicle, you expect them to perform as intended. However, manufacturers sometimes allow defective products to leave their factories, and you could be the unfortunate consumer who ends up with tires that fail to perform properly.

If this happens, you could end up driving at highway speeds when your tire blows. Yes, you could explore your legal options against the manufacturer and others who may bear legal liability for the incident, but first, you need to control your vehicle so that you survive the situation.

Does your teen know the driving restrictions in California?

Getting a driver's license remains a kind of rite of passage for teenagers. It provides a measure of freedom and independence, but it also comes with a great deal of responsibility.

It can take some time to build up enough experience to truly understand how to drive. For this reason, California puts certain restrictions on teenagers who have their licenses less than a year. Your teen needs to know these rules in order to avoid the legal ramifications of not complying with the law.

Are you a victim of religious discrimination at work?

muslim discrimination.jpegOne of the founding principles of the United States is the freedom of religion. The people who first came to this country did so in order to escape religious persecution and to worship in their own way.

You would expect that, over 200 years later, everyone could worship in their own way without judgment, harassment or discrimination. Sadly, not everyone shows the tolerance the founders of this country expected. Anticipating this eventuality, federal law protects your right to religious freedom, including in the workplace.

Lane-splitting doesn't mean you deserve to be hit

One of the benefits of riding a motorcycle is that its smaller profile allows you to maneuver in ways that a passenger or commercial vehicle can't. You can move through traffic more easily, allowing you to ride between the lanes, referred to as lane splitting.

Just because you drive between lanes of traffic, it doesn't mean that you deserve to be cut off or sideswiped by car drivers or that you are at fault for an accident. The primary reason for this is that it is legal for you to lane split in California. That doesn't mean that it is safe, but you can do it without legal repercussions.

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