February Injury News- Tampa
You hear the advertisements all the time. “411-PAIN”, “1-800-Ask-Gary” and many other accident hotlines have countless of ads trying to convince you that they are the best and will always get you a settlement, etc. They use terminology such as “experienced” to describe the attorneys a part of the network, but that is not usually the case. We have had many clients turn to us after firing an attorney they acquired through one of these hotlines, and they all same the same thing, “We should have come to you first.” So what is the big difference? Read them by clicking here.
Flying Drone Taxis
One of the world’s cities of the future, Dubai, could have flying drone taxis by this summer. The city would use Ehang 184 drones to fly passengers around the city. They will hold one passenger with a max weight of 220 pounds. The drones run on electric power (a battery with a 23-minute lifespan) and can travel a maximum distance of 31 miles and reach speeds of 100 mph. They are flown by artificial intelligence and will be monitored at a central command location. If there was to be an emergency a pilot could manually control the drone remotely. According to TechCrunch, they are already testing the drones in the city. Watch a video of what they will be like below!
The National Safety Council released data this week that said traffic deaths were over 40,000 in 2016. For the first time in a decade, this shows a previous trend of declining traffic deaths in a reversed pattern. With so many new safety features on cars many are surprised. Experts with the NHTSA, IIHS and NSC all attribute the rise to various factors. This includes more people driving as we move out of the recession (including teenagers), becoming complacent with our driving and not paying attention (including texting, phone apps while driving) and lower gas prices putting more people on the road. Read more about what experts have to say here.
We have written about how important paying attention to car recalls is, but unfortunately it is still a huge issue in the U.S. According to Carfax, there are more than 63 million vehicles currently on American roads that have a recall but have not yet been fixed. That is a 34 percent increase from last year. It also means that one out of every four cars on the road next to you have an open recall. Read more about these findings here.
Speaking of recalls, a lawsuit was recently filed by a California police officer claiming a defect in Ford Explorers can leak poisonous gasses into the SUV. More than 400 people have filed complaints with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This leak is said to affect Explorer models from the year 2011-2015. Read more here.
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