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Monsanto ordered to pay $2 billion to long-time Roundup users

A California jury has handed down an award of more than $2 billion to a couple after a finding that Monsanto's weed killer contributed to their cancer. The couple will also receive $55 million to cover medical bills and for pain and suffering. The couple, a 76-year-old man and a 74-year-old woman, had used Monsanto's Roundup weed killer for roughly 30 years for landscaping.

The jury believed the Monsanto product was a substantial contributor in the plaintiffs' developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The man was diagnosed with the disease in 2011, and his wife was diagnosed in 2015. They were both in remission at the time of the jury award.

CVSA to hold Operation Safe Driver Week

California motorists should keep the date July 14 in mind because that will mark the start of the 2019 Operation Safe Driver Week. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will have law enforcement officials across North America searching for speeding commercial and passenger drivers, and those who are stopped may be issued a warning or citation.

Last year, the event led to 113,331 passenger and CMV drivers being stopped. There were some 51,000 law enforcement officials involved. The number of citations issued was 57,405, and the number of warnings given was 87,907. Speeding citations were handed to 16,909 passenger vehicle drivers and 1,908 CMV operators.

The implications of 3 common pedestrian injuries

From motor vehicles to bicycles, the risk to pedestrians is high. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported almost 130,000 pedestrian injuries in one year alone where a crash or collision occurred.

While no incident is the same, most people in these accidents sustain injuries that fall into one of three categories. Each of these types has its own long-term complications and can affect your life in vastly different ways.

Safety tech may be answer to rise in truck crash numbers

Many trucking companies in California and across the U.S. are looking to vehicle devices as a way to improve safety for both their employees and others on the road. These devices include collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, in-cab cameras, truck event recorders and roll stability control.

One especially important safety device is the speed limiter because speeding is the number one driver-related factor behind the rise in truck crashes in some states. From 2014 to 2018, Florida saw the number of truck crashes jump from 23,515 to 32,513.

Lack of training may lead truckers to tamper with safety tech

The annual meeting of the Technology & Maintenance Council took place in Atlanta, and there was a safety systems seminar held by the regional director of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems. What he had to say may be of interest to truckers and truck fleet owners in California because it addresses a growing trend. Truckers are starting to disable or manipulate the safety tech that has been installed in their vehicles.

Many individuals are getting ideas from YouTube videos. For instance, truckers are disconnecting the in-cab camera by cutting its wires or simply sliding a business card behind it. They are disabling the steering-angle sensor. Individuals unplug speakers and plug them back in before they return to the shop. People are removing the cover of the radar and putting aluminum foil on it to disable the radar. There were cases of truckers pushing the button of the lane departure switch and sticking paper in it.

How to prove emotional distress after a car accident

You have to consider many expenses after an auto accident. Five people had to go to the hospital after a car crash in Orange County a few months ago, and those people need to seek compensation for their medical expenses. 

Another expense people may need to receive compensation for after a car accident involves emotional distress. This can be difficult to prove after a collision. With physical injuries, a doctor's report will say precisely what is wrong with a person and what treatments will help. Emotional distress is not as easy to quantify, even though it can linger much longer than physical symptoms. This process involves a few vital components to help someone suffering emotionally after a car accident and trying to get the damages they deserve. 

Study reveals that distracted driving is becoming more common

Most California drivers would probably agree that being distracted behind the wheel is dangerous. However, using electronic devices while driving has become second nature for many people. This has led to many serious collisions across the nation.

Auto insurer Root Insurance recently commissioned a study that is quite revealing when it comes to the number of people who drive while distracted. Almost half of the respondents said that one of their biggest concerns when on the road is distracted driving. However, the same individuals say that they spend about 90 minutes each week using their mobile devices while driving. This includes sending text messages, engaging in social media or even streaming videos while driving.

Many accidents nationwide are linked to truck driver fatigue

Like all drivers, truckers sometimes get drowsy while traveling on roadways in California and across the United States. However, due to the massive size of big rigs, truck driver fatigue poses an elevated threat to occupants of other vehicles.

For example, two deadly truck accidents in North Dakota have been linked to truck driver fatigue. On Oct. 5, 2018, a tractor-trailer truck smashed head-on into a pickup on the Highway 23 bypass in New Town, killing two people. In 2017, two tractor-trailer trucks struck each other head-on near the same mile marker of the highway, resulting in the deaths of both drivers drivers.

Driver distraction puts first responders at risk for collision

A recent survey has revealed some disturbing trends among drivers who pass an emergency vehicle. California drivers should know that 71 percent of survey participants admitted to taking photos or videos when they see an emergency vehicle either making a routine traffic stop or responding to an emergency.

Moreover, 16 percent admitted to hitting or nearly hitting the vehicle or a first responder. Thousands of people die every year in distracted driving crashes, and first responders put themselves at a high risk when on active roadways. In 2013, there were 37 deaths attributed to crashes with fire trucks, police cars or ambulances. In the first four months of 2019, 16 emergency responders were struck and killed by vehicles.

What life is like with a spinal cord injury

A spinal cord injury can be debilitating. Whether you have a spinal cord injury because of a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall or some other type of incident, you may have trouble adjusting to your new normal. Spinal cord damage can cause long-lasting pain, complications and impairments. 

While a spinal cord injury can be life-altering, you can manage it with the proper treatment and lifestyle. Here are some guidelines regarding the treatment of spinal cord injuries. 

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