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LET IT SNOW! EIGHT WINTER DRIVING TIPS THROUGH THE STORMS AHEAD

winter driving

Cars are getting smarter all the time, and it may not be all that long before we’re all riding around in vehicles that drive themselves. Until that magic day, though, drivers still have to pay attention to the road ahead — particularly in winter weather conditions, which can test even the most experienced motorist’s skills and patience. Here are eight useful winter driving tips for getting safely through the storms ahead. 1. Know your vehicle — and its limitations. Back in the Chrome Age, when fin-bedecked dinosaurs with names like Edsel and Bel Air ruled the earth, gearing up for winter driving...

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AZAR FIRM FILES CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT OVER MARRIOTT DATA BREACH

A class action lawsuit filed against Marriott International over a massive data breach that compromised the personal information of up to 500 million people claims that the world’s largest hotel chain failed to address security flaws in an elite customer database for years, failed to notify affected guests for months after the breach was detected — and still hasn’t fixed the problem. The lawsuit, filed on December 13 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland by the law firm of Franklin D. Azar & Associates, names Marriott International and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide as defendants. Named plaintiffs...

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HOW TECHNOLOGY IS MAKING DRIVING SAFER

car technologies that keep driving safe

It wasn’t all that long ago that the primary safety feature you could find in the most advanced cars on the road consisted of a seat belt that stretched across your lap. Then a few models began offering exotic features such as antilock brakes and dual front airbags (which didn’t become mandatory for all passenger vehicles in the United States until 1998). We now take those life-saving innovations for granted. But in the last few years, a wave of startling, risk-reducing features have been introduced in the auto world; although most of them are not yet standard on all vehicles, they’re...

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DO I NEED UNINSURED MOTORIST COVERAGE?

Uninsured Motorist Coverage

Driving defensively is something that students learn when they first take the wheel. You have to not only pay attention to your own driving, you have to anticipate the actions of other drivers and plan accordingly, giving yourself enough time and distance to react properly. The same holds true when it comes to purchasing auto insurance. Many motorists think they’re adequately covered if they have insurance that protects them in the event that they’re at fault in an accident. But if you really want to protect yourself and your assets from an economic crash, you have to anticipate the crazy things...

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BLIND SPOTS AND HOW TO FIX THEM: DRIVING SAFETY FACTS

BLIND SPOTS CAUSE 20% OF ACCIDENTS It happens hundreds of times a day, hundreds of thousands of times a year. A driver attempts to change lanes — and ends up in a sideswipe collision with another vehicle, thanks to a blind spot. According to one study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly one in five of all accidents involve drivers changing lanes and crashing into other vehicles they didn’t see. Common as they are, blind-spot accidents are also highly preventable. Traffic gurus say that exercising just a little extra preparation, awareness and caution could save the motoring public considerable expense...

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AZAR FIRM SUES PG&E ON BEHALF OF CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE VICTIMS

PG&E Fire

A class action lawsuit filed late last week on behalf of victims of the Camp Fire claims that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is responsible for sparking the deadliest wildfire in California history. Since it first erupted in Butte County on November 8, the Camp Fire has resulted in at least 77 deaths, burned more than 150,000 acres and destroyed more than 10,000 homes. Officials say the cause of the blaze is still under investigation, but the lawsuit, filed by Franklin D. Azar & Associates and Garner & Associates, cites multiple reports of problems with a high-voltage power line operated by...

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HEALTH CONCERNS LEAD TO CRACKDOWN ON TEEN VAPING

e-cigarette and cigarette

First, the good news. The number of adult Americans who smoke cigarettes has declined significantly in recent years, from 21 percent in 2005 to less than 16 percent in 2016. That represents a big drop in tobacco-related mortality, although smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the country, accounting for 480,000 deaths a year. At least part of the reduction can be attributed to the development of better smoking cessation aids and programs, such as nicotine gum and patches. It’s also been suggested that the growing popularity of e-cigarettes and vaping could be a factor; the makers of...

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WHISTLEBLOWER CASES: EXPOSING FRAUD, RIGHTING WRONGS

Woman blowing whistle and pointing

A few weeks ago the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it was paying substantial awards to two private individuals who had assisted the agency in a major enforcement action. One of the two received payment of $15 million; the other received $39 million. All of the money came from fines paid by a major company that had been caught violating securities laws. The SEC declined to reveal the identities of the two recipients. It didn’t reveal any details of the investigation, either, or the name of the major company that was involved, out of concerns that it would compromise...

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SOME PAINFUL FACTS ABOUT WHIPLASH CLAIMS

Whiplash Injury

Car accidents can produce many different types of injuries. One of the most common is also one of the least understood: Whiplash Injury. It’s often ignored, belittled or dismissed as, quite literally, a pain in the neck — something annoying but hardly worth bothering about. But whiplash, and the constellation of symptoms associated with it, can turn out to be a bigger pain than drivers realize, and it deserves to be taken seriously. WHAT IS WHIPLASH INJURY? Whiplash is an injury that occurs as a result of an impact that produces rapid forward-and-back or sideways movement of the head and neck. Typically,...

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GOOGLE TRACKING LAWSUIT: LOCATION STORED W/O PERMISSION

A federal lawsuit claims that Google has generated millions in revenue by secretly storing location data of mobile phone users who believe they’ve opted out of such tracking. That lawsuit was filed October 19 in the Northern District of California by Franklin D. Azar & Associates and seeks class action status on behalf of iPhone and Android users nationwide whose location information was stored by Google despite their efforts to disable the service. HOW DOES GOOGLE SECRETLY STORE YOUR LOCATIONS? A mobile phone’s location is typically tracked by Google whenever the owner uses Google Maps or similar applications. Google’s support page claims that...

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