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Who\’s to blame if Google\’s autonomous vehicles get in accidents?

The world is changing rapidly these days, and sometimes the law doesn\’t maintain the pace of those developments. We all appreciate technological changes that help keep us safer, of course, but sometimes we forget to check into how those technologies might affect our legal rights, don\’t we? When it comes to safe travel on our nation\’s roadways, many engineers have long dreamed of an autonomous vehicle that could navigate local

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If you get into an accident, try to remember some of these tips

For those who have already been in a car accident, you know just how chaotic and bizarre the moment that follow the wreck can be. For those who haven\’t been in an accident, heed some of the lessons in this blog post so that you will be better prepared in case you are involved in a wreck. Though if the knowledge never gets used because you don\’t get into a

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Honoring National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Some of our readers may believe that this month of observance is unnecessary. After all, numerous educational campaigns, technological innovations and local laws are already helping to curb the prevalence of distracted driving behavior. However, it is important to understand that distracted driving continues to kill a staggering number of Americans on an annual basis. Until this problem is significantly curbed, it will

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Whiplash is not an insignificant injury

In the wake of motor vehicle accidents, some injuries are immediately apparent. Lacerations, broken bones, severe bruising and other injuries can usually be initially assessed with the naked eye. However, other injuries are not always visible. Internal bleeding, bone bruises, concussions and whiplash injuries can take time to become apparent. It is important to understand that “invisible” injuries are often either just as serious or more serious than visible injuries

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Liability questions arise when self-driving cars crash

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it still make a noise? If no one is driving a car and the car crashes, is anyone responsible for the damage? These two potentially maddening questions are really not so different from each other. And as a result, many Americans are concerned about the potential liability implications of allowing self-driving vehicles to operate

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Police say drunken Joplin man caused accident, injuries

A 22-year-old Joplin man is facing charges that he drove drunk, caused a motor vehicle accident that injured two people, and also endangered a child. The man allegedly drove his pick-up through the stop sign and flashing red light at the intersection of Highways 43 and 60. His truck crashed into a Ford SUV headed east. A woman from Aurora and man from Neosho were injured, according to the Joplin

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Tonight\’s the night: Please be careful driving

It’s likely to be the biggest party of the year in Joplin tonight. Revelers will see 2014 out the door and usher in a brand new year at midnight. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most dangerous nights of the year to be out driving, as intoxicated people get behind the wheels of autos and cause car accidents that leave people with serious injuries. A Missouri TV station reports that

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Distracted driving: by the numbers

As the end of 2014 draws near, we look back at another year that has gone by without significant advancement in the effort to reduce the dangers distracted drivers pose on Joplin streets and Missouri highways. Motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted drivers include cars, tractor-trailers, motorcycles and pedestrians. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, texting or talking on a cellphone can dramatically increase the risks of causing

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Blast of winter returns to Joplin

Last winter in Joplin was foot-numbing, face-freezing, finger-cracking cold and this year’s blast of icy weather is likely to be no better. Fortunately, we can prepare for what is ahead. AAA has a number of winter driving tips that can help motorists avoid motor vehicle accidents that cause injuries. AAA\’s winter driving advice includes the following: Before driving long distances across Missouri, check weather reports online or on TV to

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Holidays prompt spikes in young adult drinking and driving

Holidays can be special days for fun and relaxation, as well as festivities that honor and celebrate important events and people. Each one brings its own unique joys, traditions and meanings not only to Joplin, but across Missouri and the U.S. Unfortunately, some people use holidays as an excuse to drink and drive. In many cases, it\’s because they are going from party to party or from bar to bar.

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