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May 2015 Archives

Understanding drowsy driving risk and regulation

Drowsy driving, also colloquially referred to as fatigued driving happens anytime a driver gets behind the wheel of a vehicle when they are sleepy, or tired and drowsy, and clearly in a sleep deprived state. When a drowsy driver gets involved in an accident that causes a crash, typically that crash is referred to as a drowsy driving crash.

'19 Kids & Counting' scandal exposes familial child sex abuse

Reality television has long allowed Americans to view individuals and families who, ironically, don't seem real. There are, of course, plenty of shows that manufacture conflict and petty behavior for audience entertainment. But on the other end of the spectrum are families, often wholesome in a way that makes viewers wonder whether it is genuine. For many fans of the show "19 Kids and Counting," the wholesome image that defined the Duggar family was shattered recently in the wake of some serious allegations.

What agency ensures the safety of consumer products?

Most consumer products safety falls under the jurisdiction of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. They have jurisdiction over consumer products that cover such mundane every day types of products from toys to lawn mowers and even fireworks. Though they cover a multitude of products that most people use on a regular day to day basis they do not have a comprehensive jurisdiction over all consumer products.

Car crash kills driver, injures 3 others

Most of our Pennsylvania residents with agree that driving is a privilege. Furthermore, most will also agree that all motorists on the roads have an on-going duty to ensure that they are observing traffic laws in place, and not indulging in activities which put the public and other motorists at risk of harm such as driving under the influence or driving while distracted.

Philadelphia train crash leaves several dead, hundreds injured

One of the things that is generally an advantage of passengers trains as a form of transportation is that they can transport a lot of people at once. When train accidents occur, however, this advantage can quickly turn into a disadvantage. Given how many passengers trains can have, the death and injury counts can be very high in train accidents. This is illustrated all too tragically in a train derailment that occurred yesterday in Philadelphia.

Social media becomes last resort for some child sex abuse victims

Earlier this month, we wrote about the troubling way that social media is being used to mitigate liability in civil lawsuits. It is well understood that Facebook and similar sites are full of carefully cultivated pictures and posts meant to portray an idealized self-image of each user. Sadly, defense attorneys in civil lawsuits are increasingly using social media "evidence" to disprove claims of emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life and other allegations.

New documentary exposes child sex abuse in entertainment industry

Although it remains a difficult subject for most people to discuss, the issue of child sex abuse is being made public in some very important ways. After the Jerry Sandusky scandal that shook communities throughout Pennsylvania, a filmmaker released the documentary "Happy Valley," in part, to keep public dialogue alive.

Elder abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual or neglectful

According the U.S. Department of Health & Human Service's Administration on Aging, hundreds of thousands of older people suffer abuse, neglect and exploitation annually. Given this staggering statistic, our Philadelphia readers may wonder as what, exactly, constitute elder abuse. Elder abuse can be defined as any act, whether intentional or negligent, directed towards an elder who is vulnerable. The abuse can be committed by the caregiver but can also be from any other person, including someone who is a stranger to the elder.

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