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November 2016 | Devact

List identifies the ’10 Worst Toys’ for the 2016 holidays

Posted in Personal injury on Wed November 30, 2016



Even though Black Friday and Cyber Monday may already be in the rearview mirror, there’s still a little over three weeks until Christmas, plenty of time for those looking to make some toy-related purchases for the little ones in their lives. Indeed, sales figures show that the holidays account for an astonishing 65 percent of annual toy sales.

While parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts and other caregivers understandably want to give the children in their lives the toys that they believe will provide the most hours of fun,

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Make safe driving a priority over Thanksgiving

Posted in Motor Vehicle Accidents on Wed November 23, 2016



With Thanksgiving almost upon us, millions of people will be hitting the roads and highways in the coming hours, driving to destinations near and far in order to spend the long holiday weekend with family and friends.

Indeed, AAA Carolinas is estimating that close to 1.2 million North Carolinians, roughly 90 percent of the state’s holiday travelers, will be going 50-plus miles by car over Thanksgiving, eager to take advantage of the lowest fuel prices in eight years.

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Pedestrian accidents: Death rate for teens up 13 percent

Posted in Personal injury on Fri November 18, 2016



Keeping kids safe is a 24/7 job. Even the simple act of walking has become more dangerous in recent years. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, a global organization dedicated to helping kids avoid serious injuries, the rate of fatalities from 12 to 19 year old pedestrians getting struck by a car are up 13 percent since 2013.

What do we know about pedestrian accidents and teens?

We know that every week in the United States there are approximately five teen pedestrian deaths.

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Why is the NHTSA telling automakers to make it loud?

Posted in Motor Vehicle Accidents on Thu November 17, 2016



When it comes to automobiles, the tastes of American consumers have evolved considerably over the last decade. Indeed, they are now looking for more than just powerful engines and novelty features, rather they want computer interfaces, advanced safety features and, of course, good fuel economy.

For many prospective buyers, this latter concern is paramount, as they don’t want to be at the mercy of fluctuating gas prices and want to limit their carbon footprint. In fact, it’s for this reason that sales of hybrid and even electric cars have been very good for both domestic and foreign automakers.

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CPSC falls short of issuing crib bumper ban

Posted in Personal injury on Sun November 13, 2016



When a couple receives the news that there is going to be a new addition to their family, they are understandably filled with tremendous joy and great excitement over what the future holds. Once these emotions start to subside, however, most expecting parents will likely feel a new sensation: nervous anticipation.

Indeed, they may suddenly find themselves confronted with the need to start accumulating all of the basics from clothes and toys to a stroller and crib. The good news is that there is no shortage of vendors or options for baby-related items.

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Stay awake, stay safe: It’s Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

Posted in Motor Vehicle Accidents on Fri November 11, 2016



From the end of daylight savings time to staying up late to watch the election results, there’s a good chance that more than a few Americans were behind on sleep this week. In fact, while most of us think nothing of occasionally getting a few less hours of rest, the reality is that it happens far more often than we think and, more significantly, that it has a dramatic impact on road safety.

Interestingly enough, this week is actually Drowsy Driving Prevention Week,

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How much do you know about the FMCSA’s ELD mandate?

Posted in Motor Vehicle Accidents on Fri November 4, 2016



In the aftermath of any devastating truck accident, one of the first items that must be secured and examined is always the trucker’s logbook. That’s because it can provide valuable insight into whether the trucker violated the applicable hours of service regulations and was potentially driving while fatigued. It can also help establish whether the trucker falsified an entry.

Interestingly, an impending rule from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration mandating what are known as electronic logging devices may serve to make this exercise much easier and perhaps even unnecessary given its potential impact on road safety.

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