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MIT researches distracted driving and how to keep drivers safe

In the United States, approximately 40,000 people were killed while traveling on the roads last year. Distracted driving in Ohio was the reason for many of those motor vehicle accident deaths. While the distractions are varied, ranging from eating to using a cell phone, it is unclear exactly how people are affected by these distractions. A recent study by MIT researchers focuses on how drivers act while driving and the best ways of keeping them safe.

MIT's Age Lab and Touchstone Evaluations, funded by major vehicle and technology companies, found an algorithm called "AttenD" to determine human "attentional awareness" and can use the numbers to figure out how to help drivers. Researchers put cameras and sensors in 2,600 vehicles in 2012, and collected data regarding driver behavior for one year. They took this information and looked at driver behaviors up to 20 seconds before the accident.

Understanding the law regarding animal attacks

As much as pets are loved throughout the United States, including many families and around the Cincinnati, Ohio, area, pets are animals, and sometimes it is difficult to predict the actions of animals. Animals rely on instincts to survive, and may act out aggressively if they feel threatened or harmed. This could lead to animal attacks.

In the United States, the courts understand that not all pets are the same and have created different standards, depending on the species of the pet in question. Depending upon the state where the attack occurred, a victim may have to work through "dog bite laws" where there is a determined strict liability for a dog owner, or in states without such a law, a victim must prove that the owner knew that the animal was considered vicious and could potentially attack someone.

NFL legend speaks out about head injuries

In what appears to be a nearly monthly trend, another former National Football League player has come out to talk about his experiences with dealing with head injuries related to his career as a professional football player. Legendary defensive tackle and Hall of Famer Warren Sapp recently announced that he would be donating his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation after his death for research into head injuries.

Sapp's willingness to share his brain for a research study comes following an email he received from another former player, who claimed that team owners denied that football had any correlation with head injuries and even subsequent suicides with players. Sapp then goes on to talk about his own struggles following a career in football. He describes it as a frightening feeling, that his weakening made him feel like a child in need of help. He went on to discuss his helplessness, comparing it to being useless.

What can I expect during a Social Security appeal?

The reality of the Social Security Disability process is that approximately two thirds of initial applications are rejected. While in many cases this is because one's condition does not qualify for disability, but in many cases, a legit claim could be made for the condition.

Perhaps the paperwork was not properly completed. Perhaps one failed to prove that the condition was valid and qualified. No matter the reason, thankfully there are a few steps that one could take as part of the appeals process if one's claim is denied. Here is the process, which should be taken one step at a time.

Exploring the dangers of construction sites

Construction accidents are not uncommon throughout the United States, including the Cincinnati, Ohio area. With our country's constantly evolving and upgrading society, it seems there are always new construction projects as well as upgrades and repairs to current buildings and our country's infrastructure.

Whether it is doing new road construction or road repairs, fixing our often-crumbling infrastructure, or the building of new residential, commercial or industrial structures, construction is constant. While working with large equipment and materials, it is inevitable that accidents will occur, often leading to severe, catastrophic or even deadly results.

Bicyclists on the roads could lead to accidents, injuries

Summer is nearly here, and that means an increase of thrill seekers, outdoor enthusiasts and health conscious athletes who will be taking to the roads on bicycles. Due to their smaller size making them harder to see, bicyclists are inevitably more susceptible to accidents, especially when sharing the roads with motor vehicles.

Bicyclists on the roads are vulnerable to gravel and potholes, as well as inclement weather. But often, even a cautious bike rider may find him or herself victim to the negligence or carelessness of a car driver on the road. This is not always easy to prove without professional help and experience, however.

New budget plan includes cuts to Social Security disability

Millions of disabled Americans' nightmares may soon be realized if the new 2017 budget released by Donald Trump comes to fruition. The cuts do not come as a surprise to many, however, as Budget Director Mick Mulvaney suggested and implied that changes may occur as early as March of this year.

During an interview with "Face the Nation" in March, Mulvaney asked whether people think of disability when they think of Social Security. The comment seemed odd at the time, but likely was intentionally made to suggest that Social Security disability is not the same as Social Security retirement income. The comment was not questioned by the host at the time, but it did set the tone for what was to come.

Fidget spinners and car seats: Recent safety warnings for parents

Most parents won't take chances with anything that could harm their children. Yet, parents do this without knowing it because some companies sell items that can harm the children. Products with defects and products that are just unsafe can make it to market.

When these unsafe products hit the market, the children who use them might suffer harm. There are two products on the market right now that parents should be aware of.

How dangerous are boats?

Spring is here, the weather is nice out here in Cincinnati, Ohio and the surrounding area and many people are heading outdoors. Whether you're out on a motorcycle riding up and down the beautiful rural roads, in the woods while hiking or mountain biking, or on the water, it's whatever floats your boat, right?

Unfortunately, the warmer weather and increase of outdoor activities also means that we should remind our readers that an accident can happen to anyone at any time, whether you are on the roads, in the woods or on the water.

Pedestrian struck, killed in Springfield Township

Tragedy struck the family of a Springfield Township, Ohio resident following the announcement of a pedestrian accident on Monday afternoon. The pedestrian was struck and killed at the corner of Winton Road and Cloveriew Avenue in Springfield Township by a 2016 Ford F-150. At the time of the reporting, it was uncertain whether authorities will charge the driver, who was uninjured in the accident.

Sadly, pedestrian accidents are more common than one might think. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013 nearly 5,000 Americans were killed in traffic crashes throughout the United States. To put things into perspective, that is nearly one fatal pedestrian accident every two hours throughout the year.

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