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July 2018 Archives

Changes to qui tam rules may be forthcoming

If the Securities and Exchange Commission recovers money because of the actions of a whistleblower, that person could be entitled to up to 30 percent of the amount recovered. This is meant to provide incentive for Louisiana residents to speak up when they suspect illegal activity is taking place. However, a new proposed rule would give the SEC more power to either increase or reduce an award as it sees fit.

Autonomous technology could make motorcycles safer

Motorcyclists around the country are killed 28 times more often than passenger vehicle occupants according to figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Automobile parts suppliers and technology companies are working to make motorcycles safer, and some of the autonomous electronic systems that many of the latest cars, pickup trucks and SUVs are equipped with may soon be available for Louisiana residents who prefer to travel on two wheels instead of four.

How motorcyclists can avoid the dangers of left turns

There is nothing quite like packing up your motorcycle and getting away from it all. Being on the open road on a machine that is so responsive to your movements puts you in a state of Zen. Control of the bike is yours, but of course, you can't control for other's negligence.

Summer sees higher risk for distracted driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there's a 20 percent increase in the number of miles traveled every summer. This makes sense because more people are out on vacations and holiday celebrations. At the same time, NHTSA states that the months of June, July and August witness a 29 percent increase in the number of road deaths. Louisiana residents may wonder what the main factor behind it is.According to the Travelers Institute, that main factor is distracted driving. During its newly launched Every Second Matters™ event, which took place on Capitol Hill back in June, Travelers referred to some recent data from the smartphone telematics platform TrueMotion.

Smartphones considered a factor in rise of pedestrian fatalities

Louisiana motorists and pedestrians may be interested to learn that distracted driving could be a major factor in the increase in the number of pedestrian fatalities. While overall traffic fatalities have risen by 11 percent since 2009, pedestrian fatalities have increased by 46 percent in the same time period.