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Is a factory of the future putting workers’ futures at risk?

Tesla’s “factory of the future” was once a decommissioned, unionized car plant based in Fremont, California. CEO Elon Musk repurposed the facility that now house giant robots that shape and fold sheets of metal. Named after X-Men from movie and comic book fame, they work alongside 10,000 human counterparts.

However, this so-called “gleaming white mecca of advanced manufacturing” has aggressive production goals that are placing pressure on flesh-and-bone employees. Musk has already projected that his company will manufacture 500,000 cars in 2018, representing a 495% increase from 2016.

New device may lower accident numbers, but in the meantime...

You've probably seen it more than a time or two on Oklahoma highways: a driver looking down at a hand-held device and typing with thumbs behind the wheel in moving traffic. Hopefully, you avoid such behavior while driving and do your best to remain alert and cautious of any distracted driver who may be in your vicinity. Just because you recognize the signs of distracted driving, however, doesn't mean you'll be able to avoid a collision.

With that in mind, consider a piece of new technology that could help police identify distracted drivers on the road. The device is called the Textalyzer, which can be used to connect to a person's cell phone to access recent activity information on the spot. Many believe laws allowing police to use Textalyzers will help lower the risk of accidents, but the device raises questions of privacy.

Facebook’s live video problem

While posting videos on Facebook was a popular activity, the social media giant decided to up the ante, allowing their users the opportunity to broadcast live video. Users were able to document the simplest of tasks to the most significant events in their lives. The possibilities are endless.

Therein lays the problem.

Injured in a motorcycle crash? Don't let compensation ride away.

With the gorgeous spring weather right now and summer just around the corner, motorcyclists are out and about on Oklahoma roadways. Many people use motorcycles as their main form of transportation or just for fun. In either case, riding can be quite dangerous, as motorcycle accidents occur frequently and typically have serious, if not fatal, outcomes. What are the common causes of such incidents and what can you do if you are injured in a motorcycle accident?

Most motorcycle accidents are the result of other drivers failing to yield the right-of-way to motorcyclists. This is often due to a failure to see the motorcycle.

Look, up in the sky!

Once associated with spying and various military applications, drones today have a multitude of civilian applications that range from taking panoramic pictures to delivering packages.

Thanks to recently relaxed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) licensing regulations enacted this past August, law enforcement have discovered yet another use for drones. No longer limited to tape measures and wheel and chalk markings, motor vehicle accident investigations and reconstruction have gone high tech.

To the Google-mobile!

Since its inception in 1998, Google’s has gained dominance, if not supremacy in providing internet-related services and products. The name itself is a synonym for online searches, akin to the genericized use of Jell-O and Kleenex as the go-to term for similar products, regardless of their brand names.

The American multinational technology company is now hoping that dominance in another industry will equate Waymo with autonomous cars. Already a pioneer in autonomous cars with a research program dating back to 2009, Google is taking a significant step in commercializing the cutting-edge, industry changing technology.

Workers Memorial Day set for April 28

Thousands of workers in a variety of industries die and millions more are seriously injured or sickened every year while on the job. The primary culprits are employers who cut corners in protecting the well-being of their employees and outright violate the law. Profits come at the expense of people.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that 5,000 workers were killed on the job and nearly 2.9 million suffered non-fatal injuries or illnesses between Oct. 1, 2015 and Sept. 30, 2016.

Avoid feeling run over, review your uninsured motorist options

Any serious car accident could easily cause a wide variety of complications in a person's life. Even if you and the other driver have proper insurance coverage, you could encounter a multitude of obstacles, especially if you were injured in the collision. Matters become even more stressful if the at-fault driver did not have adequate insurance or any insurance at all.

When this happens, you may think that you have no options for recovering compensation for injuries and other negative outcomes. However, there may be legal avenues for you to obtain financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other losses resulting from the accident.

Getting high after getting hurt

Workers’ compensation covers employees who suffer often serious and painful injuries on the job. However, that pain from jobsite accidents has created another debilitating problem for American workers.

Addiction to Oycontin, Vicodin, Percocet, morphine and other types of opiods that can be equally career threatening and potentially life ending.

Car accidents are a leading cause of traumatic brain injuries

There are many common injuries resulting from car accidents. Some may only be mild in nature, but others, such as traumatic brain injuries, can have lifelong consequences. Did you know that motor vehicle collisions are one of the leading causes of TBI in the United States?

Whether you reside in Oklahoma or elsewhere, if you have suffered a TBI in a car crash, how you will recover may be difficult to predict. Depending on the circumstances, there may be no guarantee of recovery because the effects of TBI are different for everybody.

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