“Knowledge which is divorced from justice may be called cunning rather than wisdom.”
- Cicero

A jury recently awarded $42 million to a young couple who suffered major burns and crushing injuries after a Dallas body shop fixed their hail-damaged Honda using a cheaper, but untested, method of roof repair. Just before Christmas, the couple was headed for a family visit when a truck hydroplaned and hit the Honda head-on. The roof collapsed. The couple was trapped inside their burning…

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On a sunny winter afternoon in Seattle, a kid I’ll call “Marcus” was walking home from middle school. He was with his classmate and good friend. Marcus' grandmother dropped the boys off to get a soda; they would walk the familiar route home together. At a street corner, the boys waited to cross. An oncoming car slowed and stopped. As Marcus walked past the stopped…

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BMW is integrating Skype for Business into new cars.  The features will be integrated into the new BMW series in parts of Europe. Other markets—including the U.S.— should see it soon.  "Microsoft Exchange will also integrate calendars, to-do lists and contacts using the car's voice and navigation systems," according to the company's press release. Here's why this strikes me as incredibly, obviously dangerous. 1. A car is not an office. …

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The most effective way to stop drivers from texting might be the threat of criminal charges. As of July 2017, texting while driving is illegal in 46 states. (Text messages are not the sole culprit—there are dozens of possible distractions on your smartphone—but only 14 states ban all hand-held devices for drivers.) You don't need statistics to know that drivers are constantly breaking this law.…

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Since Washington state approved recreational use of marijuana, we have watched to see how it would affect drivers and road safety.  A study completed by the Highway Loss Data Institute found an uptick in car collision claims in Colorado, Oregon and Washington. Read the HLDI Study bulletin: Recreational marijuana and collision claim frequencies.  Increase in car crash claims from 2012-2016:  Colorado: 13.9% Washington: 6.2% Oregon: 4.5% "We see strong evidence of an…

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