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AMA warns that LED streetlights may be dangerous for drivers

In June of 2016, the American Medical Association (AMA) issued a warning concerning the dangers of those bright LED streetlights you have seen lining New York streets. These LEDs emit a blue light that can disrupt your sleep and result in increased health risks such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. In addition, the AMA believes that these lights wreak havoc with a driver's night vision. This means that the city's LED lights may have contributed to the car accident you had a few nights ago.

Your smartphone distracts you even when you aren't using it

Smartphones are practically ubiquitous in our society. As many as 77 percent of adults in the United States used a smart phone in 2016, and that number will probably increase in coming years. The average smartphone user interacts with the phone more than 2,500 times a day, between clicking, swiping and searching.

Is your seat belt truly safe?

Seat belt laws have been in effect across the nation for many years. In 2015, seat belts saved the lives of approximately 14,000 people that were involved in car accidents. However, seat belts are not custom made for each driver. In general, car manufacturers install seat belts that can protect the average 40-year-old male. This begs the question, if you do not fit the "average 40-year-old man" mold, is your seat belt truly safe? Can it actually do more harm than good if you are involved in a car accident?

Five ways drivers can prevent car accidents

You're hit in traffic on the way home from work, and even the pain of your injuries is secondary to your outrage about the accident, itself. The reason is simple: You think the accident could easily have been avoided. You're mad that someone else was negligent or reckless and caused the crash.

These are the top causes of teenage car crashes

Teenagers are just learning to drive, and for some, this means making mistakes that cause accidents. The reasons often vary from vary from being distracted to speeding or simply not recognizing a dangerous situation on the road. If a teen strikes your vehicle, it's important to know that you do still have the right to pursue a claim. This driver was younger than you, but that doesn't mean he or she should not have to take responsibility.

Can I sue for car accident injuries even if I'm partially liable?

Many car accidents are not the result of only one party making an error. This can be particularly troubling when injuries result from the accident - after all, if you are partially liable in the accident, doesn't that disqualify you from pursuing damages in a personal injury claim?

What if the other driver wants to pay cash after an accident?

You are in an accident. You get out of the car to look at the damage. The other driver is in a panic, explaining that they can't have this on their insurance. They don't want you to call the police. The other driver then makes you an offer: he or she will pay you in cash to fix the damage to your car.

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