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Rodeo Fans: Don't Miss the SSBR Bull Riding Finals at the Manatee County Fairgrounds on Friday, January 30th and Saturday January 31st, 2015!

Attention all cowboys and cowgirls, for the first time ever, top bull riders from CPBR (Central Bull Riders) the NBR (National Bull Riders) and the SSBR (Southern States Bull Riders) will be competing under one roof at the "ALL Regions Championship" Event on January 30th, and January 31st in 2015, at the Manatee County Fairgrounds in Palmetto, Florida.

Heintz & Becker Motorcycle Safety Series Part 17: Airbag Protection Being Developed for Motorcycle Riders

In a motorcycle crash the only protection a rider has is their helmet and clothing. Unfortunately, the protective clothing that has been historically available for everyday motorcycle riders has only managed to provide minimal protection. For several years now manufacturers of protective clothing have been researching ways to provide more protection to motorcycle riders and are now in the process of transforming their products with state-of-the-art innovations. As a result, in addition to the padded vests and jackets made from super tough materials that have been the staples of the protective clothing market, riders are starting to see vests and jackets that also include protective airbags designed to inflate in a fraction of a second of an impact.

CRPS/RSD PART 20: Winter Cold Can Worsen Chronic Pain

As many as two-thirds of the people who suffer from some form of chronic pain (CRPS/RSD, arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc.) report that their pain becomes more intense in cold winter weather. The problem is worse for people who live in regions that experience blizzards and extended periods of below freezing temperatures, where winter pain can be excruciating and oftentimes seem intolerable.

Manatee County Rocked By News of Multiple Deaths and Serious Injuries in Two Senseless Car Crashes

The people of Manatee County remain stunned as they try to take in the news of two senseless car crashes that took the lives of four people and left two others fighting for their lives in less than six hours-time. All of the four that were killed were between the ages of 18 and 23, leaving their families, friends, teachers and the community rocked by the tragic news just days away from Thanksgiving.

Manatee County Rocked By News of Multiple Deaths and Serious Injuries in Two Senseless Car Crashes

The people of Manatee County remain stunned as they try to take in the news of two senseless car crashes that took the lives of four people and left two others fighting for their lives in less than six hours-time. All of the four that were killed were between the ages of 18 and 23, leaving their families, friends, teachers and the community rocked by the tragic news just days away from Thanksgiving.

When is Complaining a Good Thing? When Lives Could be at Stake

Complainers and their complaints have gotten an underserved negative reputation. Many people just don't know when or how to complain, so most of the complaints we experience leave us shaking our heads because they're made by the wrong people, about the wrong things, at the wrong times. But, as it relates to the recent recall of Suzuki GSX-R motorcycles, complaints ended up being a very good thing and the complainers may have even saved lives.

Congratulations to the 2014 Share the Road Award Winners from Heintz & Becker

Heintz & Becker would like to extend congratulations to the recipients of the 2014 Share the Road Awards given by the Florida Bicycle Association and Bike Florida. The Share the Road Awards are given in recognition of the efforts of state leaders and cycling advocates promoting cycling as a safe and healthy form of transportation and recreation in the State of Florida. The recipients of the 2014 Share the Road awards are:

CRPS/RSD PART 19: Color the World Orange on November 3, 2014 to Raise CRPS/RSD Awareness

On November 3, 2014, the First Annual Color the World Orange day will be celebrated to spread awareness of CRPS/RSD. There have been many efforts to raise awareness about Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or CRPS, also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy or RSD, to promote research and understanding, and ultimately, to help relieve the suffering of the multitudes of people afflicted with this disease. Of those efforts, setting aside the first Monday of November as a day to "Color the World Orange" is gaining momentum and showing great potential for long-term success.

Heintz & Becker Motorcycle Safety Series Part 16: A Critical Reminder to Look Twice for Motorcycles

Just a few days ago Manatee County was the scene of another collision between a car and a motorcycle. The accident occurred at the intersection of 37th Street East and 38th Avenue East. Can you guess how it happened? Once again, the accident report tells us that a 2009 Honda Civic driven by Jennifer Riesenberger, 45, of Sarasota, pulled out to make a left turn at the intersection right into the path of an oncoming 2006 Yamaha motorcycle, leaving a 61-year-old motorcyclist, who name has not been released, in critical condition. Once again, it was an accident that never should have happened. The driver of the car failed to see the motorcycle approaching.

NHTSA Issues Urgent Exploding Airbag Warning - Is Your Vehicle on the Recall List?

Earlier this year we posted a Blog telling you about defective "Takata" airbags that had exploded resulting in gruesome injuries and deaths. In response to the exploding airbag problem, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota issued massive recalls of vehicles that contained the Takata airbags and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched its own investigation. In the latest news concerning exploding airbags, the NHTSA has published a list of vehicles requiring IMMEDIATE ACTION. Is your vehicle on the list?

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