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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?

CRPS/RSD PART 18: The Calmare® Pain Therapy Device - a New Treatment that Seeks to "Scramble" Nerve Signals to Relieve Pain

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), is a chronic condition that can develop after an injury that results in persistent pain when, for some reason, a person's brain continues to send pain signals to the body despite the fact that their initial injury has healed. Treating this pain with narcotic pain killers may provide temporary symptom relief, but won't help resolve the underlying condition. For people suffering from chronic pain, a new treatment called the Calmare® Pain Therapy Device a/k/a the "Scrambler" is starting to get a lot of attention, including a recent feature on the Emmy® award winning TV program "The Doctors." This new form of treatment is different because it is focused not on treating pain systems, but on stopping the underlying pain signals themselves.

One Person, One Accident, One Life Forever Changed

Sunday's Bradenton Herald featured a short six-sentence "Police Brief" that caught our attention: "Bradenton Motorcyclist Loses Leg in Crash." All that the story told us was that the motorcycle driver ran into the back of a car and ended up losing their leg. That got us thinking - this is not just a "Police Brief" - it is a real life person, with a real life family, whose life will never be the same.

Here's an Idea: Unplug and Log Off in your Vehicle and Just Focus on Driving

For many, getting behind the wheel of a car is not just a time to focus on driving. It's also a time to get connected, catch up on messages, check what is happening on social network pages, and tune in to the breaking news. Why waste your time just driving when the latest "In-Vehicle Infotainment System" or "IVI" with Bluetooth wireless connectivity, high definition touchscreens and voice activated hands-free features can deliver a constant flow of messages, entertainment and information?