Cars of Tomorrow and the Tesla Autopilot Crash

In this day and age, technology is ever evolving. We can accomplish nearly anything from the convenience of our smartphone or tablet. People are inventing ways to make things more efficient and safer every day. In regard to driving and vehicles, there is a potentially groundbreaking technology being developed. Just like an airline pilot, the everyday driver may soon have the luxury of autopilot. It is thought that this could make roads much safer by putting much of a driver’s normal responsibilities on the vehicle. However, this hope that an autopilot feature will be more effective than a human driver may be misguided.

Tesla’s highly anticipated Autopilot feature seemingly promises to change the world of motor vehicle safety and technology. Unfortunately, the recent death of Joshua Brown has shown the dangers of this new technology. Mr. Brown was behind the wheel of his Tesla Model S when he collided with the trailer of a semi-truck turning left through an intersection. Neither autopilot nor Mr. Brown applied the brakes before the collision. Continue reading


Who’s Ready For Something More Football and Less Politics?

Are you a Seminoles fan looking for new show to watch? Showtime may be able to perfectly suit your needs. This year the Showtime original series, A Season With, will feature Coach Jimbo Fisher and his Florida State Seminoles. The show’s previous season followed Notre Dame and has now made its way to the sunshine state for the 2016 season. Continue reading


KTM Motorcycle Recall

As advocates of motorcycle safety, we encourage anyone riding on a motorcycle to take all proper precautions to avoid the risk of serious injury. This includes going above and beyond just wearing a helmet. Making sure all equipment is up to industry standards is another essential precaution to take.

Recently, KTM North America recalled their Motocross Competition Off-Road motorcycle due to a crash hazard. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the connecting rod in the crankshaft assembly can break. This hazard can cause the operator to lose control and crash.

Being the outdoor oriented Floridians we are, riding off-road motorcycles is a very common activity or hobby for many. Being informed as to whether or not your equipment is up to industry standards and regulations is crucial for minimizing the risk of serious injury. Continue reading


E-Cig Explosions

A young girl recently suffered severe burn injuries as a result of an electronic cigarette or “e-cig” exploding while on a ride at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL.

According to police, a man’s e-cig exploded during the ride and shot what was described as a “fireball” at the teenage girl behind him. She sustained burns to her face, arm, and leg and was taken to the hospital for immediate medical attention.

This is not the first instance of these cigarette substitutes harming individuals. This alternative to traditional cigarettes has caused multiple incidents similar to this explosion. The incidents are thought to be caused by overheating of the battery, normally while the device is being charged.

The U.S. Fire Administration, a division of FEMA, estimates that around 80% of the explosions occur during charging.  With boil and auto-ignition points getting as high as 500 degrees Fahrenheit, it is easy to see how the traditional e-cig that most closely resembles a tobacco cigarette, with its weak ends, could have flames or objects propelled in the event of an explosion. Continue reading


U.S. Government Issues Regulations for Self-Driving Vehicles

We have previously talked about the new autopilot technology being developed by many car manufacturers. Massive companies such as Google, Tesla and Uber are all in the process of perfecting the first self-driving or “autonomous vehicle.” Although fatal accidents have occurred due to the still developing technology, it may have a very promising future. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued guidelines for companies racing to put their self-driving vehicles on the road. Continue reading


The Wells Fargo Scandal Explained

In one of the most shocking events in the financial world, Wells Fargo was recently fined by multiple regulators for creating fake bank and credit accounts for their customers and charging fees associated with the fraudulent accounts. These fines have amounted to hundreds of millions of dollars and resulted in the termination of thousands of Wells Fargo employees.

It has come to light that the employees of the company were given unrealistic sales quotas and pushed to use highly unethical policies for obtaining them. Whenever an enormous scandal occurs in the financial world the first instinct is that a few high ranking officials were the perpetrators. However, the crimes committed in this instance were by a plethora of lower ranking employees. Continue reading


Choosing the Best Attorney

Anywhere you turn today, our world appears to be inundated with injury law firm or attorney photos. From billboards to pop-up ads, firms find a way to reach the public from every angle possible.

Typically, larger firms with the means to market themselves on a large scale dominate the landscape. Many of these ads can lead people to think they are choosing the best representation, when quite possibly, it is far from meeting their needs. In this culture of mass marketing and billboard law, knowing the reasons for choosing the right lawyer when seeking justice or compensation, particularly in the event of an accident or injury, is critical.

After someone is involved in an accident where another party is at fault, they have a lot to consider. This is especially true when they begin to seek the services of an attorney. Before making a choice based on size or a large marketing campaign, consider these factors: Continue reading



Heintz & Becker Boating Safety Series Part 12: Anna Maria Island Sail & Power Squadron Promotes Safety and Education

There’s a wonderful non-profit community organization in northwest Bradenton that has an active social network and is dedicated to providing boating safety and educational services to local boaters.  It’s called the Anna Maria Island Sail & Power Squadron and it’s located at 1200 71st St NW, Bradenton, FL 34209.  The Anna Maria Squadron is just one of 17 other Squadrons in West Central Florida that are affiliated with the United States Powers Squadrons. If you are a Manatee County boater, you’ll definitely want to check out their page on Facebook to see all that they have to offer. Continue reading


Heintz & Becker Motorcycle Safety Series Part 23: Helmet and Accessory Recalls

We dealt with the important issue of motorcycle recalls in our most recent motorcycle safety post, but those are not the only type of recall that motorcycle owners need to be aware of.  Recall notices can also be issued for helmets and accessories.  That means your super cool helmet, your killer handle bars or some other accessory may be unsafe.  Helmet and accessory recalls are serious.  Helmets are subject to recalls if they fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.  These helmets may not adequately protect a user in the event of a head impact during a crash.  Recalled accessories may have parts that can fail or come loose, or present some other serious safety issue.  False, missing or incomplete labeling information can also result in a helmet or accessory being recalled. Continue reading