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Apple Has Swatted Away Distracted Driving Lawsuits Without Much Trouble So Far

Apple grasps the danger of drivers fiddling with their iPhones. But the company hasn't implemented technology to prevent this distraction, and courts have ruled it has no legal duty to do so.

Labor

Law Puts Big Retailers on the Hook for Pay Owed to Truckers

For years, truck drivers hauling billions in consumer goods have complained about rampant wage law violations by the trucking firms that hire them. But even when truckers’ claims have been upheld by state authorities, they have often found it nearly impossible to collect.

Consumer Protection

A Lawyer’s Battle to Puncture Secrecy and Legal Misconduct by Goodyear

Attorney David Kurtz's suit for 4 crash victims morphed into a legal fight calling into question the integrity of America’s No. 1 tire maker.

Transportation Safety

Federal Regulators Deflated the Numbers on Tire-Related Crash Deaths, Then Took Victory Lap

Without explanation, officials eventually altered crash data, revealing a death toll more than 3 times higher than previously acknowledged.

Public Health

For Automakers Seeking Mileage Rollback, Trump Plan Too Much of a Good Thing

Car companies got more regulatory relief than they bargained for after they asked the administration to ease mileage requirements.

Consumer Protection

Safety Agency Nixes Tracking Deaths Involving ROVs

Despite mounting casualties from crashes of recreational off-highway vehicles, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has shot down a proposal to track injuries and deaths involving the popular trail machines.

Consumer Protection

Safety Would Take a Back Seat if Senate Passes Bill on Driverless Cars, Critics Say

Consumer advocates are attacking a bill heading for a vote soon in the U.S. Senate that would clear legal obstacles for the deployment of driverless cars.

Labor

Nebraska Firm and Its Owners Hit With Criminal Charges in Blast That Killed 2 Workers

The Justice Department announced a 22-count criminal indictment against a Nebraska railroad services company and its owners related to an April 2015 explosion that killed two workers.

Transportation Safety

Study Finds Apple’s CarPlay, Google’s Android Less Distracting, But Still Not Safe

Automakers have packed many of their new models with distracting infotainment features that allow drivers not only to play music and get directions, but to talk, text and use social media while tooling down the road.

Transportation Safety

Amid Dramatic Growth of U.S. Drone Fleet, Federal Safety Oversight Lags

As the nation's fleet of small recreational and commercial drones keeps soaring -- the government projects nearly 3 million will be in the skies by 2022 -- safety concerns are rising even as federal enforcement stalls.

Labor

California Conservation Corps Failed to Heed Warning Signs Before Fatal Van Crash

A deadly collision that killed three members of the California Conservation Corps appeared to be a simple case of one person’s carelessness. Yet facts and circumstances never disclosed until now tell a more complicated story about the state agency’s own role in the incident.

Consumer Protection

Top Off-Road Vehicle Maker Polaris to Pay Record $27.25 Million Penalty Over Fire Risks

Polaris Industries has agreed to pay a record penalty to settle charges that it failed to immediately notify federal officials about a fire hazard on its ROVs that regulators have linked to at least one death and more than 180 fires.

Public Health

Researcher Says Auto Safety Measures Prevented Millions of Deaths

Traffic safety measures “averted a public health disaster” by preventing about 5.8 million deaths in the U.S. from 1968 through 2015, according to a new study.

Public Health

Use of Smartphones and Recreational Marijuana Cited in Rising Pedestrian Deaths

The increasing use of smartphones and recreational marijuana may be contributing to a surge in the numbers of pedestrians killed in traffic crashes, according to a new analysis.