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What Laws Regulate the Safety and Testing of Self-Driving Trucks?

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Hardy Wolf & Downing - Blog Self-Driving TrucksIf your Uber or Lyft car has ever rolled up with a roving camera on the roof, you may have felt a twinge of excitement (or fear) at your first chance of riding in an autonomous vehicle. But while consumers have their eyes trained on self-driving cars, company owners are looking forward to a future of self-driving commercial trucks that could increase fuel efficiency and boost their profits. (more…)

Popular Lawyers in Fiction

Audiences have been captivated by courtroom dramas for hundreds of years. While the real-life legal system can be filled with long waiting periods and less-than-exciting minutiae, court portrayals on the printed page and big screen allow readers and viewers to skip the monotony and get straight to the gripping drama. These dramatized stories often revolve around either the restoration of justice to a corrupt world or an otherwise upstanding professional succumbing to their own moral shortcomings under the pressure of the case.

See who these popular lawyers in fiction are by clicking on the slide show below or by Downloading this presentation here.

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A Guide to Legal Latin

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Legal Latin - Hardy Wolf & DowningEvery profession has its jargon. A doctor may need something “stat,” a boxer may be “on the ropes” and a computer scientist may espouse that “A.I.” will take over the world!

In a court of law, you may even hear a lawyer say “ignorantia juris non excusat.”

… Come again? (more…)

Dog Breed Blacklist: Top 3 Breeds Banned by Insurance Providers

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For many homeowners, a house isn’t a home without a dog. Although you may be ready to find Fido at your nearest breeder or shelter, you should always remain aware of breeds that may cause financial headaches down the line. The dog you choose may be the sweetest animal in the world, but some insurance companies will hold your pet’s breed against them, potentially refusing to provide home or renter’s insurance coverage for households with dogs of a particular breed. Familiarize yourself with the most commonly blacklisted breeds before committing to a dog to make sure your insurance coverage remains intact. (more…)

Tips on How to Stop Distracted Driving

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Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of auto accidents, and the top culprit behind it all is cell phone use while behind the wheel. A study conducted by driving analytics company Zendrive found a staggering 88 percent of drivers use their phones while driving. The study found drivers spent 3.5 minutes on their phones per hour of travel time, which may not sound too terrible, but stats show that two-second distractions can increase the risk of a crash as much as 20 percent. (more…)

Who’s At Fault in a Self-Driving Car Crash?

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Automated vehicles are a thrilling invention that could change transportation forever. There is, however, a fundamental question haunting personal injury attorneys. Who is liable for injuries or property damage resulting from autonomous vehicle accidents? The answer? It’s complicated. Check out the infographic below for more information.
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What is Negligence?

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scale and gavelWhat is Negligence? Negligence is when failure to act as a “reasonable person” directly causes injury to someone else.1 Legally, people have a “duty of care” to protect other individuals. For example, you shouldn’t be putting others in harm’s way by texting and driving. Similarly, business owners, property owners, and manufacturers are supposed to ensure that buildings are safe for occupants and products are okay for consumption. (more…)

The Great GMO Debate

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Are GMOs Harmful or Helpful | Hardy Wolf & DowningThe nutrition and ethics of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been debated for decades, eventually gaining the attention of President Obama who signed a law in 2016 requiring food manufacturers to disclose which of their foods contain GMOs. While consumer groups lauded the new law’s transparency, there are loopholes that allow manufacturers to avoid disclosing some foods that have been genetically modified. If food agencies like the Federal Drug Administration allow these types of foods to be exempt, are they really that harmful? (more…)

Dog Attack Injuries

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dog attack injury attorneyWhile dogs are man’s best friend they can sometimes lash out in unexpected ways. Animal bites are common throughout the United States, though most only require minor medical attention. In addition to causing physical injury, a dog bite can become infected. To protect yourself and your loved ones it’s important to understand why dogs attack, how bites should be treated and how to avoid them. (more…)

A Song of Laws and Damages: Personal Injury in the “Game of Thrones” – Part 2

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Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon (Image courtesy of HBO via the Telegraph.co.uk)

Game of Thrones’ six seasons of drama and action have amassed a significant body count. While characters of the fantasy series are forced to seek physical revenge for wrongs against them or their loved ones, today’s modern system of law allows victims to pursue financial compensation. In our last blog we discussed the many lawsuits that could be filed against the Stark, Baratheon and Frey families. Read on for part two, chronicling the personal injury caused by even more noble Houses. (more…)