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Risk of Drowsy Driving Crashes Up During Daylight Saving

According to the Health News Digest, the change in daylight savings time does not only bring an additional hour of daylight, it also brings a greater chance of drowsy driving. This is one of the most substantial factors in auto accidents across America. 

Suspected Speeding Driver Involved in Fatal LA 42 Accident

A driver in Ascension Parish was charged with negligent homicide after an accident on Thursday morning. According to Louisiana State Police, Sheri Thompson of Prairieville was pronounced dead at the scene. State police troopers arrested Dalyn Melancon of Port Vincent, who was driving the other vehicle.

The auto accident occurred on LA 42 (Oak Grove-Port Vincent Highway) east of LA 932 (Joe Sevario Road) near 7:30 a.m., between Prairieville and Port Vincent.

Four Hurt In Pileup On Interstate 10

Around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, four people were injured in a seven-car-pileup. According to West Baton Rouge Parish Deputy Cliff Ivey, none of the injuries were life threatening.

The crash occurred on I-10 westbound near mile marker 142, a couple mines from the Grosse Tete exit, which caused traffic to back up for hours. The accident included three 18-wheeler trucks and four passenger vehicles.

Distracted Teen Drivers Get a Boost from Technology

A 2011 study performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationdemonstrates that 21 percent of teenage drivers involved in fatal auto accidents were using a mobile phone. Fortunately, there is new technology being developed which may help keep teen drivers safer on our roadways.

There have been several apps created to enable parents to monitor their child's phone, and even eliminate mobile phone usage while driving. As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has identified 25 percent of teens responding to text messages each time they drive, these applications could help to reduce and eliminate these horrifying percentages.

U.S. Oil Companies Fined for Mislabeling Crude Shipments in First Move after Series of Derailments

A total of three oil companies were fined $93,000 in North Dakota on Tuesday for wrongfully classifying fuel shipments. According to the Department of Transportation, Marathon Oil Corp, Hess Corp and Whiting Petroleum Corp were cited for incorrectly classifying cargo tanks hauling crude oil from the field to the railroad. 

Strengthening Oil Safety Measures on the Railroad

According the U.S. Transportation Department and the Association of American Railroads, railroad oil trains are to slow down from 50 miles per hour to 40 miles per hour through major cities, inspect tracks more often, and bolster emergency response planning along routes with trains carrying up to three million gallons of crude oil. This is a safety precaution following the United States oil boom, along with recent oil spill events occurring across the nation. 

GM Issues Recall on 778,562 Vehicles in North America

GM-recall-infographic.jpgUpdate: GM Lawsuits to Be Consolidated

Lawyers who are suing General Motors Co. have put in a request with the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in Washington to consolidate the lawsuits filed due to the faulty ignition switch.

With more than three million vehicles recalled, it is likely that the situation will result in a high volume of lawsuits filed in multiple jurisdictions. Currently, 15 lawsuits have been filed in federal courts by consumers who seek to represent other GM customers in class-action cases.

Car Reliability Drops

According to a recent study by J.D. Power, car reliability has decreased to an unseen low since 1998. In fact, the average 2011 model year vehicle has 133 problems per 100 vehicle, which is a six percent increase compared to the 2013 survey. 

Johnson & Johnson Did Not Warn About Cancer Risks of Talcum Body Powder

A recent study exhibits an association between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer in females.

Johnson & Johnson is a large pharmaceutical company for a great range of pharmaceutical, cosmetic and hygiene products, has steadily issued safety warnings and product recalls.

Hydraulic Fracking Causes Water Pollution Concerns

Over the last 10 years, hydraulic fracking has created a tremendous boom in oil and natural gas across the United States, and has led to billions of dollars in revenue for companies. However, the same fracking that has caused this tremendous boom, has also lead to many fears of surrounding residents concerning contaminated water. 

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