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Attempt to reduce drunk driving limit dies in Oregon

If you worry about drunk drivers on the road, then news about a failed attempt to lower the drunk driving limit may be frustrating. According to the news, a bill was created in hopes of lowering the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit from .08 to .05 percent. Unfortunately, it is dead and will not be heard this session.

The limit for hundreds of bills to move from the Senate to the House is coming up quickly, and this bill will not be moved out as part of the process. If Oregon was to lower the limit, it would be only the second state to do so, the other being Utah, which lowered the DUI limit from .08 percent to .05 percent.

Sleepy driving: It's more dangerous than you think

When a person gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, he or she is responsible for making safe choices. This includes avoiding distracted driving, not driving after drinking and adhering to the rules of the road. When you think about safe driving, you may not consider avoiding drowsiness as well. In reality, fatigued driving is a serious safety threat for all Oregon drivers.

Drowsy driving happens when a person gets behind the wheel when he or she is actually too tired to drive safely. Unfortunately, many people are unable or unwilling to admit when they may not be in a condition to adequately operate a motor vehicle. Like distraction or drunk driving, fatigued driving is dangerous and can lead to an increased chance of an accident.

Account for wet weather to stay safe while driving

One thing that Oregon residents can count on is regular rainstorms. The weather isn't always sunny and dry in this state, which means that drivers have to become familiar with how to drive safely in wet conditions.

Driving a semi in rain isn't always easy. With less friction on the roadways, it's easier for these massive trucks to slide and lose control. Drivers need to take a few precautions to stay safe.

Woman pleads guilty after causing death, injuries in DUI crash

When drivers decide to get behind the wheel when intoxicated or impaired, they put their lives and the lives of others at risk. That's what happened in one case in Oregon when a woman smoked marijuana before causing a fatal collision.

The 39-year-old woman pleaded guilty to causing the fatal car crash that resulted in one man's death and injuries to three others. She pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide, DUI and assault.

You can hold others liable if you're hurt by defective products

Product liability laws hold businesses and manufacturers responsible for the products they create. They are able to be held responsible for dangerous or defective products because of U.S. product liability law, which sets up rules that make it easier for people who get hurt by products to seek assistance and recover damages.

There could be several parties responsible for defective products including the manufacturer, distributor, a manufacturer of component parts, the wholesaler or a retail store or outlet.

How much is your claim worth after an accident?

The aftermath of a car accident can be expensive and overwhelming. In fact, you may be unsure of how you will ever be able to reclaim your life and move forward after such a traumatic incident. If your accident was the result of the reckless or negligent actions of another person, you could have grounds to move forward with a civil claim. It would be wise for you to seek the full amount to which you are entitled.

It is not easy to determine how much an accident claim may be worth. There are multiple factors to consider, including the extent of your injuries and the amount of your financial losses. If you are considering a claim or the insurance company offered you a settlement, it is in your interests to know what your claim may be truly worth

Follow these 3 tips for safer motorcycling in winter

Riding your motorcycle in winter is a risk that you may be willing to take, but you must keep in mind that there are hazards that wouldn't normally be present in the spring, summer or fall. One of those hazards is the likelihood of snowfall and ice. The other, potentially more dangerous, hazard is that drivers don't expect to see motorcyclists in the winter.

If you plan to ride in the winter, there are several things you can do to help yourself stay safe. Here are three tips to help keep you warm and visible on your ride.

Do truck drivers always know they've been in a crash?

Highway collisions involving large trucks are common, particularly in areas where these vehicles transport goods. Large trucks can be tens of thousands of pounds, which makes them some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road, if not the most dangerous.

The average passenger vehicle weighs around 4,000 pounds, while an 18-wheeler may weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. As you can imagine, getting into a collision with a vehicle of that size is going to do incredible damage to the smaller car.

Wrongful-death lawsuit filed for father's death

In a slightly unusual case, a lawsuit has been filed over the violent death of a 33-year-old man who was killed at a house party in Lynnfield. The death occurred in an incident that happened in 2016 at a mansion that had been widely advertised for rent on AirBnB and other places.

The renter told the owner he was having a college reunion, although he actually intended to host a pool party. The party was a commercial enterprise featuring plenty of girls and "invited" men. The advertised event had at least three DJs there for the party.

80-year-old man dies in rear-end crash caused by fog

Car crashes have the potential to lead to serious injuries or fatalities. One of the major issues on the roads today is that some people do not pay attention to what is happening in front of them. As a result, they end up causing crashes that seriously impact those around them.

Take, for example, a crash that happened in Salem, Oregon. The Oregon State Police reported that there was a two-vehicle crash on Highway 22. A man had been rear-ended by a commercial vehicle with a 53-foot trailer while driving his 1975 Volkswagen Beetle.

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