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Will Supreme Court take up lawsuit against Remington?

The U.S. Supreme Court has been reluctant in recent years to hear any cases that deal with Second Amendment issues. However, for the first time in almost a decade, the court has agreed to hear one such case when the justices return in October. The case involves how much control a city can have over gun owners' rights to transport their weapons.

There are two other gun-related cases that those on both sides hope the justices will also decide to hear. One of those is the Remington Arms Co. v. Soto case. The case stems from the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in 2012 in which 21 first-graders along with six adults were killed by the shooter who then took his own life.

Relaxing 'Hours of Service' rules may not be a good thing

Late last month, the current presidential administration announced their plans to make changes to trucking safety regulations implemented by his predecessors. One of the first rules that the administration is looking to repeal is the Hours of Service Regulations.

When full, some of the tractor-trailers that are out there on the road weigh as much as 70,000 pounds. A passenger vehicle only weighs a fraction of that amount. It's often deadly when a semi-truck strikes a car.

Avoid these post-car accident mistakes

The first moments after a car accident can often seem like a blur of activity and fast decisions. From the moment of impact until the rush of adrenaline fades, things tend to happen very quickly. You may even have to make some major decisions in the immediate aftermath of a wreck. This is why it is important to know what to do and what mistakes to avoid after a motor vehicle collision.

While you might already be familiar with what to do after a wreck, such as calling the police and waiting for help, the mistakes you need to avoid are just as vital. Here are things you should not do after a car accident.

Dealing with your child's first car crash

Your child has been driving on their own for a few months -- or maybe just a few weeks. The moment you've dreaded arrives. You find out they've been involved in a crash.

The odds of this are higher than most parents would like to contemplate. According to the insurance company Geico, 20% of 16-year-old drivers are involved in a crash during their first year behind the wheel.

Who can you sue if you've been hurt during a police chase?

When police officers receive a call summoning them to a crime or crash scene, their adrenaline often kicks into overdrive. This is often why you see them speeding down the road with their blue lights flashing. Time is critical. Someone's life may be in danger if they don't make it their destination fast enough.

Adrenaline fuels them to engage in high-speed chases of suspected criminals too. Sadly, when two reckless motorists are driving down the road, it can have serious consequences for those around them. Unsuspecting motorists are often struck and injured or killed when police are making pursuit. If you've been hurt, then you may wonder who you can hold accountable for your medical costs and other expenses.

Mass shooting victim's family files suit against gun manufacturer

The family of one of the victims of the deadliest mass shooting in the history of our country is suing companies that manufacture and sell AR-15 style rifles. That was the weapon used by the gunman who killed 58 people and injured over 850 more on Oct. 1, 2017, at a Las Vegas music festival. The lead defendant is Colt's Manufacturing Co., which made the weapon used in that shooting.

AR-15 style rifles are considered semi-automatic weapons. They aren't as strictly regulated as automatic ones. They're considered "semi-automatic" because you have to pull the trigger each time you shoot a bullet. However, they reload automatically after each shot. Automatic weapons, on the other hand, fire continuously as long as the trigger is held down.

Legislation would require use of 'speed limiters' in large trucks

At a time when it seems like members of Congress can't reach across the aisle to accomplish just about anything, two U.S. senators, one a Republican and the other a Democrat, have introduced a bill they would increase the safety of large commercial trucks on our highways and interstates.

For a decade now, a rule that would require "speed limiters" has gone nowhere amid the bureaucracy of the federal government. The Cullum Owings Large Truck Safe Operating Speed Act of 2019 would require all new trucks weighing over 26,000 pounds to have these devices and to have them set at no more than 65 miles per hour at all times. Trucks already on the road that have the technology must use it. However, trucks that don't have the technology won't be required to have it installed.

How parents can minimize teen distracted driving

Summer brings many newly licensed teen drivers out on the roads. Some are driving to and from summer jobs, running errands for their parents and chauffeuring younger siblings. Still others are driving to the lakes, mountains and other destinations to hang out with their friends.

While teens have grown up hearing about the dangers of texting and talking on the phone while driving, a surprising number still admit to doing it. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says that over half of the teen drivers it surveyed reported using their phone at least once in the last month while behind the wheel. Over a quarter admitted to texting while driving.

A motor vehicle accident can cause a concussion

A motor vehicle accident has the potential to cause a variety of injuries, with a concussion at the top of the list. If an object, such as the windshield, strikes your head with enough force, a concussion or more serious brain injury is possible.

If you suspect a concussion after a car accident, don't wait to receive a medical diagnosis. Neglecting to do so increases the risk of additional damage.

Take care of guns and ammunition on hot summer days

Summer heat brings challenges for Montana gun owners, including owners of Remington rifles. In order to minimize the risk of injuries or death due to firearms, it is critical for gun owners to take precautions specifically related to summer heat, such as keeping guns and ammunition in vehicles that can overheat quickly.

Ammunition is unlikely to explode due to being kept in a hot vehicle since the interior would have to reach a temperature of hundreds of degrees for that to happen. However, it is always a good idea to avoid storing guns and ammunition in your vehicle for too long because they can become hot to the touch and that in turn can result in inadvertently mishandling them. That can lead to accidents and corresponding firearm injuries.

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