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Will Tesla Motors Be Liable for First Autopilot Death?

Yesterday Tesla Motors announced the first death associated with one of its cars in Autopilot mode. The accident occurred in Florida in May and was made public by the car's manufacturer only when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched an official investigation of the self-driving car's Autopilot system.

This first self-driving car death raises questions about the safety and future of automated highways at a critical time when authorities are attempting to figure out regulations. Tesla Motors did its best to reassure the public that the incident was not cause for concern, but it is certain that enthusiasm about self-driving cars is at least temporarily tempered. As for liability, Tesla Motors may be sued but not necessarily by the deceased's family.

Suing a Family Member for Personal Injury

You go to Uncle Joe’s house every Fourth of July for an Independence Day celebration to remember all year. But what if something goes wrong one year and people get hurt lighting fireworks or swimming in the pool?

As your clan expands and more people join the celebrations, the likelihood of injury and accidents increase. Here are some things to consider before you sue Uncle Joe for personal injury and pretty much guarantee that you’ll never attend one of his events again.

Other than a day off, and maybe the barbecue, the best thing about July 4th is the fireworks. While most of us are happy to see a good show, a few amateurs want to wow our friends, family, and anyone within a quarter-mile with our pyrotechnic skill. But the pros are pros for a reason -- normally because they have the experience and safety training (to say nothing of the permits and legal fireworks) to handle munitions-grade incendiary devices without blowing themselves or anyone else up.

So think twice before hosting your own Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza. And, if you need more convincing, here are four of the worst fireworks injuries, from our archives:

For people with type 2 diabetes, Onglyza is a hypoglycemic drug that can help maintain healthy insulin levels. But as with all potentially life-saving medications, there are risks associated with Onglyza use which in themselves can be life threatening. In 2014, the FDA started looking into the link between Onglyza and heart failure, and earlier this year warned that type 2 diabetes medicines like Onglyza “may increase the risk of heart failure, particularly in patients who already have heart or kidney disease.”

Here’s what you need to know about potential side effects of Onglyza, and where to find help if you’ve been injured by your type 2 diabetes medication.

This is another in our series on car accident claims. Many of us experience an accident, but do we really know what do to, how to get help, or what our rights are? This series can help.

If there's a silver lining in the wake of your car accident, it's that at least you had insurance. But as the saying goes, every silver lining has a touch of grey. Filing a car insurance claim can be complicated and the process can seem never-ending. It feels like your insurance company always wants more paperwork or documentation, and you begin to wonder whose side they're on.

But if you know beforehand what your insurance company will probably want during the claims process, it could take make the system more streamlined and less stressful. Here are some of the things you'll probably need for your car accident insurance claim:

Who Is Liable for Drowning and Accidents in Private Pools?

It's hot out and everyone is ready for a dip in the cool waters of the neighborhood pool. But the local swimming hole is actually your private property and you are concerned about liability if you let everyone use it.

Good -- you should be. You can be liable for all kinds of accidents that happen in your swimming pool, including drowning, even if you don't invite people to use it. Let's consider some situations you should work to avoid this summer so that the pool is a party and not a bummer.

Do I Need a Witness to Prove a Car Accident Claim or Case?

This is another in our series on car accident claims. Many of us experience an accident, but do we really know what do to, how to get help, or what our rights are? This series can help.

If you have been in a car accident, you will need to show evidence of what happened for insurance to coverage the damages. Or, if insurance won't suffice and the accident is severe, you may end up involved in a lawsuit. Whether or not you have a witness to the accident, you can still prove your claim or case.

Witnesses are not the only way that proof is presented, whether a matter is being handled administratively through an insurance claim or legally in a lawsuit. So let's consider what you can do to prove what happened in an accident if there are no witnesses to support you.

Hip Implant System Recalls and Injuries

Unfortunately for those who have replaced hips, being unattached to body parts is a familiar notion. Still, no one expects a hip replacement to have to be replaced due to defects. Yet it happens a lot.

The materials in hip replacements are not exactly ideal for general physical health when they leach into people's systems, which is what they can do. Complaints about leaching metals, hip corrosion, fretting, and other issues have led to lawsuits over numerous types of hip systems used to replace old and worn bones.

Accidents happen, but sometimes they happen because of someone's negligence. And when someone's negligence leads to another person's death, family and loved ones of the deceased person may file what are known as wrongful death lawsuits.

Wrongful death lawsuits can be complicated, and there are several limiting factors when it comes to filing them. So here are five important questions (and answers) regarding wrongful death claims from our archives:

Morning sickness is an unpleasant and unfortunate side effect of pregnancy. And expectant mothers, doctors, and drug manufacturers have long been searched for a cure for pregnancy-related nausea. The trouble is finding a remedy that won't have an adverse effect on the fetus.

GlaxoSmithKline thought they had stumbled upon an answer with Zofran, a drug originally used to combat nausea in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. But a new series of lawsuits claims Zofran causes birth defects, and that GlaxoSmithKline never cleared it for use on pregnant women.