It’s going to be really hard to figure out how many car crashes are caused by drivers under the influence of marijuana

In the last 3 years, 3 states—Colorado, Washington, and most recently Oregon—legalized the use of recreational marijuana. During a congressional hearing on the potential threat posed by stoned drivers, Jeff Michael, a program administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), was asked how many crash fatalities are caused by marijuana each year. His… Learn More »

Use a voice-to-text app while driving? Don’t bother

* This post originally appeared on the Legal Examiner. Yesterday, I spoke to a great group of students at a Beaverton, Oregon high school about distracted driving. As part of the presentation (if you don’t know about this, you should –, we talk about three different types of distraction: manual, visual and cognitive.… Learn More »

National Consumer Protection Week

In honor of National Consumer Protection Week, March 3-9, become a better-informed consumer using some of the best resources available. Consumer banking: was set up to provide answers to your questions about loans, insurance, mortgages and dozens of other banking issues. Learn the laws about late payment fees, reverse mortgages, credit bureaus, or get… Learn More »

Ford Expands Air Bag Recall for F150 Trucks; National HIghway Traffic Adminisitration Offers Email Notification System for Recall Alerts

    A recall originally announced by Ford in February because of defective airbags in its F150 trucks has expanded by more than one million vehicles.  The original recall claimed the defect was found only in 150,000 F-150 trucks from the 2005-2006 model years.  Under pressure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Ford initiated a… Learn More »

Proposal in Oregon Legislature Would Help End Unfair Insurance Practices

The Oregon Legislature will consider an important consumer protection bill this session.  Senate Bill 719 provides Oregon consumers the necessary right to hold insurance companies accountable for unreasonable and unfair denial of claims. Under current state law, insurance companies are regulated by the Oregon Insurance Division, which is a division within the Department of Consumer… Learn More »

Popular New Keyless Ignition Linked to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

    Keyless ignition is one of the popular features of many new car models.  It allows car owners to carry around a sensor, called a fob, small enough to fit on a key chain.  Once the fob is within range of the vehicle, the driver can simply push a button to start the engine.  It seems… Learn More »

Holiday Toy Safety

With the holiday season upon us, many of us are starting that hunt for the perfect gift for friends and family. It is easy to forget about the reality that some gifts may be dangerous. Toys cause nearly 200,000 injuries to children 15 years and younger every year. Toys are meant to bring joy into… Learn More »

Injury and Abuse in Nursing Homes

As a larger percent of the population ages, more and more individuals are living in some sort of assisted living environment, whether that be a nursing home or an adult care facility. While these differ greatly in the level of care provided, residents of this vulnerable population are susceptible to injury and abuse. This can… Learn More »

Juror uses during trial

A juror in a Little Rock, Arkansas courtroom found out first hand how today's technology can tamper with a trial. Jonathan Powell, while sitting as a juror in a trial which ended in a $12.6 million verdict against a building materials company and its owner, posted multiple messages, or "tweets" via cell phone onto the… Learn More »