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Car accidents rising in states with legal marijuana

Is the legalization of recreational marijuana causing a problem on our nation's highways?

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) thinks so. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) agrees.

Who is liable for a parking lot slip and fall?

The weather is already turning cold and damp -- and it won't be long before ice and snow are on the ground. When that happens, you can be sure that one more thing is soon to follow: slip and fall accidents.

Who is responsible when you fall in a damaged or ice-covered parking lot and end up seriously injured? Is there any way you can recover for your losses if broken bones or a slipped disc in your back puts you out of work for months on end after a fall? Or is it just your bad luck, leaving you to cope with your injuries -- and your financial losses -- on your own?

Sexual harassment at work

Experiencing sexual harassment at work can be terrifying. You might not know what to do next because you are afraid that your job may be on the line. Your employer's reaction to a complaint can be unpredictable; however, it is important to know that you are protected by certain laws.

First, tell the harasser to stop if you feel comfortable enough doing so. Take the following steps if you do not feel comfortable confronting your harasser or if they will not stop after you've confronted him or her.

Don't be afraid to assert your rights in a traffic stop

The biggest threat to your civil rights is simply not being aware of them in the first place. Unless you know your rights, it's difficult to assert them with confidence during a traffic stop -- and you can't expect the police to guide you!

With that in mind, here are the most important rights you need to assert during a traffic stop:

Handling triggers about sexual assault in the news

If you're the victim of a sexual assault or sexual harassment, does it feel totally overwhelming to turn on your computer or pick up your phone and see a ton of headlines about the latest sexual assault allegations against someone famous?

If so, that could be a symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder. All of those news reports on your Facebook feed and in the news are triggers that set in motion the complex emotional responses related to your trauma in your mind.

Study reveals data on drunk driving in Colorado

Colorado recently enacted legislation designed to track impaired driving in the state. The measure, which came after a sharp spike in roadway deaths in recent years, has now produced its first sets of data -- and the information is illuminating.

Here are some of the key takeaways from the study on those charged with driving under the influence, or DUI:

  1. Men are the overwhelming offenders. They represent almost three-fourths of all DUI defendants.
  2. Young men are the most common defendants. While defendants ranged from teenagers to the elderly, males in their 20s were charged in almost 30 percent of cases.
  3. Alcohol, not drugs, is the big problem. Officers don't always test for drugs use -- especially if alcohol use is already evident.
  4. Marijuana is the other intoxicate most commonly found in drivers, but it only shows up in a little over 6 percent of cases.
  5. Repeat offenders are distressingly common. Around 38 percent of those charged already had a previous DUI conviction on their records.

The sexual harassment problem in the photojournalism industry

The issue of sexual harassment is well-known within the photojournalism industry but has always been swept under the rug. Female photojournalists face institutional sexism so deep that many have accepted it as just a part of the profession. However, the problem has been brought to the forefront of the public eye recently.

It started when the deputy director of photography, Patrick Witty, left National Geographic after a sexual harassment investigation. Soon after, the industry’s dark secret was unveiled in a scathing report. The Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) released a massive exposé on rampant sexual abuse and harassment in photojournalism. The CJR investigation interviewed more than 50 photojournalists who have experienced unwanted advances, sexual comments and even assault from their colleagues and editors at work.

Can you evade a wrong-way driver?

Wrong-way driving incidents happen when a driver gets confused about a highway on-ramp and ends up driving against traffic. It's a terrifying mistake for any driver to make -- but equally terrifying for other drivers on the road.

Do you know what to do if you encounter a wrong-way driver? Knowing these few simple steps may save your life:

Why sexual harassment and assault victims hesitate to seek help

Sexual harassment and assault victims have recently found a community and a collective voice, thanks largely to the #MeToo movement. However, the fact that it has taken so long to happen -- despite the alarming number of victims out there -- illustrates just how often victims choose to suffer in silence rather than seek help.

Psychologists say that there are a number of reasons that victims don't immediately step forward after experiencing sexual harassment or assault.

Workplace sexual harassment in commercial real estate

Many women in the field of commercial real estate face sexual harassment on the job, according to a recent survey.

The survey was of over 600 women who work in this real estate field. They were from the U.S. and Canada.

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