Ride-sharing companies such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar are revolutionizing the way we travel. From the convenience of a smartphone, a customer can easily request a ride, receive real-time updates about a driver’s location, and pay with pre-loaded credit card information. The popularity of these companies continues to grow as more people become authorized and as drivers and customers spread the word about how genuinely simple it is to catch a ride.
As is true with all trends, not all of the gossip about ride-sharing has been positive. A recent crash in San Francisco brought safety concerns to the forefront of discussion. On August 2, 2014, an authorized Uber driver lost control of his vehicle when he suffered a seizure. While there were passengers in the car, they were unharmed. The crash did, however, injure a pedestrian. Critics are now questioning the safety of these ride-sharing companies and what their ultimately liability is in the event of a car accident.
Out of the nearly 102,000 high school football players who will take the field in California, 3,000 are expected to suffer a concussion this year, based on prevalence rates by the nonprofit organization USA Football. With these shocking statistics in mind, California lawmakers are taking a tough stance against youth football head injuries. In July, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2127 into law, which seeks to reduce brain injuries and concussions among California’s middle and high school football players.
California AB 2127
The new California law, which takes effect January 1, 2015, is set to help limit full-contact football practices and also ensure athletes who have suffered a brain injury do not return to the game too soon. The new law applies to all public, private and charter schools in the state of California. As the law currently stands, full-contact practices can be held daily during the football season. AB 2127 will prohibit middle and high school football teams from holding full-contact practices over 90 minutes on a single day, ban teams from holding more than two full-contact practices per week during the season and also prohibit contact practices during the off-season.