DiBartolomeo Law Offices - May 2018

As technology rapidly advances, it tends to outpace much of the regulation that governs it. A new idea can race so far ahead that it almost turns the industry into the Wild West. The most recent example of this is of self-driving cars. Companies like Uber, Lyft, and Tesla have been making headlines the last couple years by releasing technology previously only seen in science fiction. These vehicles give drivers the opportunity to take a break from maneuvering their car and have it take over the driving for them. This technology opens up a controversy that begs the question, are computers safer than humans? One common argument associated with this issue is that airplanes use autopilot all the time, and they rarely run into problems employing it. If this feature is safe for the

On the ground, you have traffic, intersections, and in the case of a recent accident, pedestrians.

An accident involving a self-driving Uber car claimed the life of a person crossing the street with their bike. In theory, the accident should’ve been prevented by the car’s safety technology. This state-of-the-art invention relies on a concept called LIDAR (light detection and ranging systems) that places a sensor on top of the vehicle, as well as on its sides and front. This technology uses laser beams, light, and radar to detect surroundings and activate any immediate changes that need to occur, such as breaking. While it’s unclear where the malfunction occurred, it is evident that the car did not detect the pedestrian it collided with at 40 mph. This caused Uber to recall their

mass transit of air travel, it should be good enough for drivers on the ground, right?

fleet and suspend all self-driving vehicles until they can pinpoint the issue. But the lack of a driver doesn’t inhibit the blame from falling on someone. Preventable accidents deserve justice. At DiBartolomeo Law, that justice is precisely what we seek.

Not necessarily. Airplanes only use autopilot when they are at cruising altitude, with just the clouds and horizon accompanying them.

There are almost infinitely fewer variables in the air.

If you’ve been in a crash of any kind, reach out to us today to get the justice you deserve.


If you want to be the hit of this year’s Memorial Day cookout, don’t overlook the star power of a well-made side dish. These smoky, tangy grilled potatoes will be the talk of the party. The best part is how easy they are to prep and make!


• 2 pounds baby potatoes, halved • 1/4 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil • Juice of 1/2 lemon • 1/2 packet ranch seasoning

• Ranch dressing for drizzling • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives • Bacon bits (optional) • Salt and pepper to taste




1. Heat grill to medium. In a large pan, toss potatoes with olive oil, lemon juice, and ranch seasoning. Season generously with salt and pepper. 2. Skewer potatoes. (If using wood skewers, be sure to soak in water an hour before


grilling.) Grill until tender and lightly charred, about 15 minutes. 3. Drizzle with ranch and garnish with chives and bacon bits.

Inspired by delish.com

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