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- Are You a Young Driver in California? Here’s What You Need to Know!
Just got your license? Ready to get on the road? Before you grab your keys, here are few laws in California that wouldn’t hurt to take a quick look at.
- Class Action Lawsuits against Audi over CO2 Emissions Cheating
Audi is facing class action lawsuits over allegations of CO2 emissions cheating on its 2012-2016 A6, A8, Q5, Q7, S4, S5, S6, and S7 model with a gasoline engine and an automatic transmission. The lawsuits allege that Audi installed a defeat device on these vehicles in order to hide their high CO2 emissions levels from regulators and consumers.
- Ridesharing and Liability in Auto Accidents
Ridesharing services have increased in popularity across the country in the past years, but this has brought to attention a wave of consumers’ questions about liability when an accident occurs. These types of accidents can be complicated, and, depending on the circumstances, liability can drastically change. Additionally, ridesharing drivers are not employees of the company they are driving for. In most cases, Uber and Lyft do not claim legal responsibility for their drivers.
- DWI No Refusal Weekends in Texas
During the holidays, police crack down on drinking and driving by scheduling no refusal weekends. Police have warrants more readily available on these weekends to obtain blood samples from drivers who do not consent to taking a breath test. With the New Years coming up, drivers should all be familiar with no refusal policies and consequences.
- When Can You Sue Outside of Workers’ Compensation?
Any injury or illness that happens in connection with an employee’s job is called a workplace injury. In most states, the definition of workplace injury is “any injury that arises out of or in the course of employment.” This is to prevent employees from seeking compensation for injuries not directly caused by the job.
- New Round of BMW Vehicles Recalled for Takata Airbag Problems
The most recent recall affects BMW X3 and X4 SUVs from the 2015 model year and X5s from the 2014 and 2015 model years.
- Potential Steering Problem Triggers Mazda SUV Recall
A safety defect in the steering for Mazda vehicles has led to a recall from 2006 to 2012.
- Consequences of Distracted Driving
Distracted driving has been recognized as a serious problem by lawmakers, resulting in many states banning cell phone use while driving, adopting hands-free only rules or taking other action to curb the use of cell phones while driving. Individuals who are found to be engaging in distracted driving can face a variety of serious consequences.
- New Auto Defect Whistleblower Proposal Receives Early Support
There is a new piece of federal legislation being proposed that would give financial incentives to whistleblowers who expose safety defects in autos. The legislation is in response to the recent wave of auto defects, some of which were concealed by automakers for up to ten years. It would allow any whistleblower to share in the penalty payments that an auto company may be forced to make as a result of failing to disclose a known defect.
- Self-Driving Cars and Liability
Soon, self-driving cars will start making their way onto roadways across the world. The first wave of autonomous vehicles is expected to enter the market for consumers by 2020 (Stoll, John D., GM Executive Credits Silicon Valley for Accelerating Development of Self-Driving Cars, The Wall Street Journal, May 10, 2016). But as these vehicles become widespread and accidents inevitably occur, the traditional system for compensating those injured in accidents must change to consider who is liable.