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- 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.
- Jeep Recall After Actor Death Of an Actor
Star Trek actor, Anton Yelchin, was fatally injured on June 19,2016 when his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled backwards and pinned him against a brick pillar and metal security gate at his California home. The accident is still under investigation; however, a safety recall was issued in April for the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
- Do I Need a Lawyer if the Car Accident was Minor?
Many may ask themselves if a lawyer is necessary after any type of collision. When injuries and damages are minor, individuals may avoid seeking a legal representative. Some believe there is no reason for hiring a lawyer, and others may not know they are entitled to a lawyer after accidents. However, it is important to contact a professional when any type of accident ensues.
- Speed Camera an Unfair Speed Trap
For more than 10 years, Washington D.C. officials have been installing cameras on traffic lights in an effort to enforce local speed limits. But according to residents living in the D.C. area, there is one speed camera that has been a source of frustration as many consider it to be a blatant speed trap.
- Car Accident Victims Often Suffer Joint Injuries Down The Road
by Cantor Crane
According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, there are more than 37,000 deaths each year due to automobile accidents. Additionally, there are 2.35 million people who are either seriously injured or disabled in car crashes. The unfortunate issue is that at times, injuries are not instant. Instead, injuries can take time before they are noticed. For example, being rear-ended by a drunk driver. You might not have back pain for the first week but start to notice severe pain.
- Federal Regulations for Self-Driving Cars
Self-driving cars are one of the latest technological advances in the automobile industry. According to certain automobile companies, self-driving cars that require occasional driver intervention are only a few years away, and completely self-driving cars are not far behind.
- Vehicles with Open Safety Recalls
Carfax, the provider of used car history, reported recently that almost one in five vehicles on the road in the United States have open recalls, meaning they have safety issues that are serious enough to put them on the federal recall list. Out of the 258.5 million cars on the road, a staggering 47 million cars that are being driven on a regular basis are in need of repair.
- New Rule Targets Unsafe Trucking Companies
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is proposing to add a new rule that would make it easier to take unsafe trucks off the road. The rule is designed to enhance and simplify the agency’s ability to identify motor carriers who violate safety rules and prohibit them from continuing operations until they improve.