A warning about vehicle defects

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 in Automotive Dangers | 0 comments

When you’re out riding in the car you just bought, you’re probably thinking all kinds of romantic thoughts: about road trips and date nights and rolling the windows down and letting the wind flow through your hair.

You probably aren’t thinking about the danger of potential automotive defects. However, along with all those wonderful, happy romantic thoughts, you probably should be.

There have been a number of highly publicized and terrifying instances of automotive defects in the news in the last few years.

In 2009, Toyota cars were found to begin accelerating on their own, which led to several deaths. In the end, the company had to recall 9 million cars. That wasn’t even the first time such a problem had occurred with a major automotive brand. A similar incident occurred with Audi in the 1980s.

Ford vehicles had a long-running problem—for six years—with fires being started by turning the ignition. Ford also had problems with its cruise control starting fires. And then, Firestone tires on the Ford Explorer at one point had a tendency to explode.

This problem can’t be avoided by avoiding Ford, nor avoiding Firestone tires, Audi, or Toyota. The truth is, all vehicles have potential issues, and it is crucial that you be aware of this and do everything in your power to check and recheck every part of your car for potential defects.

Be sure to check (or have someone else check) your airbags, seat belts, tires, and engine, since defects in these areas can often lead to injuries.

Also, be sure to check regularly for news about your vehicle. Google your make, model, and year regularly to see if anything new pops up. Additionally, be sure not to throw away any mail related to your vehicle. Read everything you get carefully. That goes for emails as well.

If you do hear about a problem, be sure to immediately take your vehicle in to get checked by a certified mechanic. If they have not heard about the defect, demand they research it or else take your vehicle to another place.

Remember, this is not just about old cars or used cars or rental cars. Many problems can occur in cars that are brand new off the lot. Just because your vehicle has 5 miles on the odometer and you’ve just pulled out of the car lot doesn’t mean there are not potential problems lurking in the engine, the tires, or the seats that could lead to injury, or even, in some cases, death.

If you already feel you’ve been a victim of a vehicle defect, make sure you get your vehicle checked immediately, and then, contact a lawyer. You may be able to sue the car company or join a class action suit.

Everyone deserves to feel safe in their vehicles, and their concerns should be about driving safely and reaching their destinations without incident with other drivers. Unfortunately, that isn’t the world we live in, and we need to be aware that the car we drive may be the biggest danger on the road.

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Understanding Punitive Damages In A Drunk Driving Incident

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Automotive Dangers | 0 comments

Time and time again we have been constantly reminded of the dangers of drunk driving. One cannot deny the effects of alcohol on the judgment and decision making capability of a driver. While there have been efforts to curb drunk driving, there are still negligent drivers who endanger the lives of pedestrians and other drivers. DUI can severely inhibit a driver’s motor function and reaction time, which is important when driving a car.

Aside from being criminally charged, a drunk driver also faces stiff penalties as a result of the injury they have caused. Under the law, the plaintiff is entitled to receive monetary damages to indemnify them from potential losses or injury. Monetary damages are designed to help replace what the plaintiff lost. Another kind of damage that the court may award to the plaintiff is punitive damage.

The aim of punitive damages is to punish the defendant for their malicious or reckless behavior. While monetary damages are awarded by the court, punitive damages will come from the defendant. They are in place in order to protect the public and warn others that committing a similar crime will subject them to similar penalties. While it is allowed by the judge, it will still be the decision of the jury on whether or not punitive damages will be granted.

In general, punitive damages are awarded for outrageous behavior. These are acts that are done with a bad motive or with a reckless indifference to the interest of others. Because of its potential to cause harm and serious injury, drunk driving has been considered as outrageous conduct. In awarding punitive damages, the jury should consider not only the actual accident but also the circumstances surrounding it such as motive, relationship of the parties involved in the accident, provocation, and the driving history of the driver.

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Truck Accidents: The Liability of Trucking Companies

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in Automotive Dangers | 0 comments

There are a lot of risks when driving – and infinitely more when driving an eighteen-wheeler truck. A truck that size can easily amount to almost a hundred thousand pounds – and that almost a hundred thousand pounds of solid, possibly hazardous parts, moving at several miles an hour on a possibly full interstate or road or highway – and these vehicles need to be taken care of and properly maintained because just a little bit of negligence can mean a lot of heartache for a lot of people.

According to the website of the Houston 18-wheeler accident attorneys with Williams Kherkher, it is the responsibility of trucking companies to make sure that their drivers and trucks are well cared for. This includes upholding the laws that are mandated about vehicles of this size and proportion such as the fact that truck drivers are only allowed to drive 14 consecutive hours. These hours need to be properly maintained in order to ensure that the person behind the wheel is alert and fit enough to handle such a large but delicate piece of equipment. Trucking companies are also liable for the people they hire to handle their trucks and so sufficient testing and background checks fall into their jurisdiction, as a part of their area of responsibility. Failure to submit to these standards, as set about by federal law, is subject to legal punishment. Truck accidents that are a result of negligence from the employers are liable under criminal law as well as civil law.

The aftermath of any car accident is hardly easy for anyone – the consequences of eighteen-wheeler truck accidents are so much more devastating to the victims. There are the medical expenses to worry about as well as the loss of income that comes as a result of having to recover from what is, undoubtedly, a traumatic experience for everyone involved.

If you or your loved one has fallen victim to a truck accident, it is advisable for you to seek legal aid immediately in order to receive just compensation for the damages dealt upon you.

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Driver Error in Car Accidents

Posted by on Mar 29, 2014 in Automotive Dangers | 0 comments

Car accidents can be extremely annoying or alarming. It can be annoying when you get a scratch on a newly-painted door because some driver didn’t know to how park properly. It can be alarming when someone gets seriously injured, which reportedly happens in 1 out of 67 instances of vehicular accidents.

The most common of the causes of car accidents is driver error, estimated at 90% as the cause for all vehicular accidents. This means that the driver made a mistake such as turning a corner too fast, failing to brake on time, or following another vehicle too closely. As pointed out in an article on the website of law firm Crowe & Mulvey, LLP in Massachusetts, these are all types of negligence, and even if it only causes minor damage, the at-fault driver should still be held accountable.

A lot of attention has been focused on drunk driving and texting while driving, and while these certainly increases the risk of causing an accident, they are not the end all and be all of accidents. It would be fair to say that while serious accidents often result when a driver does not give full attention to the road, it does not have to be because of intoxication or distraction. It is often just bad judgment.

A lot can be said about proper driver education. A surprising number of licensed drivers in the U.S. between the age of 16 and 19 are more likely to be involved in a car crash than any other age group, and injuries sustained are mostly due to the failure to use seat belts. There have been recent initiatives to provide teenaged drivers with the tools to drive more safely, which do include the risks associated with drunk driving and texting while driving. Hopefully, this will decrease the incidence of injuries and fatalities from car crashes caused by bad driving.

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