VEHICLES

Exploding Airbags - The Massive Takata Airbag Recall

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 2nd, 2014

Right in the middle of a massive recall by General Motors due to an ignition switch defect, we now learn there is a safety problem that is not only more widespread but quite possibly more dangerous.

GM Recall Linked to 300+ Car Accident Wrongful Deaths

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 25th, 2014

GM has recently come under fire, and lots of people aren’t happy. This is in response to a recall in January which involved millions of cars.

These cars have a defect which makes ignition keys come loose while an individual is on the road, causing crashes and death due to the inability of airbags to deploy.

Car Accidents Caused by a Tire Blowout

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 25th, 2013
Tires are the only part of your car touching the road. When one of them fails, the consequences can be tragic. If you believe that your tire manufacturer failed to produce a safe product, call our Texas car accident lawyers today.
 

Save Yourself! 3 Signs that the Driver is a Drunk

Submitted by Anonymous on Feb 22nd, 2011

 

Drunk drivers are among the most dangerous hazards to be found on Dallas roads and highways. All too often, theyre the causes behind a fatal Dallas car accident. If youre not certain whether or not a driver in front of you is drunk, watch out for the following three signs.

1: Drunk drivers tend to stop and go erratically. If you're lucky enough, you'll notice them doing this in a parking lot before they're actually out on the road. This is a very good sign the drivers inebriated. Be especially wary of drivers who stop suddenly before turns or at intersections. Chances are, they had a few too many to drink and the reflexes are dulled.

2. Drunk drivers have a very dangerous habit of going either way too fast or way too slow for the road that theyre on. While speed limits most certainly have the force of law behind them, people do tend to treat them as more of a traffic tip than a traffic law in everyday life. There is, however, a sensible range that people tend to stick to within the posted speed limit. If you see someone going way over or way under the speed limit, it's a good sign that they may be drunk and that you should probably keep your distance as much as possible. If theyre driving aggressively and coming up behind you, just let them pass.

ALERT: Zero Motorcycle Recall

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 26th, 2009

Zero Motorcycles is quite a new company, specializing in high performance electric motorcycles. Just this week though, two rather new models have just been recalled due to a serious potential threat. The off- road 2009 Zero X and the Zero MX are the models that are being recalled. The problem is with a defective throttle that can become disconnected or get stuck in the open position, causing the bike to unexpectedly accelerate immediately after starting it up.

ALERT: Ford Recalls 14.3 Million Vehicles

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 15th, 2009

A defective cruise control switch is responsible for a total of 14.3 million vehicles being recalled by Ford Motors. The reason for the recall is the concern that the switch could start a fire. The total recall is the largest in history for addressing a single issue. All of the vehicles involved in the recall fall within the years 1992-2003.

Keeping your Child Safe During the School Year

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 2nd, 2009

The school year is upon us once again, which means that school buses will be out in force each day of the week transporting precious cargo to and from home and school. School buses are the largest size of mass transit in the United States these days as they are responsible for 9 million student trips each year. There are roughly 500,000 school buses that transport 24 million children each day across the country. Since 1990, there have been 407,000 fatal traffic incidents in the United States and one third of one percent of those accidents involved school bus accidents. Since 1990, there have been 1,450 people killed in school bus accidents. Of those killed, 67 percent were from another vehicle, 25 percent were pedestrians or bicyclists, and nine percent were on the school bus at the time of the accident. Experts estimate that approximately 27 school-aged persons die in school bus accidents each year across the country. Seven of these people are in the school bus and 20 of them are pedestrians who have just exited the bus or are preparing to board the bus. According to Resource4Accidents.com, each year there are approximately 360 million bus passengers who travel a combined 28 billion passenger miles. There are two types of buses that can be involved in accidents; public and private buses. Public buses include those operated by cities and other organizations as part of mass transit.

ALERT - Toyota Recalls 3.8M Vehicles over Floor Mat Hazard

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 30th, 2009

Toyota says it will recall 3.8 million vehicles in the United States to address problems with a removable floor mat that could interfere with the vehicle's accelerator and cause a crash.

The company says it will be the largest recall in its history. Owners could learn about the safety campaign as early as next week.

Toyota and the government warned owners of Toyota and Lexus vehicles about safety problems tied to the removable floor mats. They say the mats could interfere with the vehicle's accelerator and cause a crash.

Airborne National Guard Humvee, Car and Semi-truck crash, 3 Killed

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 28th, 2009

Three people were killed in a six-vehicle crash caused by an airborne Nation Guard Humvee, which launched over a concrete median and into oncoming traffic. The fatal collision happened on Wednesday, on Interstate 35 in Troy, as reported by the Waco Tribune. The Texas Department of Public Safety reported the Humvee was traveling southbound in rainy conditions on I-35 when the military vehicle drifted off the side of the road, and then re-crossed the southbound lanes and went airborne. The military vehicle launched over the concrete median and hit a northbound black Toyota Corolla, and the cab of a tractor-trailer. The Humvee reportedly landed in the middle of the highway upside down. The tractor-trailer then jackknifed and hit an unoccupied pickup and the SUV it was towing, which were parked on the shoulder of the highway. A garbage compactor truck then hit the semi-truck. The driver of the Humvee, Altha Gibson, 21, of DeSoto was killed in the wreck. The driver of the 18-wheeler, Donald Johnson, 44, of Burleson; and the driver of the car, Douglas Aschcroft, 41, of Austin were also killed in the wreck. The driver of the trash compactor truck was reportedly uninjured in the wreck. Police officials state it is currently unknown how the Humvee went airborne. Police officials are reportedly conducting a full investigation into the fatal six-vehicle crash.

Drunk driver pushes insurance company to pay the victim

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 17th, 2009

KATU News reported a blind man struck on a sidewalk by a drunk driver who ran up on the sidewalk with his vehicle. The victim, Norman Larkin, has been blind since birth but now has to try and use a wheel chair for mobility. Although the drunk driver, Jack Alvord, has apologized and intends to join his victim in speaking against drunk driving in the future, Larkin will have to live with his injuries for the rest of his life. He had broken bones in eight places and had to have three months of care around the clock.

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