Distracted driving causes thousands of car wrecks in Texas and nationwide each year, which is why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and experienced Texas car accident lawyers are determined to inform the public and reduce risks.
The NHTSA defines distracted driving as “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.” Cell phone use and texting are well-known distractions, but eating and drinking, changing the radio station, having conversations, or watching things other than what is outside the vehicle can also cause distraction.
Here are five key facts and statistics to know about distracted driving:
- Distracted driving crash deaths dropped 7 percent between 2012 and 2013, but about 3,000 more injuries were reported in 2013 than in 2012. Read the rest »
Trucking is one of the biggest industries in the United States today. Every day, thousands of 18-wheel tractor-trailers share Texas’s roads with passenger cars, smaller work trucks, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. These large trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and stand over 14 feet high. When an 18-wheeler collides with a 3,000-pound passenger vehicle, the results can be devastating or even deadly.
As a result, cases involving large truck wrecks differ from ordinary car accident cases. Texas attorneys with experience handling 18-wheeler truck accident claims understand these differences and use them to the advantage of their clients. Read the rest »
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently planned a meeting to discuss what agency experts say is a growing problem: an increasing number of old and defective tires are still on the road. What’s more, the agency is concerned that recent tire recalls haven’t done their job in ensuring that tires with dangerous defects are repaired or replaced, according to a recent CBS News report.
As every experienced Texas defective tire accident lawyer knows, not all car wrecks are caused by driver error. A hidden defect in a tire or other vehicle part can cause serious injury or death. Often, the car’s owner won’t even know the defect exists until it is too late. Read the rest »
Johnson & Johnson, manufacturers of a wide range of personal care products including baby powder, is facing a lawsuit in at least one U.S. court claiming that the talc in their baby powder caused ovarian cancer.
A patient with ovarian cancer filed suit in a Wisconsin court recently, claiming that she used the company’s baby powder for nearly fifty years before she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Similar lawsuits have been filed in other states, and many experienced Texas personal injury lawyers have heard from clients who fear that their talcum powder use may be linked to later cases of ovarian cancer.
The complaint filed against Johnson & Johnson cites studies from as early as 1971 linking increased cancer risks to the use of talcum powder. Other industries, such as manufacturers of condoms, stopped using talcum powder on their products due to fears that introducing talc to the genital area might increase the risk of ovarian cancer, according to the complaint. The complaint alleges that Johnson & Johnson knew of the risks, but did not warn consumers. Read the rest »
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently released a Smartphone app that will let the public see updated safety information on interstate trucking and bus companies.
The app is called “QCMobile.” “QC” stands for “Query Central.” The purpose of the app is to make it easy for drivers, passengers, law enforcement officials, insurers, brokers, and other interested individuals to access information on truck and bus company registration and safety performance.
The app collects and summarizes data from several sources currently compiled by the FMCSA. It also allows users to access detailed information from the agency’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, which collects and tracks data in seven Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement categories. Read the rest »
The number of people killed by defective ignition switches in General Motors vehicles has risen to 67, according to a recent report from CBS News.
The families of the 67 individuals will likely receive compensation from the company, which recently updated the list to include three more people. Another 113 injured people will also receive compensation from the GM fund.
The deaths and injuries are linked to faulty ignition switches in Chevrolet Cobalts and other vehicles produced by General Motors. The switch may slip out of the “on” position while the car is being driven. When this happens, the engine is cut off, the power steering stops working, and the air bags are turned off as well. Serious injuries or deaths have resulted in many cases in which the ignition switch failed while a GM vehicle was in motion. Read the rest »
Distracted driving kills. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), cell phone use was involved in 350 fatal crashes nationwide in 2011, and contributed to thousands of crashes in which individuals were injured, some of them seriously. Texas reported the second-highest number of cell-phone-related deaths in 2011, with 38 deaths in the state.
And cell phones are only part of the problem, as many experienced Texas distracted driving accident attorneys know. When other sources of distraction, such as reading a map, listening to loud music, or having your attention diverted by other passengers are accounted for, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that over nine people die and 1,153 people are injured every single day in a distracted driving accident. In 2011, one in every five crashes involved a distracted driver, according to the CDC. Read the rest »
When you buy a new vehicle, you look forward to having reliable, comfortable transportation. But when the vehicle you buy regularly and unexpectedly lets you down, where can you turn? What are your options?
Texas’s “lemon law” provides relief for motorists who have purchased or leased a new motor vehicle. The law applies if the vehicle develops a condition or defect that “substantially impairs” the use, safety, or market value of the vehicle.
Before filing for relief under the Texas Lemon Law, you will have to give the manufacturer a “reasonable opportunity” to fix the defects involved. Depending on the type and severity of the problem, the number of attempts the manufacturer is allowed can vary. In some cases, the defect may be the subject of a recall, so it’s important to speak to an experienced Texas lemon law attorney who can help you pursue all available avenues of relief. Read the rest »
No Texas vehicle owner wants to believe they’ve been saddled with a lemon. After a few trips to the dealership to get a new car fixed, however, a Texas driver may decide it’s time to talk to an experienced Texas lemon law attorney about their rights.
One step you’ll have to perform before filing a lemon law claim is to show that the dealer has had a reasonable number of attempts to fix the vehicle and has failed. There are multiple “tests” for meeting this requirement. Your attorney can help you determine which test applies to your vehicle. Read the rest »
Millions of Honda vehicles have defective air bag components manufactured by Takata – but their owners still have not brought them to a dealership to get the problems fixed. To remind owners of the need for a fix, Honda has begun an advertising campaign to raise awareness, according to a recent New York Times article.
According to the New York Times, the air bag recall affects about 6.2 million Honda vehicles in the United States. To date, however, only 14 percent of the vehicles have had the problem addressed by a Honda mechanic. Experienced Texas Takata air bag defect attorneys urge Honda owners to find out if their vehicle is covered by the recall and to get it fixed immediately if it is. The fix can be carried out at any local Honda dealership and is free of charge. Read the rest »
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