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Smartphone App Places Truck and Bus Safety Data at Your Fingertips

By The Law Offices of W.T. Johnson on April 15, 2015

Vehicle Accident LawyerThe 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 »

Posted in: Commercial Vehicles

As Many As 67 Deaths Caused by Faulty GM Ignition Switches

By The Law Offices of W.T. Johnson on April 8, 2015

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 »

Posted in: Product Liability

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

By The Law Offices of W.T. Johnson on April 6, 2015

TX Distracted Driving LawyerDistracted 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 »

Posted in: Distracted Driving

Understanding Texas Lemon Law: An Overview

By The Law Offices of W.T. Johnson on March 27, 2015

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 »

Posted in: Lemon Law

How Many Times Does the Manufacturer Have to Repair My Vehicle Before It Is Eligible for a Texas Lemon Law Claim?

By The Law Offices of W.T. Johnson on March 25, 2015

Lemon Law LawyerNo 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 »

Posted in: Lemon Law

Honda Launches Ad Campaign to Encourage Air Bag Recall Fixes

By The Law Offices of W.T. Johnson on March 19, 2015

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 »

Posted in: product recall

General Motors Pulls Some SUVs from Market Due to Pending Tire Recall

By The Law Offices of W.T. Johnson on March 17, 2015

Defective Tire AttorneAmerican automaker General Motors recently ordered its dealerships to stop selling three 2015 model year vehicles: the Chevrolet Traverse, the GMC Acadia, and the Buick Enclave. The order affects about 6,300 vehicles and was issued because the vehicles’ tires are included in a pending recall by tire manufacturer Goodyear, according to a recent article in the Detroit Free Press.

The recall proposed by Goodyear affects about 48,500 tires. Of these, 32,100 were made for GM sport utility vehicles, including the three that GM has told dealerships to stop selling. The rest were sold as replacement tires. The tires do not appear on vehicles made by other automakers. Read the rest »

Posted in: Product Liability

Is Talcum Powder Use Linked to Ovarian Cancer?

By The Law Offices of W.T. Johnson on March 11, 2015

Talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral that contains elements like magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. Talc is used in a wide variety of products, from packaging chewing gum to forming the base of baby powder and many cosmetics. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned the use of talc in personal care products for many decades, many experienced Texas personal injury lawyers are concerned about reports that the use of talc may be linked to a higher risk of ovarian cancer.

Studies of the use of talcum powder and the risk of ovarian cancer date back to the 1960s. However, since the sample sizes and methods used in these studies vary greatly, it can be difficult to pinpoint whether a link actually exists between talc use and ovarian cancer. Studies performed in the past decade, however, suggest that if talc is used in the genital area, it may travel into the fallopian tubes or the ovaries, where it can cause irritation that may contribute to cancer’s development or growth. Read the rest »

Posted in: Product Liability

Three Ways to Check Your Bicycle for Safety Before You Ride

By The Law Offices of W.T. Johnson on March 9, 2015

Dallas, Texas is full of bike trails, and the mild temperatures make going for a bike ride a favorable option on all but the hottest or coldest days. As a result, biking is a popular sport in Dallas and other Texas cities. Even many experienced Dallas bicycle accident lawyers have enjoyed cycling in order to stay fit, spend time with family and friends, and reduce their impact on the environment.

While learning to ride safely in traffic can help you avoid a crash, it’s also important to make sure your bicycle is in working condition before you head out. Whether you prefer to ride on roads or trails, a bicycle that is in good working order will help you get where you’re going more safely – but one that is in poor condition might cause a crash or injury. Read the rest »

Posted in: Bicycle Accidents

Nationwide Survey Sees Drop in Nursing Home Quality Scores

By The Law Offices of W.T. Johnson on March 4, 2015

Nursing Home AttorneyTougher standards are resulting in lower scores for the nation’s nursing homes, according to a recent article in USA Today.

The newest ratings from the federal government’s Nursing Home Compare website show that nearly one-third of the 15,000 nursing home facilities ranked lost at least one star – in a five-star total system – than they had been awarded in the past. The lower ratings are partly the result of changes in the way nursing home data is gathered and measures. Read the rest »

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