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texture-860666_1920One of the most commonly known car-related product flaws is the Toyota gas pedal issue, where certain Toyota vehicles had the gas pedal stick when it was pressed down. This issue resulted in numerous drivers losing control, which caused injury accidents and even fatalities. Toyota was forced to recall more than four million vehicles and eventually reached a settlement of $1.1 billion for consumers who had been injured or harmed by the defect. This particular settlement contained no admission of fault on the part of Toyota.

Faulty Takata Airbags Result in Injury and Death

Another car-related product liability issue is the defective Takata airbags, which mostly affected cars built between 2002 and 2008, but also included models through 2014 in some cases. The main issue with the recall is that some airbags can deploy explosively, injuring or even killing car occupations. This issue involved the airbag’s inflator, which is some cases would ignite with explosive force. If the casing ruptured in a crash, there was a possibility that metal shards could be sprayed from the airbag throughout the vehicle’s cabin.

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Liability in Trucking Accidents

Truck Accidents: Introduction

Trucking accidents account for a fraction of all traffic-related accidents. However, they have the potential to be much more dangerous than typical traffic-related accidents, due to the sheer weight and size of most trucks. Many trucks also haul hazardous material loads that can pose additional risks in the event that they are spilled or otherwise compromised during an accident. Additionally, large trucks are much more likely to be involved in fatal multiple-vehicle crashes compared to fatal single-vehicle crashes.

According to the 2010 statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,675 people were killed and 80,000 injured in crashes that involved large trucks (of which there were 276,000 such crashes). These statistics represent a 9% increase in fatalities and an 8% increase in the number of injuries compared to statistics from 2009.

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8 Practical Steps You Can Take if You’re Ever in a Car Crash

Almost all drivers will experience a fender bender, object collision, or a more significant car crash at some time in their lives. While car accidents or other vehicle accidents can be very scary and stressful, you need to be prepared to take specific steps if you are ever involved in a crash. Here’s what you need to do:

Accident Step 1: Get Help

If you or anyone else has been injured, you need to get help as soon as possible. If you have a cell phone you should call 911 and ask the operator to send an ambulance. If you don’t have a cell phone or are unable to move, ask the first person on the scene to call for help. If there is a crowd of people, single out one person and specifically ask him or her to call.

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The Startling Numbers Behind Trucking Accidents

Commercial trucks are big, trucking is big business, and it should come as no surprise to anyone that trucking accidents are very common. Whether you’re eating fresh fruit in the middle of winter or buying affordably priced goods originally made in China, there’s a decent chance that a commercial truck was involved in transporting most of what you buy.

Trucking Transportation Statistics

  • The commercial trucking industry collects $650 billion in annual revenue. When compared to the gross domestic product of the entire country, trucking accounts for 5% of it.
  • There are over 750,000 tractor-trailer drivers and almost 50,000 light truck and delivery drivers employed in the country.
  • Trucking accounts for almost 84% of the total revenue taken in by the commercial transportation industry. The remaining 16% is divided between trains, planes, ships, and pipelines.
  • In a single day, commercial trucks transport nearly $390 million worth of goods. That equals over $4,400 worth of goods delivered per second.
  • There are over three million 18-wheeler trucks operating in the country. They travel over 93 billion highway miles every year, using over 54 million truck tires and 52 billion gallons of diesel fuel to do it.

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National Safety Council Releases Startling Estimates for Accidents Over the Memorial Day Weekend

The Memorial Day holiday is the traditional kick-off to the summer. The long weekend means families across the country will be taking advantage of an extra day off to hit the roads and travel. In fact, AAA estimates that 31.2 million travelers will be getting in their cars this weekend. With more drivers on the roads, the risk of car accidents increases dramatically. National Safety Council reports that Memorial Day weekend marks one of the deadliest holidays, annually, for auto-related accidents.

The NSC released its estimates on May 20th for the number of motor vehicle crashes expected for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend. According to the Council, for the past six years, the Memorial Day holiday weekend has averaged an 11.5% increase in traffic fatalities compared to similar non-holiday periods. This year the Council estimates 407 traffic fatalities and another 43,500 “medically consulted injuries” (the Council considers these injuries serious enough that a medical professional was consulted) will occur over the summer kick-off weekend from traffic collisions.

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Cell Phone Use and Its Impact on the Rate of Auto Accidents

Cell phones have ballooned in popularity over the last decade. Not surprisingly, so have concerns regarding distracted driving and the role that these ubiquitous electronic devices may have in causing a variety of motor vehicle-related accidents. A significant body of research – conducted under both experimental and on-the-road conditions – has demonstrated that using either hand-held cell phones or hands-free cell phone devices can lead to driving practices that can undermine safe driving. Unfortunately, the extent to which cell phone use while driving increases the risk of accidents has been difficult to determine, due in part to the fact that police crash reports are not reliable indicators of whether or not drivers were using a cell phone at the time a crash occurred.

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