Legal News Articles - Automotive
July 18, 2008. By Gordon Gibb.
Read [ Automotive Motive: Know Your Rights and Act ]
Louisville, OH While a vehicle lawsuit over allegedly defective engines in 2004 Ford F-250 Super-Duty trucks proceeds, owners continue to have problems with the power plant of a supposedly rugged truck that succeeds in costing owners in time, lost productivity and headaches.
May 30, 2008. By Gordon Gibb.
Read [ Yamaha Rhino Rollovers: Two Die in Two Separate Rollovers on the Same Day ]
Marshall, TX An all-terrain vehicle that may be more familiar to people lying on its side than on all four wheels is the subject of yet another lawsuit alleging a dangerous design, as users of the popular Yamaha Rhino ATV continue to suffer serious injuries, or even death.
March 26, 2008.
Louisville, KY: A Jefferson Circuit Court Jury awarded the Estate of Bernard Mulligan $3.25 million dollars for injuries suffered in a car fire resulting in Mr. Mulligan's death. The jury deliberated for three hours at the conclusion of a four-day trial presided over by Circuit Court Judge Martin McDonald. The jury determined that Don's Auto Clinic, which was an auto repair shop located on Greenwood Road in Louisville Kentucky, and its owner, Samuel Barrett were negligent in diagnosing, repairing, and inspecting Mr. Mulligan's vehicle.Read [ Jefferson Circuit Court Jury Awards $3.25 Million to Estate of Man who died in Car Fire ]
November 3, 2007. By Gordon Gibb.
Read [ SUVs Susceptible to Rollovers, Regulations for Roof Integrity Lacking ]
Detroit, MI SUVs and other vehicles in which drivers ordinarily feel safe and secure can become a source for danger and personal injury when a traffic mishap combines with physics which govern a tall, top-heavy vehicle, resulting in a rollover.
November 1, 2007. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Car Crashworthiness: Are Newer Vehicles Designed for Failure? ]
Philadelphia, PA "I want to say to everyone passing me on the highway that you will be dead if your car crashed driving that fast," says racing car driver Brian Watson. "Auto makers aren't doing enough to increase the survivability of high speed accidents." Increasingly, vehicles are designed for fuel efficiency and that means lighter cars. And that spells car crashworthiness failure.
Judge Upholds $7M Verdict and Adds over $1.5M Pre-judgment and Post-judgment Interest in Tyson Foods Truck Crash
October 31, 2007. By Baum Hedlund.
October 31, 2007, Cleveland, Ohio - A federal court judge in Ohio has delivered a strong rebuke to Arkansas-based Tyson Foods, denying their requests for a new trial or reduction of the verdict in a horrific truck crash caused by one of its drivers near Crestline, Ohio in 2004. Since the accident the plaintiffs have tried, in good faith, to settle the case with Tyson Foods. But after years of Tyson's low-ball settlement offers, and failed settlement negotiations, Tyson lost at trial in December of 2006 where the jury awarded over $7M for the death and pre-impact distress of a 22-year-old marine, survived by two parents and a brother.Read [ Judge Upholds $7M Verdict and Adds over $1.5M Pre-judgment and Post-judgment Interest in Tyson Foods Truck Crash ]
October 29, 2007. By Gordon Gibb.
Read [ Faulty Fuel Tanks: Fuelling the Fire ]
Washington, DC For decades, vehicle manufactures have long agonized over the issue of fuel tanks and fuel systems, and the most appropriate and effective way to prevent leaks or ruptures that may cause a fire and affect vehicle crashworthiness.
October 28, 2007. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Car Crashworthiness: Another Airbag Failure ]
Seattle, WA A few weeks ago, Robert Russo's daughter got into a car crash in her 2004 Toyota Forerunner. "We thought she would be safe in an SUV but this wasn't the case," he says. Even though the car folded "like an accordion", the airbags failed to deploy--another case of car crashworthiness failure.
October 17, 2007. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ SUV Rollover: A Tragic End for a Young Woman ]
Washington, DC Laura Lynam, aged 17, was in the passenger seat of an SUV when it rolled over. The roof crushed like a tin can and the airbags didn't deploy—Laura was killed instantly. Tragic incidents like this make you wonder how vehicles are tested for car crashworthiness.
October 12, 2007. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Car Crashworthiness: When (If Ever) Do Airbags Deploy in Rear-End Collisions? ]
Phoenix, AZ Miraculously, Lynn H. walked away from a multiple car crash; her car was so badly mangled even the police couldn't fathom why she wasn't seriously injured after the airbags in her 2004 Toyota Corolla didn't deploy—another car that miserably failed car crashworthiness.
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- Car Crashworthiness: Not All Vehicles Are Completely Safe By Heidi Turner (Sep-7-07)
- Crash-worthiness: New standards woefully inadequate By Gordon Gibb (Sep-7-07)
- Car Crashworthiness Failure: A Family's Agony By Jane Mundy (Aug-31-07)
- Car crashworthiness and Airbag Deployment: Hit or Miss? By Jane Mundy (Aug-27-07)
- Car Crashworthiness: Auto Manufacturers must be held Responsible By Jane Mundy (Aug-20-07)
- Crashworthiness: When Ideals and the Real World Collide on the Road By Gordon Gibb (Aug-13-07)
- Car Accidents: Why Walk Away? By Gordon Gibb (Jun-13-07)
- In Case of Car Accident: A Lawyer Can be Your Best Friend By Gordon Gibb (May-23-07)
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