Motor Vehicle Defects

Proper Car Safety Critical for Child Passengers

By: Tad Thomas, Esq. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 1 to 12 years old. In 2011, one third of children killed in car crashes were not in car seats or wearing seat belts (NHTSA). According to the national campaign, Child Car Safety, this fatality rate could be reduced by about half if the correct child safety seat were always used. While many parents are constantly worried about their child’s safety, the safety of children in cars is actually often overlooked and disregarded. General market research reveals that many parents are overconfident about their child’s …

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Child Passenger Safety: A Year-Round Priority for Guardians

By Jay Urban, Esq. Did you know that a week each year is dedicated to educating the public about child passenger safety? Every year, Child Passenger Safety Week is September 15th to 21st. While this year’s event is past, it is important to keep its lessons in mind everyday. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of fatalities among children ages 1 to 13 (National Highway Traffic Safety Association). It is critically important that all caregivers remember that child restraints in vehicles are a matter of life and death. Child restraints, from seatbelts to car seats, must be properly and …

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ATTENTION: “Distracted Driving”–It’s More Than a Thing, It’s An Epidemic

Pamela Mullis, Esq. “Distracted Driving” is generally defined by anything used that distracts you from driving responsibly: cell phone conversations (text or voice, handheld or not), eating, GPS systems, makeup…The umbrella term can be divided into three main types: cognitive, manual, and visual. In 2011, distracted driving caused over 3,000 deaths and 387,000 injuries—and possibly more (distracted.gov). Many of the crashes caused by distracting driving go underreported, according to the Office of Highway Safety Planning. Why? Without a witness, it is difficult to prove. And, cellphone records are often difficult to get—in some cases, not even considered. Ben Lieberman of …

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Motor Vehicle Defects and Safety Recalls: What Every Vehicle Owner Should Know

In 2009, approximately 30,000 lives were lost on our Nation’s highways Although 30,000 reflect a 28% decrease in traffic fatalities since 2006, much can still be done to address this issue on our Nation’s highways Traffic crashes are the primary cause of debilitating injuries in the United States and the number one killer of Americans under the age of 34 In addition to staggering emotional costs, the annual economic loss to society because of these crashes, in terms of worker productivity, medical costs, insurance costs, etc , is estimated at more than $230 billion Clearly, there is a need for …

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