Blog Posts in August, 2013

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  • New Technology Could Reduce Car Accidents Involving Pedestrians

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Aug 30, 2013

    Imagine if the cell phone in your pocket could protect you from getting hit by a car. Does it sound too futuristic to be true? Think again! That fantasy could become a reality soon as experimental technology is being tested by Honda that would prevent all types of motor vehicle collisions, including collisions with pedestrians , using a tool that almost everyone in America already has access to: A ...
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  • New Vehicles Leave Drivers With Limited Visibility

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Aug 28, 2013

    While new vehicles come packed with safety equipment intended to help drivers and passengers survive a collision, at least one area of safety is being sacrificed. New vehicles are increasingly being designed with larger blind spots and limited visibility. Federal crash standards and pressure to improve fuel economy may be driving automakers to sacrifice the driver's ability get an unobstructed ...
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  • Signs Of Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Aug 22, 2013

    The medical, emotional and financial costs of a traumatic brain injury are substantial. One of the most difficult changes to pinpoint, however, is the impact of a brain injury on a person's mood and behavior. A recent study of patients with chronic traumatic encephalopathy showed that some combination of cognitive, mood and behavioral disorders was to be expected with the condition. While the full ...
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  • California has most fatal train crossing accidents

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Aug 16, 2013

    According to statistics from the Federal Railroad Administration, California leads the nation in fatal train crossing accidents. Both drivers and train crossing design have been shown to be at fault for these accidents. Take, for example, the train crossing at Nogales Street in Rowland Heights, California. This is the third most dangerous train crossing in the country, in large part because more ...
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  • Toyota acceleration trial focuses on what Toyota didn't do

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Aug 14, 2013

    The Los Angeles Superior Court heard opening statements last week in a landmark Toyota acceleration trial. Unlike previous litigation, the argument the plaintiffs are making in this defect case is that Toyota failed to install a safety device. The plaintiffs lost their loved one, Noriko Umo, in a 2009 accident. Umo was driving when her heel became stuck to the gas pedal. In an attempt to stop her ...
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  • When a car accident puts your work, projects on hold

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Aug 12, 2013

    When car accidents occur, victims must often put their jobs and projects on hold. For example, the man who is leading the charge to recall San Diego Mayor Bob Filner hit a roadblock to his efforts when his car was rear-ended on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard last week. He has been at home recovering, according to U-T San Diego. Michael Pallamary won't let his car accident injuries stop him, however. "I ...
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  • NHTSA fines Ford $17.35 million for failing to timely warn of defects

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Aug 10, 2013

    Another company has been "slapped with an NHTSA fine" for failing to notify customers of a defect. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), it seems, is more than willing to make automakers pay for putting safety over profits. And, as any personal injury attorney who has represented countless people injured by auto defects will tell you: It's a good thing. The NHTSA fined ...
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  • Am I responsible if someone else caused an accident while driving my car?

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Aug 3, 2013

    Accidents involving other people's cars happen all the time. So what happens if someone else caused an accident while driving your car? Are you responsible? The answer surprises many people: Yes, you are responsible under California law, but there are limits to your responsibility. Under the California vehicle code, motor vehicle owners are liable for injury to person or property caused by ...
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  • The NHTSA's Safety Battle Against Auto Manufacturers

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Aug 1, 2013

    There is a battle brewing between the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and auto manufacturers. Okay, so this isn't exactly news. At any point in time, at least one manufacturer is butting heads with the NHTSA. Yet, how important is this particular fight over requirements for recalls? For the victims of unsafe automobiles, it could be very important. What Is the Safety ...
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