Blog Posts in February, 2013

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  • Toyota Agrees to Pay $29 Million for Unintended Acceleration, Safety Concerns

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Feb 22, 2013

    Toyota has reached an agreement in its lawsuit with 29 state attorneys general. This lawsuit is one of many stemming from allegations of auto defects that caused unintended acceleration. In the settlement, Toyota agreed to: Pay states $29 million Set aside $5 million for customers who were forced to find alternative transportation during the 2009 / 2010 recalls Inform prospective buyers of safety ...
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  • Driving in San Diego Winter Storms

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Feb 20, 2013

    UPDATED JANUARY 2016 2016 has brought with it something Californians have both feared and desperately needed for years—the El Niño weather pattern. This year’s El Niño is also the largest in a decade, estimated to bring more rainfall than winter 1997’s series of record-breaking storms. While we have suffered in the grip of a powerful drought and long wished for rainfall relief, El Niño has the ...
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  • Millions of Unrepaired Recalled Vehicles on the Market

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Feb 15, 2013

    UPDATED JANUARY 2016 According to a study by Carfax, 2 million recalled vehicles were advertised online in 2012—all in need of repairs. They estimated about 3 million unrepaired vehicles were being driven nationwide. As of a more recent Carfax study, new research indicates this number is actually far, far larger: 46 million unrepaired vehicles may be on the road today. Up to 5 million unrepaired ...
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  • What Are the Safest Forms of Transportation?

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Feb 15, 2013

    After a car accident, many people are afraid to get back on the roads. It is only natural to avoid things that have hurt us. The same can be said of individuals who have experienced a traumatic train ride or plane trip. Taking a break from driving, riding or flying is perfectly fine, but it raises the question: What are the safe alternatives? If you need to travel, what is the safest form of ...
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  • FMCSA Tells Scapadas Magicas to Cease US Operations After Bus Crash

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Feb 13, 2013

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has suspended U.S. operations of the bus company involved in the fatal bus accident in the San Bernardino Mountains. According to the FMCSA, the bus company does not properly maintain its buses nor ensure its bus drivers are properly qualified. The order came a few days after a Scapadas Magicas LLC bus careened down a mountain and crashed ...
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  • San Diego Takes Down Red Light Cameras - Will Intersection Accidents Increase?

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Feb 8, 2013

    UPDATED JANUARY 2016 In our last blog post, we discussed a red-light accident that killed a nanny and seriously injured a one-year-old boy. This week, we learned that San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has decided to take down the city's red light cameras. The cameras, which were installed in 1998, were intended to prevent running red lights and reduce car accidents at intersections. $500 fines were ...
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  • Product Liability: Class Action vs. Individual Lawsuits

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Feb 7, 2013

    If you have been injured by a defective medical device or auto part, you are probably not alone. Chances are, the defect is widespread, affecting hundreds or even thousands of people. It is possible to bring all similarly injured parties together in one lawsuit, called a class action lawsuit. Yet, is a class action the best option for your case, or would it be better to bring an individual ...
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  • Rancho Santa Fe Red Light Accident Kills Nanny, Injures Boy

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Feb 6, 2013

    Last Friday, a 41-year old nanny was killed and a 14-month-old serious injured in an intersection accident in Rancho Santa Fe. According to authorities, the driver of an SUV ran a red light. She hit the nanny and stroller in the intersection, dragging them across the street. A Good Samaritan bicyclist who came upon the scene stopped and pulled the young child from his stroller, which was wedged ...
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  • Investigating Auto Defects Through Social Media

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Feb 4, 2013

    In auto defect cases, it is not uncommon to find that an auto manufacturer knew about a defect but failed to start recall proceedings or otherwise warn consumers about that defect. This was true in the Toyota unintended acceleration case as well as a more-recent recall for defective floor mats in its Lexus RX 350. The NHTSA can fine companies for failing to timely report recalls -- Toyota received ...
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  • California Tour Bus Accident Injures Dozens, Kills at Least Eight

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Feb 4, 2013

    Yesterday, a tour bus crash in Southern California killed at least eight people and injured more than 42. According to the California Highway Patrol, there may still be people on the bus, many hours after the 6:30 p.m. accident. The National Transportation Safety Board is on the scene, but the cause of the bus accident is still unknown. The bus rear-ended a car, rolled onto its side and then hit a ...
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