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HTMLUS Regulators Seek To Upgrade Crash Safety Ratings and Test Dummies
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 11, 2015, previously published on December 10, 2015
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) has recently proposed to update its five-star crash-test rating system to account for changes in technology. The proposal was motivated in part by an increase in highway fatalities—despite a general decrease in such...

 

HTMLGoogle’s Autonomous Vehicles: Slow Speeds, Adapting to Emergency Situations, and a Minor Accident
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 10, 2015, previously published on December 9, 2015
As the development of Google’s driverless car progresses, the company recently reported on topics such as its slow speed, it’s reaction to emergency signals, and accident updates. First, one of the vehicles was stopped by police last month for driving too slowly (24 mph in a 35 mph...

 

HTML“Quiet Car” Regulation Delayed
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 4, 2015, previously published on December 4, 2015
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is delaying a safety regulation that would require hybrid and electric vehicles to add audio alerts when driving at low speeds. The NHTSA claims that hybrid vehicles, which are known as “quiet cars” because they can be driven at...

 

HTMLPennsylvania State Senate Votes to Legalize Ridesharing
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 1, 2015, previously published on November 30, 2015
The Pennsylvania State Senate has voted to approve a bill that would legalize ridesharing services, such as Uber and Lyft. The bill contains several safeguards, including mandatory auto insurance coverage and background checks on drivers. Now that the Senate has passed the bill, it must next...

 

HTMLAuto Body Shop Choice Bill Enacted in Wisconsin
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 23, 2015, previously published on November 20, 2015
Wisconsin has enacted a law establishing that “a consumer has the right to select the motor vehicle repair facility of his or her choice.” The new law prohibits auto insurers from requiring that a particular auto shop make repairs to a vehicle or from delaying the investigation of a...

 

HTMLHearing on Vehicle Cybersecurity Standards
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 23, 2015, previously published on November 20, 2015
The House subcommittees on Information Technology and Transportation and Public Assets have recently addressed vehicle security. In a November 18 hearing, members of Congress questioned a regulator from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about progress on developing cybersecurity...

 

HTMLSkepticism Over Autonomous Vehicles
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 20, 2015, previously published on November 19, 2015
Participants on a recent panel regarding autonomous vehicle technology have taken a skeptical view of whether autonomous vehicles are ready for the road. The panelists, who are each involved in the development of autonomous vehicles, noted some of the challenges that must be overcome before the...

 

HTMLElectronic Identification Cards to be Used in New York
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 20, 2015, previously published on November 19, 2015
GEICO has become the first insurance company to issue electronic insurance identification cards in the State of New York. These e-cards are now available to GEICO’s New York customers on its app. Under new regulations that went into effect in April, motorists may provide proof of auto...

 

HTMLDiminution in Value and How it Impacts Evaluating Claims
Gina M. Rossi; Hall & Evans, L.L.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 17, 2015, previously published on November 5, 2015
When an automobile is damaged in an accident and then repaired, the resale value may be less than a comparable automobile that has not been damaged. In other words, the damage results in a reduction or “diminution” in the resale value of the automobile. An insured’s claim for this...

 

HTMLKnow The Laws When It Comes To Driving and School Buses
Cooper Levenson P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 10, 2015, previously published on October 28, 2015
In early October, a New Jersey man driving a Jeep crossed the centerline and struck a school bus in a head-on collision. According to the Princeton Patch, the school bus was stopped at the time of the accident, waiting to turn left. The 77-year-old driver of the Jeep was taken to a hospital with a...

 


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