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HTMLSpiders Force Suzuki Vehicle Recall
Seth A. Katz; Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 11, 2014, previously published on August 28, 2014
Suzuki has been forced to recall more than 19,000 midsize cars over fear that spider webs could clog a fuel vapor vent hose in certain Kizashi cars with model years from 2010 to 2013. If airflow is cut off, the gas tank can be damaged or deformed, increasing the potential for a fire.


HTMLMust You Always Report a Car Accident to Police in Connecticut?
Carmody Torrance Sandak Hennessey LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 2, 2014, previously published on August 25, 2014
Conscientious Connecticut motorists understandably invest most of their focus on state roadways on literally steering clear of any involvement in a motor vehicle accident.


HTMLHighway Guardrail Lawsuits Charge Unsafe Design Maiming Drivers
Fabrice N. Vincent; Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 27, 2014, previously published on August 20, 2014
This summer, automotive and product design safety company, Safety Research & Strategies, filed suit against the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), seeking the public release of documents in the case of United States ex rel. Harman v. Trinity Industries. The whistleblower lawsuit alleges...


HTMLCar Fires and Fuel Tank Explosions Remain an Ongoing National Concern
Todd A. Walburg; Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 27, 2014, previously published on August 15, 2014
According to the U.S. Fire Administration's National Fire Incident Reporting System, "from 2008 to 2010, an estimated 194,000 highway vehicle fires occurred in the United States each year resulting in an average of approximately 300 deaths, 1,250 injuries and $1.1 billion in property...


HTMLGM Recall Payment Plan For Car Accident Victims Summary
Todd A. Walburg; Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 30, 2014, previously published on July 18, 2014
On June 30, 2014, General Motors unveiled a settlement protocol that would compensate persons injured and families of loved ones killed in accidents triggered by the defective ignition switch in millions of its cars. The defect caused the cars to suddenly lose power, often resulting in the driver...


HTMLThe Importance of Preserving ECM Data Records
Jeffrey H. Rasansky; Rasansky Law Firm;
Legal Alert/Article
May 21, 2014
ECM data recorders are now often a standard feature on many vehicles in operation for commercial purposes. When an accident involving an 18-wheeler occurs, it may be necessary for the injured party or his or her family to file a lawsuit. In the event of a lawsuit, the information contained on the...


HTMLMassive GM Recall Highlights Importance of Civil Justice System
Mark P. Chalos; Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 22, 2014, previously published on April 16, 2014
General Motors CEO Mary Barra recently told Congress that GM is sorry for the American families whose loved ones were killed or injured by a deadly ignition defect present in millions of GM vehicles. While it is noteworthy that Ms. Barra has now admitted that GM's conduct has caused numerous deaths...


HTMLTragic California College Tour Bus Accident Highlights Need For Greater Bus Safety
Fabrice N. Vincent; Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 13, 2014
The investigation into the cause of the deadly bus crash on Interstate 5 near Orland, California, involving the collision of a FedEx tanker truck and a motor coach transporting high school students to tour Humboldt State University is in its initial stages. Investigators will seek to identify why...


HTMLTransportation Broker Not Liable Under Carmack Amendment for Injuries Caused by Truck Driver
Christopher J. Hoare; Capehart & Scatchard, P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 28, 2014, previously published on February 21, 2014
In January of 2014, in the case of Kavulak v. Transportation Solutions Group, et al., the U.S.D.C.W.D.N.Y. found that the estate of a deceased driver whose car was struck by an independent owner-operator had no claim against the transportation broker that dispatched the trip in question under the...


HTMLUnited States District Court finds Defense Expert’s Testimony Inadmissible under Federal Rule of Evidence 702
Wayne C. Heavener; Semmes Bowen Semmes A Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
February 18, 2014, previously published on February 2014
In Ruark v. BMW of North America, LLC, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland held that expert testimony in support of defendant automobile manufacturers was inadmissible under FED. R. EVID. 702 and Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharms., 509 U.S. 570 (1993). The Court held that the...


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