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Has Your Car Been Hit With A RECALL – Pt1

31 Jan

Happy New Year! We at the GoLaw Legal Network and our friends at GoPersonalInjury.com have made a resolution to share more Auto Safety Tips and Best Practices with our “digital friends” like you through our Online Social Networks.  Thanks to Dennise Burbank at Farmers Insurance near Marysville, California for emailing us at GoLaw.com this important article about Auto Safety Recalls.

What to Expect When an Automaker Finds Defects

Buying a new car doesn’t guarantee the vehicle will be without problems. Manufacturers issue recalls when an automotive defect is found that could pose a danger to drivers or passengers. In fact, 2014 was a record-breaking year for car recalls in the U.S., with more than 60 million vehicles affected by approximately 700 announcements.

The Recall Process
Any number of problems can incite a recall — from malfunctioning accelerators to defective steering parts and everything in between.

Once issues are discovered, automakers are legally required to send recall letters to the registered owner of each vehicle detailing what’s wrong, the risks posed, and where the vehicle can be serviced. The notice will also include a list of potential warning signs to help determine if a vehicle requires immediate attention.

When the problem is less serious, the automaker sends a service bulletin to dealers, notifying them of the concern and outlining how to resolve it. Often referred to as “secret warranties,” these announcements usually go unpublicized since the issues don’t pose a threat to safety.

A manufacturer who issues a recall notice to drivers or a service bulletin to dealers accepts the financial liability for the recall-related repairs as long as a designated dealership or repair site services the vehicle.

How to Stay Aware of Recalls
Before buying a car manufactured in the last 10 years, check for recalls online. Search the
recall database maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to determine if recalls have been issued or if a particular vehicle has missed necessary recall-related repairs. 

If you think your vehicle has a safety defect, report it to the NHTSA so potential safety hazards can be investigated and addressed. If the NHTSA receives enough complaints on a specific make and model, the government agency will launch an investigation.

The Law offices of Mark A Doughty can be reached by calling 530-674-1440. Mark A Doughty has been practicing law in California since 1979. He has served the people of northern California and represented them without a fee (in accident cases) unless he recovers for them. For more information, please see http://GoLaw.com.

Car Crashes Caused by Distracted Driving

31 Oct
Happy Halloween, to all of our friends!  As the holiday season approaches, we at GoLaw.com hope you have a fun and stay safe. Thank you to AAAAccidentDataCenter.com and GoPersonalInjury.com for this month’s Driving Safety Article: Friends or phones: Distracted driving leads to 6 out of 10 teen crashes
Friends or phones: Distracted driving leads to 6 out of 10 teen crashes
New idea for keeping teens safe: lock them up until they’re 25.
OK, maybe that’s not reasonable. But in a new report published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, analysis of nearly 1,700 videos finds that 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe crashes with teen drivers are caused by a distraction—either friends or phones. The foundation calls it “the most comprehensive research ever” into distracted teen driving. Teens in the U.S. have the highest crash rate of any group, and the AAA report shows that distraction is a much bigger problem than previously realized. Forbes writes,
For the study, researchers analyzed the six seconds leading up to a crash in 1,691 videos of teen drivers taken from in-vehicle event recorders. The results showed that distraction was a factor in 58 percent of all crashes studied. Previous estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicated that distraction is a factor in only 14 percent of all teen driver crashes, the group said.
This is a jump from 1 in 10 to 6 in 10, indicating a huge public safety issue. While most countries have a minimum driving age of 18, the U.S. minimum age remains at 16 (or 15 with learner’s permit). While many states have enacted laws about how many teens can be in a car at once, this research indicates that more states may want to follow suit—or pursue stronger laws—in the future. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that, on average, graduated licensing reduces teen crashes 10-30 percent, and they even have a calculator where you can determine how graduated teen driving laws could lower rates of teen fatalities in your state.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S., and the AAA report is telling us that most of them may be preventable through tougher restrictions on teen driving. Will legislators listen?
YouTube Video by AAA: Distracted Teens Crash Causation
New research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety into distraction and teen crashes. (Courtesy AAA)
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A new study exposes a disturbing trend among teen drivers. AAA reports distraction was a factor in nearly six of 10 moderate or severe accidents involving teenagers. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for American teens. Wyatt Andrews reports from Washington with the sobering statistics.
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VIDEO: Safe Motorcycle Riding Tips

29 Jun
Watch this excellent Motorcycle “Behind the Handlebars” Safety Video by BlinkyCab on YouTube!
HOT TIPS FOR MOTORCYCLE RIDING SAFETY:
1.) DISTANCE
Always keep enough distance in front of your motorcycle and the vehicle in front of you.  It is also good to keep “Space Cushions” in the lanes to your left and right so as not to get boxed in by traffic.  Keep Safety Space around you and your bike at all times.
2.) LANE POSITION
Because a Motorcycle is smaller than a car, you have a choice of choosing between three (3) positions of your lane: left, center, and right.  Choose your safest lane position by paying close attention to traffic and your surrounding environment. Generally, It is best to avoid the center of the lane as it may be slick or slippery since that is where most vehicles leak fluids.
3.) BLIND SPOTS
Stay out of the Blind Spots of other drivers on the road.  Many vehicles have an area of the road that is difficult to see from the driver’s position.  These “Blind Spots” are usually about 45 degrees behind the driver’s left and right sides, and should be avoided by Motorcyclists.  Always make sure the other drivers on the road can see you!
4.) SHOULDER / MIRROR CHECK
Use the Shoulder and Mirror Check technique early and often to check your blind spots so that you can remain aware of vehicles driving close to you and your motorcycle. Make it a habit to check before changing lanes… EVERY TIME!
5.) SPEED
Every road has a speed limit.  Always obey the posted speed signs.  Drive Smart.  Drive Safe.  Arrive Alive!
6.) EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED
Don’t get comfortable with how other cars and trucks on the road might be driving.  Always Drive Defensively.  Protect yourself at all times by staying alert and safe!
7.) UNSAFE LOADS
Unsafe Loads: Be alert for pickup trucks and Big Rigs that may have loose loads and unsecured items. A ladder or a loose box could cause a very serious collision for a motorcycle or scooter.
The Law offices of Mark A Doughty can be reached by calling 530-674-1440. Mark A Doughty has been practicing law in California since 1979. He has served the people of northern California and represented them without a fee (in accident cases) unless he recovers for them. For more information, please see http://GoMotorcycleCrash.com and http://GoLaw.com.

Motorcyclist Drug Under A Truck And Survives

1 Jun
Thanks to http://GoMotorcycleCrash.com for a dramatic and heroic True Story of a group of Good Samaritans who helped rescue a Southern California Motorcyclist that was trapped under a moving Truck on the 1st day of this Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.  As reported by #ABC7Eyewitness and CBS Los Angeles: a Motorcyclist was hit by a car while changing lanes on the eastbound 91 freeway, just west of the 71 in Corona, CA. Another driver, who thought he saw a bumper being drug beneath the vehicle, flagged down the truck driver so they could rescue the motorcyclist. Fortunately, the driver of the motorcycle received only minor injuries because he was wearing protective clothing and a quality helmet. 
A motorcyclist was rescued after being trapped under a pickup truck in Corona, CA, May 1, 2015. 
BYRON HOLEMAN/CBS LOS ANGELES
VIDEO: #DrugUnderATruck 

CBS Los Angeles tracked down the man who shot the video.
“I walk up to the guy, I put one knee down, I can see he’s kind of groggy, everybody gets out, we’re trying to figure out how to help him out, do we lift the car up, do we get jacks?” said Byron Holeman, one of many who came to aid the cyclist.
According to witnesses and Corona Fire Department Spokesman John DeYoe, the motorcyclist was trapped and drug under the red Ford F-150 truck at freeway speeds. Another witness and rescuer included a local firefighter, Andrew Hubbard, who got a jack and was able to help lift the truck off him with the help of some Good Samaritans. Incredibly, the man was pulled free and hospitalized with only minor abrasions, DeYoe said.

Holeman said once paramedics were called, he started recording the rescue scene, which he then posted to Facebook. As of Memorial Day May 25th, the viral Facebook video had been viewed more than 7,226,000 times.

**Warning, the following video may be disturbing for some to watch.**

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So I’m commuting home today in the famous 91 freeway traffic. I see a pick up truck east bound just past Green River dragging what I thought might be a bumper. I take a closer look and realize it is a human body underneath the truck.  #Abc7eyewitness
Posted by Byron Holeman on Friday, May 1, 2015

Amazingly, the man escaped the ordeal in Riverside County with only minor injuries, largely thanks to his protective gear.
Screenshots from a video showing the rescue of a motorcyclist by a group of concerned citizens. Credit: Byron Holeman.
An ambulance arrived on the scene a short time later. The man, who was in full protective gear, suffered only minor injuries, but was taken to a local trauma center as a precaution. This story underscores the importance of staying alert while driving, and being extra careful to watch out for Motorcyclists. Thanks to the Good Samaritans and the Motorcyclist’s protective equipment for the positive conclusion to this serious event.
The Law offices of Mark A Doughty can be reached by calling 530-674-1440. Mark A Doughty has been practicing law in California since 1979. He has served the people of northern California and represented them without a fee (in accident cases) unless he recovers for them. For more information, please see http://GoLaw.com.
Sources: abc7, cbs los angeles, localnews7, facebook, patch, youtube

FAMILY OF CRASH VICTIM FILES LAWSUIT

1 Nov

As reported in the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) eClips on 10/29/13 and in the Chicago Tribune:
3 innocent victims died as a result of a motor vehicle collision with a garbage truck in Skokie Illinois. The lawsuit alleges that the driver was speeding through a school zone and failed the honk his horn before the crash. The truck driver survived the wreck, unlike the occupants of the innocent victims’ car.

Read the original article here:

Crash Victim’s Family Files Lawsuit

The family of a woman who died when her car was hit by a garbage truck has filed a lawsuit against the village of Skokie, Illinois. There were two other passengers in the vehicle who also died when it was hit by the garbage truck at an intersection. The lawsuit alleges negligence on behalf of the truck driver claiming he was driving “without keeping a proper and sufficient lookout.” The lawsuit also notes that the driver was speeding through a school zone and failed to honk his horn before the crash. The truck driver was the only survivor of the collision.
Alexandra Chachkevitch, Chicago Tribune 10/29/2013
Source: Chicago Tribune 

If you or a member of your family or friends are involved in a motor vehicle accident–collision, or other injury producing the event caused by the negligence of others, call the Law offices of Mark A Doughty at 530-674-1440. Mark A Doughty has been practicing law in California since 1979. He has served the people of northern California and represented them without a fee (in accident cases) unless he recovers for them. For more information, click http://GoLaw.com.

Don’t be Indifferent to Highway Carnage

18 Jan

Don’t be Indifferent to Highway Carnage
As reported by a number of online news sources like the Sacramento Bee and FairWarning.com: “One of America’s more egregious public health afflictions: deaths and injuries in car crashes, is being massively ignored.”


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This commentary also published by:
TucsonSentinel.com
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News

Sources report that although there are “more than 30,000 deaths and more than 2.2 million crash injuries per year, highway safety has largely fallen off the political radar screen.”  California Accident Injury Attorney Mark A Doughty reminds us “It is up to us to take care of ourselves and our families by staying prepared and placing safety first.”

“This should be a warning sign to the American people, since political leaders and their families, like the rest of us, are not immune from firsthand encounters with highway tragedies… President Obama’s father died in a car wreck in 1982. In 1972, Vice President (then U.S. Senator) Joseph Biden’s wife and infant child were killed in a car-truck collision. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, as a young Mormon missionary, was severely injured in a collision in France that killed another passenger. These experiences mirror those of millions of ordinary Americans, yet they have failed to prod the nation’s policy leaders into aggressive action to stem the carnage.”

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This BLOG was Prepared for you by Mark A. Doughty, attorney-at-law who practices solely in the area of injury and accidents including motor vehicle accidents, motorcycles, trucks, vicious animal attacks and slip and fall cases. You may contact Mr. Doughty by visiting his website at http://www.GoLaw.com or call 530-674-1440