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How many ignition switch injury claims will GM resolve?

We previously noted the recalls that General Motors initiated on the Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XTS based on problems with the electronic parking brake installed in both vehicles. GM is still in the news with new information on how it intends to review claims from those injured or killed as a result of crashes caused by the ignition switch problem that caused more than 2.5 million cars to be recalled.

According to a New York Times article that highlighted the tragic end of one woman who received a recall notice three days before she was killed in a fiery accident, GM is poised to payout claims that are likely to cost the company at least $70 million this year. 

Wal-Mart claims lack of seatbelts led to Tracy Morgan's injuries

Many people may not remember the horrific crash earlier this summer that seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan, killed another man and injured three others aboard a limousine bus. The crash occurred on I-95 in New Jersey involving a truck owned by retailer Wal-Mart. However, the crash is being scrutinized again as Wal-Mart recently filed a response to the complaint filed by Morgan and the others injured in the crash

Why drowsy driving can be a hazard

Drunk driving and distracted driving are two widely publicized taboos that garner a wide variety of public service announcements decreeing these practices. Both are crimes in the state of North Carolina and both are culprits in thousands of crashes each year. However, not as much is reported about drowsy driving, even though it can be as potentially dangerous as drunk driving.

Indeed, federal law limits the number of hours that truck drivers can be behind the wheel because of the potential for sleepy drivers to cause catastrophic accidents. However, these limitations do not apply to the general public. Nevertheless, the danger that can come about because of drowsy driving still remains. 

GM issues recalls for Cadillac XTS and Chevy Impala

Embattled automaker General Motors reportedly will issue yet another recall. The automaker pledged earlier this summer to be better about proactively addressing defects in the aftermath of the ignition switch debacle that led to a $35 million fine, which was a record for a civil penalty stemming from an investigation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

The ignition switch issue led to the recall of more than 2 million vehicles.

Now, General Motors is recalling Cadillac XTS models built between 2013 and 2015 and Chevrolet Impalas built in 2014 and 2015. 

Why the '5 for Drive' is important for young drivers

It is natural for parents to worry about teen drivers; especially when they first receive their license. For teens, a newly acquired license is like a freedom card. However, this lease on freedom is fraught with hazards. Teen drivers are the most likely (on average) to be involved in a crash. Also, car accidents are the number one killer of children aged 15-20.

Because of these ominous statistics, it is important for parents to establish clear rules for driving. This post will identify the “5 for Drive” safety standards as established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

New technology may allow cars to read a driver's eyes

The passing of Labor Day is an important time for automakers. Essentially, it is a time when the newest models grace showrooms and later models begin to get phased out. Many automakers are featuring state-of-the –art crash avoidance systems, including lane integrity warning systems, proximity warning systems, and park assist systems.

These advancements are described as the first steps in what will eventually become autonomous (self-driving) cars. Another potential safety advancement has to do with technology that can read a driver’s eyes to determine if he or she is fatigued or distracted enough to be a danger to other drivers. The technology is currently being tested and developed by General Motors. 

Things you should never do after an accident

Labor Day weekend is poised to be a busy time for drivers on North Carolina highways. It is the unofficial end of summer since kids of all ages are going back to school. (The official end of summer is on September 22). Regardless, thousands of drivers are going to be on the road between Friday morning and Monday afternoon. When the number of cars on the road increases, so do the chances of being in an accident.

Should this misfortune occur, there are a number of things you should avoid doing; especially in an effort to preserve your legal rights. This post will highlight a few.

Why motorcycle helmets are more than just headgear for riders

A motorcycle helmet is more than just headgear to a rider. It is an expression of uniqueness and identity. It is an embodiment of one’s persona, and possibly catnip to the ladies. But above the notoriety and sense of cool that comes with a helmet, it must be effective. It has to protect the rider’s head in the event of an accident. After all, motorcycle riders don’t have the added protection of a steel cage that people in cars have. The only protection between a rider’s head and the pavement is the helmet.

Because of this, it is critical that riders wear certified motorcycle helmets when they ride. 

Hyundai fined for not recalling cars subject to brake defect

Yet another automaker is facing stiff fines stemming from an auto defect that was not addressed in a timely manner. Earlier this summer, American automaker General Motors was fined $35 million for allegedly concealing an ignition switch defect that has lead to millions of cars being recalled.

This time, it is Korean automaker Hyundai under scrutiny. According to an ABC News.com report, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has fined Hyundai $17.35 million for reportedly failing to disclose a brake line defect. Essentially, the brake lines on 2009 through 2012 Genesis models could become corroded, which could have led to potential brake failure. The automaker is alleged to have told car owners to change their brake fluids upon repair instead of issuing a recall. 

Why auto insurance may be so expensive

Many of us believe that we pay too much for auto insurance. Given the likelihood that a driver will be in a serious accident in his or her lifetime, it is a wonder why our monthly insurance premiums continue to climb. Nevertheless, a recent study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration may shed some light on this mystery.  According to federal researchers, the total costs associated with auto accidents is nearly $1 trillion per year.

The study took into account the costs stemming from nearly 33,000 deaths from auto accidents, 3.9 million non-fatal crashes and 24 million damaged vehicles in 2010.

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