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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.

Selfies while driving could lead to terrible consequences

During the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer, there is an increased emphasis on preventing distracted driving accidents. After all, more teen drivers are on the road since school is out, and the longer summer days will attract more drivers. Even with the overriding concern about distracted driving, social media platforms are chock full of selfies that people are taking while driving.

Just peruse the hashtags that correspond with the act of taking pictures while behind the wheel, including: #smilingwhiledriving, #sundaydrive, #drivingtowork, and #stuckintraffic.

GM expands recall to midsize vehicles

It has been the summer of discontent for General Motors. Not only has the automaker had to pay a $35 million fine for failing to address ignition switch problems in small cars in a timely manner, it was recently reported that GM knew about similar problems in midsize vehicles for more than a decade and reportedly did not address those issues either.

The ignition switch issue involves the potential for keys to slip from the “run” position to the “accessory” or “stop” positions. This could cause the engine to shut down unexpectedly and cause power steering to fail and prevent airbags from deploying. The problem is attributable to at least a dozen accidents and deaths, although investigations of past accidents may change given the recent revelation of how many vehicles were affected. 

Tracy Morgan seeks damages from Wal-Mart after crash

In the latest development with the Tracy Morgan accident, he and three others have filed a personal injury lawsuit against Wal-Mart. The driver of the truck that crashed into his limousine van nearly six weeks ago was employed by the retail giant. It has been reported that the driver had been awake for more than 24 hours prior to the crash, and had been behind the wheel for quite some time. He reportedly had to travel more than 600 miles from his home in Georgia to pick up the truck in Delaware before heading on to New Jersey. 

What accident investigations can reveal

The North Carolina Highway Patrol reported seven fatal accidents in the state that occurred over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. They included crashes occurring on N.C. 41 just west of Lumberton, U.S. 220 south of Madison, U.S. 21 south of Yadkinville and in Alamance County.

While the various crashes are likely under investigation, authorities in the crash in Alamance County believe that excessive speed was a possible factor in the accident. Also, the woman who lost her life reportedly was not wearing her seatbelt, given that she was ejected from the vehicle. 

What to do if you're in an accident during the holiday

We wish all of our readers a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday weekend. With more than 40 million people taking to the road to get to a destination, it is an unfortunate reality that auto accidents will occur. In these situations, it is helpful to know what to do. Because of this, we dedicate this week’s post to providing knowledge in the event you are involved in a crash.

Pull over – If you are able to, carefully pull your car into the emergency lane or onto the shoulder. You should also put your flashers on to alert other drivers (and the police) to your disabled vehicle. If you car is inoperable, stay in your vehicle until the authorities arrive. Countless accidents have occurred involving pedestrians who have exited their vehicles on a busy street or highway.

Tracy Morgan to be moved to a rehabilitation center

Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan continues to recover from the injuries he suffered in a horrific accident involving a semi-truck. The limousine van he was riding in was struck from behind by the truck, which overturned the van and left another man dead. Morgan was listed in critical condition upon arriving at the hospital, having multiple broken bones.

Morgan spent a total of nine days in the hospital. His condition has improved, and he will now continue his recovery in a rehab center. Doctors say that he has a long way to go in his recovery, and it is anticipated that he will remain there for several weeks. 

Limo driver sentenced after cocaine use led to fatal accident

Tragedy struck last summer when a limousine driver allegedly decided to go on a cocaine bender prior to picking up a newlywed couple to drive them to their friends' wedding. The couple never made it to the wedding in Asheville. After the high limo driver picked them up at their hotel, the town car crashed into a tree. The couple, and their unborn child, died in the crash.

The limo driver survived and he was charged with involuntary manslaughter of an unborn child, felony death by vehicle and driving while impaired. He pleaded guilty to the charges earlier this month and a judge has now sentenced him to up to almost 17 years in jail.

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