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Ford Motor Co. is warning owners of nearly 3,000 older Ranger pickup trucks not to drive them after learning that a driver was killed last year when a defective air bag made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. ruptured in a crash.

Ford said the death happened on July 1 in West Virginia and was reported to the auto maker on Dec. 22. Ford inspectors confirmed days later that a faulty Takata air bag inflater ruptured, “resulting in a driver fatality,” the company said in a statement.

The fatality brings the death toll from defective Takata air bags to 15 in the U.S. and 21 globally, along with hundreds of injuries. Defective inflaters cause the air bags to rupture with too much force, spraying shrapnel inside the vehicle.

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eggshell-300x292In personal injury cases, there are times where an injured party has had a pre-existing condition that was exacerbated by the accident.

As a result, the plaintiff’s injuries are more severe than they would have normally been had the plaintiff not had the pre-existing condition.

For example: suppose someone is rear-ended in a car accident. One week before the crash, the person had neck surgery.

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Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and serious injury for children over one years of age, and every day an unrestrained child under the age of five is killed in a traffic crash in the United States.

The safest place for a child in a car is in a rear seat, properly buckled into a child safety seat, or a booster seat – but what type of Child Car Safety Seat should you be using?

If your child is:

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According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, just shy of 6,000 pedestrians were killed in 2016 in traffic accidents, 11 percent higher from 2015 and 22 percent higher than 2014.

bigstock-people-travel-technology-le-134934635-300x200Each year about 2 percent of motor vehicle crash deaths are bicyclists. In a majority of bicyclist deaths, the most serious injuries are to the head, highlighting the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet.

A total of 817 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles in 2015. This represents a 13 percent increase from 2014 and the highest number of bicyclist deaths since 1995.

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85 mph sign Reyes Browne ReilleySince the removal of the national maximum speed limit in 1995, most states have slowly increased speed limits across the country. Areas once restricted to 55 miles per hour now allow speeds up to 85 miles per hour. This large increase escalates the number and severity of crashes throughout the United States. Approximately 28 percent of crash fatalities in 2014 resulted from high-speed collisions. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, high speeds affect the number of crashes in three ways.

Less Reaction Time

As speed increases, a driver has less and less time to react to a hazard in the roadway. The human brain needs time to process the information before the person knows how to react. Though it may only take a few seconds to realize you must break or swerve, if you’re driving too fast you may not have time to react safely.

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texas-state-inspection-300x288After lengthy debate, the Texas Senate voted to do away with annual state vehicle inspections.

Lawmakers approved Senate Bill 1588 by a vote of 27-4 – dropping the current mandate for all personal vehicles to undergo annual state safety inspections.

The change, which would take effect in March 2018, changes a statewide policy imposed in 1951.

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Elevate-Transvaginal-Mesh-Lawsuit-300x200It was recently announced a Pennsylvania state jury has awarded a New Jersey woman a $20 million verdict for injuries she suffered after receiving a pelvic mesh implant made by Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

J&J and its Ethicon medical device division has accrued $34.5 million in punitive damages over its transvaginal meshes in the last 15 months.

Peggy Engleman of Cinnaminson, NJ, was awarded $2.5 million compensatory damages and $17.5 million in punitive damages following a three-week trial in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, the highest amount of punitive damages awarded so far among the transvaginal mesh cases heard in this court.

Published on: Bike Month is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and has been celebrated across the country since 1956.  The third week in May is designated Bike to Work Week and the third Friday of May is Bike to Work Day.

As part of National Bike Month, the Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm is encouraging to give biking a try, but more important, strongly inspiring motorists to watch for bicycles and educating motorists on the dangers of distracted driving and its effect on cyclist injuries and fatalities.

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration guidelines, all bicyclists should wear properly fitted bicycle helmets every time they ride. A helmet is the single most effective way to prevent head injury resulting from a bicycle crash.

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jetsons-1Dallas will be the first U.S. city to partner with Uber to help develop flying cars, or VTOL (vertical take off and landing) aircrafts.

The San Francisco-based ride-sharing company announced Tuesday that Dallas-Fort Worth and Dubai will be the first two cities for the Elevate project. Uber’s chief product officer Jeff Holden made the announcement at a three-day conference held in downtown Dallas.

In a 98-page research paper, Uber envisions a future when people could turn hours-long, stop-and-go commutes between city centers and suburbs into a minutes-long flight. It imagines a fleet of small, electric aircraft that can take off and land vertically in suburbs at so-called vertiports.

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Utah is moving toward adopting the nation’s strictest drunken-driving law under a measure to be signed by Gov. Gary Herbert.

The legislation lowers the standard from the current 0.08 blood-alcohol content level — used nationwide —  to 0.05 BAC. The drop means someone could be considered legally too drunk to drive after as little as a single strong drink, depending on their weight and tolerance.

“We’re not asking for Prohibition,” Herbert said during a Thursday press conference. “We’re hoping people take this as a cautionary note.”

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