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Faulty Airbags Lead to Massive Automobile Recall

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

In a growing trend of automobile recalls, a recently enforced recall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will affect millions of drivers and their vehicles. This recall has to do with more than a minor electrical problem or related issue, however; it is in fact due to a potentially fatal fault in the vehicles’ airbags. Airbags installed in a wide variety of makes and models, including Toyotas, Hondas, BMWs, Chryslers, Fords, Subarus, Mitsubishis, Nissans, Mazdas, and GM vehicles, are posing a great risk to drivers and passengers alike. When these airbags, made by Japanese manufacturer Takata, deploy, they do so with too much force, causing an explosion that can produce large amounts of shrapnel. Explosions in vehicles with Takata airbags have already been determined to be responsible for four deaths.

Takata Airbag RecallAirbag Issue Recall: What Drivers Need to Know

Not merely hundreds of thousands but millions of vehicles are potentially affected by this fatal flaw in the airbags’ design, and the affected airbags are present in vehicles made from 2001 to 2011. Takata is the supplier of an estimated 22% of the world’s airbags, meaning that the chances of a vehicle being affected by the fault in their design are relatively high. So why, if the risks are so great and so widespread, is the vehicle recall currently restricted to certain regions of the United States?

Is the risk to your safety in your vehicle being overlooked?

The vehicle recall due to the Takata airbag fault is currently only set to include southern, humid climates, including Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana, and several U.S. territories. The reason for this is an alleged link between the fault in the airbags and humidity, though definitive proof has yet to be found confirming the extent of that link. And indeed, as one of the fatalities caused by this airbag fault occurred in Virginia, it will be difficult to say with absolute certainty that this regional recall is truly the safest approach to this high risk situation. Could cars and drivers in Maryland be the next to suffer the consequences of this design error?

It is vital that Maryland drivers, despite the limitations set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, research the Takata airbag recall and discover whether or not their vehicle is one of those potentially affected. An accident caused by faulty airbags or an accident resulting in the airbags being deployed could be a fatal one.

Maryland Car Accident Attorney

If you have been involved in a car accident due to faulty airbags or any other reason, call Bruce Robinson & Associates. Your consultation with our lawyers is free and if we can help you, your case will be handled on a contingency fee basis, which means no out of pocket expense or cost to you.  For a free consultation with our trial lawyers, contact Robinson & Associates at 410.415.3841 or click www.marylandaccidentattorney.com today for your free consultation. We look forward to helping you!

Sources:

http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2014/10/21/millions-of-cars-recalled-due-to-faulty-airbags/

http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/Vehicle-owners-with-defective-airbags-urged-to-take-immediate-action

What Should I Do If My Car is Sideswiped?

Friday, October 24th, 2014

For most drivers on the road, a sideswipe seems to fall easily in to the same category as a rear-ending: it should be clear who is at fault in this situation. However, without witnesses or proper evidence, it can be difficult to prove your car accident case in the event of a sideswiping unless you seek proper legal representation. In order to ensure that you are treated fairly in the aftermath of a sideswiping, follow these essential tips from Bruce Robinson & Associates.

sideswipeThe 5 Essential Steps to Dealing with a Sideswipe Car Accident

            Contact Emergency Services: If you have been injured during the sideswiping, immediately contact emergency services.

Call Your Insurance Company and Your Attorney: Getting in touch with the people who can help you is a vital step to take in the aftermath of a sideswiping. Your attorneys will be able to offer advice right away and help you in the evaluation of the damages done to both you and your vehicle.

            Evaluating the Damage: Whether your car is sideswiped while it is parked or while you are driving, the first thing it will be necessary to do is to evaluate the damage done. Make sure that you pull over to a safe spot out of the way of traffic (and that the driver responsible for the sideswiping does as well) and get out of your car. You can do a cursory examination of the side that was hit in order to see what has happened, making sure to take pictures if you can for the insurance company’s records and for your attorney.

List Your Questions and Observations: In the moment, many thoughts run through your head concerning what to do next, and you also have the most recent, accurate observations of what exactly happened. Do whatever works best for you to list these questions and thoughts- record them on your phone, jot them down on a notepad, etc. This way, when it comes time to sit down with your attorney and get your questions answered, you won’t forget about any of the details, no matter how small they may seem. Every little bit helps when it comes to winning your car accident case.

Stay Calm: Any accident, big or small, can be alarming, shocking, frustrating, and frightening. The important thing to do is to stay calm and rational. You can put your trust in your car accident attorney, who will be able to help you through this difficult time.

 Maryland Car Accident Attorney

If you have been involved in a side swipe related car accident, call Bruce Robinson & Associates. Your consultation with our lawyers is free and if we can help you, your case will be handled on a contingency fee basis, which means no out of pocket expense or cost to you.  For a free consultation with our accident trial lawyers, contact Robinson & Associates at 410.415.3841 or click www.marylandaccidentattorney.com today for your free consultation. We look forward to helping you!

Oxon Hill Crash Ranks as One of Prince George’s County’s Worst Car Accidents

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

This past Sunday, reports of one of the most devastating car accidents in the Prince George’s County area came in, as a late-evening crash claimed the lives of five people. The collision occurred at a red light; the stopped Acura at the scene was rear-ended by a Mercedes, crushing the back end of the vehicle. The consequences of this fatal car accident have prompted several of the emergency first-responders to seek counseling through the Prince George’s County Fire Department’s Critical Incident Stress Management team. The families of those involved in the car accident, of course, have an even greater burden to bear now.

Car Accident PG County The Aftermath of a Devastating Maryland Car Accident

The car accident that took place in Oxon Hill killed five people total, including two children, a one year-old and a 13-year old, who were seated in the back of the rear-ended car. Their mother, the driver of the car, remains in critical condition. Two of the adult women who were killed in the crash were also mothers, leaving behind 10 children between them. The sheer number of people who were killed in this collision and the even greater number of lives that are now forever affected by the crash has gained the incident much attention, and has prompted police and civilians alike to stress the importance of cautious, responsible driving. Weather and speed are theorized to be the two main contributing factors to the accident. While one passenger in the Mercedes died, the driver and another passenger survived the collision.

 Seeking Help for a Maryland Car Accident

The aftermath of this crash leaves many questions unanswered. Families have now been torn apart, and they will need time to heal. Any devastating car accident could lead to a similar situation for you, and it is important to be prepared for any such eventuality. Many people who are involved in an accident are so overwhelmed by the shock and destruction left in its wake that they neglect to take the proper steps to protect themselves and get the compensation and justice they deserve for their suffering. But being prepared for the worst, as distressing as it can be to think about, can be a vital step in ensuring that you and your family are well taken care of and are able to come out on the other side of an accident in tact. Get in contact with Bruce Robinson & Associates today to find out more.

Maryland Car Accident Attorney

If you have been involved in a catastrophic car accident, call Bruce Robinson. Your consultation with our lawyers is free and if we can help you, your case will be handled on a contingency fee basis, which means no out of pocket expense or cost to you.  For a free consultation with our accident trial lawyers, contact Robinson & Associates at 410.415.3841 or click www.marylandaccidentattorney.com today for your free consultation. We look forward to helping you!

Source:

http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/local/oxon-hill/2014/10/12/family-fatal-oxon-hill/17174133/

Does Upcoming Cold Weather Mean Higher Car Accident Risk?

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

With the change in season comes a whole host of new risks to contend with on the road. Weather conditions can often affect how we drive, how cars operate, and how the road itself feels underneath our tires. So as the temperature drops, does the risk for a car accident inversely rise? Read on to find out more about staying safe on the road in fall and winter and how an experienced attorney can help you in the event of a car accident.

When is the Worst Time of Year to Drive?

Weather conditions of all kinds can make driving more difficult, but the conditions associated with cold weather can have the biggest impact overall. On average, snow and sleet conditions contribute to over 200,000 car accidents per year, snow and slushy pavement contributes to roughly 175,000 car accidents, and icy pavement contributes to a little over 154,000 accidents. These weather-related car accidents have been responsible for hundreds of deaths, and tens of thousands of injuries. While many drivers opt to stay off the roads in the event of a major snowstorm, the aftermath of a snowfall creates just as many if not more risks; melting snow can collect in dips and cause cars to hydroplane, ice creates a slick surface that is hard to see, snow can weigh down and break branches off of trees that can then collapse onto the roadway or a car. All of these factors pose enough danger to an individual driver; with other drivers on the road facing equally big challenges, the safety of everyone is put into jeopardy.

Car Accidents in WinterProtect Yourself in Winter from Car Accident Risks

The best way to reduce your risks for being involved in a car accident in fall and winter is to exercise caution when faced with extreme weather conditions. Do not drive at all if you can help in when there is heavy snowfall, reduce your speed on icy or slushy roads, and pay close attention, particularly at night, to patches of black ice that can form when the sun sets. But as cautious as you are, nature is something you can never fully prevent against or predict. That is why it is an essential part of your driving preparedness for this season to know a reliable, experienced attorney who can help you with your car accident case. Contact Bruce Robinson today to get the answers to your car accident questions.

Maryland Car Accident Attorney

If you have been involved in a cold weather-related accident or any other type of car accident, call the trial lawyers at Robinson & Associates. Your consultation with our firm is free and if we can help you, your case will be handled on a contingency fee basis, which means no out of pocket expense or cost to you.  For a free consultation with our car accident lawyers, contact Robinson & Associates at 410.415.3841 or click www.marylandaccidentattorney.com today for your free consultation. We look forward to helping you!