Posted on March 29th, 2010 2 comments
WHAS 11 recently reported on a fatal traffic accident in the Louisville area, suffered after a driver struck a tree. The woman driver was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police were investigating whether or not speed and alcohol played a part. You can read the article and watch the report, here.
Although the woman was driving an older model Volvo without airbags, there is nothing to suggest that the accident would have been fatal had she been wearing her seatbelt. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), lap-shoulder belt systems reduce the risk of fatality and serious injury by 50 percent when used by drivers and front-seat passengers.
What happens when you are involved in a car or truck accident and you are not wearing a seatbelt? Not only are you at a higher risk of serious injury and death, but you may be found entirely or partially at fault for your injuries. In Kentucky, this finding of fault on your behalf may eliminate or reduce the compensation you get from the driver, who caused the accident injuring you in the first place. For instance, if your failure to wear a seatbelt is determined to have increased your injuries by 50%, then your recovery will be reduced by 50% as well.
Despite their perceived inconvenience, the time it takes to put on a seatbelt far outweighs the cost in injury and death occurring without them. While wearing a seatbelt doesn’t guarantee that you won’t suffer serious injury or death in an accident, it clearly reduces the chance that occurs. For your sake and the sake of your loved ones, always, always wear your seatbelt.
If you were involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault and you weren’t wearing a seatbelt you may need the services of a qualified Kentucky accident attorney. He can evaluate the significance of such a failure on your claim and advise you of the options you might have. Do not take the insurance company’s word that because you weren’t wearing a seatbelt you aren’t entitled to any recovery.
Posted on March 26th, 2010 No comments
Tragic highway accident kills 11 in Kentucky. Courier Journal reports on tractor-trailer which crossed the center line hitting a van head-on. You can read the entire facts here. Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of those in such a tragic accident.
The Courier Journal article has been updated with more facts regarding the accident and victims, including the names of those involved. You can access the new article by clicking the link above.
Posted on March 16th, 2010 No comments
Toyota Motor Company dismissed the story of a Prius owner who previously reported that his car sped out of control on the California freeway. I previously posted about the driver’s claim that his Prius sped out of control when he tried to pass another vehicle on the freeway. He drove for about 30 miles before a CHP officer was able to assist him in stopping the vehicle.
Toyota claims that a review of the car, including the onboard computer, failed to identify a malfunction. They also claim that the information gathered would appear to contradict the owner’s claims of how the accident happened. Toyota has maintained throughout that electronics are not to blame for sudden acceleration claims by Toyota owners.
You can read the entire article here.
Posted on March 9th, 2010 No comments
The Today Show’s Matt Laurer reports on a driver’s claim that his 2008 Prius went wild on the California freeway prompting a frantic 911 call. The Toyota Prius was not one of those recently recalled by Toyota, although some Prius models have been. Watch the responding police officer and the frantic driver talk about his efforts to hit the brakes to slow the car, without success.
Click this link to watch the video of the Today Show report.
Posted on March 9th, 2010 No comments
MSN reports on an AP article documenting the recent spate of lawsuits against the automaker by consumers who claim their vehicles have decreased in value since the massive recall ordered last fall. At least 89 class action lawsuits have been filed around the country. Experts believe such lawsuits could ultimately cost Toyota 3+ Billion, yes billion, dollars. This does not include those lawsuits claiming personal injury or death from defects.
The consumers allege that Toyota knew about safety problems but hid those problems from consumers who purchased their cars. They site to recent decisions by such companies as Kelly Blue Book to reduce the resale value on recalled vehicles by 3.5 percent. While this is not much, with an estimated 6 million recall victims, a certified class getting just $500 per member could reach into the billions.
Toyota of course denies that a vehicle will depreciate much if repaired quickly at no cost, which they offer. However, the issue still remains over whether or not Toyota has identified the problem of sudden acceleration. Toyota continues to deny that electronic computer controls are to blame, but car owners continue to complain of sudden acceleration after the vehicles have been repaired. You can read the entire article, here.
Posted on March 4th, 2010 No comments
The AP reported on Toyota’s efforts to block access to black box information that could explain crashes blamed on sudden unintended acceleration. The AP investigation found that Toyota was inconsistent and even contradictory in revealing what the black boxes record. According to the report; “Toyota’s “black box” information is emerging as a critical legal issue amid the recall of 8 million vehicles by the world’s largest automaker. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said this week that 52 people have died in crashes linked to accelerator problems, triggering an avalanche of lawsuits.”
You can read the entire article recapping the AP’s investigation here.
I previously posted on Toyota’s problems back in mid-February. At that time, I posted that more information was likely to come to light before Toyota’s problems faded from public view. Looks like I was correct. Toyota’s public image has certainly taken a hit. Not only should we question Toyota’s reputation as an automaker who makes better more dependable cars, but perhaps more importantly, its reputation as an automaker that makes safer ones as well.
I’ll make another prediction. Before this issue is over, embarrassing evidence will come to light showing that Toyota has known about the problem of sudden acceleration for years, but that it has tried to hide the problem from regulator’s and customers for some time. Stop back by for results on my prediction in the weeks to come.