Orlando personal injury attorney James O. Cunningham believes that riders should take full advantage of any and all protective equipment when riding their motorcycles but was very surprised to read a recent study regarding their effectiveness. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published the results of their study and surprisingly found that helmets only give riders a slight advantage in surviving head injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. Although Florida has mandatory helmet laws, they only affect those under 21 years of age and those who have purchased at least $10,000 in insurance coverage.
A recent study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that despite tougher criminal penalties and increased awareness through publicity campaigns, impaired driving remains a serious threat to safety on our country’s roadways.
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating whether or not Jeep Grand Cherokees manufactured between 1993 and 2004 should be recalled due to gas tank ruptures in rear-end accidents. Orlando personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham is closely following developments in this case as the Jeep that NHTSA is investigating in the case belongs to an Orlando man who died in a recent accident after his Jeep was struck from behind.
NHTSA spokeswoman Karen Aldana recently wrote in an email that “As part of our open defect investigation, N.H.T.S.A. plans to inspect the Jeep Grand Cherokee that was involved in a recent Orlando area crash.”
Government safety regulators are thinking about levying additional fines against Toyota Motor Corporation for failing to alert them in a timely manner about sticking gas pedals. The fines would be in addition to the previously announced $16.4 million penalty announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently. The NHTSA sent Toyota a letter notifying the company of the possibility of additional fines when it learned of internal Toyota memos that proved company officials knew of two separate defects in the accelerator pedals.
As concern and scrutiny continue to build over the Toyota safety issues that have sparked a massive recall, the U.S. Department of Transportation is bringing in the big guns, asking for help from America’s “astronaut engineers” at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Read the rest »
In addition to the enormous Toyota “floor mat” and “gas pedal” recalls that involve over six million vehicles, another major recall is a double whammy for Toyota’s Tundra truck model. Toyota recently announced it will be recalling all of the Tundra trucks in model years 2000-2003 for issues with possible rusting damage that could cause safety concerns.
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