Yes, Defective Airbags Are Still Being Sold in New Cars

As incredible as it may seem, the Japanese company Takata cannot keep up with replacing defective airbags that have killed 13 people so far worldwide. Even more incredibly, these airbags, known to be defective, are still being installed in new cars as of June, 2016. This is according to a June 1 New York Times article. If you’re in the market for a new Toyota, Volkswagen, Fiat Chrysler or Mitsubishi, you may be buying a car with a bad airbag. How bad is it? When Read More +

The Difference Between Careless Driving and Reckless Driving

Often when I ask a new injury client if the at-fault driver that caused the car crash was given a citation, I hear this: “Yes, he was ticketed for Reckless Driving…” In all likelihood, he was ticketed with Careless Driving, not Reckless Driving, and there’s a world of difference between the two. Most all of us have had lapses of judgment at one time or another on the road – maybe you diverted your attention for a second and rear ended someone you thought had Read More +

When Cell Phones and Driving are Good Things…….

Most of us get it that talking and texting on cell phones is a very bad thing for safety on the road. However, cell phones are fantastic tools to use if you’ve just been in a collision. Yes, of course people use their phones to dial 911 after they’ve been hit, but that’s not what I mean. The camera component of cell phones is such a good way to “preserve the evidence” as we lawyers term it. Obviously, taking photos of both wrecked cars is Read More +

Video Surveillance and the Death of a Case (Two Actually)!

All lawyers share “war stories”. This is usually a true tale about an unnamed client (must preserve confidentiality) that resulted in some horrendous outcome to the poor slob of a lawyer telling the story. Retelling it makes other lawyers feel a bit better about their practice and it’s a right of passage for every lawyer. If you don’t have a war story, you’re doing something wrong. Sooner or later, something will go wrong in your practice. A while ago I blogged about a client who Read More +

Have My Pre-Existing Injuries Reduced the Value of My Recent Car Crash Injuries to Nothing?

Most people reach a certain age and it’s unlikely that some part of their body hasn’t sustained some degree of prior trauma or degeneration. Remember that high school football injury to your knee 30 years ago? Yeah, it likely bothers you today – especially when the weather changes. In fact, lots of people have either degeneration to a joint, like a knee or shoulder, or an area of their spine without even knowing it. It may be “asymptomatic”, or without symptoms. It’s just as a Read More +

Five “Don’ts” If You’re in A Low Speed Impact Car Crash

Many car accidents are low speed impact ones that do not result in a lot of property damage. Our roads are so congested we’re often playing bumper cars with each other and experiencing or witnessing minor crashes. If you’re on the road a lot, you may see a number of these on any given day. Here’s what not to do if you’re involved in a minor wreck: 1. We Don’t Need the Police! Well, yes you probably do need the police! Investigating agencies (Florida Highway Read More +