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Blog Posts in May, 2011

  • SEC WHISTLE-BLOWERS CAN COLLECT AS MUCH AS 30%

    The SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) recently voted to allow whistle-blowers to collect up to thirty percent of penalties when they report financial wrong-doing. The SEC reward program does not require whistle-blowers to comply with their company's internal complaint programs. The SEC wants to provide incentives for corporate employees to report wrong-doing by the companies for whom they ...
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  • Lawsuits Against Toyota Move Ahead

    Toyota is facing lawsuits all over the country related to problems the automaker's vehicles had with unexpected sudden acceleration. The car accidents that resulted led to many types of injuries. Recently, though, Toyota tried to get some of the federal lawsuits dismissed if the plaintiffs were claiming economic injury on the basis of decreased value of Toyota vehicles. In essence, the plaintiffs ...
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  • Regulations May Reduce Truck Accident Fatalities

    Recently, the National Transportation Safety Board convened a conference to bring together safety experts, federal regulators, and representatives from the trucking and bus line industries. The topic was how to prevent the horrific accidents that occur, usually resulting in terrible injuries and loss of life, when trucks and buses are involved in vehicle crashes. There is some good news: the ...
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  • Motorcyclists Are Especially At Risk

    Motorcyclists are especially at risk when they are involved in an accident with another car or truck. We have represented numerous motorists who are hit by other drivers. Almost every time it happens, the driver of the other car testifies that he or she simply did not see the motorcycle before the accident. When the other driver is at fault, the injured motorcyclist may have a cause of action ...
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  • As They Get Older, Drivers Make More Errors

    A recent study by the American Psychological Association, published in their journal, Neuropsychology, found that there is a definite link between aging and an increase in driving errors that could lead to car accidents . The APA studied more than 250 volunteers between the ages of 70 and 89. The volunteers had to live independently and drive at least once a week. Importantly, they also had to ...
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  • Billions in Damages Are Caused Each Year by Car Accidents

    What do car accidents really cost this country every year? According to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the damages from car crashes amount to around $41 billion a year. Those losses include medical expenses, lost wages and property damage. The losses from Florida car accidents alone top $3 billion every year. Even more costly than the monetary losses, though, are ...
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  • Mini Coopers Investigated for Power Steering Failures

    Last September, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began a preliminary investigation into complaints about the power steering systems of 2004 and 2005 models of Mini Coopers. The agency received 519 complaints that the power steering on the vehicles failed unexpectedly while drivers were on the road. In only five of the reported cases did the power steering failures lead to car ...
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  • Child Car Seats Provide Safety - If Kids Don't Unbuckle Them

    Many parents believe that by putting their child in a properly-installed, well-designed car seat, that the child will be well protected in the event of a car accident . Child car seats do provide excellent protection, but only if children are securely buckled into them. Unfortunately, a new study from the Yale School of Medicine indicates that many children can and do unbuckle their own seat ...
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  • Big Games Lead to Big Car Crashes for Sports Fans

    Sports fans love a good game. When their team plays in an important game against a rival or in a playoff, and wins in a close contest, the fans' adrenaline levels shoot way up. One of the results of this euphoria is an increased danger of car accidents. A new study has found that sports fans who witness a big win by their team are far more likely to be involved in a dangerous car accident . ...
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