Articles Posted in Defective Automobiles

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Unfortunately in our country delayed recalls or forced recalls is not a new concept. Auto accidents happen every day where drivers and passengers are needlessly injured or killed. In addition to this, some auto manufactures knowingly endanger consumers by putting defective products on the market or fail to remove defective automotive products from the market. They put profits over your safety.

General Motors (GM) is the latest vehicle manufacturer under scrutiny by safety regulators, a U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, and by U.S. House and Senate Committees for their delayed reporting and inaction.

The Center for Auto Safety released a new study referencing crash and fatality data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and found that 303 deaths were reported when airbags failed to deploy in the 1.6 million compact cars recalled in February by General Motors. GM reported it only had 12 deaths in 34 crashes .

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Broward County, Florida – a Fort Lauderdale car accident sent one vehicle plowing into a group of pedestrians standing at a bus stop this morning. Four of them were injured and had to be transported by Fire Rescue to Broward General Medical Center for emergency medical treatment.

It all started when a car ran a red light on U.S. 1 at the intersection with N.E. Fourth Street around 10:30 am. Fort Lauderdale police said after running the red light, the car was hit by a County bus which pushed it into another car and then into a bus stop.

The names of the drivers and victims were not yet released.

An experienced Florida personal injury lawyer would first look to hold the driver who caused the crash responsible. However, when investigating a Florida automobile accident case, several issues must be addressed. The vehicle or vehicles involved would need to be inspected to make sure the accident wasn’t caused in part by defective or poorly maintained brakes or some other defective automotive component part.

Some auto accidents are caused by a defective seat back which can cause a driver to lose control if it breaks. The harm caused by some car accidents is compounded when a defective fuel tank results in a fire and causes burn injuries or a design defect causes a vehicle to roll over. If a defective product or component part played a role in causing the accident, a Florida product liability case could be brought in addition to the automobile negligence claim.

Additionally, if it is determined that the offending driver was intoxicated, it is possible, in some circumstances, to bring a claim against the person or establishment that served alcohol to the drunk driver.

Where an accident victim dies as a result of the accident, the Florida wrongful death statute would apply to the case.
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Miami, Florida. – A multi – car accident in the southbound lanes of Florida’s Turnpike in West Miami-Dade left two people injured according to Florida Highway Patrol.

Investigators said the auto accident, which occurred near Southwest 8th Street involved a total of three cars.

One of the vehicles involved in the crash flipped over and struck a light pole. The driver had to be extricated from the car after the light pole fell on it.

That driver was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, officials said.

Another person was taken to the hospital by ambulance with minor injuries.
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Tamarac, Florida – A rollover car accident in the southbound lanes of Florida’s Turnpike left a 74 year old Davie man in critical condition.

According to Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Roger Reyes, Luis Cease was airlifted by Fire Rescue to Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale after his car rolled over and crashed into a wall.

The automobile accident occurred in the late afternoon when William Thompson, 54, of Miami Beach, attempted to change lanes near the West Commercial Boulevard exit and veered too close to Cease’s 2003 Hyundai. When Cease tried to avoid a collision, his car rolled over and struck a wall.

The Turnpike exit at Commercial Boulevard along with both southbound and northbound lanes were closed for a time to make room for the Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue helicopter to land, Reyes said.

While tragedies like this are very often the result of careless driving on our highways – a growing problem that effects too many families, sometimes an automobile rolls over due to a defective design.
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