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Honda Vehicles Recalled Due to Defective Air Bags

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On October 20, 2014, Toyota Motor Corporation recalled 247,000 vehicles in the United States due to potentially defective air bags manufactured by Takata Corporation. Since 2008, more than 16 million vehicles have been recalled globally because of defective Takata air bags.

Grease Gun Injuries May Result in Traumatic Limb Loss

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Grease guns are a commonly used tool to deliver grease to moving parts in various industries. Unfortunately, the high-powered nature of the guns results in occasional injections into the body. An estimated 30 to 40 percent of grease gun injuries end in amputation of an entire limb if the victim does not seek immediate treatment.

Seeking compensation in different types of workplace injuries

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There is no doubt about it: Some types of work can be very dangerous. From construction work and driving jobs to oil field work and maritime jobs, there are inherent risks in many careers. When a death occurs in the workplace, the victim's family may receive death benefits from worker's compensation. However, did you know that there may be third parties that could be held liable for the worker's death?

When a workplace death occurs, the family may be so overwrought with pain that it just seems easier to sign away whatever rights they may have. Businesses and insurance companies do not want to pay out any more than they absolutely have to, so they may pressure a worker's family to sign paperwork to receive a settlement.

California Enacts New Bike Safety Law

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Houston has already enacted a city ordinance ordering vehicles to maintain a certain distance from cyclists when driving behind or passing them on the road. Now California has enacted a similar statewide law. The California "Three Feet for Safety Act" requires drivers of motor vehicles to do exactly what you would expect which is to stay at least 3 feet away from cyclists when driving behind or attempting to pass a bicyclist on a California road. If the road or traffic does not allow for a three-foot safety barrier, the driver must slow to a speed that is reasonable and/or prudent. The old state law had similar language although it did not specify a distance to maintain or use the terms reasonable or prudent to describe the necessary speed reduction.

What are defective products and when are they recalled?

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Defective and dangerous products come in many forms, from baby supplies to food to automobiles. When a product has the potential to harm a consumer, there are many organizations that can step in to issue a recall. These include the National Highway Transportation Board, U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

When a company is notified by one of these organizations or a manufacturer that a product should be recalled, they are expected to take immediate action and stop selling the item at once. Along with this, it is important for all parties involved to do their best to alert the public, including those who have purchased the item.

Sports Causing Traumatic Brain Injuries

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As the school year progresses it is important for parents and children to understand the potential dangers surrounding sports and recreational activities. Some common types of sports injuries are broken bones, muscle strains, abrasions, and head traumas or concussions. Traumatic brain injuries ("TBI") may be the most serious of these injuries because they are not as apparent. Some of the most common activities associated with TBI are football, baseball, soccer, gymnastics, and playground activities.

Texas Supreme Court Hears Case Regarding Seatbelts

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Last week the Texas Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding whether or not evidence of not using a seat belt should be admissible to mitigate damages. The case before the Supreme Court of Nabors Well Services, LTD v. Asuncion Romero, Et. Al. involves a collision between a tractor-trailer rig and a Chevrolet Suburban. The petitioners would like to introduce evidence that will show that some of the respondents were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the incident. The lower court did not allow such evidence to be introduced.

3 types of distracted driving

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Car accidents happen for a number of reasons. One reason that is getting more and more attention, though, is distracted driving. According to National Center for Statistics and Analysis, 3,331 people were killed in car accidents that involved distracted driving in 2011. That's 10 percent of all crashes reported that year.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there are three types of distracted driving. Those are:

Houston Appellate Court Holds that Policy Misrepresentation Claims Need Not Be Severed from Underinsured Motorist Claims

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In an opinion issued today, the Texas First Court of Appeals in Houston held that the trial judge in an underinsured motorist insurance case did not abuse his discretion by declining to sever and abate the plaintiff's claims under the Texas Insurance Code for misrepresentation of policy terms. This case is a significant development in an area where such "extra-contractual" claims have routinely be held to be severable.

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