A new rule requiring backup cameras in all new cars, SUVs, minivans and pickups weighing less than 10,000 pounds by May of 2018 has been announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. All new cars, SUVs and minivans, as well as some new small trucks and buses, will be required to include backup cameras, a measure which is expected to reduce the nearly 210 backover deaths each year. It is estimated that rear facing camera, including those automakers already offer, could save between 59 and 69 deaths a year, many of which were children. Automakers will be allowed to “remove side –view mirrors and replace them with cameras that may expand side vision while increasing fuel efficiency”. In February, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration decided to require vehicle to vehicle communication systems in all new cars and trucks, however an exact date for implementation of this technology has not been set.
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As CEO Mary Barra was preparing to testify before congress about a recall of 2.2 million vehicles which demonstrated an ignition switch problem leading to 13 deaths, a new recall was announced for a problem which can cause a sudden loss of power steering. The new recall affects an estimated 1.3 million vehicles, some of which were already affected by the ignition switch recall. Cars included in the recall include Saturn Ion, Chevrolet HHR, Chevy Cobalt, Chevrolet Malibu, Malibu Maxx, Saturn Aura and Pontiac G6. Some of these models had previously been recalled for the same issue but are being recalled again as the efforts of GM to solve the issue did not go far enough and still present a safety risk. If you have one of these models of vehicles manufactured between 2004 and 2010, please contact your dealer to determine your rights to a repair. These defects are major problems and can cause accidents leading to critical injuries or death.
For as long as motorcyclists can recall, the debate over whether motorcycle helmets should be mandatory has flourished. Forty-seven states, including Nebraska, as well the District of Columbia, Guam, Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, have laws in place requiring the use of a helmet for some riders. Nineteen states, the District of Columbia, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have a universal law, while the other twenty-eight states and Guam require helmets only for specific riders. Only four states (Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, and New Hampshire) do not have a motorcycle helmet law for any riders.
Still the debate continues and states continually attempt to introduce legislation to repeal helmet laws. Tennessee’s most recent effort to adjust their law to exempt those over 25 years old with at least $200,000.00 in medical insurance and $100,000.00 in liability coverage, failed in committee this week. Two years ago, Michigan repealed its motorcycle helmet law. Nebraska has had a helmet law in place since 1989. Last year, Nebraska introduced a bill which would have required eye protection in operating a moped, while exempting anyone over 21 years of age from the requirement of wearing a helmet. The bill now has been removed from the Unicameral’s agenda and has virtually no chance to be reviewed again in this legislative session. This was the fifth time Nebraska had considered measures to alter the motorcycle helmet laws. The most recent vote showed the repeal might have reached the 25 votes it needed to pass if the vote to cut off debate on the bill had been successful, which kept the bill from the voting floor.
As an attorney who has focused a good portion of his practice on motorcycle accident litigation, I have seen the massive head trauma that can occur during motorcycle accidents. If you live in a state which requires you to wear a helmet, be sure to choose one that is DOT-Compliant. Where do you stand on the helmet law?
Yaz or Yasmin has now been linked to the deaths of at least 23 Canadian women, over half of which were under the age of 26. In addition, over 600 adverse reactions to Yaz and Yasmin were reported between 2007 and February of 2013. Although the FDA ordered clot risks to be added to some birth control labels, the drugs are still in circulation by their manufacturer, Bayer. An estimated three in 10,000 women who have tried the “new-generation” birth control pills will develop blood clots, which are three times the risk taken by women using more traditional contraceptives, according to Health Canada. The risk of blood clots in women taking birth controls has always been a factor; however drugs such as Yaz and Yasmin contain Drospirenone, which is a synthetic progestin that increases the risk.
Regulators are now considering ordering additional warning labels specific to the increased risks of blood clots, heart attacks, strokes and blockages in lungs or blood vessels, which can be fatal. Bayer continues to allege that its own studies have shown no difference in blood clot risk between various birth control methods, although independent studies suggest the risk with Yaz and similar medications is slightly higher.
Over 4,000 lawsuits have been filed against Bayer arguing that any additional risk with the newer drugs should have been not only detected, but emphasized to the public. If you or a loved one has been affected by Yaz, please contact an attorney knowledgeable in these types of mass tort claims.