IIHS Seeks Revamp of Truck Underride Guards Design

IIHS Seeks Revamp of Truck Underride Guards Design

Over the years, the number of motor vehicle accidents that involve cars, rear-ending a truck is quite common. This type of accident is so deadly because some cars end up going under the trailer, effectively making the crumple zones in a car ineffective. One solution that the government and trailer makers did is to come up with underride guards that prevent cars from going under a trailer, preventing numerous fatal injuries. In a recent study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) revealed that the underride guards of trucks do not really work all the time, especially when only a small portion of the front end of the vehicle hits these underride guard which oftentimes cause truck accident fatalities.

Stricter Testing

 

The IIHS came up with a series of tests to determine how strong and dependable these guards are. These tests are progressively tougher tests that it can absorb impact at certain speeds. In Canada, it is required for these underride guards to withstand twice as much pressure as it does implement stricter standards. Also, small overlap tests are done to these guards to ensure that it will be able to perform its job no matter what the situation is.

Dismal Crash Test Results

 

In the full-width crash tests, all of the trailers have scored perfectly as all of it passed the standards implemented for such types of crashes. For 50 percent overlap crashes though, Vanguard’s trailers are the only ones that failed. In the 30 percent overlap crash test though, only the Manac trailers passed, which got the IIHS, the NHTSA, and other stakeholders alarmed.

Failing Guards

 

Semitrailers are required by law to be equipped with underride guards. Basically, these steel bars are hanging on the side and the rear portion of the trailers to help prevent the front end of a passenger vehicle from moving underneath the former. The study conducted by the IIHS revealed the weaknesses of some underride designs that prompted the agency to petition stricter standards in the design and construction of such guards to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Moreover, the IIHS is also contemplating about the application of such standards to other trucks such as dump trucks.

Proactive Stakeholders

 

Though the NHTSA is yet to reply to the IIHS’s petitions, constructors of trailers have already led the way in designing and installing stronger guards than what the agency requires. Moreover, these constructors have been trying to think about what can they do to enhance the design of these guards to help it become more effective even in instances where cars crash to a smaller portion of these guards. Such moves will help in significantly increasing the safety of vehicles especially in freeway accidents. One probable reason for this move is the implementation of even tougher standards in Canada. Since 2007, the country began testing such guards extensively so that it could conform to such standards.

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Unsafe Speed Caused Paul Walker’s Car Crash

Unsafe speed carIt’s been a while since the last time we’ve heard updates regarding the investigation surrounding Paul Walker’s fatal car crash.

Now, recent news reports have it that the Los Angeles County Sheriff has finally concluded what went wrong during the said crash that caused the death of the Fast and Furious star and his friend, Roger Rodas on November 30, 2013.

According to the authorities, the single car accident was caused by excessive speed and not by a mechanical failure. The recent findings apparently match the initial investigation conducted last December that revealed that there was no evidence of mechanical issue found in the wrecked vehicle.

Police report has claimed that the Porsche Carrera GT sports car that Walker and his friend Roger Rodas were riding hit the speed of 80 to 93 miles per hour, before it lost control and crashed into trees and a utility pole as it was traveling in Santa Clarita, California, just near Los Angeles.

Autopsy report released by the Los Angeles Coroner’s office following the car crash has revealed that the actor died due to traumatic injuries and burns while Rodas died of multiple traumatic injuries.

Also, autopsy report has confirmed that no drugs and alcohol were found in both bodies of the victims. Furthermore, it has likewise determined that both men were wearing their seatbelts and that both the driver and passenger airbags had deployed.

Walker was currently in the process of filming the seventh installment of the Fast and Furious movie at the time of his death. Thus, the movie release of the said franchise has been pushed back by nine months, specifically to April 2015. However, Universal Pictures has previously announced that Walker would still appear in the film.

Meanwhile, during their small chat, our personal injury attorneys in Los Angeles have all agreed that knowing the fact that the beloved actor would still appear in the film’s most recent sequel is really something to look forward.

 

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GM’s Huge Recall Continues as More Deaths Are Linked to its Recalled Vehicles

Listen up Hollywood buddies! If you own a General Motors-manufactured car, this is for you.

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GM’s Huge Product Recall

The big news came to light earlier this year when GM finally opened up about the decade-long rumors of several incidences of car crashes that were linked to the automaker’s defective vehicles. GM first acknowledged to the public that it was recalling 1.4 million cars back in February. Not long after, the U.S. automaker had once again announced another recall of 1.5 million vehicles.

The Product Defect

GM has explained that the when the car’s ignition switch has been jolted by the driver’s knee or even a key chain alone, or the car hits a road bump, a key could turn off the car’s engine, which means its power, steering and airbags will stop working as well.

How it all started?

The said problem actually got GM’s attention as early as 2001. However, the automaker didn’t take it seriously. It never even considered the problem as a safety issue since drivers can be able to steer and stop the car and restart it again if the problem occurs.

In 2004, when another similar incident occurred, that was the time when GM finally admitted that it is a serious problem that needed to be addressed.

In 2007, GM started to receive reports about several deaths linked to its vehicles’ faulty ignition switch. So far, GM acknowledges 12 deaths and 34 car crashes tied to the problem.

However, in a data recorded by non-profit Center for Auto Safety, there may be as many as 303 deaths that could be linked to the defect.

What took GM so long to act?

Since GM started receiving reports of fatality linked to the faulty ignition switch, its engineers had since started its probe but took years to trace the problem back to a defective ignition switch, reports said.

What models are involved in the recall?

The models involved in the recall are the Chevrolet Cobalt and HHR, Pontiac G5 and Solstice and the Saturn Ion and Sky. All models were manufactured between 2003 and 2007.

Meanwhile, after the 2007 model year, all GM vehicles were already installed with a better ignition switch.

GM’s Game Plan

GM dealers will be replacing the defective ignition switch of those millions of vehicles involved in the recall with a new redesigned switch. Also, GM’s new CEO has recently apologized for the company’s failure to recall more than a million of its vehicles until years after it discovered the problem.

GM’s Previous Recalls

In 2012, it could be remembered that GM had conducted a recall twice. In September 2012, it recalled roughly 474,000 models of it Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Saturn for faulty transmission. In the following month, it again recalled about 41,000 models of Pontiac, Chevrolet, Saturn and Saturn over possible fuel leaks.

 

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Former NBA Player Faces Jail Time after Hit-and-run Crash

Images gives credit to Getty Images.

Images gives credit to Getty Images.

A former NBA player Ben Wallace is now facing jail time for pleading no contest in his hit-and-run car crash case.

Recent news reports have it that the former NBA stand-out received a one-year jail sentence, with all but two day suspended after entering no contest before the Henrico General District Court. In addition, he is also required to pay $500 as monetary relief.

Wallace was charged with hit-and-run after his car veered off the road and went through a wooden fence before it hit a tree where it eventually came to a stop. He left accident scene before the police arrived.

Under the Virginia hit-and-run law, any person who has been involved in a vehicle accident in which someone is killed, injured, uninjured, or in which an attended or unattended vehicle or property is damage shall immediately stop at the scene of the accident. The driver involved has to report his personal information to the state police or to a local law-enforcement agency.

Apparently, the said law isn’t far similar to California’s hit-and-run law, which strictly requires a driver who has been involved in a car crash to stop at the accident scene. Anyone who violates this law may be faced by imprisonment and monetary fine.

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[UPDATE] ‘Teen Mom 2’ Star Driving Recklessly Before Car Crashes

A week after the news about the ‘Teen Mom 2’ star’s fiery car crash have emerged, authorities have finally released the final investigation following the incident.

According to recent news reports, Sioux Falls police has revealed that Adam Lind was driving recklessly on a revoked driver’s license before his 2001 Corvette ZO6 plowed into a vehicle driven by an octogenarian woman, according to witnesses’ statements.

Nevertheless, the police have confirmed that alcohol and drugs were not a factor to the incident.

In our recent blog post, Lind was reportedly involved in a fiery car crash in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Previous media sources have it that based on the cops’ initial investigation, Lind was driving too fast before it slammed into a car driven by an 87-year-old woman with a 94-year-old passenger.

Fortunately, nobody was seriously injured from the incident. While the two elderly passengers of the other car were reportedly transported to the hospital for minor injuries, Lind on the other hand was pulled from his wrecked vehicle moments before it burst into flames.

Law enforcements have confirmed  that Lind has been charged with a total of five crimes aside from reckless driving and revoked driver’s license charges. Also, he has been charged for driving with a suspended driver’s license, and not having car insurance according to reports.

Under the South Dakota Car Insurance Law, a driver is required to have a proof of financial responsibility in order to lawfully operate a vehicle – and to establish such form of liability insurance, the most common way is to purchase liability insurance, noted by our Los Angeles car accident attorney.

 

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“Teen Mom 2” Star Pulled from Wreckage Right Before Car Explodes

Image gives credit to US Magazine.

Image gives credit to US Magazine.

It’s was a close encounter for the ‘Teen Mom 2’ Star, Adam Lind, when he got pulled from wreckage before a massive vehicle explosion.

According to recent news reports, Lind was involved in a fiery car crash last Friday as he was traveling in his 2001 Corvette ZO6 at Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Media sources have it that the TV hit series star was driving at a high speed when it hit a Lincoln Town Car driven by an 87-year-old woman with a 94-year-old passenger.

Reportedly, the collision created a huge impact. In fact, based on the actual photo obtained by TMZ, Lind’s car was barely recognizable.

Fortunately for the victims, Good Samaritans who witnessed the crash immediately ran to the accident scene and pulled everyone out from the mangled vehicles just seconds before Lind’s Corvette burst into flame, law enforcements told media sources.

Lind and the two other victims were reportedly taken to a hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

It could be remembered that Lind made his debut appearance on the season 2 of MTV’s ‘16 and Pregnant’. He has a daughter with his Teen Mom 2 co-star, Chelsea Houska. The former lovers eventually came to an end after several times of trying to make their relationship work.

As of this writing, further details surrounding Lind’s car crash are yet to be known.

Meanwhile, media sources claimed that following the incident, Lind’s new girlfriend, Taylor Halbur took Twitter and said: “Sometimes we forget how precious life is.. never take it for granted. It a fragile thing and we never know what the future holds.”

Houska on the other hand is not yet giving her comments regarding the issue.

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911 Releases More Details on Comedian Chris Kattan’s California Car Crash

Image is a screenshot from a video courtesy of Food Network.

Image is a screenshot from a video courtesy of Food Network.

More than a week after former Saturday Night Live (SNL) star Chris Kattan was reportedly arrested for allegedly driving under the influence (DUI), authorities have finally released the audio of two motorists’ calls who reported another motorist driving erratically along the California freeway.

According previous reports, a driver called the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to report another driver who have been weaving slowly across the 101 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley last February 10 at around 1 AM.

The said driver then crossed into a coned off area and crashed into a parked Department of Transportation vehicle. Fortunately, nobody was injured from the incident.

The cops have eventually found out that the reckless driver was actor-comedian Chris Kattan.

Kattan was subsequently arrested and booked for driving under the influence specifically of drugs and NOT alcohol. He was later released following his arrest.

Recent reports have it that the Dispatchers actually received two calls related to Kattan’s careless driving and car crash. The first driver estimated that Kattan was driving around 70 mph before the crash while the other one described Kattan leaving his car and walking on the highway after the incident.

Cops claimed that Kattan admitted during his arrest that he had been taking prescription drugs.

So far, Kattan’s camp is not yet giving comments regarding the matter.

 

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[UPDATE] Cops Didn’t Lie; Justin Bieber Hit 136 mph in His Rented Lamborghini Hours Before His DUI Arrest

It could be remembered that more than a couple of weeks ago, a controversial video showing that there was no high-speed drag racing that occurred involving Justin Bieber and his pals emerged, creating a wide speculation that cops may have lied regarding the Canadian pop singer’s arrest.

In the said video obtained from the surveillance camera hours before Bieber’s arrest, it was revealed that the Canadian pop singer and his friend, Khalil, were not drag racing. In fact, it was only a single file driving where Bieber’s rented yellow Lamborghini was seen leading among the group of vehicles while Khalil was driving in a red Ferrari behind him.

Image gives credit to Dasha / FAMEFLYNET PICTURES.

Image gives credit to Dasha / FAMEFLYNET PICTURES.

The video also showed an SUV on the other lane preventing any vehicle from passing. Thus, drag racing is indeed impossible at that time. Even the GPS tacking device installed at the rented vehicles supported the video. Based on the devices, both vehicles were only at 27 mph at the time of the arrest, previous reports said.

Subsequently, more than a couple of weeks after the surveillance cam footage emerged, a reliable media source has finally obtained the full GPS speed readout for the entire evening when Bieber was arrested.

The readout’s highlight is when Bieber was on the Julia Turtle Causeway in Miami Beach at around 1:23 AM, he was clocked at 108 mph to 136 mph. He proceeded at a night club and stayed there for an hour before driving away.

Most probably, the cops already knew it that he was speeding earlier in the evening and just waited for their turn to make their move.

So far, prosecutors in Bieber’s misdemeanor DUI case are still searching for witnesses including his girlfriend Chantel Jeffries, while cops remain mum over the issue.

Meanwhile, as for Bieber, media sources have further claimed that his lawyers are currently asking the court to prevent the police from releasing any more video footage taken from the singer’s arrest without showing it to Bieber’s camp.

Their request came after an alleged embarrassing video in a jail cell surfaced last week. In the said video, Bieber was seen getting patted down, stumbling around for several times while he was taking various tests and while urinating in his holding cell.

“Unfortunately for Bieber, this is probably the cops’ way of hitting back to him after they have been accused of being dishonest,” jested by a Los Angeles personal injury defense attorney.

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Entertainer Nancy Hays Recounts How She Survived Horrible Car Accident

Earlier this year, as most of the country’s regions were being overwhelmed by the unusual polar vertex, entertainer Nancy Hays commemorated the year being overly grateful for escaping a horrible car accident that almost claimed her life early January.

Several weeks following the accident, the Norwood Park entertainer has finally gained courage to recount her horrifying car crash experience on an icy roadway.

Hays blamed her extreme dedication to her career for the incident. She narrated that she was home-bound, driving alone on the night of January 9 along an Indiana expressway, when her car skidded on ice and flipped over.

According to Hays, she was sliding towards the three right lanes of the road where she saw several other vehicles. She thought that she might kill other people if she would continue to slide. Thus, she made one brave decision in her life: she quickly swerved to the left lane. As a result, she totally lost control of her vehicle, which eventually flipped over the guard rail and onto the southbound side of the highway.

Image gives credit to DNA Info, Chicago.

Image gives credit to DNA Info, Chicago.

Fortunately for Hays, she escaped the incident unscathed. Thanks to seatbelt and air bag.  The only injury she had was the cut on her left hand that she sustained from the car’s broken window as she exited the vehicle.

She was also grateful to the three United Parcels Service (UPS) drivers who immediately rescued her after the crash despite the reeking of gas from the vehicle.

In an interview after the crash, the drivers described the incident as unbelievable since they thought that the car would explode into flame but it did not.

That is really an incredible car crash story. It’s a good thing it doesn’t hail snow much in Los Angeles. One best piece of advice from our injury attorney is not to drive at all during icy weather condition. If you can’t avoid driving in such weather condition, at least make sure that your car is well prepared and that you know how to handle the road conditions.

 

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Cops Lied? Surveillance Cam Captures No High-speed Drag Race in Bieber’s Case

Justin Bieber mug shotA few days following Justin Bieber’s highly publicized arrest, surveillance cameras obtained from the incident apparently negate the police’s statements regarding the Canadian pop star’s arrest.

Bieber was arrested in Miami last Thursday for allegedly engaging in a high-speed drag racing, driving under the influence of both alcohol and drugs, as well as for resisting arrest, authorities say.

According to authorities, Bieber registered a .04 blood alcohol content (BAC) level. Unfortunately for the young man, he was in Florida, which has zero tolerance for underage drunk drivers.

Bieber has also admitted in his statements that he had consumed some alcohol, been taking marijuana, and had consumed prescription medicine, the official told media sources.

However, based on a video taken from the surveillance camera, it was revealed that there was no high-speed drag racing that occurred.

In the video footage, Bieber’s yellow Lamborghini is leading while the singer’s pal, Khalil, drives behind him in his red Ferrari.

The video shows that it was a single file driving at a reasonable speed. In fact, the video also shows an SUV on the other lane preventing any passing. Thus, drag racing is close to impossible.

In addition, the video likewise shows a group of police tailing Bieber’s group for a few blocks.

Meanwhile, in a separate investigation conducted by media sources, it was further found out that the rental place where Justin and his buddies got the cars has GPS tracking devices installed. Based on the devices, both vehicles were doing 27 mph at the time of the arrest.

In some states and counties in the U.S., such as Los Angeles, underage drivers are subjected to stricter standards called the zero tolerance, which varies in all states. Usually, a BAC higher than .02 in minors is a ground for an automatic driver’s license suspension. “Thus, if you ever see Bieber driving around, it probably means that he is driving on suspended license,” jested by an auto accident attorney herein.

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