Legal News from Lufkin Personal Injury Lawyers

Does Your Vehicle Have This Deadly Airbag Defect?

Did you know that in 2014, more than 62 million vehicles were recalled for defective parts? Despite a massive number of recalls over the last two years, many of us do not receive repairs and continue to drive unsafe vehicles. Estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggest 45 million recalled vehicles are still unrepaired. Some of these defects can have horrific consequences for car owners, such as Takata airbag inflators, which are estimated to affect one in every four cars in the US. Why Are Takata Airbags Dangerous? Takata’s defective airbag inflators cause airbags to explode with excessive force, sending shrapnel into the faces of drivers. This can happen even during minor collisions. In a recent video posted by www.consumerwatch.com, a man who was seriously injured by Takata airbags tells his story. According to the man, he was driving his 2003 Honda Civic at 15 miles per…
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If You Are Buying a Car, Beware of Auto Dealer Fraud

Mortgage fraud is only one of many ways scammers target vulnerable consumers. Car dealerships also take advantage of those in desperate situations with fraudulent tactics. Salespeople will target folks with poor credit, the disabled, the elderly and those with a poor grasp of consumer protection laws. Here is how you can spot these auto dealer fraud scams and avoid being ripped off. The Top Five Auto Dealer Fraud Scams to Avoid Bait and switch rebates: Car dealership scams will sometimes offer numerous rebates to attract potential buyers to their lots. In reality, this is deceptive advertising because the dealership knows that most of the people who show up will not be able to use these rebates. For example, a vehicle will be advertised at a reduced price of $25,000. What the salesman does not say, is that the rebate is only for members of the military. Without the rebate, the…
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Should Large Vehicles Use Speed Limiting Devices?

East Texas has experienced several truck accidents in recent weeks. Last week, a log truck rollover in Nacogdoches shut down part of Highway 7. In August, a tractor-trailer and two passenger vehicles were involved in a collision in Lufkin. Two people lost their lives. Recent news is a reminder that commercial vehicles are capable of causing more destruction than passenger vehicles. It is important for commercial drivers to avoid speeding and other dangerous driving habits. However, commercial drivers are human beings, and therefore not immune to making mistakes. For this reason, federal regulators are putting an emphasis on using new technologies to prevent these bad behaviors. Speed limiting devices might be one way to accomplish this goal. Why The FMCSA and NHTSA Want Speed Limiting Devices A proposed Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposal would make speed limiting devices mandatory on commercial…
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