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Ford may face expanded claims for auto product liability

In 2016, Ford Motor Company issued a recall over problems with its electronically controlled automatic transmissions in certain models. There had been reports of accidents that were caused by malfunctions with this particular part. There may be Arizona residents who have sustained substantial monetary losses along with injuries from these types defective parts, which could support the filing of a valid auto product liability claim.

Currently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating additional claims of defective transmissions in other Ford models. Purportedly, the federal agency may issue a recall that could include approximately 1.4 million vehicles. The agency has been concerned about the redesigned automatic transmissions that reportedly can slip out of the selected gear during drive time, leading to drivers experiencing a loss of control.

Commercial vehicle accidents take a heavy toll on lives; finances

Those who drive for a living are aware of the dangers that large vehicles can present to other motorists. As a result, the majority of these professionals take precautions to ensure that they do not wind up causing commercial vehicle accidents that can cause serious or fatal injuries. Arizona officials are still conducting an investigation into one such wreck that stole the lives of two teenagers.

The wreck occurred in July of 2017. According to a statement by the driver of a large commercial vehicle, he was approaching a traffic signal that he claims has a tendency to cycle through changes. As he prepared to enter the intersection, he alleged that the amber light was illuminated. He claimed that, out of fear of being unable to stop his truck in time, he accelerated through the signal. At the last moment, he claimed he sighted a glimpse of another vehicle but was not able to avoid a collision.

Woman's medical malpractice suit over medication moving forward

Over the past few years, the reported numbers of medication errors has increased approximately 462 percent. When these mistakes occur, the side effects can result in debilitating and permanent injuries. Arizona patients who have suffered as a result of these serious mistakes may have a basis for filing a medical malpractice civil suit.

In 2014, a woman stated that she was suffering from the effects of a depression. Her physician prescribed a medication that has purportedly been an effective remedy. Unfortunately, the prescription was for an incorrect dose. The patient reported that for the first 14 days of the treatment, she experienced no issues; however, that changed when she experienced severe burning sensation from her skin.

4 steps to take if you suspect nursing home neglect

Imagine helping your mother move into a nursing home in Phoenix. On the surface, everything seems fine. The staff are very friendly, the other residents that you have seen look to be satisfied and the facility seems to be in good condition overall. After a few months, you begin to notice some things that leave you feeling uneasy. The nursing home had an underlying rank smell. There never seems to be staff around when you come for a visit. Your mother has become more withdrawn and has even shown signs of depression.

Staff shortages, the smell of stale urine or other bodily fluids, and residents showing symptoms of depression or physical abuse are all signs that something is wrong in a nursing facility. Sometimes it is negligence, but in other cases, it might be physical abuse. Either way, your loved one may be in danger if you see these signs so it is important to know what to do to address the problem.

Several officers face separate allegations of police brutality

Every day countless Arizona residents benefit from the services provided by public servants. Unfortunately, there are instances that arise when some officers are accused of engaging in police brutality and other wrongful actions. Recently, there were reports that several officers in another state are facing these types of allegations in separate incidents.

The prosecutor in these cases has indicated that the charges will be upheld and the men will all be held accountable for their actions. One of the accused was a state police officer who is facing second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter charges after he fired a taser at a minor who was riding an ATV at the time. The victim then wrecked the machine and was killed in the crash. Two other police officers were arraigned on charges of beating victims during their arrests.

Honda using extreme methods to avoid auto product liability issue

It is likely that most vehicle owners in Arizona and elsewhere are aware of the trouble with Takata airbags. These defective parts led to numerous auto product liability civil suits when they caused serious injuries and death. Now, Honda is using extreme methods to try and encourage owners who haven't yet responded to recalls to take their vehicles in for the needed repairs.

The auto maker has produced a graphic video that is being featured on Youtube that illustrates the danger that these airbags pose in the event a collision causes the airbag to inflate. It shows a woman who was a victim of such an explosion who suffered a terrifying injury to her face from a piece of metal that lodged in her eye. Honda stated that they hoped that the advertisements would be run on national television outlets, though that scenario seems highly unlikely due to the disturbing images.

I got into an accident while ride sharing. Who is liable?

Ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft are a convenient option for travelers looking to get from place to place. They aren’t so convenient, however, if they get involved in an accident.

Once you’ve confirmed everyone is safe and notified authorities, you may be asking yourself “who is liable for the damages in this accident?” If you are a passenger, the answer is not you.

Commercial vehicle accidents often take a tragic toll on families

The vast majority of parents who transport their children to school or other routine destinations usually arrive without any complications beyond traffic backups. Unfortunately, as the early-morning commute commences, there is often an increase in the amount of work-related traffic, which can lead to serious commercial vehicle accidents. One recent wreck has left an Arizona family devastated.

The accident report stated that a large dump truck was headed north on a local road in the early morning commuting hours. A mother who was transporting her two children, aged 9 and 7, was proceeding along an intersecting street. Though there are still no clear details, it was indicated that the commercial vehicle struck the woman's SUV as she was completing a left turn onto another road.

Can efforts to limit medical malpractice records harm patients?

The vast majority of medical providers place the health and safety of their patients above all other concerns. In spite of their best intentions, though, some patients will suffer greater harm as a result of mistakes or negligence. In these situations, Arizona residents are assured of their rights to seek a remedy for the harm they have suffered through a medical malpractice suit.

There are now efforts under way in one state that may directly impact how injured patients are permitted to seek their own compensation when a medical provider has caused them to suffer physical harm, and the resulting monetary damages that stem from it. Approximately 13 years ago, several amendments were passed in that state that allowed patients and their representatives to access adverse incident reports that related to their individual case. Recently, the state supreme court has upheld patients' access to adverse patient information that pertains to the doctor or provider involved.

Why do vehicles flip over?

You've probably seen movies where people miraculously walk away from violent rollover crashes, but when a car rolls over, the results can be catastrophic and fatal for anyone inside.

What the movies never address is the fact that the occupants of vehicles frequently get ejected, especially if they're not wearing a seatbelt. The bodies inside the car - when not secured or strapped down - will find any avenue of exit that's available and the g-forces will send people out of the car. Suffice it to say, everyone should (1) wear their seatbelts, and (2) try to avoid flip-over crashes at all costs. But why do cars flip over in the first place?

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