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Latest vehicle recall: Will it lead to auto product liability?

The decision to purchase a new or used vehicle is one that requires much consideration. For many Arizona residents, several factors play a role in their decision-making process, including the safety and reliability of a particular model. When a consumer suffers either a serious injury or substantial monetary damages due to a defective vehicle, he or she may have a basis for filing an auto product liability civil suit.

Volkswagen is set to issue a recall that will include more than a half million vehicles. A large proportion of these cars are comprised of the 2011-2018 Jetta models. According to information provided to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall involves an issue with the sensors that detect whether a vehicle is in park. 

Families may pursue claims after commercial vehicle accidents

One of the most traumatic events that families may be forced to endure is the loss of loved ones in tragic circumstances. In crashes involving commercial vehicles, the potential for fatalities increases due to the sheer weight of these vehicles. When families have suffered losses due to commercial vehicle accidents, they may decide to pursue recovery of their damages through Arizona's civil court system.

Recently, the family of two victims of a fatal crash in April filed a civil suit against the Phoenix Fire Department. According to the suit, the crash that occurred was the result of errors in judgment and actions on the part of both the crew on the fire truck as well as the decisions and practices of the department. The crash purportedly happened as a fire truck was en route to a call at a local business. A pickup truck carrying two adults and a child reportedly turned into the path of the truck and was subsequently struck.

Running a red light: Causes and ways to stop it

Running a red light is one of the most obvious mistakes a driver can make. When the light is red, it's clear that they're required to stop. Not stopping could result in a crash as traffic from other roads passes through the intersection.

Red light running happens frequently despite it being an easy error to avoid. In 2017, 890 people died in crashes that were a result of running a red light. It's also believed that around 132,000 people were hurt the same year as a result of red light-running crashes.

Report suggests that police brutality fast growing cause of death

There have been several high-profile deadly encounters between young men and law enforcement. One recent report lists police brutality as a fast-rising cause of death for certain segments of the nation's population. Though not every conflict with law enforcement includes the excessive use of force, Arizona residents who have suffered needless harm from these interactions may be unsure of their rights in seeking justice.

The report, which was the result of research conducted by a prominent university, reviewed data compiled by two separate resources; a journalist-run database that reviews fatal law enforcement encounters throughout the United States and the National Vital Statistic's mortality files. By analyzing the data gathered, the report lists deadly force by police as the sixth-highest cause of death for young men, particularly those between the ages of 25 to 29. Depending on race, the risk of death may increase.

Arizona auto accidents leave families reeling from their losses

Simple expressions such as "life can change in the blink of an eye" have been heard so often that they no longer seem to hold any meanings. Sadly, they are statements that are proved to be true each day along Arizona roadways as serious auto accidents continue to occur. Families are left to try and pick up the pieces after these devastating tragedies take an unimaginable toll on their lives.

Police recently responded to the scene of a crash at a local intersection. According to preliminary reports, a 22-year-old man was traveling northbound as he approached the crossroads. A 68-year-old woman was headed southbound and was preparing to make a left hand turn in the intersection. According to police, eyewitnesses stated that the man appeared to be racing another vehicle as they neared the intersection.

Neil Armstrong's family settled medical malpractice suit

Regardless of whether a patient is well-known, he or she is entitled to the appropriate medical care when they seek treatment of an ailment. In the aftermath of a major surgical procedure, it is not uncommon to experience complications that are usually treated by following the accepted standard of care. However, when providers deviate from that standard and attempt to correct a complication through other means, a patient could suffer irreparable injury. If Arizona patients have suffered as a result, they may have a basis for filing a medical malpractice claim.

According to a recent report, Neil Armstrong's surviving family received a settlement from the hospital the former astronaut was a patient. In 2012, Armstrong underwent a successful heart bypass procedure. When nursing staff removed temporary wiring from his pacemaker, he began to experience internal bleeding. The hospital elected to attempt to drain the blood through catheterization rather than through surgery.

Questions abound over quiet dismissal of police brutality case

In moments of crisis, it is customary to summon police officers for assistance. Unfortunately, sometimes the police respond in a manner that is out of proportion to the circumstances. Arizona residents who have been victims of overzealous law enforcement actions may have a basis for filing a police brutality claim.

Last August, a distraught mother in another state was unable to peacefully resolve a fight between two of her sons. She asked for a neighbor to call police to help get the situation under control. During the 911 call, it was suggested that one of the men may have a weapon in his possession. When police arrived, they were prepared for a violent confrontation. However, by that time, the fight had been settled and the parties involved were calm.

Claiming that a car was not effective at reducing injury

All cars should be designed effectively enough to protect passengers in the event of a collision. For obvious reasons, some cars are better at doing this than others: Cars designed for families might have more sophisticated safety technology than a budget car, for example. Despite this, all cars must be sufficiently safe to protect passengers in the event of a collision.

The term "crashworthy" is used to discuss how well-equipped a car is to cope with a collision. In the event of a crash, two collisions are said to take place. These are the collision between the car and the other object, and the collision between the vehicle and the passengers. Crashworthy cars are designed to effectively minimize the effects of the second collision through the use of seat belts, crumple zones, airbags and fire prevention.

Ford customers file multiple claims over auto product liability

In 2009, as the country was in the throes of a major economic recession, carmakers were required to improve fuel mileage. In response, Ford Motor Company produced two models that touted fuel economy in an affordable car. However, these models have been plagued with transmission problems that have placed customers in Arizona and elsewhere in potentially dangerous situations and have been the subject of several auto product liability lawsuits.

An investigation into the DPS6 dry dual-clutch used in the Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus models revealed that the company was aware that serious problems existed. An engineer wrote a detailed memo warning that the transmission problems were not resolved, but the company still pushed production in order to meet the fuel standards. In spite of multiple customer complaints of difficulties with shifting and acceleration, Ford introduced the Focus a few years after the Fiesta.

Jury awards record high verdict in medical malpractice suit

The birth of a child is typically one of the most anticipated and joyous events in a person's life. The dreams that parents have for their offspring are usually centered on the expectation that their baby will be born healthy and free of any disabilities. Sadly, child birth can go awry and a baby may suffer the lifelong consequences of negligent medical care. Arizona families who have been devastated by a birth injury may have a claim for medical malpractice.

Recently, a jury in one state came back with a record-setting verdict in a case involving a serious birth injury. According to the lawsuit, the expectant mother sought treatment for complications approximately 25 weeks into her pregnancy. Doctors diagnosed her with preeclampsia, which causes dangerously high blood pressure and can result in seizures and premature birth. 

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