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Department of Transportation Releases First Self-Driving Car Regulations

Late last month, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released its first guidelines on automated vehicle (AV) development and innovation, with the goal of ensuring safe testing and use of these vehicles. Government officials believe that AV vehicles… Read More

24-Yead-Old Dies in 18-Wheeler Underride Crash on Texas 360

There was a fatal truck accident involving an 18-wheeler and a Ford Focus early Tuesday morning on the 4500 block of Texas 360. The 24-year-old driver of the Ford Focus died after his car collided with the truck, got stuck under the trailer and was dragged… Read More

GM Petitions the NHTSA to Delay Takata Airbag Recall for One Year

General Motors (GM) petitioned regulators on Sept. 2 asking for a one-year delay on the recall of 980,000 trucks and SUVs with Takata airbags. The joint consent order between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Takata allows… Read More

New Airbag Defect Recall from Fiat Chrysler Affects Millions of Vehicles

Last week, Fiat Chrysler issued a recall of 1.9 million vehicles around the world because of an airbag defect that has been tied to three deaths and five injuries. Fiat Chrysler is attempting to resolve a defect that could prevent airbags from deploying… Read More

VW Engineer Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges in Emissions Scandal

A Volkswagen (VW) engineer recently pled guilty to wire fraud, violating the Clean Air Act and conspiracy to defraud the government for his role in Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal. The engineer admitted to taking part in VW’s “clean diesel” program,… Read More

NHTSA Proposes Capping Maximum Speeds for Trucks to Improve Roadway Safety

In 2014, there were 476,000 large truck and bus accidents throughout the country, resulting in fatalities for seven out of ten motorists in passenger vehicles involved in these crashes. The latest proposal from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration… Read More

Dallas Man Injured, Dog Thrown into Back Seat in Tesla Autopilot Crash

On Aug. 7, a Tesla Model S that was in autopilot mode on Highway 175 in Kaufman crashed into a guardrail at 80 miles per hour, injuring the occupant and throwing his dog into the back seat. The occupant stated that he reached down to pet his dog and… Read More

Truck Carrying Takata Airbag Parts Explodes after Crash, Killing One

On Aug. 22, a truck transporting Takata airbag parts crashed and exploded near Quemado, Texas, killing one person and injuring four others. The crash caused the airbag propellant in the trailer to ignite, triggering a massive explosion that destroyed… Read More

Nine Percent Increase in Traffic Fatalities in 2016

In the first six months of 2016, 19,100 people died in car crashes, a nine percent increase compared to the first six months of 2015, according to analysis by the National Safety Council (NSC). Fatal car wrecks are also up 18 percent compared to the first… Read More

Signs of Insurance Bad Faith

Insurance companies are supposed to act in good faith, including negotiating, investigating and settling claims as part of the “implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.” This means that the insured and insurer establish a contract that entails… Read More