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November 2010 Archives

Estate of Baseball Player Wins $131 Million Verdict for Faulty Ford Seatbelt

The family of a Major League Baseball prospect recently won a massive $131 million verdict against Ford after the player was killed in a rollover accident.  The jury found that although the individual was thrown from his Ford Explorer, he had been wearing his seatbelt.  Bruising on the body, as well as the fact that the seatbelt was still "buckled in," provided ample evidence that the player was had been seatbelted, and the question then turned to how/why he was ejected from the car.  Documents obtained in the discovery phase of the case showed that Ford knew that certain seatbelts could loosen during rollover accidents, but failed to use a widely-available seatbelt that fixed the problem.

NHTSA Data Shows Drugs Often Involved in Fatal Crashes

While we have many years of data showing a strong connection between alcohol use and fatal car accidents, we do not have the same amount of data regarding the connection between fatal car accidents and drug use. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a new report today that shows a disturbing trend in traffic fatalities. The NHTSA tracked fatally injured drivers for drug use, and found that the percentage of drivers who had drugs in their systems has increased over the past five years, and peaked in 2009. The types of drugs recorded in the study included illegal drugs, prescription drugs, and over the counter drugs.

Thanksgiving Travel Safety Information

With Thanksgiving week being one of the busiest travel weeks of the year, we would like to share some safe travel tips produced by the New York State Thruway Authority. With so many of our readers traveling on the road this week, we hope these tips will help keep your travels safe. In addition to the Thruway Authority's tips, we have added a few tips of our own, based on our years of experience handling automobile accident cases.

Toy Safety Information for This Holiday Season

It seems like a good assumption that toys should be designed with child safety in mind, but that is not always the case. Unfortunately toys can and do cause injuries to children. Each year, approximately 169,300 toy-related injuries to children under the age of 14 are reported in hospitals and emergency rooms across the country.

Freed Prisoner Joins Toyota Lawsuit

Koua Fong Lee spent the last two and a half years behind bars for criminal vehicular homicide. In June of 2006, Lee was driving family members in his 1996 Toyota Camry when the vehicle raced out of control on an interstate exit ramp and slammed into an Oldsmobile Ciera. The accident killed three people aboard the Oldsmobile. From the very beginning, Lee stated he had his foot firmly pressed to the brake pedal, but the car accelerated out of control.

Dreyer Boyajian LLP in the News

Dreyer Boyajian LLP co-founder William J. Dreyer, defense attorney for Senator Joseph Bruno, has been in local and national news this week after the press obtained a copy of a letter sent to him by a United States Attorney.  Check out the following stories:

School District Settles Sexual Abuse Case

When we send our children to school, we trust the schools to take excellent care of them. When sexual abuse violates that trust, both the school and the abuser must be held accountable. Recently, a Missouri school district settled a sexual abuse lawsuit filed by six former students against a former high school basketball and softball coach. The Warrensburg school district will pay the six girls over $800,000 to settle this suit, which was initially filed three years ago. According to news reports, the money will come from the district's insurance policy.

Radioactive Waste Spills into Mohawk River

During the Cold War, the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, just north of Albany, was used for atomic weapons research. From 1950 to 1953, the facility was used to research recovering uranium and plutonium from spent nuclear fuels, leaving radioactive waste on the site. Two years ago, the Knolls facility began a cleanup of the radioactive soil, which covers about five acres along the Mohawk River.

Drowsy Driving is a Significant Factor in Fatal Collisions

USA Today - Drowsy driving causes more than 5,500 traffic deaths a year and is a factor in nearly 17% of all fatal crashes -- a much higher toll than previously estimated, according to a new analysis of federal data.

Two Million Strollers Recalled Amid Strangulation Concerns

With the economic downturn, many people are buying and using secondhand strollers. Between 2000 and 2007, approximately 2 million defective strollers that are connected with strangulation risks were sold at AAFES, Babies R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, Fred Meyer, Meijers, Navy Exchange, Sears, Target, Walmart and other stores. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Graco Children's Products request that owners of Graco Quattro Tour and Metrolite strollers and travel systems stop using the defective products and contact Graco for a repair kit at (877) 828-4046.

Fatal car Accident in Albany County may be Alcohol Related

The Albany Times Union is reporting that a car accident last Friday that claimed the life of a 21-year-old woman may have alcohol related. The vehicle she was a passenger in lost control and slammed into trees in front of a Colonie home. Both she and the driver were thrown from the 2005 Mitsubishi as the vehicle was split in half.

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