Motor Vehicles

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U.S. Department of Transportation says summer driving is high risk

The U.S. Department of Transportation cautions that summer months account for a higher number of auto accidents and traffic fatalities than most other times of the year. While the Thanksgiving long weekend is statistically...more

What you don’t know about motor vehicle crash deaths in Illinois

It is not uncommon to hear about wrecks occurring every day on the local news. The majority of the time, the news will give you related traffic reports and maybe a little bit of information relating to injuries or deaths...more

Car Accident Mediation? — It’s Confidential!

Woodland Hills car accident attorney Barry P. Goldberg always recommends mediation to his clients whenever a resolution cannot be obtained through informal negotiations. Often, these are cases that are litigated and hotly...more

Small, Fun and… Dangerous? Examining ATVs and Electric Cars

The popularity of four-wheel recreational vehicles and alternative non-gasoline vehicles has increased over the past several years. As more people operate all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), risks and hazards are discovered through...more

Small, Fun and… Dangerous? Examining ATVs and Electric Cars

The popularity of four-wheel recreational vehicles and alternative non-gasoline vehicles has increased over the past several years. As more people operate all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), risks and hazards are discovered through...more

Car Seats Save Lives

Children are a precious asset that rely on their parents for protection and support. Every time they get into a car, they expect that they will get to their destination without incident or injury. Unfortunately, that is not...more

How to Keep your Child Safe in the Car

The leading cause of death for children under the age of 18 in the United States is motor vehicle accidents, and many of these deaths are preventable. There are several steps that drivers can take to make rides safer, for...more

Aspiring Young Musician Tragically Injured by Flying Road Debris

You have seen it. You have dodged it and… You have been nearly injured by it. Dangerous road debris on I95 and other major roadways. It is dangerous to drivers and as 22-year-old Holden Armory has learned the...more

Illinois Personal Injury Law makes it Simple to Seek Compensation

After a car accident, victims should call an attorney as soon as possible after reporting the accident to the police. Because a police report only triggers an investigation within the criminal justice system, calling an...more

Do You Have to Use the Insurance Company’s Preferred Body Shops?

If a vehicle is repairable after an auto accident, it will be necessary to take it to a body shop for a repair estimate. The insurance company that’s handling the accident claim may suggest their preferred body shops for...more

California DMV Now Accepting Public Comment on Proposed Autonomous Vehicle Regulations

After the release of the Department of Motor Vehicle’s draft autonomous vehicle deployment regulations in December, the agency held two public workshops over the past week to allow the public to weigh in. The workshops,...more

Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Rules that Motor Vehicle Use Tax is Constitutional

Motor Vehicle Use Tax is Constitutional - Regency Transportation, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue - MA Supreme Judicial Court No. SJC-11873 (January 6, 2016) - The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has held...more

Updates to New Hampshire’s “Dealer Bill of Rights”: What Equipment Manufacturers Need to Know

After two years of litigation, Senate Bill 126, which amended New Hampshire’s Motor Vehicle Franchise Act — the so-called “Auto Dealer’s Bill of Rights” (codified at RSA 357-C) — has survived scrutiny by the New Hampshire...more

Congress Erects Hurdle for CPSC’s Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Rulemaking in 2016 Omnibus Bill

The $1.1 trillion 2016 omnibus spending bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama last week includes many legislative provisions, often called policy “riders,” that will affect a wide array of issues...more

Injury After a Car Recall. What Happens Next?

Each year, millions of cars in the United States are subject to recalls. Since the Motor Vehicle Safety Act was enacted in 1966, more than 299 million vehicles have been recalled throughout the United States. Vehicles may be...more

Estate Planning Attorney | Should I Transfer My Vehicles to my Trust?

As an estate planning attorney in Arizona I am always asked if after you have signed your revocable living trust, what if anything should you do about your vehicles or other assets titled through Arizona’s Motor Vehicle...more

California Highway Patrol seeks to eliminate identity theft in vehicle purchases with proposed new thumbprint requirement

Every year, millions of dollars are lost by finance companies and dealerships due to fraud and identity theft related crimes. Even worse, due to the lack of accurate personal information on an identity theft suspect,...more

NIOSH Drive Safely Work Week 2015 – Is Your Company (and its Policies) Ready?

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Center for Motor Vehicle Safety (CMVS), through its NIOSH Science Blog, recently featured the Drive Safely Work Week campaign. The event is scheduled for this...more

When is a Vehicle Not a “Vehicle”?

Two police officers were riding in a police car that was struck by an intoxicated underinsured driver. The officer in the passenger seat suffered serious injuries that were inadequately compensated by the tortfeasor’s...more

Kentucky Supreme Court Sets Forth Helpful Principles On Liability For Punitive Damages

Cases in which an appellate court holds that a state’s standard for punitive liability was not satisfied even though there was sufficient evidence to support liability for the underlying causes of action are regrettably rare....more

CFPB Orders Indirect Auto Finance and Title Loan Companies to Pay $48.35 Million in Redress and Penalties For Abusive Debt...

The CFPB has entered into a consent order with Westlake Services, LLC, an indirect auto finance company, and its wholly owned subsidiary, Wilshire Consumer Credit, LLC, for alleged deceptive debt collection practices. The...more

Fiat moves to dismiss proposed class action suit

Late last week, Fiat filed a Motion to Dismiss the proposed class action against it following reports of hacking into vehicle information systems and its announcement that it was recalling 1.4 million Dodge, Ram and Jeep...more

Your Data Breach Collided With My Personal Injury Coverage

Editors at Wired magazine recently engaged in a year-long project to develop a means to hack the onboard computer of a Jeep, and override the driver’s control of several critical vehicle functions. According to a disturbing...more

How Can the Automotive Industry Strengthen Its Regulatory Compliance Process and Reduce Its Compliance Risks?

Many Americans listened last week to the admissions by the now former President of Volkswagen that the company had been “dishonest” and had cheated on the U.S. emissions tests. How was this happening at the world’s #1...more

Transferring Title to a Motor Vehicle in Maryland at Death? Be Careful!

Many people try to avoid probate. Often, title to assets is held in joint names with right of survivorship so that the surviving joint tenant inherits property without the need for probate. But then there is that pesky...more

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