In recent months, General Motors’ trouble with faulty ignition switches that have caused serious car accidents and deaths has made national news. Nonetheless, thousands of GM vehicles remain on the road with dangerously defective ignition switches in place, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
As a result, the NHTSA urges owners of the recalled GM vehicles to get them fixed as soon as possible. A vehicle can be taken to any GM dealership, which will make the repair free of charge. Until the repair can be made, GM recommends that drivers “use only the ignition key with nothing else on the key ring,” according to the NHTSA’s website. Read the rest »
Bicycling safely means making yourself visible, always wearing your helmet, and knowing your route before you leave. But it also means making sure that your bicycle is in good condition and ready to go. Looking over your bicycle before you ride takes only a few minutes, and it can save you from a serious accident or injury.
To double-check your bicycle efficiently and thoroughly, keep in mind the “ABC Quick Check” tips from the League of American Bicyclists:
- Air: First, check your tires for damage. Note the recommended air pressure listed on the side of the tire. Check your air pressure in both tires, and inflate them to the listed pressure if they are low. Read the rest »
The human eye is one of the most delicate organs in the body, yet it is also one of the organs we rely on most heavily. Any number of workplace safety hazards can cause serious damage to one or both eyes, resulting in severe pain, reduced vision, blindness, and other irreversible conditions.
March is Workplace Eye Safety Awareness Month in Colorado and throughout the United States. It’s a good time to learn more about protecting your eyes at work and to practice simple safety habits that can help you keep your vision in its best working order for a long time. Read the rest »
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently began funding a study to learn more about the best ways to prevent fatigue in truck drivers. Fatigue is a major cause of truck accidents in Colorado and nationwide. In the past, the agency has attempted to address fatigue by requiring drivers to limit their total hours on the road per day and to take regular breaks – but the FMCSA and researchers continue to improve these requirements. Read the rest »
Over 2.1 million vehicles have become the subject of a safety recall recently issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), according to a recent article in the Detroit Free Press. Experienced Colorado car accident attorneys are monitoring the situation closely, familiar with the ways in which hidden vehicle defects can cause or worsen serious injuries.
The recall focuses on a problem that causes airbags to deploy when they are not needed and, in some cases, with excessive force that causes injuries rather than preventing them. As many as six deaths reported to the NHTSA may already have been caused by the defect. Read the rest »
Honda Motor Co’s U.S. subsidiary, American Honda, has agreed to pay two $35 million fines, totaling $70 million, after failing to report hundreds of injuries, deaths, and other complaints related to its products, according to a recent article the Huffington Post.
The agreement follows an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The investigation sought evidence that Honda had violated the agency’s Early Warning Reporting regulations, which obligate automakers to report information about injuries, deaths, damage, and warranty claims within a certain time period. Read the rest »
While you’re making your New Year’s resolutions, consider adding “check our household fire safety” to the list.
January is one of the worst months for house fires, according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). While the number-one cause of house fires year-round is still cooking-related accidents, the addition of various heating methods in the winter months further increases the risk of fire. And when temperatures tend to plummet in January, the risk goes up accordingly. Burn injuries can cause severe pain and result in permanent disabilities, as many experienced Colorado Springs injury lawyers have seen.
Fireplaces, wood stoves, chimneys, and space heaters can all pose a fire risk. You can help reduce this risk for yourself and your family by taking a second look at your household’s fire safety rules this January. Here are some places to start: Read the rest »
A study of over 9,000 teenage concussion patients published in the journal PLOS ONE recently suggests that, after a concussion, girls may struggle with symptoms that are different from boys’ symptoms – but no less debilitating.
The study surveyed 9,288 students in grades 7 through 12 who had suffered brain injuries, usually while participating in sports. The results showed that girls were more likely to report lingering problems like anxiety and depression, thoughts of suicide, becoming the targets of bullying, and turning to cigarettes or other substances to deal with their symptoms. Meanwhile, boys were more likely to report “acting out” at school and other events, bullying others, and letting their grades drop. Read the rest »
Rear-facing car seats offer the best protection for infants and toddlers in case of a Colorado car accident. The design of the seat protects the child’s developing head, neck, and spine in a crash, reducing the chances of a brain or spinal cord injury that causes harm.
Currently, there are several different types of rear-facing car seat on the market. Which is best for your child and your family’s needs? Consider these tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and your experienced Colorado Springs car accident attorney: Read the rest »
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently proposed new regulations aimed at improving passenger survival when a commercial bus rolls over. Rollover accidents are one of the most deadly types of vehicle crash, as many experienced Colorado bus accident attorneys have seen.
The proposed standards would require new buses to pass certain safety tests. When the bus rolls over, for instance, the roof and sides must not collapse so far that they crush passengers. Equipment attached to the roof, like overhead luggage racks, must not come loose from the roof when the bus rolls. And emergency exits must stay closed during a rollover, but remain operable so that passengers can escape a bus after a crash. Read the rest »