On May 10, 1988 the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a Safety Recommendation authored by then-Chairman, Jim Burnett. The NTSB conducted a seatbelt performance study using 167 real-world crashes. One of their findings indicated that in order for vehicle occupants to be properly protected, seatbelts must be worn correctly. Because most front seats are designed to recline, individuals are often unaware of the dangers of reclining seat backs while the vehicle is in motion.

The NTSB recommended that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) “limit the angle of inclination allowable in reclining seats in passenger vehicles to no greater than the maximum angle that can safely be used with a lap/shoulder belt”. No action was taken by the NHTSA, who felt the manufacturers warnings were sufficient.

We reviewed the 2008 Ford Focus Owner’s Guide, which stated: “Always drive and ride with your seat back upright and the lap belt snug and low on the hips”. No further explanation is given. While the Quick Reference Guide provided with the 2008 Ford Focus does address multiple features of the vehicle, seatbelts are not mentioned. Further, no warnings or instructions were found on the actual seatbelt.

The Seattle CIREN Team at the University of Washington Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Study studied the effects of reclining seat backs in collisions. They concluded that “fully reclined seats are an independent risk factor for death in motor vehicle collision.”

If you or a loved one have been the victim of an injury due to a reclining seat back in a car wreck, please contact us today for an initial consultation to discuss your legal options for making the manufacturers responsible. If you have questions or need additional information, call Law Offices of Gary Green toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com.

Friday, 21 May 2010 22:11

Tire Failure

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

When it is over 100 degrees outside you want to keep your speed below 100 miles per hour! Much less, of course. As you are driving, be aware of the relationship of tire blowouts to heat, speed and age of the tires. See the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration report, which long story short, shows that in a hot climate tires four to six years of age should be replaced regardless of age or tread wear. To quickly check the age of your tires, look for the last few digits of a code on the tire which represents the manufacturing date of the tire. For example, the “459” on one tire means it was manufactured the 45th week of 1999. Since 2000, tires are identified using 2 digits for the week and 2 digits for the year. For example, a tire manufactured during the 31st week of 2005 would end with 3105.

Should your vehicle’s tires fail, whether it is due to a manufacturer’s faulty design or simply a poor quality production run, it can have devastating consequences in the form of car wrecks that can lead to brain injury, paralysis and even death.

If you or a loved one have been the victim of an injury due to a car wreck caused by tire failure, please contact us today for an initial consultation to discuss your legal options for making the tire manufacturers responsible. If you have questions or need additional information, call Law Offices of Gary Green toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com.

Friday, 21 May 2010 22:10

Car Accidents

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

Motor vehicle collisions are road traffic incidents which usually involve at least one road vehicle colliding with another vehicle, another road user, a stationary roadside object or tire failure, and which usually result in injury or property damage. On average, there are more than 6 million car collisions on the roads of the US, annually.

More than 3 million people are injured due to motor vehicle collisions, with more than 2 million of these injuries being permanent. There are in excess of 40,000 deaths due to car wrecks every year. About 40% of fatalities occur because of a drunken driver. About 30% of fatalities can be attributed to driving above the speed limits and 33% and above, because of reckless driving that causes the car to go off the road and result in a wreck.

The majority of motor vehicle collisions could be avoided if only the vehicle’s operators drove more responsibly. Unfortunately, drivers can be easily distracted by so many things such as conversations with passengers, playing with the radio, eating or drinking, and talking on cellular phones. The collisions that ensue are not accidents if the drivers were responsible for their vehicles. Even if you are a responsible driver and do not give in to distractions, that does not guarantee that you cannot be involved in a collision due to the fault of another careless driver. Knowing how to drive is not enough anymore with so many vehicles on the road. However, knowing how to drive defensively and being cautious of other drivers is one way to improve one’s chances of avoiding a motor vehicle collision.

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle collision, have questions or need additional information please call Law Offices of Gary Green toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com.