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Millions of Takata airbag recalls remain unfixed

Twenty-two people have died as a result of faulty Takata-made airbags throughout the world. However, this is probably not the end of the death toll, as millions of vehicles with faulty and dangerous Takata airbags remain unfixed on the road. Not only do these cars represent a deadly risk to their drivers and passengers -- because of the way Takata airbags can explode and shoot hot-metal shrapnel like bullets coming out of a bomb into the bodies of their victims -- but when they strike, they leave a tragic mark on the families, relatives, friends and community members who were close to their victims.

The most dangerous Takata airbags are referred to as "Alphas." These are airbags on the side of the driver that have a 50 percent chance of exploding upon impact. There are 62,307 people driving vehicles with these airbags right now, and safety experts think that they either don't know their cars are affected or they never received the recall notice. The cars have changed hands so many times by now that it's difficult for Honda and regulators to track them down.

7 common reasons for a semitruck crash

Most semitruck drivers are responsible operators who follow the rules and deliver their cargo as safely as possible. However, some select drivers are cavalier, reckless and break every rule in the book. These drivers endanger other people on the road, and sometimes they cause fatal and catastrophic crashes.

Here are eight of the most common ways that negligent semitruck drivers cause catastrophic collisions:

  • Poor training and hiring practices: Transportation companies have a legal obligation to train their drivers to safely operate their trucks. If a failure to provide the right training causes an accident, the transportation company could be liable for damages.
  • Negligent maintenance: In order to safely navigate traffic and avoid an accident, a semitruck must be maintained in a way that complies with safety standards.
  • Defective trucks, parts and equipment: If a truck or its components are defectively manufactured or designed and it's not operating properly, no amount of safety training, no amount of safe driving practices and no amount of maintenance will be enough to prevent a crash.
  • Overloaded trailers and unbalanced cargo: When loaded improperly in an unbalanced way, or when overloaded, semitruck trailers can get off kilter and cause a serious crash.
  • Sleepy and fatigued driving: Semitruck drivers who continue to operate their vehicles when they are clearly too tired to do so cause numerous fatalities every year.
  • Substance abuse and drunk driving: It can be lonely on the long haul. When truck drivers turn to substances for solace, and operate their vehicles while intoxicated, they are putting everyone at risk.
  • Negligent and unlawful driving: The speed limits and rules of the road exist for a reason. When we follow them, we can avoid the majority of accidents.

Why can't government regulators recall dangerous firearms?

If the federal government can order the mandatory recall of defective vehicles, why can't it order the mandatory recall of defective and potentially deadly firearms? At this time, as a matter of law, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) -- and for that matter, no government agency -- has the power to demand the recall of a defective gun.

If Representative Debbie Dingell from Michigan has her way, however, the Consumer Product Safety Commission may one day be able to issue recall orders and safety warnings pertaining to firearms it deems to be a risk to public safety. Dingell has introduced a piece of legislation that -- if passed -- would allow Congress to do just that.

How to prevent commercial trucking accidents

If you've ever been involved in a commercial trucking accident -- whether you were a truck driver, a normal vehicle driver or a passenger -- you know just how catastrophic these accidents can be. One false move on the part of a truck driver or a passenger vehicle could result in numerous deaths and life-altering injuries. This is why it's so important for everyone to do their part to prevent these unfortunate accidents from happening.

Which is more dangerous: Plane travel or car travel?

Every time a dangerous event happens on an airplane, every time there's a crash -- and every time there's a near crash -- it seems to make the headlines. This creates a false sense of danger surrounding airplane travel. Indeed, when something goes wrong on a passenger jet, the consequences are horrendous -- but how often does this actually occur?

On any given day, you can drive along the roadway and see the results of a tragic car accident. On any given day, you can turn on the television to see news reports about multiple vehicle collisions, interrupted by personal injury lawyer advertisements to help injured car accident plaintiffs pursue financial compensation for the costs associated with their medical care -- but how many of us actually know someone who was injured in a commercial jet crash?

Are you doing what's necessary to avoid a springtime car crash?

Spring showers bring May flowers, but they also bring slippery road conditions and a host of other hazards for the average Montana driver.

For this reason, anyone driving a car during the springtime months needs to take special precautions to prevent getting into an injurious or fatal car crash.

The dangers of drowsy driving: Why you shouldn't drive sleepy

Not everyone is susceptible to falling asleep at the wheel, but some of us are. In fact, you may have experienced the heavy-lidded feeling of not being able to keep your eyes open while navigating traffic -- perhaps during a long-distance nighttime drive. The thing is, even if you don't fall asleep, being drowsy is very dangerous as it can affect your ability to quickly react to traffic and control your car.

Here are a few things that drowsy driving will do to you:

  • Cause you to be less able to pay attention to traffic and the roadway
  • Slow down your reaction time when you steer or brake suddenly
  • Cause you to make bad decisions while driving your car

How do rear-facing car seats measure up?

Most parents are responsible for the safety of their children and take all the steps they can to prevent their children from getting hurt unnecessarily. In terms of vehicle safety, this means buying an age-appropriate car seat that provides the maximum amount of protection in a vehicle collision. But how do parents know which kind of seat is best?

Fortunately, there are a lot of guidelines that parents can rely on when selecting the right car seat for their children. One important guideline relates to rearward-facing car seats versus frontward-facing car seats. According to most safety experts, if a toddler is below the age of 3, parents can rely on the fact that a rearward-facing design is the safest. Not only that but a new safety report by the Ohio State University Injury Biomechanics Research Center, confirms the superiority of the rear-facing design in terms of protection from injuries.

3 types of gun malfunction injuries

Most readers of this blog are familiar with the Remington Model 700 and the fatal flaws associated with this firearm that have been connected to deaths and injuries throughout the United States. The topic of the Remington Model 700 may make you wonder: What firearm defects can lead to injuries and what should consumers look out for?

Let's take a look at the three common types of gun malfunction problems that could result in lawsuits:

Single-vehicle collision claims 26-year-old woman's life

Residents in the state of Montana managed to avoid having any car accident fatalities for over a month. Sadly, this fatality-free month came to an end on a recent Friday evening near Lame Deer. According to the Rosebud County sheriff, a single-vehicle rollover crash just outside of Lame Deer resulted in the death of a 26-year-old woman.

The victim of the crash was riding as a passenger in a sport utility vehicle traveling eastbound along Highway 212 when the accident occurred. Miraculously, the driver of the SUV was lucky to survive the collision without any serious injuries. He didn't even require hospital care, authorities say.

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