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2014 | Page 2 of 20 | California Personal Injury Blog

Fatal Westminster Motorcycle Accident

By Brian Chase on December 1, 2014 - No comments

Motorcycle Accidents Victims are entitled to compensation for their injuries and lossesA man was killed in a Westminster motorcycle accident the afternoon of November 26, 2014, the Orange County Register reports. Police said the incident occurred the afternoon of November 26, 2014 at the intersection of McFadden Avenue and Gothard Street. Police say the collision occurred when a compact car traveling east on McFadden Avenue at Vassar Street made a left turn in front of the motorcycle. No charges were filed or citations issued against the car’s male driver. An investigation is ongoing.

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U.S. & Japan Grounding of Boeing Dreamliners Due to Battery Failure and Fire Risks

By Brian Chase on December 1, 2014 - No comments

Authorities in the United States and Japan have ordered airlines to stop flying their new Boeing 787 aircraft until a fire risk linked to battery failures can be fixed. According to a Jan. 17 CNN report, the move came after two emergency landings, one in Japan and another in Boston.

grounded boeingU.S. and Japanese officials have ordered all airline carriers to stop flying their new Boeing 787 aircraft or Dreamliners until they can show they have fixed a fire risk that has been linked to battery failures. According to a Jan. 17 CNN report, these moves by the two governments came after emergency landings involving these Boeing 787 aircraft one in Japan and another in Boston. CNN reports that the battery failures “resulted in release of flammable electrolytes, heat damage and smoke” aboard the airplanes. The cause of the battery failure is still under investigation and officials say if the problem is not fixed, it could result in damage to critical systems and structures and cause fires in the electrical compartment, the report states.

United Airlines is the only American carrier to operate the new aircraft and has said it will closely work with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Boeing during the technical review process, CNN reports. The first commercial Dreamliner flight took off in October 2011 flying from Tokyo to Hong Kong and no major problems were reported for the next year, the report states.

However, since July, there has been a growing list of problems on board these planes including fuel leaks, oil leaks, cracked engines, damaged cockpit window and battery problems, the article says. So far, the most serious incident involved All Nippon Airlines with 129 people on board, which had to make an emergency damage after a battery alarm and a burning smell in the cabin. Boeing has delivered 50 of these Dreamliners and has more than 800 orders from worldwide airlines, the report states.

Grounding these airplanes is the right thing to do given the seriousness of the problem, said John Bisnar, founder of the Bisnar Chase personal injury law firm. “These are of course dangerous defects and it appears that no determination has been made regarding what caused them. In my opinion, these aircraft should not take off again until the problems are fixed satisfactorily.”

Airline crashes are rare, but when they do occur, they result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities, Bisnar says. “A number of these aviation accidents are caused by a defective or malfunctioning part. They are crashes that can be avoided with diligent inspections. I’m relieved that the authorities have taken a strong step to ensure the safety of America’s flying public.”

The California product liability lawyers of Bisnar Chase represent victims of defective products and many other personal injuries. The firm has been featured on a number of popular media outlets including Newsweek, Fox, NBC, and ABC and is known for its passionate pursuit of results for their clients. Since 1978, Bisnar Chase has recovered millions of dollars for victims of serious personal injuries.

For more information, please call 949-203-3814 for a Free Consultation.

Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/16/travel/dreamliner-faa/?hpt=hp_t1

Posted in: Defective Products

Comedian Tracy Morgan Battling Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

By Brian Chase on November 28, 2014 - No comments

Tracy Morgan Bus AccidentComedian Tracy Morgan is still fighting to recover from a severe traumatic brain injury he suffered in a highway crash more than five months ago on the New Jersey Turnpike.

According to an Associated Press news report, the former “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” star suffered a traumatic brain injury in the June 7 crash when he and several other comedians were riding a private limo van. Morgan also suffered a broken leg, nose and ribs.

His attorney told AP that it is not certain if the comedian would ever …Read the rest »

Posted in: Brain Injury

Woman Cleared In Death Linked To GM Faulty Ignition Switch

By Brian Chase on November 26, 2014 - No comments

GM RecallCandice Anderson was cleared in the death of her boyfriend, Gene Mikale Erickson, which occurred nearly a decade ago, which has now been tied to a General Motors defective ignition switch.

According to a news report in The New York Times, a judge in Texas cleared Anderson in the death of her boyfriend even though she had pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in the case years ago.

Anderson was only 21 at the time of the crash. She was driving her Saturn Ion when she inexplicably lost control and crashed into a tree. Erickson, her passenger, died at the scene.

Anderson’s record and guilt were cleared just last week when GM admitted …Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Defects

Toyota Recalls Lexus Cars To Fix Fuel Leaks

By Brian Chase on November 25, 2014 - No comments

toyota recallsToyota is recalling nearly 423,000 Lexus luxury brand cars to fix fuel leaks that can cause fires.

According to an Associated Press news report, the recalls involve the 2006-11 GS, 2007-10 LS and the 2006-11 IS models.

The Japanese automaker says that the cars’ fuel lines have nickel phosphate plating to protect against corrosion.

Some lines could have been built with particles coming in contact with a gasket.

This could cause the sealing property to deteriorate and trigger …Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Defects

Ford Recalls Fusion Vehicles For Ignition Defects

By Brian Chase on November 24, 2014 - No comments

ford vehicle recallFord Motor Company has announced an auto defect recall for about 65,000 Fusion sedans in North America for ignition problems.

According to a Reuters news report, the key can be removed from the ignition even if the car is not in the “park” position 30 minutes after the ignition is off.

Ford has said it is not aware of any injuries or crashes as a result of this issue.

The defect was caused by a …Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Defects

California Bus Accident Kills One, Injures 30

By Brian Chase on November 24, 2014 - No comments

CA Bus Accident kills one - victims entitled to compensationA 33-year-old passenger was killed and at least 30 others were injured in a tour bus accident in California early morning on November 23, 2014. According to a news report in The Sacramento Bee, the fatal crash occurred when a tour bus bound from Los Angeles to Washington State drifted off the Interstate 5 and crashed onto its roof north of Shasta Lake near Pollard Flat. One male passenger, 33, was killed. Three others have been listed in critical condition. The condition of others who were injured is not known.
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Posted in: Bus Accidents

Feds Ask Takata & Automakers To Initiate Recall Over Airbags

By Brian Chase on November 19, 2014 - No comments

Airbag Failure AlertFederal auto safety regulators are calling on Japanese automotive supplier, Takata, as well as several automakers to initiate a nationwide recall of certain driver’s side airbags rather than the current regional actions limited to states with high humidity.

According to a USA Today news report, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has said it is taking this action because of a new incident in North Carolina where the driver of a 2007 Ford Mustang was …Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Defects

Boston Scientific To Pay $26.7 Million In Vaginal Mesh Case

By Brian Chase on November 18, 2014 - No comments

Trans Vaginal Mesh LawsuitBoston Scientific Group must pay $26.7 million to a group of four women who alleged that the company’s transvaginal mesh implants had seriously injured them and adversely affected their quality of life.

According to a Bloomberg news report, jurors in federal court in Miami deliberated for just four hours before finding that the company’s officials defectively designed their Pinnacle pelvic organ implants and failed to properly warn …Read the rest »

Massive Toyota “Potentially Dangerous” Airbag Recall

By Brian Chase on November 18, 2014 - No comments

Toyota Motor Corporation is recalling 1.3 million vehicles worldwide including more than 1.1 million vehicles in the United States, a majority of them for potentially dangerous airbags that could Auto Defect Attorneysdeploy inadvertently due to a faulty chip.

According to a Jan. 31 news report in the Detroit News, the auto recall covers about 900,000 Corolla and Corolla Matrix models worldwide for potentially faulty airbags and 385,000 Lexus IS cars for defective wipers. In the United States, the recall covers 752,000 2003-2004 Corollas and Corolla Matrixes and about 270,000 2006-12 Lexus IS models, the report states.

The investigation into these auto defects began in August when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) asked other automakers for information on airbag malfunctions using the chip that was also used in Chrysler Jeep Liberty SUVs that were under investigation, Detroit News reported. The airbags in these vehicles may have circuits susceptible to internal shorting caused by a defective chip, which could cause the front airbags and seat belt pretensioners to deploy without warning, the report states.

The other part of the recall involves front wipers on certain Lexus IS models in which the arm nut might not be tight enough, which could become inoperative if restricted by a heavy load such as snow, Detroit News reports. Toyota spokesman Brian Lyons told Detroit News that there were 47 reports of improper airbag deployments that resulted in two crashes and 18 injuries. There were also 25 problems tied to the defective wipers, the report stated.

Defective airbags can cause catastrophic injuries when they fail to deploy, but also when they deploy inadvertently without warning, said John Bisnar, founder of the Bisnar Chase personal injury law firm. “When an airbag deploys suddenly, it takes the driver by surprise. This type of an event can result in a serious crash that could injure not only the vehicle’s occupants, but also others on the roadway.”

Automakers have a legal obligation to warn consumers about their dangerous products, Bisnar said. “Every little delay in recalling a dangerous auto adds up and puts consumers’ lives in danger. It is the automaker’s responsibility to make sure that the potential risks and dangers posed by their products are made public as soon as possible. It is also the manufacturer’s responsibility to find a fix to the problem and offer it to consumers at no charge.”

About Bisnar Chase

The California auto product defect lawyers of Bisnar Chase represent those who have suffered serious personal injuries as a result of auto product defects such as faulty airbags. The firm has been featured on a number of popular media outlets including Newsweek, Fox, NBC, and ABC and is known for its passionate pursuit of results for their clients.

For more information, please call 949-203-3814 or visit http://www.bestattorney.com for a free consultation.

Source: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130131/AUTO0104/301310355/Toyota-s-latest-big-recall-covers-1-3M?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Posted in: Auto Defects


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