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Eric T. Chaffin

Injured Florida Man Files New Takata Airbag Lawsuit

Another plaintiff has filed a Takata airbag lawsuit in Florida. Like other plaintiffs involved in this litigation, he claims that he suffered from serious injuries when his airbag failed to deploy properly, and instead exploded and sent metal shrapnel into […]

Eric T. Chaffin

NHTSA Steps Up Efforts to Block Drunk-Drivers from Starting a Car

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to do more to prevent drunk drivers from causing accidents on the highway. With over 10,000 people killed every year, they are pushing for the development and implementation of “Driver Alcohol Detection […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Who Would Be Liable for Self-Driving Car Accidents in Ohio?

In November 2016, Ohio Governor John Kasich announced a $15 million investment in 35-mile stretch of road, dubbed the “Smart Mobility Corridor,” for the testing of self-driving vehicles. It goes between Dublin and East Liberty, and is the location for […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Taking Precautions Around Big Trucks Can Reduce Risk of Crashes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that in 2014, nearly 4,000 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes. Between 2009 and 2014, there has been an increase in the number of injury crashes involving large trucks […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Traffic Fatality Rates Increase in 2016— NHTSA Calls for Solutions

More people are dying on our highways and roadways. That’s according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). They released their most recent issue of “Traffic Safety Facts” in October 2016, in which they noted that the number of […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Honda Announces Additional Takata Air Bag Recall of Over 650,000 Vehicles

Honda has announced that it’s recalling over 650,000 more vehicles—this time, in Japan—because of potentially defective Takata air bags. That will raise the total number of Hondas recalled because of these air bags to about 51 million worldwide. The automaker […]

Eric T. Chaffin

More People Killed by Distracted Drivers than Drunk Drivers

How deadly is distracted driving? According to Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), twice as deadly as drunk driving. Hard to believe, perhaps, but the police say that twice as many people have died on the province’s roads because of distracted driving […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Safety Experts Concerned Over Uber’s Self-Driving Pittsburgh Test

On September 14, 2016, Uber put its new self-driving taxis on the road in Pittsburgh. On the one hand, the city feels like it’s on the cutting edge of technology, paving the way for newer, safer modes of transportation. On […]

Eric T. Chaffin

What Caused a Truck Carrying Takata Airbag Propellant to Explode?

A truck carrying Takata air bag parts and chemicals crashed on a road in Texas on August 22, 2016. The accident killed one woman and injured four other people. Takata, makers of the infamous air bags that have been linked […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Pennsylvania Considers Stiffer Penalties for Distracted Drivers

Ever since smartphones came into our lives, there have been drivers texting behind the wheel. Though a number of organizations have been working to change driver behavior, texting and driving continues to happen, and in some cases, can result in […]