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Eric T. Chaffin

New Study Shows Drowsy Driving an Increasing Factor in Auto Accidents

A new study published in the scientific journal Sleep shows that though drowsy driving is a factor in thousands of traffic deaths each year, it is a highly preventable one. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) states that drowsy driving […]

Steven Cohn

2016 May be the Worst in Nearly 10 Years for Highway Safety

Many safety experts have been worried for several months about traffic accidents. Mid-year last year, the numbers seemed to be climbing. Now that 2016 is in the rear-view mirror, the numbers are nearly final, and they’re not looking good. Turns […]

Eric T. Chaffin

A New Distracted Driving Concern: Smartwatches

Most people are aware that when they are behind the wheel, smartphones are distracting. Safety experts urge drivers to put the phones away while driving, and laws require drivers to use only hands-free devices. There’s another fairly new gadget on […]

Eric T. Chaffin

AAJ Argues Against Legal Immunity for Self-Driving Car Companies

When a self-driving car gets in an accident, who is liable for the damage or injuries? The question is at the heart of a number of debates going on in the industry right now. There have been proposals that suggest […]

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 […]