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March 2014 Archives

GM under fire for slow response to fatal vehicle flaw

Many West Virginia owners of Chevrolet Cobalts, Pontiac G5s and other small General Motors vehicles may have been surprised to learn their cars are being recalled. The news of a deadly defect, however, was not new to GM. It has been reported that GM was aware of the possible defect for more than 10 years before finally issuing a recall of 1.6 million vehicles--upped to about 2.6 million just today. It appears the company waited to warn the public until it definitively linked the flaw to 12 deaths, which all occurred prior to 2009.

When You've Been Involved in a Multi-car Collision in WV

Winter Driving Conditions Cause Multi-vehicle Accidents in West Virginia

One of the beauties of West Virginia is its mountains and high altitudes. It looks like "almost heaven" from the windows of our homes, but once you get out on the roads, it can seem quite the opposite when snow, ice, and foggy conditions make driving treacherous, often causing vehicle wrecks and injuries. We all have pressing obligations which make going out on the roads, no matter how bad the conditions, seem mandatory.

Why is Insurance Offering so Little for My Injury Claim?

When a traumatic event occurs, causing injury to another person, the at-fault party who is insured under a policy of insurance is required to notify their insurance company of the incident. A claims adjuster will be assigned to investigate and "adjust" the claim.

Defects in Vehicle Design can Result in Serious Injuries and Death

Honda Recalls Odyssey for the Third Time in Less Than a Year

An automotive part or system that fails at highway speeds can result in a catastrophic accident causing serious injuries or death. Defects in a vehicle's seatbelt, airbag, or fuel delivery system, brakes, accelerator, or engine system, are common culprits of these catastrophic injuries.

Communications and Cell Phone Tower Injuries and Fatalities

West Virginia Cell Phone Tower Fatalities

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a specific warning to the communications tower industry on its safety practices. The industry has had four fatalities so far this year and 13 deaths in 2013 at communication tower work sites. noted in a February 10th letter to some 100 members of the National Association of Tower Erectors.

A Parent's Worst Nightmare: Daycare Negligence and Injuries

Every day working and single parents in West Virginia place their children in some form of daycare.  Child care services are available in private homes or professional facilities, but regardless of the location, childcare providers are expected to be trustworthy and educated professionals. When they fail to meet their duties towards clients and their children, the results can be disastrous.

Couple says defective Ford pick-up caused man's serious injuries

If your vehicle has ever been subjected to a recall, you know how frustrating this process can be. Motor vehicle recalls may be initiated by an automaker or mandated by the government, and they typically require car owners to bring their vehicles into dealers for repairs. While the repairs should be free, this is still a time-consuming to-do item, particularly for those who spent a lot of money to buy a new car --  likely assuming it would be low-maintenance.

Official Report Concerning I-77 Pipeline Explosion

I-77 Gas Pipeline Blast Blamed on Corrosion and Lack of Inspections

According to a report released on March 10, 2014 by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the major gas line explosion on I-77 near Charleston, WV probably could have been prevented if the pipeline had been inspected or tested, and the fire's severity and duration could have been reduced if automatic shut off valves had been installed.

How Much Car Insurance Do I Need?

Every year thousands of individuals are seriously injured in automobile collisions in West Virginia, requiring significant medical treatment. Many don't have the financial resources to pay for their own medical treatment or lost wages.

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