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The Year in Auto Recalls

A Nashville Injury Attorney Discusses Notable Recalls in 2013 Many remember the Toyota recalls of 2009 when some 5 million vehicles were recalled in part because of wrongful deaths caused by faulty accelerators. Every year, defective products hurt hundreds of thousands of people. Some of these injuries and deaths occur due to defective auto parts and vehicles. Recalled Vehicles in 2013 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is the government agency that typically handles vehicle recalls; however, the U.S. Department of Transportation also issues public safety warnings about defective vehicles and car parts. Every year, vehicles of many different makes, models and styles are recalled. This year, some of the largest recalls concerned: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokees 2014 BMW Z4s 2013 Mazda 6s 2008-2010 BMW 5-Series 2004 Honda Odysseys 2008 Suzuki Grand Vitaras 2011 Toyota Rav4s 2013 Lexus GS350s 2011-2012 Chevrolet Cruzes The causes for these recalls were varied,…
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Will Electronically Tracking Truckers Help Prevent Truck Accidents?

After repeated setbacks, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled in favor of a rule that would require 18 wheelers to have electronic logging devices (ELD). Per the appeals court case Fleet Owner, the new ELD mandate will begin to be implemented in December 2017. As of December 18, 2017, truckers nationwide will no longer be able to use paper logs and will instead be required to use electronic logging devices. Trucking logbooks are meant to keep truck drivers from violating hours of service rules, which can lead to drowsy driving-related truck accidents. These rules were enacted to prevent truck accidents due to truckers driving too long without rest. In some cases, truck drivers or trucking companies have falsified paper logbooks to break hours of service regulations without getting caught. Many truck drivers are paid by mileage or have strict deadlines for pickups and deliveries. Therefore,…
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Will New Legislation Bring Self-Driving Cars to Tennessee?

Self-driving cars have been rolling out for testing in states all over the United States. So far, the main hubs for this testing has been on the west coast, but Tennessee may soon list itself as one of the states that are changing the way you catch a ride in this country. However, new legislation could make this essential testing difficult for tech companies. Is that a good thing or a bad thing for drivers in Tennessee? Why Haven’t Self Driving Cars Come to Tennessee Yet? The invention of the autonomous vehicle has sparked the imaginations of people all across this country. These machines have the potential to decrease traffic, to offer transportation on demand, and to prevent accidents, but there’s still a lot of testing to be done. That’s why tech companies and auto manufacturers have been rolling out test models of these vehicles all over the country. However,…
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What is Behind the Trend of Nursing Home Workers Posting Degrading Photos of Residents Online?

According to WCMH-TV, a nursing home worker at Autumn Care Center in Newark, Ohio allegedly used a social media website to abuse residents. Reportedly, the nursing home employee taught two patients who suffer from dementia to sing a rap song called “I Love Coco,” which makes references to loving cocaine. After teaching the dementia patients the song, the nursing home worker then videotaped them performing the song and posted the video on Snapchat. In similar cases from around the country, patients have had dehumanizing photos taken of them by workers, including pictures where they were partially or fully nude, and then posted on Snapchat or other social media websites, such as Facebook or Twitter. Protecting nursing home residents from social media abuse has become much more of a priority in recent years. This is due to the fact that an extremely disturbing trend has found momentum. The trend involves cases…
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