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  • 8 Things You Should Do to Become a Safer Driver

    77% of all car accidents are because of a driver's error. Do your part to make the road safer for you and for everyone around you so that you don't become part of the statistic. Here are eight easy things you can do: Wear your seat belt. Wearing a seat belt cuts the risk of serious injury by 50%. In the event of an accident, your seat belt could prevent you from getting thrown into your windshield ...
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  • Top 6 Causes of Auto Accidents in the U.S.

    Accidental injuries are the fourth most common causes of death in the United States. In 2014, more than 35,000 U.S. deaths were caused by auto accidents. Car , truck , motorcycle , and bus crashes still kill tens of thousands of Americans each year. Six factors, listed below, cause most of these deadly accidents. All statistics were gathered from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. ...
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  • Bikers in Illinois Now Have Same Rights as Drivers

    Governor Rauner just signed a new law reinforcing bicyclist rights in Illinois. "Dennis’s Law" grants bikers the same right-of-way privilege as cars, legally recognizing bicycles as vehicles. The law is named after a 68-year-old Illinois man who died after colliding with a car in 2015. The car didn't yield to Dennis Jurs, who had the right-of-way because he did not have a stop sign while going ...
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  • Bicycle Safety in Chicago

    It’s officially bicycling season in Chicago. While Mayor Rahm Emanuel takes action to make Chicago the most bike-friendly city in the country, our team of bike crash lawyers offer advice on navigating city streets safely. As always, we are available to speak to accident victims free of charge, seven days a week. According to our friends at Advocates Law in Washington, last year cycling accounted ...
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  • California Develops Rules for Self-Driving Cars

    Last month, we reported that self-driving cars will be on national highways within five years, and are already on roads in San Francisco. Our auto accident attorneys recently learned that the California Department of Motor Vehicles may issue regulations on this new technology next year. Home of Silicon Valley, its no surprise that California is spearheading the movement to bring self-driving cars ...
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  • Air Bag Injury Lawsuits, Explained

    If you are concerned, but ultimately overwhelmed and confused by the air bag safety crisis, you are not alone. Here, our defective air bag lawyers attempt to demystify some of the most important information, including confidential documents unsealed in court and the victims at the center of these lawsuits. To date, Takata has recalled 28 million vehicles for defective airbags, making history as ...
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  • Driverless Cars and the Future of Auto Accident Claims

    As automakers, tech companies, and the government push to make driverless cars a reality, customers and legal experts consider the implications on auto accidents and liability. Who will be responsible in the event of a crash? How will courts and states govern this new technology? Our team of auto accident attorneys considers the legal implications of self-driving cars below. Last week, the Obama ...
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  • What the New Infrastructure Bill Means for You

    Earlier this month, Congress approved a $305 billion act to fund the country’s roads, bridges, and rail lines. It is the largest transportation bill in more than a decade and will last five years. The auto and train accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm detail this bill and how it will affect public safety. The Fixing America'€™s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act will reauthorize federal ...
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  • Staying Safe During Holiday Travel

    With Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and every event in between, millions of Americans are traveling this weekend. No matter your destination, the team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm hopes you have a festive, happy and safe holiday weekend. Car Safety If you haven’t already, now is the time to prep your car for winter travel. Here are a few tips to help ensure you are traveling safely: Prepare a road ...
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  • Supreme Court to Hear Case on Auto Accident Medical Bill Payments

    On Monday, November 9 th , 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in an important case regarding outstanding medical bills for a man injured in an auto accident. At issue is whether or not the injured man has to pay back his insurance company for his medical bills, even after his lawsuit has settled. Our team of auto accident attorneys details this case and its potentially far-reaching ...
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  • Fiat Chrysler Admits to Underreporting Death and Injury Claims

    Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm consistently report on the latest legal updates, recalls, and auto industry news. In a record fine, Fiat Chrysler recently agreed to a $105 million settlement for mishandling nearly two dozen recalls involving suspension systems in millions of vehicles. Now, federal regulators say the company significantly underreported the number of injury and ...
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  • GM Settles Half of Death and Injury Lawsuits over Faulty Ignition Systems

    General Motors recently announced that it would pay $575 million to resolve more than half of the death and personal injury claims and the related shareholder lawsuits. This settlement will resolve nearly 1,400 lawsuits. Our team of defective auto part lawyers details this announcement below. The personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits are consolidated in a multi-district litigation (MDL) in ...
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  • Tire Safety and Victims of Tire Defects

    The auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm represent victims of vehicle crashes of all types. Amid the recent news involving massive vehicle recalls, not enough attention is paid to tire safety. Tires are among the most important aspects of a vehicle’s safety; if any type of defect or failure occurs, it could result in disastrous consequences for everyone on the road. Most new ...
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  • Auto Safety Ratings Explained

    For the majority of buyers, safety is the most important factor in deciding on a vehicle. There are two main safety reports, which evaluate vehicles differently. Below, our auto accident attorneys explain these two reports and how consumers can best utilize them. NHTSA The reports are the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) star ratings, and the Insurance Institute for ...
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  • Jeep to Pay $40 Million in Wrongful Death Suit

    A Georgia jury recently heard a devastating trial against Jeep’s manufacturer, Fiat Chrysler, over the death of four-year-old boy. Our team of auto accident attorneys report on this multi-million dollar case below. In 2013, federal authorities asked Fiat Chrysler to recall nearly three million Jeep Grand Cherokees and Jeep Liberties for fuel tank problems, which were prone to catching fire in ...
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  • Defective Guardrail Company Responsible for Deaths, Injuries to Pay $660 Million

    Our auto accident lawyers recently reported on a judgement against Trinity Highway Products, the company responsible for thousands of defective and deadly guardrails installed throughout the country. That judgement was recently tripled – to $663.4 million – in light of new evidence that the company defrauded the government and put public lives in danger. This is the first of many lawsuits against ...
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  • States Ban Guardrails after Deaths, Injuries

    When Trinity Industries agreed to pay $175 million for fraudulently selling a dangerous guardrail, few anticipated the far-reaching affects it would have on traffic safety nationwide. More than 30 states have banned installation of Trinity’s defective guardrails and some have file legal actions. Our team of auto accident attorneys explains the types of injuries these guardrails are causing. This ...
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  • 3 Workers Killed in Raleigh Scaffolding Collapse

    A scaffolding accident in the Charter Square building in Raleigh, North Carolina recently killed three construction workers and serious injured one other. Work accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm have decades of experience handling these types of cases, and are here to help injured workers receive maximum damages. The accident in Raleigh occurred when workers were dismantling part of a ...
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  • Car Seat Company to Pay $10 Million for Recall

    In February 2014, Graco Children’s Products recalled millions of defective car seats. It was the largest child seat recall in U.S. history, prompting a federal investigation. As a result of that investigation, Graco has agreed to pay $10 million in fines and efforts to improve safety. Product recall lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on the results of this investigation and the consequent ...
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  • Ford Issues Recall, Investigated over Fiesta Defects

    In November 2014, Ford recalled more than 200,000 cars, vans and trucks to fix defects including gas leaks, stalling, and air bag sensors. A few months earlier, the federal government launched an investigation into door problems in Ford Fiesta models. Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm detail these government actions and the defects that caused them. The National Highway Traffic ...
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  • GM Ignition Switch Lawsuit Updates

    The judge overseeing the ignition switch injury claims against General Motors (GM) recently expanded the injury guidelines for these lawsuits. The cases are expected to start going to trial in January 2016. Our team of auto recall lawyers will continue to update this blog as updates are released. These new guidelines establish expanded injuries eligible for the personal injury and death claims ...
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  • Camry Crash Lawsuit Ends with $11 Million to Victim

    Toyota was recently hit with an $11 million injury verdict in a case centering on acceleration defects in a 1996 Camry. The car’s defects caused a serious crash, leaving three people dead and two others critically injured. Car accident lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm explain the details of this case and others like it throughout the country. The accident in this case occurred in 2006 when the ...
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  • Accidents with Unlicensed and Uninsured Drivers

    In a perfect world, everyone who drives would be fully insured and properly licensed. In the United States, this is not always the case, and accidents commonly occur with drivers without insurance, without a valid license, or both. Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm explain how to go about filing an injury claim in this type of crash. Although the laws vary from state to state, ...
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  • Guardrail Company Responsible for Deaths Ordered to Pay $175 Million

    Trinity Highway Products will have to pay about $175 million for selling dangerous guardrails that are linked to dozens of deaths and injuries. The ET-Plus guardrail systems were the focus of a whistleblower lawsuit, where a former employee accused Trinity of fraud for selling these rails to the US government. Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm remind the public that any injuries ...
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  • Illinois Fifth Most Dangerous State for Cyclists

    National report by the Governors Highway Safety Association found that Illinois ranks among the top states for bicyclist fatalities in the country. On top of this, the overall number of bicyclist deaths is actually rising, at a rate of about 16% per year. Bicycle crash lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm explain this report and what cyclists can do to prevent accidents. The annual report, ...
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