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IKEA Will Pay $50 Million to Settle Wrongful Death Claims

By McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP |

Nothing could be more heartbreaking to a parent than the thought of losing their child in a preventable accident. Tragically, four sets of parents have suffered the deaths of their children as the result of flaws in the design of certain pieces of furniture created and sold by Swedish manufacturer IKEA. Recently, the parents… Read More »

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Lane-Drift Accidents and Their Causes

By McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP |

Lane-drift accidents can happen in a moment, even if your attention is only briefly drawn away from the road. A recent study looked at the causes of lane-drift or lane-departure accidents, and ways that technology can better prevent these types of crashes. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducted a study on the… Read More »

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Regulators Draft Rule Requiring that Large Trucks Become Speed-Limited

By McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP |

Approximately one in ten fatal accidents in the US involves a large truck or tractor-trailer. Due to their size and weight, large commercial vehicles such as semi-trucks, 18-wheelers and buses all hold the capacity to do a great deal of harm when involved in accidents with smaller passenger vehicles. The faster they go, the… Read More »

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2015 the First in Fifty Years to be More Fatal than The Last

By McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP |

Each year, rule-makers and private safety experts alike expect the annual fatality rate from traffic accidents to decrease; normally, the only question is how substantial the decrease will be from the previous year’s rate. However, 2015 holds the dubious distinction of being the first year since the 1960s where more people were killed in… Read More »

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Later Curfews Cause More Fatal Accidents among Teen Drivers

By McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP |

Nearly all states across the US use a graduated driver’s license system which prevents young drivers from being on the road alone at night in their first year of having a license. Recent studies have shown, however, that existing laws are insufficient to protect teen drivers from injuries incurred when on the road late… Read More »

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Truck Accidents: Steps to Take after a Crash

By McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP |

Large trucks and tractor-trailers are huge vehicles, weighing up to 80,000 pounds. Since the average passenger vehicle weighs in at around 5,000, they’re simply no match for these enormous machines. Last year, of the 97,000 people injured in a multi-vehicle accident involving a large truck, 17,000 injured persons were in the large truck, and… Read More »

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Collisions in Parking Garages and Lots

By McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP |

It isn’t hard to see why parking lots and parking garages are frequently the site of car accidents—each driver is distracted by either trying to pull out of a spot, trying to find a spot, or by the pedestrians walking in every direction. Additionally, some drivers might not even be sure of who has… Read More »

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Firm Attorney Releases Book about Life and Career

By McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP |

Julian L McPhillips, partner at the McPhillips Shinbaum law firm, has recently had a book published by New South, Inc. The book is entitled “Civil Rights in My Bones: More Colorful Stories from a Lawyer’s Life and Work 2005-2015.” This memoir covers the most recent phase in Mr. McPhillips’ life and career as an… Read More »

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Accident Resulting in Severe Brain Injuries Blamed on Snapchat

By McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP |

The developers of the social media app Snapchat are being sued for one man’s injuries in a serious car accident. The victim, Wentworth Maynard, claims that the app’s unreasonably dangerous speed filter drew the at-fault driver’s attention away from the road, resulting in the crash. Christal McGee, then 18, was out driving her Mercedes… Read More »

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Automakers Commit to Adding Automated Braking to All New Cars

By McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP |

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently announced that 20 automakers, which supply 99% of the new vehicles available on the American market, have agreed to make Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) systems a standard feature on all new vehicles. The manufacturers anticipate that all new vehicles should come with the safety feature… Read More »