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Virginia State Trooper Injured By Inattentive Driver

By Jim Lewis, Virginia Injury Attorney

A Virginia State Highway Patrol officer has been injured in an accident early Friday morning in Prince William County. The accident left Trooper R.D. Best, with serious injuries that required hospitalization.

According to a police report, Officer Best was heading north along Route 234 a little before 10 a.m. when a Nissan Altima pulled directly into the path of his motorcycle. Best then crashed into the front end of the Nissan and was thrown from his motorcycle. Police say the driver of the Nissan, William B. Hash, 86, has since been charged with failure to yield the right of way.

Given that the accident involved a car and a motorcycle it’s amazing that the officer’s injuries were not worse. When a motorcycle is involved in an accident with a passenger vehicle it seldom ends well given the huge disparity in size and weight. Most motorcycles are no match for heavy passenger cars and even the best safety gear does little to protect incredibly vulnerable motorcyclists from the brunt of an impact with another vehicle.

Recent data from the federal government indicates that the motorcycle fatality rate is poised to hit and all-time high this year, with an estimated 5,000 motorcycle deaths on the nation’s roadways. Given the increase in fatal motorcycle collisions, those in passenger vehicles need to take extra time and lookout for nearby motorcyclists. Extra caution should be used whenever you come upon a motorcyclist. Never follow too closely or try and cut off a bike rider as this might lead to a deadly collision.

If your or a loved one has been seriously injured in a Virginia (VA) motorcycle accident or in a motorcycle accident in a neighboring state, and you want to learn more about your legal rights and possible options for pursing a claim against the responsible party, read through my firm’s car accident injury guide, which provides some important information about such claims.

If you were recently injured in a Virginia car, motorcycle or truck accident and are not sure how to move forward, it might be helpful to check out my firm’s answers to some frequently asked questions regarding car accident claims. For instance, you may be wondering what types of damages an injured person can recover or how you can go about calculating and recovering money for lost wages. For these answers and more, read my firm’s Virginian car accident FAQs. 

Here’s a Google Map showing the location of the traffic accident:

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Nissan Recalls Thousands Of Vehicles Due To Brake Defect

By Kevin DuffanVirginia (VA) Injury Attorney

What Happened:

Nissan says it is recalling 2013 Nissan Pathfinders and Infiniti JX SUVs after problems with the braking system were uncovered. The issue is a defective brake part that can fail under certain circumstances and make it hard to stop the car.

The NHTSA released a statement on the recall, saying it would affect some 20,000 vehicles. The cars that are in the recall were all made in late 2012 and early 2013 at the Smyrna, TN Nissan plant.

Nissan has said that the issue is with the front brake torque member, which was improperly cast. That error has resulted in structural weakness that can lead to premature failure. When failure occurs, the brake caliper can move around and touch the inside of the road wheel which reduces the ability of the driver to properly stop the car, thus greatly increasing the risk of a crash.

Nissan said it launched the initial investigation into the matter after a report was brought to its attention in March that the issue had resulted in a brake failure and accident.

Nissan will notify owners of the vehicles if they need to bring their vehicles in for an inspection and possible part replacement. If you have any specific questions, you can contact Nissan directly at 1-800-647-7261.

The Virginia Injury Attorney’s Perspective:

Though it’s always good to see a company take the step of warning consumers about possible dangers associated with its products, the recall by Nissan raises some serious questions about why the improperly assembled vehicles were allowed to be sold in the first place.

Attorneys with my Virginia (VA) personal injury law firm have helped victims of dangerous and defective products recover damages from companies whose negligence or disregard for consumer safety led to injuries. In one case, my firm represented a man who was injured as a result of a defect in a custom ski boat he had recently purchased. We were able to secure a settlement for the man to help compensate him for not only his medical expenses, but for the pain and suffering he endured as a result of the manufacturer’s negligent design.

Potentially Helpful Info:

Defective and dangerous products come in all shapes and sizes, from cars to cribs and everything in between. If you or a family member has been injured, sickened or killed by an unsafe product, you can begin to learn about your legal rights and options by reading this article. 

Have Questions? Check out our FAQs 

For those who have been injured by a dangerous or defective product, there are likely many questions that need to be answered. Our firm has a library of attorneys’ answers to frequently asked questions regarding recalled products which can help provide some much needed background information on what is a very complicated subject.

Here’s a video of our attorney, Kevin Duffan, discussing what to do after suffering an injury:

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About the Editors: Virginia personal injury lawyers with the Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro law firm only handle injury and accident law cases. We have experience handling car, truck, motorcycle, van and SUV accident claims, and our case results speak for themselves. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, but we often represent clients in Portsmouth, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, Richmond and throughout the Commonwealth.

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3.4 Million Vehicles Recalled Due To Worries Over Airbag Shrapnel

By Randy AppletonVirginia (VA) Injury Attorney

What Happened:

A major recall was announced earlier this week that affects more than 3.4 million older model vehicles across a variety of brands. The recalls impact six carmakers, including Toyota, Honda and Nissan. The vehicles are being recalled after reports surfaced that defective airbags can send shrapnel flying into the passenger compartment of the vehicle, potentially injuring occupants of the car.

The recall impacts cars sold mainly by Japanese carmakers, though a small number of vehicles made by BMW and GM are also included. The airbags all contained parts from the same parts supplier, Japanese firm Takata Corporation. The automakers will be checking for airbags that have faulty inflator mechanisms that do not properly route compressed gas into the airbags. Instead of inflating the airbag, the faulty devices use gas to spray the interior compartment of the vehicle with plastic and metal parts. Takata announced the major recall after six reported incidents of airbags improperly deploying were brought to light.

The recall comes as unwelcome news for all the automakers, but especially Toyota which has been working to overcome a reputation for defects that began after the sudden acceleration problems surfaced several years ago. Since October of 2012, Toyota has issued four major recalls, each involving more than a million vehicles.

The latest recall involves a total of 1.7 million Toyota vehicles worldwide, including nearly 600,000 in North America. The models include the Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia, Tundra and Lexus SC 430 sports car, all made between 2001 and 2003. Honda has 1.1 million affected vehicles, including 680,000 in North America. Models include the Civic, CR-V and Odyssey minivan. Nissan is recalling 265,000 vehicles in the U.S., including the Maxima, Pathfinder and Sentra as well as several Infiniti models. Mazda, GM and BMW also announced recalls, though in much smaller numbers.

The Virginia Injury Attorney’s Perspective:

As we wrote about last month, airbag troubles are frequent causes for automotive recalls. The issue is not whether airbags save lives, a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that in one year airbags typically save upwards of 2,700 lives. The problem, in the case of many of these recalls, and in the recent Takata trouble, is making sure the airbags will inflate when they’re supposed to and that they do not inflate when they aren’t.

Attorneys with our Virginia (VA) personal injury law firm have helped several victims of dangerous and defective products recover damages from companies whose negligence or disregard for consumer safety led to injuries. Contact us if this or any other recalled product has jeopardized your safety.

Potentially Helpful Info: 

Defective and dangerous products come in all shapes and sizes, from cars to cribs and everything in between. If you or a family member has been injured, sickened or killed by an unsafe product, you can begin to learn about your legal rights and options by reading this article.

Have Questions? Check out our FAQs 

For those who have been injured by a dangerous or defective product, there are likely many questions that need to be answered. Our firm has a library of attorneys’ answers to frequently asked questions regarding recalled products which can help provide some much needed background information on what is a very complicated subject.

Here’s a video with a client expressing his thanks over Randy Appleton’s assistance with his case:

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About the Editors: Virginia personal injury lawyers with the Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro law firm only handle injury and accident law cases. We have experience handling car, truck, motorcycle, van and SUV accident claims, and our case results speak for themselves. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, but we often represent clients in Portsmouth, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, Richmond and throughout the Commonwealth.

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Nissan Announces Airbag-Related Recall

By Kevin DuffanVA Injury Attorney

Trouble was discovered with an airbag sensor in the passenger side of five different 2013 Nissan models which led the NHTSA to announce an impending recall to avoid harm caused by un-deployed airbags. To learn more, read the full story here…

Airbag Trouble Responsible For Yet Another Major Auto Recall, This Time From Nissan

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About the Editors: Virginia personal injury lawyers with the Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro law firm only handle injury and accident law cases. We have experience handling car, truck, motorcycle, van and SUV accident claims, and our case results speak for themselves. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, but we often represent clients in Portsmouth, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, Richmond and throughout the Commonwealth.

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Wreck in Chesterfield County Results in Serious Injury

By Mark Favaloro, Virginia Injury Lawyer

The driver of a Nissan Altima suffered life-threatening injuries in an accident that occurred in Chesterfield County, VA. The driver of the Nissan was making a left hand turn when his vehicle was hit by a large truck carrying dirt. To learn more, read the story here…

Driver Suffers Serious Injury in Chesterfield County Accident

About the Editors: Virginia personal injury lawyers with the Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton law firm only handle injury and accident law cases. We have experience handling car, truck, motorcycle, van and SUV accident claims, and our case results speak for themselves. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. They, along with fellow attorney Randy Appleton, have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, but we often represent clients in Portsmouth, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, Richmond and throughout the Commonwealth.

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