General Motors Switching to a Safer Future

The long road to a settlement

The General Motors defect lawsuit, which was initiated four years ago, is reaching an inevitable settlement with the assistance of the General Unsecured Creditors Trust. The independent trust is handling the company’s bankruptcy, filed in 2009, and is now facilitating the settlement with GM customers. The automotive company exhibited deceptive tactics to hide flaws in the ignition switch and side airbags. There was a direct correlation between the defects and the many claims of car crashes and deaths. Currently, the parties involved in the lawsuit are calculating a resolution. Read more

Sudden Acceleration Lawsuits Show No Sign of Stopping

Tesla S, by Pixaby user Al Abut, licensed by Creative Commons.

Life in the fast lane

The Tesla Model X, a product of Tesla Motors, is made for speed. The luxury SUV reaches 155MPH and hits 60MPH in 2.9 seconds. Tesla calls it the safest, fastest, and most capable SUV on the global market. But some owners cry foul, saying that once the car starts, it doesn’t stop. Read More

Blind Woman Struck by Car Receives $200,000 Settlement

The statue of Frank Morris and his Seeing Eye dog in Morristown, NJ, by Flickr user "Dougtone", licensed by Creative Commons
The statue is kind of creepy, though.

The Star-Ledger reports today that a settlement has been reached for the blind Morristown, NJ woman who was hit by a car two years ago.  Chistina Brino was walking her seeing eye dog when she was hit by a Morris county employee driving a county-issued car.  The employee, a former assistant prosecutor, made a right hand turn outside of the county courthouse, of all places, when he struck Brino, fracturing her kneecap and dislocating her knee.  The dog was uninjured.

This news hits close to home for lawyer.com, which is located in Morris County.  The Seeing Eye, the oldest guide dog training center in the world, is headquartered in Morristown, and their dogs come primarily from a breeding center in nearby Chester.  It’s not uncommon to encounter the young dogs in training around Morristown.  Being a small city, the dogs learn all they need about crossing streets and the danger of traffic.  In fact, there’s a statue of a Seeing Eye dog and trainer in the middle of the main thoroughfare.  So, a 20-year county prosecutor must have been aware of the abundance of training dogs in the city, which makes this accident all the more unfortunate.