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Product Liability Actions to Face Tougher Road Due to New Legal Standard in Pennsylvania

At Reiff & Bily we are dedicated to fighting for those who are seriously injured due to the recklessness or carelessness of another person or company. Part of our commitment is expressed through informing Pennsylvanians of major changes to personal injury law in Pennsylvania that will affect their legal rights should they be seriously injured.…

Sleeping Commercial Tractor-Trailer Driver Slams Into Stopped Cars in Berks County Killing 2

A multi-car accident on a dangerous stretch of Route 222 in Berk’s County, Pennsylvania has resulted in numerous injuries and the death by commercial truck of two area-residents. The accident reportedly occurred when the commercial truck driver, fifty-year-old Steven Bernier, fell asleep behind the wheel. According to Berks County D.A., John T. Adams, Bernier was…

NHTSA Calls for Nationwide Takata Airbag Recall after New Incident

In yet the latest abrupt and sudden shift in regulatory approach and tactics, NHTSA is finally asking tough questions of Takata and auto manufacturers regarding its exploding airbag defect. Earlier this year regulators made similarly abrupt transitions from deferential treatment to a more stringent inquiry in the General Motors ignition switch recall and the unreported…

GM Extends Filing Deadline for Compensation Fund, but did it Hide Ignition Switch Defect for Months?

GM and its top executives have stated time and time again that they had no knowledge of the ignition switch defect at the top-levels of the company prior to alerting NHTSA of the defect in February 2014. Rather, they claim that all knowledge of the defect remained at lower levels of the company including at the…

How does NHTSA Assess the Safety of Child Car Seats & Restraints?

When a parent, grandparent or other caregiver purchase a child safety seat or a child restraint system for use in a car, truck or other vehicle, they expect to purchase a device that will keep their child safe and reduce the risk of serious injury or death. However, one can only make an informed choice…

Takata secret tests revealed deadly airbags in 2004; Company hid results

According to former Takata employees that agreed to speak with the New York Times on the condition of anonymity, following reports in 2004 of an exploding airbag that launched shrapnel at a driver in Arkansas, the airbag manufacturer began secret testing. The clandestine testing was performed after-hours, on weekends and on holidays during the summer of…

Understanding How NHTSA Rates Child Car Seats & Restraints for Ease of Use

At the direction of Congress, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was charged with establishing a child car safety seat and restraint ease of use (EOU) rating system. As of section 14(g) of the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation (TREAD) Act requires, the rating system was to be designed so to, “provide practicable, readily understandable,…

Are we failing to identify 80-percent of football brain injuries?

Football leagues from the smallest Pop Warner division to the NFL have developed and implemented traumatic brain injury and concussion protocols to better identify and protect players who may have suffered a serious injury. The education, training and injury protocols that have been implemented are a good starting point to begin the conversation regarding traumatic…

Is Your Used Car, Truck or SUV a Recalled & Defective Safety Hazard?

When we purchase a vehicle, whether it is new or used, we expect to receive a car or truck that is free from dangerous defects and is roadworthy. Unfortunately it seems that in the arena of used vehicles sales the old maxim caveat emptor, or buyer beware, applies in ways which the average consumer would…

Surveillance Videos are used to Impeach Personal Injury Plaintiffs in Pennsylvania

It is perhaps something of a television trope: an individual suffers a catastrophic and debilitating injury following an accident or incident. The defendant or the defendant’s lawyer does not believe the that the injury exists or that its extent has been exaggerated by the plaintiff. The defendant or his or her counsel then hires and dispatches a…

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