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January 2017 Archives

Auto defects and product liability lawsuits

Kentucky residents may be aware that millions of vehicles have been recalled in recent years because of safety issues ranging from locking ignition switches to exploding airbags. The accidents and litigation that prompts these recalls can damage corporate reputations and erode hard-won market shares. In addition, product liability lawsuits can also be difficult for manufacturers to win. This is because of the doctrine of strict liability, which means that plaintiffs are not required to demonstrate that defendants acted negligently or recklessly.

Trucking carriers ask to be allowed to use drug hair tests

Kentucky motorists might be interested in learning that multiple large trucking carriers have petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to allow them to perform hair tests to check for drug use in truck drivers. Currently, the federal government requires urine testing.

Defective machinery and power tool lawsuits in Kentucky

Most Kentucky residents pursue product liability lawsuits because they have been injured by a defective consumer product, but this kind of litigation may also be initiated after workers have suffered injuries caused by heavy equipment or machinery installed at their workplaces or unsafe power tools provided by their employers. However, these cases can be complex and difficult to litigate, and you may wish to choose an attorney with several decades of experience in this area if you are thinking of taking this path.

Cellphones and distracted driving accidents

The rise in the number of distracted driving accidents in Kentucky and across the country has law enforcement agencies and road safety advocates alarmed. Efforts to warn Americans about the dangers of using electronic devices while behind the wheel have failed to make much of an impression, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has asked cellphone makers to include features that restrict what drivers are able to do with their devices.

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