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When self-driving cars cause accidents, who is liable?

If one is to believe the media, self-driving cars aren't a matter of if; they are a matter of when. In recent years, domestic and foreign automakers, transportation companies like Uber and Lyft, and even technology companies like Google have invested many millions in self-driving technology. While self-driving technology seems inevitable to many, there are still many questions on how self-driving vehicles would fit into American roads and highways.

The Safety Concern of Self-Driving Cars

Driverless or self-driving cars just received the green light from federal auto safety regulators. A recent New York Times article titled: "Self-Driving Cars Gain Powerful Ally: The Government" sheds positive light on driver-less cars and the government regulation that favors the booming automated vehicles industry. There could be real public safety concerns to be addressed, however, especially given recent crashes of semi-autonomous cars.

Drugs and Driving: A Dangerous Combination

The dangers of driving under the influence of illegal and prescription drugs are well known. Despite these risks, millions of Americans still drive while under the influence of drugs. According to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2013, almost 10 million Americans admitted to driving under the influence of illegal drugs.

Are Written Estimates Required on Your Vehicle Before Body Shop Starts Repairs?

Question: Am I entitled to a written estimate before a body shop can start repairs on my car? Answer: You're entitled to a written estimate for any repairs over $100. Two kinds of estimates are possible: parts and labor, plus or minus 10 percent; or a maximum price. The body shop must receive written approval of any repairs and a final written invoice when repairs are done. If you do not want a written estimate, you must decline it in writing. For more information about Illinois law, visit www.illinoislawyerfinder.com. If you have a legal question, send it to illinoislawcolumn@isba.org.

Takata Air Bag Recalls -- What that Means for You

Almost eight million cars have now been recalled because of the potentially deadly Takata air bag defects. Consumer Reports explains the problem with step-by-step actions you should take now. To view this important information on what cars are affected and other important Q and A's on this topic as well as the latest updates regarding the Takata air bag, click here: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/10/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-takata-air-bag-recall/index.htm Four fatalities and more than 100 injuries have been linked to these airbags.  It is worthwhile to be informed about what this means to you.

Safety Advocate Takes On Guardrail Industry

Industry insider and safety advocate Joshua Harman talks with Bloomberg's Patrick Lee about a design flaw that causes highway guardrails to become deadly spears on impact.  To view the video on dangerous guardrails, click here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/b/91f9f0f1-0eeb-4ea1-b0e9-454e04a95cd4 The ABC7 Investigative Team headed by reporter Chuck Goudie reported on Channel 7 in Chicago yesterday about a device that is supposed to protect drivers who hit guardrails head-on, but it may not work.  To view his investigative story, click here: http://abc7chicago.com/news/trinity-et-plus-guardrail-passes-8-crash-tests/557322/

General Motors Settles Initial Case on Faulty Car Ignition Switches

As General Motors reportedly settled the first case that brought the world's attention to the problem of its car ignition switches, yet another case reportedly has been filed that is linked to this problem. GM Ignition Switch Linked to Another Death Jessica Taylor was driving home for Labor Day when her car left the road and flipped several times. Evidence surfaced last year that her car to the GM ignition switch failure that has already claimed 13 lives.   View video here: http://wreg.com/2014/12/18/mississippi-teens-fatal-crash-connected-to-gm-recall/#ooid=B5czNkcjo5suoCcyAJOOv-RvHc7W-T_o In the meantime, it has been reported that GM settled the case of a 29-year-old Georgia pediatric nurse who was killed due to the faulty ignition switches.   Terms of the settlement were not revealed. Kenneth Feinberg has been hired by GM to settle hundreds of cases that have been filed linked to this issue, according to ABC News. http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/lawsuit-showed-gm-hid-ignition-switch-problem-settled-29615018 The ABC story reveals that GM has set aside $400 million in potential payouts to these victims and may have to pay as much as $600 million.

Some Interesting Numbers on Auto Recalls and Driving Safety

$175 Million A federal jury awarded $175 million to a whistle-blower who questioned the safety of thousands of Trinity guardrail end caps that may be impaling cars instead of slowing them down safely.
10 Makers Ten different automakers were listed in an October 2014 recall notice to replace defective Takata air bags, which have claimed five lives so far. A second urgent recall was also issued in January 2015.
60 Million More than 60 million vehicles were recalled in the United States last year, double the previous record in 2004. GM, Honda and Chrysler each set corporate recall records.

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