GM resorts to Facebook to seek out those affected by recall

Posted on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 3:16 pm    

General Motors Co. is using social media platform Facebook to send messages to people who have purchased their vehicles with defective ignition switches, the Daily Mail reported on October 7.

Chief executive officer Mary Barra wrote a personal letter to consumers to get their switches replaced as soon as possible. The letters have made it clear that the inability to repair or replace these faulty ignition switches can definitely lead to injury, or even worse, death. This move was made eight months after the first recall of the 2.36 million vehicles in January of this year.

Despite the recall letters and social media outreach, only around 1.16 million of the 2.36 million affected vehicles have been brought in to dealerships for repairs and/or replacements.

The personal injury attorneys at Hull & Zimmerman P.C., in Denver understand the serious injury that can result from a defective vehicle. If you have experienced an accident due to inherent dangers in the make or design of your vehicle, you may be eligible to pursue financial compensation to cover damages. Call our offices at (720) 377-9631 today to learn how we may advocate for you.

Tacomas recalled for suspension defect

Posted on Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 2:30 pm    

Toyota Motor Corp. has recently issued a recall of its Tacoma pickup model years 2005-2011 due to a defect in the truck’s suspension that could possibly cause a fuel tank leak or lead to break failure, The Washington Post reported on September 30.

The company said they have yet to hear of any accidents or injuries in relation to the problem, although the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has already received 24 complaints regarding this vehicle defect since 2011. Nearly 690,000 vehicles in the U.S. are affected, and the recall includes Tacoma trucks in every state.

The specifics of the recall have not yet been released.

When a product is released onto the market, it is expected that safety standards were upheld to the greatest degree during its creation. When accident and injury occurs, therefore, as a result of a vehicle defect, the manufacturer or designer should be held fully accountable for an expenses and suffering. Call the attorneys at Hull & Zimmerman P.C., today if you have experienced this, and learn how we may pursue the financial compensation you need for recovery.

Lawsuit elicited from fatal ski accident in 2013

Posted on Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 4:59 pm    

A civil lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 48-year-old Ardmore, Pennsylvania resident Natalie Egleston, who died while skiing last year in the Aspen Mountains in Colorado, according to a September 14 article on the Denver Post.

The lawsuit, which named New York dermatologist Dr. Virginia Chen as the defendant, and which was filed in Pitkin County the second week of September, alleged that Chen failed to check her speed, causing the skiing collision that killed Egleston. Allegedly, Chen was warned to slow down prior to the accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an accident due to the irresponsible actions of someone else, the attorneys at Hull & Zimmerman P.C., in Denver may be able to help you pursue financial restitution for any associated costs. To learn more about your legal options and how our experienced attorneys may advocate for you, call us at (720) 377-9631 today.

Driving under the influence of marijuana

Posted on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 4:11 pm    

With recreational marijuana legalization in two states, and efforts underway in a number more, experts are beginning to look more seriously at the effects marijuana has on driving.

Currently, the results are inconclusive, according to a report compiled by CBS Denver.

THC can cause slowed decision-making, decreased peripheral vision, and lesson the ability to multitask, all of which, of course, are important skills when safely operating a vehicle.

However, some studies show that, unlike individuals impaired by alcohol, marijuana users often know they are impaired and may compensate by driving slowly, providing extra following room, and avoiding risky maneuvers. Though, alcohol and THC seem to drastically increase impairment and negate the exaggerated caution prompted by marijuana use alone.

Some experts say that there is a two or three-fold increase in a likelihood of a car accident; some say there is no increased risk. Some experts say that new or occasional users pose a risk, while habitual users do not.

If you believe that marijuana or other substances affected another individual’s judgment which resulted in a car accident you were involved in, you may qualify for financial compensation to help recoup your losses. Talk about your legal needs with our attorneys of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. in Denver by calling our offices today at (303) 423-1770 or 1-866-385-3505.

Marijuana use linked to car accident fatalities in CO

Posted on Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 6:42 pm    

A study titled “The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact” revealed that the number of people who died in motor vehicular accidents wherein the driver tested positive for marijuana increased by 100 percent in a five year period, 7NEWS reported on August 19.

The report showed the jump between tests in 2007 that found 39 fatalities related to a driver who tested positive for marijuana and data from 2012 that showed 78 fatalities.

The report was commissioned by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program, a drug advocacy group that gives aid to federal and local law enforcement. However, the Executive Director of the Marijuana Industry Group Michael Elliot asserted that the study fails to distinguish whether or not the marijuana itself was the cause of the accident.

If you have experienced a car accident in Denver due to the reckless driving of someone else, the attorneys at Hull & Zimmerman P.C., may help you hold the responsible party financially accountable for your injuries. Call our offices at (720) 377-9631 today to learn more.

Tires bought new may be years old

Posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2014 at 2:47 pm    

Purchasing so-called new tires may not mean you have purchased newly-made tires, KJRH reported on July 13.

According to Frisco resident Marcia Simmons, her Mazda Miata’s new tires were bought from Meadow Creek Tire. The receipt indicated that the tires she bought were new, and this was her understanding. However, when she visited Discount Tire for a routine maintenance checkup in June, she was told that her tires were 11 to 12 years old.

In Colorado, a new way of describing tires seems vaguely deceptive. A ten-year-old tire could be called new if it has never been used. Although the manager of Meadow Creek Tire assured that the tires were in perfectly good condition, many car manufacturers do not recommend using tires after a certain number of years, even if they have not been used before. Regardless of how much they’ve been on the road, rubber is a material that ages and may become unsafe to drive on. Every tire is imprinted with a collection of numbers that match the year and week the tire was produced; it is important to check these number before purchasing “new” tires.

Motor vehicular accidents are one of the most common causes of fatalities in the United States. A defective automotive part, including worn out tires, are often a catalyst to an accident. Seek legal advice and representation from our attorneys at Hull & Zimmerman P.C., by calling (720) 377-9631 if you have been hurt in an accident through no fault of your own.

Colorado police force campaign focuses on night seatbelt use

Posted on Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 10:01 pm    

The annual Click It or Ticket nighttime seatbelt education and enforcement campaign in Colorado kicked off this week on Monday, July 21 and will continue through Sunday, July 27.

According to Colorado State Patrol chief, Colonel Scott Hernandez, driving under the influence cases increase and seatbelt use lessens at night, which he noted are unfortunately related in far too many accident cases.

Hernandez added that this awareness campaign serves to crack down on the dangerous practice of not wearing a seatbelt while driving and encourage motorists to avoid making this a habit.

According to a report titled “The Economic and Societal Impact of Motor Vehicle Crashes” by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the fatalities and physical injuries that arise from accidents involving drivers and passengers not wearing seatbelts in the state cost around $14 billion annually in medical care, lost wages, and other injury-related costs.

Being injured in a car accident can hurt an individual in physical, emotional, mental, and even financial ways. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, assistance may be available. Learn more by contacting the Denver car accident lawyers of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C., at (720) 377-9631 today.

GM recalls 8.2 million more vehicles for possible ignition switch defect

Posted on Monday, July 7th, 2014 at 1:49 pm    

General Motors recalled an additional 8.2 million vehicles over defective ignition switches, bringing the total number of its recalls this  year to 29 million vehicles, which decisively surpasses the 22 million vehicles recalled by all automakers in 2013, The Denver Post reported on June 30.

This latest recall consists mostly of older midsize cars, specifically seven vehicles that include the 1997 to 2005 Chevrolet Malibu, the 2004 to 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix, and the 2013 and 2014 Cadillac CTS.

There have been reports of eight injuries, seven crashes, and three fatalities concerning the seven recalled vehicles. In these accidents, the air bags in the vehicles didn’t deploy – a sign that the ignition switch was out of position when the crash happened. However, there are other reasons for airbag deployment failure, and the company could not find direct evidence that the ignition switch was at fault.

Our attorneys at Hull & Zimmerman P.C., in Denver are dedicated to helping clients who have become car accident victims due to the irresponsible actions of other people – whether a negligent driver or a careless manufacturer of automotive parts. Call us today at (720) 377-9631 to discuss your situation.

GM internal investigation yields 15 terminations, five suspensions

Posted on Monday, June 23rd, 2014 at 3:39 pm    

General Motors CEO Mary Barra said that 15 GM employees were fired and five others suspended over the company’s failure to inform the public about their cars’ defective ignition switches, resulting in the death of at least 12 people in the United States, CBS DFW reported on June 5.

Barra decried the actions of the employees involved and asserted her dedication to fix the internal issues that permitted this mistake to happen. The investigation that led to the company purge was conducted by U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas, who interviewed 230 personnel and conducted a review of 41 million documents. The report, aside from determining the limitations and faults of GM employees that led to the whole fiasco, also included recommendations to prevent future safety violations.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, GM was aware of the problems with their ignition switches as early as 2001. GM will launch a financial compensation scheme for victims of this defect and their families, Barra said.

Our attorneys at Hull & Zimmerman P.C. in Denver handle product liability cases that hold manufacturers of defective products accountable for their negligence. To learn more about your legal options, call our offices today at (720) 377-9631.

GM internal investigation nearly complete

Posted on Monday, June 23rd, 2014 at 3:29 pm    

In a press conference, General Motors CEO Mary Barra said that the company terminated the necessary employees, and the investigation into the fatal ignition switch problem, headed by U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas, is now officially closed, CBS DFW reported on June 10.

The entire review of the company is nearly finished, but most of the major changes have been made. GM fired 15 of its employees who were found to be negligent in their responsibilities in relation to the ignition switch safety issue. Due to what Barra refers to as a “unique series of mistakes,” this defect was left un-addressed for a decade.

Valukas was hired by GM to investigate this issue and other GM internal systems. To date, GM has recalled a grand total of 15.8 million vehicles in North America. Barra noted that GM’s culture is undergoing a significant change that should prevent lapses in safety standards in the future.

Manufacturers have the responsibility to maintain safe standards for products released into the market, and when a violation of this practice occurs, it is unacceptable. Our attorneys at Hull & Zimmerman P.C. in Denver handle product liability cases that hold manufacturers accountable for their negligent actions. Call our offices today at (720) 377-9631 to discuss your legal options.