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Gerry McGill

Has Toyota fixed the sudden acceleration problem? I doubt it has.

It seems everyone knows about the fiasco going on with Toyota cars right now. Several models of Toyota vehicles have a serious design flaw in which the car will spontaneously start accelerating to…

Gerry McGill

Driving and cell phone use multiplies dangers of driving

It’s almost impossible to drive anywhere these days without seeing someone texting or driving behind the wheel. In fact, one poll by Nationwide Insurance says that 81% of people admit to talking on…

Gerry McGill

NHTSA fears angering Congress; Hides study on cell phones and driving.

Everyone knows that drinking and driving is bad. We are bombarded on a daily basis with public service announcements to that effect. Our children take drivers education classes in which they watch…

Gerry McGill

Mississippi is second worst state for percentage of uninsured motorists

A study by an independent property-casualty insurance research group says that the five states with the highest percentage of uninsured motorists were New Mexico (29%), Mississippi (28%), Alabama…

Kay Whitson

Attorney Fees in Injury and Death Cases

Virtually all attorneys who handle injury and death cases handle them on a contingent fee basis. Most attorneys charge 33 1/3% if a case is settled before litigation and 40% if litigation is…

Gerry McGill

Millions of Ford Vehicles Recalled

The Federal Government on Thursday warned owners of about 4.6 million recalled Ford vehicles to bring their cars and trucks immediately to dealerships to disconnect cruise control switch systems that have been linked to engine fires. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that about 9.6 million Ford vehicles have been recalled since 1999, but only 5 million have been…

Gerry McGill

16-Year-Old Drivers Have Worse Crash Rate

A 2001 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 16-year-old drivers have a crash rate three times higher than that of 17-year-olds, five times greater than 18-year-olds, and almost 10 times greater than drivers aged 30 to 59.Sixteen states and the District of Columbia ban the use of wireless communication devices for some teenage drivers, particularly those 16 and…

Gerry McGill

California Bans Cell Phone Use By 16- and 17-Year-Old Drivers

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California signed a law on Thursday which bars the use of cell phones by drivers under 18. The law will take effect July 1, 2008. California joins 15 states and the District of Columbia in banning the use of wireless communication devices for teenage drivers. Nearly a dozen other states are considering similar action, according to the American Automobile…

Gerry McGill

Mississippi Is Worst State for Uninsured Drivers

A national study released by the Insurance Research Council, a nonprofit study group funded by insurance providers, released a study showing that 26 percent of Mississippi drivers lacked insurance between 1999 and 2004. Alabama and California were tied for the second-highest percentage of uninsured drivers in the 50 states. Twenty-five percent of drivers from those states were uninsured.”Even…

Gerry McGill

Auto Safety Doesn't Come In Small Packages

With high gas prices and even higher prices projected for the future, many drivers may be considering switching to mini-cars such as the Nissan Versa or the Mini Cooper. In recent crash tests measuring crash ratings for front, side and rear impact, tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris were the top-rated and the Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio were…