Posts from March 2012.

Most everyone has heard about the "little black box" onboard airplanes and searched for at the scene of aviation accidents. They need to be found as they hold important data just prior to the time of the crash, and that data can help federal officials determine the cause of the crash.

What many people may not know is that commercial vehicles also have little black boxes on board. And they, likewise, can provide vital clues in determining fault in catastrophic truck accidents.

Event Data Recorders on ...

Defective home appliances are a real danger to life and property. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, an independent federal regulatory agency, major appliances caused some 150,000 residential fires each year from 2006 through 2008, which resulted in 150 deaths and $547 million in property damage.

Consumer Reports did its own study into home appliance fires. Reviewing federal fire data from 2002 through 2009 in single and multi-family homes, it found that half of reported ...

Under Missouri law, the driver of a motor vehicle on the public roads is charged with using the "highest degree of care" at all times. This means the degree of caution that a VERY careful and prudent driver would use under the circumstances.

Missouri Standard for Driver Highest Degree of Care

This standard applies to all aspects of driver conduct including:

• speed

• keeping a careful lookout for danger in all directions

• having the preparedness to slow, stop or swerve upon the first appearance of ...

Helicopter accidents occur more frequently than most type of aviation accident. Flying a helicopter, whether for private, commercial or military purposes, has its own unique challenges, including the fact that helicopters tend to fly close to the ground and in congested areas that offer a range of obstacles, both man-made and natural.

Most helicopter accidents are caused by one of three factors:

  • Pilot error
  • Mechanical malfunction
  • Electrical malfunction

In 2005, the International Helicopter ...

The February edition of SmartMoney magazine included an eye-opening article about fine print and U.S. consumers entitled "Attack of the 6.5-point Typeface." The article raises a lot of interesting points from the growing length of consumer contracts, agreements, warnings and disclaimers. Among the important takeaways from the article:

  • A lot of consumer documents are intentionally designed to mislead or hide important information;
  • Many consumers do not fully read these materials when ...

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