Toyota to recall millions of vehicles due to safety issues

Toyota is voluntarily recalling almost 6.4 million vehicles worldwide, 1.8 million of which are from the U.S., after finding out about seat and steering wheel problems.

A document issued by the Japanese car manufacturer to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that some of the recalled models have a defective seat adjustment railing that might fail to lock front seats. Other defects include a steering wheel that might cause the airbag system to malfunction.

This recall was issued after the Justice Department awarded Toyota a penalty of $1.2 billion over acceleration issues.

A defective product, such as an ill-designed car, may cause damages that could adversely affect your health, your finances, and your life. If you have been a victim of such product in Connecticut, let a lawyer from the Law Offices of Paul Levin to help you determine if your’e eligible to file a claim against the manufacturer. Call us at (860) 560-7226 to learn more about your options.

Man charged with DUI and other offenses

car accidentA 25-year-old man from New Britain was charged with multiple offenses after his car hit a police cruiser at an intersection in Middletown on Sunday, March 16.

At around 1 a.m., Middletown Officer Patrick Keily was driving near the intersection of Washington and High Streets when a car driven by Christopher Griffiths hit the rear of his police cruiser. Keily was rushed to Middlesex Hospital for non-serious injuries. Griffiths’ 24-year-old passenger Rudy Lockhart, however, was rushed to Middlesex Hospital for minor injuries.

Griffiths, who did not sustain any injury, was charged with DUI, driving with a suspended license, and driving too fast. Meanwhile, his passenger was found in possession of less than four ounces of marijuana and was charged.

Far too many injuries and deaths have been the result of driving under the influence of dangerous drugs and/or alcohol. If you are one of those who has suffered from such recklessness in Connecticut, seek the legal guidance of an attorney from the Law Offices of Paul Levin. Call us now at (860) 560-7226 to learn more about filing a lawsuit after being involved in an accident.

Risk factors of distracted driving: A new study

car accident lawyerAn article published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that any tasks considered to be secondary to driving increase a driver’s chance of being involved in either a car accident or near-accident. The risk factor was much greater for novice, or new, drivers than it was for those drivers with years of experience behind the wheel. Any behaviors that distracted a driver from the road and their driving was considered to be a secondary behavior.

The Naturalistic Teenage Driving Study(NTDS) studied the driving habits and consequences of distracted driving in novice drivers for a period of two years, while the 100-Car Naturalistic Driving Study studied the same habits and effects of more experienced drivers for a period of one year. The findings of the two studies showed that all drivers are more at risk of being involved in an accident if they are using their cell phone, whether to make a phone call or text. However, the risk was higher for young/new drivers.

If you have been involved in an accident caused by a distracted driver in Connecticut, you may be owed compensation for any harm you have endured. Speak with our legal team at the Law Offices of Paul Levin today about your legal options and how we can help by calling 860.560.7226.

Thanksgiving night car crash leaves one woman dead

A two-car crash in Hartford left one woman dead Thanksgiving night, Connecticut state police reported.

41-year-old Mary White was driving her car on I-84 close to exit 48 in Hartford at around 11:30 p.m. when her car crashed with another vehicle, causing it to go over a concrete median before ending up on Capital Avenue ramp to I-84 West.

Meanwhile, the 31-year-old driver of the other car, Cherri Brooks, and her three children all sustained non-serious injuries.

Our attorneys from the Law Offices of Paul Levin extend their heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones affected by this tragic loss.

I-91 car crash leaves one man dead

The driver of a Jeep Grand Cherokee died after his car caught fire near the Connecticut state lane of Interstate 91 at 5:51 p.m. on Sunday, November 10.

An initial investigation conducted by the Massachusetts State Police revealed the driver swerved into an adjacent lane to avoid hitting couch cushions lying in the road. His car then hit a tractor trailer truck, causing his car to catch on fire after the collision.

The accident is currently under investigation as the State Police seek information about the trailer truck.

Our lawyers from the Law Offices of Paul Levin send their sincerest condolences to those affected by this loss.

Car crashes into building, driver charged with DUI

Drunk DrivingA 21-year-old woman from Madison was charged with driving under the influence after crashing into two businesses in West Hartford Center in the early morning of October 20, according to the police.

Samantha Taschner, who was allegedly drunk while driving a white Volvo when the accident happened, was charged with two counts of failure to drive right and driving under the influence after her car struck the front of Radio Shack and Harry’s Pizza on South Main Street at 3:08 a.m. Taschner’s car then hit a small tree and a sign before coming to a stop.

Taschner was released on a $500 bond.

Although no one was reportedly injured in this drunk driving accident, such incidents all too often cause serious harm to innocent people. If you or someone you know has suffered from the reckless actions of a drunk driver in Connecticut, our lawyers from the Law Offices of Paul Levin might be able to help you seek compensation for the medical expenses and lost wages you have incurred. Call us at 860.560.7226 for a free consultation today.

Car crashes into utility pole, 1 dead

A West Haven High School graduate died on Monday, September 23 after his car crashed into a utility pole, police said.

18-year old A.J. Cedillo died at Yale-New Haven Hospital due to serious, life-threatening injuries he sustained in the crash. His passengers, three teenage girls, are alive but were also severely injured. One has been already released, while the other two “have a long road to recovery,” according to the police.

The accident occurred along westbound Indian River Road on the afternoon of Friday, September 20 around 4 p.m. Cedillo lost control of his black Subaru sedan and swerved off the road.

According to witnesses, they heard a loud screeching, then a large bang around a corner of 85 Indian Road.

The primary cause of the accident is still under investigation by the authorities.

Jaguar to recall 2,929 cars in United States

autonomous carsAutomaker giant Jaguar recently recalled two of its models in the U.S. for possible stalling issues and a defective power window that may injure occupants, according to a report published on Thursday, August 15.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the first recall affects 940 XF 2-liter GTDi 2013 models, which may stall or loss braking and power steeling assistance if the hose clamp of the charge air cooler is detached. The second recall affects 1,989 XK 2011-2014 model convertibles with a defective switch that may activate the power window and injure its occupants when controlling the roof. NHTSA said Jaguar will address the issues by either repairing or replacing the concerned parts of the recalled vehicles, beginning on September 27.

Unfortunately, defective vehicles can lead to serious accidents, harming innocent people in Connecticut. If this has happened to you, talk with a lawyer from the Law Offices of Paul Levin by calling 860.560.7226.

3 injured in Bloomfield multiple vehicle accident

At least three persons were injured in a two-vehicle accident that occurred in Bloomfield on Sunday morning, July 28.car accident

Bloomfield police responded to a two-car accident at 1266 Blue Hills Avenue around 3 a.m. Authorities found 19-year-old Jamar Johnson unconscious and suffering from several broken bones due to the accident. Police also found Chazz Gaither-Lewis, 19, severely injured as a result of the accident. A woman identified as 50-year-old Edith Mackenzie also reportedly complained of minor injuries from the crash. The three persons were brought to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Unfortunately, many people are injured in car accidents caused by the reckless actions all too often. If you have been involved in such an accident in Connecticut, a lawyer from the Law Offices of Paul Levin may be able to help you get compensation from the person who caused the accident. Call 860.560.7226 today to find out how we can help you.

Connecticut Cracks Down on Distracted Drivers

car accident lawyerNew laws have been passed in Connecticut in order to get tougher on distracted drivers. One law will raise fines and change distracted driving citations to a moving violation. The offense will now appear on your driving record, making it available to car insurance companies when they’re calculating the rates for your policy. The fines are a one-time fee, but it’s the insurance company’s ability to raise your rates that is designed to hurt your wallet and really discourage distracted driving. The second law makes it illegal for motorists to use their cell phones behind the wheel, including when they’re stopped at a light or in traffic. Both laws will go into effect on October 1st.

Cell phone usage is not the only distraction that can impair the ability to drive safely. Grooming, adjusting the radio, using a navigation system, and eating or drinking are also distractions that can endanger people on or near the road. Distracted driving is becoming an increasingly serious issue, especially considering that 387,000 people were injured and 3,331 people were killed in car accidents involving a distracted driver in 2011. The new laws were signed in the hopes of seeing a decrease in those numbers.

At the Law Offices of Paul Levin, we understand the dangers of distracted driving and the devastation it can cause. If you or someone you love was injured in an accident involving a distracted driver, contact us at 860-560-7226 to learn more about what we can do for you.