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Motor vehicle manufacturers facing a lot of unwanted scrutiny

Recall after recall, congressional probes, widespread and unremittingly adverse media stories, litigation in state and federal courts -- all things considered, 2014 wasn't a particularly good year for automakers.

It certainly doesn't bode well for motor vehicle companies when a business and law professor in Michigan -- a state having a close and historic nexus with auto manufacturing activities -- says that, "People now come into the jury room really suspicious" of automakers in personal injury and product liability cases.


I was thrilled to read in the Daily News that car wash workers will finally benefit from the strength and solidarity offered by union membership.  We applaud these hard-working men and women for their courage in standing up to threats and pressure, and joining together to fight as one for decent working conditions. 

More than a century old: New York's Scaffold Safety Law

It is hardly surprising that New York is a state prominently pointed to as having a seminal and important law relating to workers' falls from heights.

Consider the urban environment of the late 19th century across the country, with cities from coast to coast consistently expanding.

Trucking groups opposed to FMCSA crash-indicator system

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a system for evaluating the safety of truck carrier groups and operators, and it has garnered less than ringing endorsements from voices within the industry.

In fact, observations noted by the FMCSA in a recent report related to its so-called Compliance, Safety, Accountability system have drawn a withering response from trucking organizations who state that the federal regulator is off base in its thinking and evaluative process.

Topic of continuing concern: air bag safety

Motor vehicle manufacturing has been prominently marked in recent years by successive, next-stage technological developments aimed at curbing passenger car and truck accidents and improving personal injury outcomes in crashes that do occur.

Of course, air bag enhancements are central to that goal, although many New Yorkers and millions of other Americans must be wondering these days just what the heck is going on with air bag glitches that are reportedly occurring in high numbers.

Impending storm: Will it come as advertised by forecasters?

Well, there’s really nothing else to talk about today in New York City or elsewhere in the state other than the weather for denizens who are gazing skyward and wondering what tomorrow is going to look like.

And, let’s face it, virtually everyone is looking skyward.

It would hard to avoid doing so for any of our readers within a radius of several hundred miles, given the constant -- and ever-loudening -- media crescendo accompanying the nearing storm that is being reported as “historic” by the National Weather Service.

Yes, New Yorkers are well accustomed to adverse weather, but what is being predicted is truly outsized and a virtual freak of nature.

Considering retirement and worried about SS benefits?

When you begin planning for retirement, be sure to consider whether to claim benefits before normal retirement age. If you retire early, at age 62, you will receive less than the full retirement benefit that you get if you wait till your normal retirement age to apply. When would that be? It depends on your date of birth. Check with Social Security Administration on the amount of benefits payable for you whether it is for early, or normal retirement. You may decide it is better to wait.

Drunk driving oversight, enforcement: How is New York doing?

Any discussion of drunk driving in New York can commence with this reasoned premise: There are a lot of drunk drivers on state roadways.

Empirical evidence -- primarily DWI arrests and convictions, along with crash-related findings that point to the actions of an inebriated motorist -- supports that assertion. So, too, does simple extrapolation: It flatly stands to reason that New York has a comparatively high number of motorists who occasionally drive while under the influence of alcohol; after all, the state commands one of the largest populations in the country.

How are state enforcement officials doing in their efforts to combat drunk driving in New York? Are there measurable yardsticks for gauging performance and, if so, how does New York stack up compared with other states across the country?

When everything goes wrong on a slippery national roadway

Many of our New York readers might be interested to note the details of the below-described accident because, although it didn't happen in the state, it certainly could have.

Any chain-collision motor vehicle accident precipitated by dangerous wintry conditions that involves scores of cars and trucks and also, sadly, yields a death and many injuries, is of instant relevance in cold-weather states like New York.

What happened last Friday morning on a portion of Interstate 94 in Michigan is a cautionary tale for drivers everywhere who must toil with the capricious and rapidly changing weather conditions that centrally play out during the winter driving season.

Sobriety checkpoints seek to deter DWI crashes in New York

It is, tragically, a routine occurrence for a deadly vehicle accident to feature prominently as a media story in New York City and elsewhere across the state.

A number of factors exist to make that so. As a state, New York has a comparatively high population. Moreover, many of its urban environs are particularly dense and complicated. Any New York City resident can attest to the fact that driving around the city can occasionally be a bit confusing and tension-ridden.

Crosswalks, bridges, intersections, motorcycles, buses, commercial trucks, students, delivery vans … all these and more can be ready catalysts for accidents and resulting injuries.