Kia announced a recall of over 377,000 of its popular Sorento SUV because the transmission can be shifted out of park when the vehicle isn’t running and the driver’s foot isn’t on the brake. This can result in the SUV rolling away unexpectedly and causing a crash.
The recall covers Sorentos from the 2011 through 2013 model years. Kia announced the recall in conjunction with documents posted with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”).
According to a report by NBC 4 – New York, Kia began investigating the trouble in August when it got a letter from a lawyer saying that a child moved a Sorento shift lever out of park and the SUV rolled in a parking lot. The child’s father stood in front of the SUV and was joined by his son. The son got between the Sorento and a stopped vehicle and suffered a broken leg, according to the documents.
The notice letter referenced in the NHTSA filings was sent by Phillips Garcia Law. Phillips Garcia Law is in the process of gathering information about any other incidents involving personal injuries or property damage caused by a defective Kia Sorento. Send emails to our attorneys if you have information pertaining to the defect.
True or False: Do Massachusetts pedestrians ALWAYS have the right of way?
Dartmouth, Massachusetts personal injury attorney, Andrew Garcia, debunks a common misconception about pedestrian rights in the roadways.
The Rules of the Road for Pedestrians
When there is a crosswalk controlling an intersection, pedestrians who are within the
Auditi Guha (@AuditiG_SCT) of SouthCoastToday.com “tweeted” and reported that two women were injured after a car hit a pedestrian and crashed into a tree on Russells Mills Road outside Dartmouth High School on Tuesday evening. According to Guha, police confirmed that the driver of a black Toyota struck an older woman who was walking along Russells Mills Road. The driver then crashed into a tree on the side of the road while traveling towards Bakerville Road. Both women were taken to the hospital.
Many Massachusetts retail stores are open on the 4th of July. It’s great for shoppers, but it’s not always great for retail employees because some employers don’t pay their workers something called “Holiday Premium Pay.” If you’re working on July 4th, you may be entitled to time-and-a-half wages.
I’m Working on July 4th. Does my Massachusetts Employer Have to Pay Me Time-and-a-Half?
In most cases the answer is yes.
Massachusetts recognizes certain holidays, including Independence Day, as a legal holiday. Generally if a retailer has a total of 7 or more employees on its payroll, then any “non-exempt” worker who works on the Fourth of July must be paid time-and-a-half.
The 26 year old plaintiff claimed in the lawsuit that the owner of an apartment building where the plaintiff sometimes resided asked him to paint portions of an exterior stairway. The landlord gave him the paint and a ladder and when the plaintiff began painting, the ladder slipped and he fell 30 feet down on to the parking lot.
In the fall the man fractured his heels, his lower back and his right wrist. He was in the hospital for 5 days, had three surgeries and was left with hardware in both his heels and his wrist. His medical bills were over $110,000.
A new report released by the American Automobile Association revealed that 58% of teen car accidents involved distracted driving. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reviewed about 1,700 crash videos to arrive at its startling results.
The most revealing aspect of the statistic is that it is four times greater than estimates based on police reports according to the Foundation.
The causes of “distracted driving,” however, went beyond just “texting and driving.” The AAA analysis blamed a half-dozen types of distraction that caused teen crashes. These included:
- interacting with other passengers – 15% of crashes
- cellphone use – 12% percent
- looking at something inside the car
- looking at something outside other than the road ahead
- singing or moving to music
- grooming and reaching for something
College Students at Risk of Paying Illegal Application Fees
Massachusetts Landlords Cannot Orally Evict Tenants. There are Specific Rules that Must Be Followed to Evict a Tenant
Alleged Drunk Driver Involved in Road Rage Accident in Plymouth, Massachusetts May Have Caused Similar Accident in Marion
A Woods Hole, Massachusetts was charged by Plymouth Police on Saturday with driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to yield after crashing into a car on Red Brook Road and Packard Street according to a report in the “Wicked Local Plymouth.” A Police Captain said that after crashing into the other car, the suspect allegedly staggered out of his vehicle and began yelling at the other driver.
Before police arrived, the suspect fled the scene. While the police were investigating the accident, they learned that the same driver and vehicle were involved in a car crash in Marion, Massachusetts after which he was charged with drunken driving.
In Massachusetts, driving under the influence is not only illegal, it can be very costly for a drunken driver who is also hurt. Read more about how an auto insurance company can refuse to pay medical bills for a driver who is caught driving drunk here.