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General Motors CEO admits fault and discusses dangerous product

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted August 19, 2016

It is rare that a large corporation, and especially its CEO, will admit liability and own up to mistakes. However, the CEO of General Motors recently did just that. North Carolina readers may be interested in learning about how the company did not appropriately identify an auto defect as a dangerous product. Now, the auto giant has admitted blame and is taking steps to protect consumers.

At the heart of the issue is a flawed ignition switch that has been linked to several deaths and injuries. If the impaired switches are accidentally bumped, it can result in the car losing power. When this happens, many safety systems within the vehicle are unable to function, such as air bags, power brakes and power steering. For reasons unknown and not explained, GM believed that the issues relating to this problem were actually a customer satisfaction problem and not a safety issue.

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Posted in: Products Liability

Delayed justice for family results in plea from drunk driver

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted August 4, 2016

Many families who have dealt with losing a loved one to a car accident never receive the justice they feel deserved after such a devastating loss. When a victim loses his or her life to a drunk driver, the criminal case can at times be continued for months and even years. A car accident that occurred two and a half years ago just resulted in a guilty plea, giving some peace to a North Carolina family.

On April 3, 2014, an accident occurred that took the life of a 22-year-old woman in Guilford County. According to a recent article, events began when a 46-year-old man ordered food from a Subway at around 9 p.m. After eating, the man strangely crept up and attacked a cardboard cutout in the restaurant. A call was placed to 911, and officers later confronted the patron in his SUV.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Jury awards $53 million in birth injury malpractice suit

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted July 28, 2016

Lawsuits involving well-known academic hospitals and brain-injured patients rarely result in a jury trial. Often, birth injury claims are settled via mediation, or in other more private ways, so as not to tarnish the reputation of a prestigious medical center. However, a recent verdict awarded millions in restitution to a mother and may give hope to readers in North Carolina who are facing similar circumstances.

In this case, a renowned medical institution was on trial because of the brain injury a boy endured during his birth. According to the lawsuit, the hospital was accused of 20 alleged missteps between the time that the boy’s mother arrived at the hospital and when she gave birth to her son. The mother came to the hospital when she was 40 weeks pregnant because she felt significantly less movement from her baby.

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Posted in: Birth Injuries

Self-driving cars could cause spate of dangerous product suits

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted July 7, 2016

With the increased successes of Google’s self-driving cars, more and more auto manufacturers are entering into the high-tech world of vehicles that can drive with less and less human intervention. While this is exciting new technology, debates have raged over whether this is a truly safe endeavor. With the recent death of a Tesla driver who was killed while his car was driving on Autopilot, many in North Carolina and around the country have joined in concern over what may be actually be a dangerous product.

In the first documented case of a fatality caused by a wreck while a car was in self-driving mode, a man who recently praised the technology perished. The car’s cameras were unable to distinguish between a brightly lit sky and the white side of a turning 18-wheeler. According to the driver of the semi, it appeared that the driver was watching a movie during the time of the crash, which was still playing after the man passed through the truck and crashed into a telephone pole just down the road. Tesla has since said that watching a movie on the touchscreen in the car is impossible.

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Posted in: Products Liability

Serious bike accident blamed on allegedly impaired driver

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted June 23, 2016

Most cities throughout America have begun to change their roadways to provide more space and safety for bicyclists. Because of this, more people are using bicycles as transportation than ever before. Unfortunately, bicyclists are easy for car drivers to miss, which can result in serious consequences when an accident happens. A recent hit-and-run bicycle accident in North Carolina resulted in grave injuries to the cyclist and charges for the impaired driver who hit her.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Takata’s dangerous product: When will the bleeding stop?

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted June 8, 2016

For several months, auto manufacturers have been recalling vehicles outfitted with defective Takata-made airbags. This dangerous product has caused multiple injuries and fatalities when deployed in certain conditions, and there is now a massive recall in effect. Those in North Carolina may be interested in the details behind this unfolding story.

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Posted in: Products Liability

Hit-and-run car accident fatal for North Carolina pedestrian

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted May 24, 2016

Accidents involving a vehicle and a pedestrian often result in catastrophic consequences. Unfortunately, it is very easy for drivers to miss seeing someone walking along the side of the road or in a crosswalk until it is too late, and this can be especially true when it is dark outside. A recent hit-and-run car accident that happened just before dawn claimed the life of a North Carolina man.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Fleeing North Carolina driver causes fatal motorcycle accident

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted May 12, 2016

More often than not, a high-speed police chase ends disastrously. Drivers who are trying to escape serious traffic tickets or DUI arrests do not consider other drivers on the road, as they are only focused on getting away. Unfortunately, a recent police chase in North Carolina resulted in a tragic fatal motorcycle accident.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Greenville holds event to stop teen distracted driving accidents

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted April 28, 2016

As school is about to end for summer break, it will usher in a busy time on America’s roads and highways. This will cause a substantial swell in the number of people on the roads, which will increase congestion throughout the country. It is also the time of the year that many states commence road construction projects, resulting in traffic shifts that may take some by surprise. With the additional traffic volume and changes to familiar roads, the danger of accidents due to distracted driving will increase.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

North Carolina drivers may be at risk from dangerous product

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted April 14, 2016

Cars on the road today have a host of devices that keep drivers safe in the event of an accident. Though many manufacturers are putting out vehicles with high-tech safety mechanisms such as early warning crash alerts and even some elements that actually stop a car automatically in the event of an impending wreck, the mainstay of vehicle safety devices for years has been airbags. However, a potentially fatal airbag flaw has actually turned this ultimate safety device into a dangerous product for drivers in North Carolina and around the country who drive vehicles with Takata airbags.

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Posted in: Products Liability

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