December 17, 2009

Harley-Davidson Recalling 111,000 Motorcycles

As a truch and car accident attorney in Chicago, I always urge people to keep track of recalls and act quickly if they own an affected product.

Christopher Jensen reports, “Harley-Davidson is recalling almost 111,600 motorcycles because the fuel tanks could leak following a severe crash. The company told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it discovered the problem during its own crash testing, and it is not aware of any “fires, injuries or fatalities” related to the defect. The recall covers 2009–10 Touring, CVO and Trike motorcycles” (NYT, 12/11).

Subaru also announced a recall involving a concern about fire regarding a fuel leak in extremely cold temperatures in the 2002-3 models of the Impreza WRX.

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December 17, 2009

AAA Test of Older Drivers Goes Online

This week, The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, announced “that it was making its computer program that assesses the ability of older drivers available free online” (Tanya Mohn, NYT, 12/8).

The “Roadwise Review” program is “designed to help older drivers test their abilities through exercises that measure eight physical and mental areas that can predict crash risk, like memory, visual processing speed, leg strength, and head and neck flexibility.”

The program was originally released five years ago to be distributed throughout the AAA network, although no substantive changes have been made to the program, it is not free and accessible to all with an internet connection.

The beauty of the program is that it “allows users to check their driving skills at home,” which can be a non-threatening first step for families with elderly drivers who need to be reevaluated. As a automobile accident attorney, I encourage families with older drivers to try this program to ensure their loved ones are capable of driving safely. To try the program, go to www.seniordrivers.org.

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December 17, 2009

Hurley McKenna & Mertz client Mark Stephan inspires the world with his courage

Hurley McKenna & Mertz is proud to represent Mark Stephan who was injured when the front wheel of his bicycle fell off as he was riding on a Chicago area roadway. Mark has inspired our firm with his tireless efforts to return to his prior life. Mark embodies the American spirit. He simply refuses to quit and he never complains. It is an honor and privilege to represent a man of his incredible courage.

If you have not already seen it check out Mark Stephan's story as told by Mike Leonard on the Today Show.

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December 11, 2009

Mark Stephan walks out of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Check out this u tube clip of Hurley McKenna & Mertz client Mark Stephan walking out of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Even though his arms and legs were nearly lifeless after breaking his neck when his front wheel suddenly came off his bike, Mark said he would walk out of the RIC someday. After months of therapy by the wonderful staff at the RIC Mark Stephan made good on his word.

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