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Michael Phelan

Chrysler Recalls: Beware of Vehicle Buyback Offers

As reported today in the Chicago Tribune, Fiat Chrysler announced this week the details of the biggest vehicle buyback program in history, which was imposed on the company after a federal investigation into its track record of horrendous Chrysler recall […]

Michael Phelan

Are Uber and Lyft Drivers Insured?

Consumers love Uber and Lyft, two ride services that use mobile apps to connect passengers with part-time drivers who use their own vehicles.  The businesses operate outside of most state regulations of a traditional taxi service, and are therefore coming […]

Michael Phelan

Device Designed to Eliminated Texting While Driving-Update

I posted recently about a wonderful new device designed to prevent a driver from being able to use his or her mobile phone manually once the vehicle is started.  I expressed concerns at the end of the post that the […]

Michael Phelan

Virginia Inventor Seeks to Eliminate Texting While Driving

There seems to have been a proliferaton of recent stories involving automobile, bus, tractor trailer truck, train, and boat crashes caused by distracted driving.  There may be some very promising news on the distant horizon with respect to texting while […]

Michael Phelan

Use of Black Box data in Car Crashes

Black boxes, formally known as event data recorders (“EDR”) are not just present in airplanes and tractor trailer trucks.  About 96 percent of all new automobiles sold in the United States have EDRs.  In April 2008, the U.S. Department of […]

Michael Phelan

Implore Trial Judges to Take a Stand Against Insurance Defense Doctors

There are doctors around the country making six to seven figure incomes per year doing medical-legal consulting for insurance companies.  Here’s an example of a case in which such work occurs.  A person injured in an automobile crash files a […]

Michael Phelan

A Brilliant Way to Teach Teens the Dangers of Distracted Driving

Every parent knows that teenagers love video games. So, what better way to teach teen drivers about the dangers of texting while driving or other forms of distracted driving than by having them…

Michael Phelan

Cellphones and Work Zones: A Dangerous Combination

Virginia, like many states with aging infrastructure, is facing a dangerous combination. There are more drivers on the roads each year. More of those drivers are distracted by the use of…

Michael Phelan

Small Strides in the Fight Against Drunk Driving

New data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that drunk driving deaths dropped to their lowest level since MADD has been tracking the data. The number of fatalities in…

Michael Phelan

Is Smart Car Concept a Safety Breakthrough or an Orwellian Nightmare?

Intel is developing a car that will come equipped with airplane-like black box technology which will record vehicle speed, steering, and braking data. It will also be equipped with cameras that will…