WHY TRUCKING COMPANIES HIRE UNSAFE DRIVERS

In case after case, we see truck drivers with bad driving records cause yet another crash. Given that trucking companies are required by law to check their drivers’ records, I wondered why they would keep hiring unsafe drivers. I did a little digging, and learned the answer was painfully obvious: to make more money. Trucking companies make money by hauling loads. An empty truck makes no money. In fact, an empty truck costs the company money because the company still has to pay insurance, make the truck payment, etc. A typical over-the-road or regional truck generates $800 to $1,000 per day in...

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TAKATA AIRBAG INJURES DRIVER AND LEAVES HER UNABLE TO SPEAK

While driving to work one morning in September, Randi Johnston, 25, was in a 5 car pileup in Salt Lake City resulting in her airbag to deploy. Unfortunately her Takata airbag deployed and released shrapnel, which became stuck in her throat resulting in her inability to speak. Johnston and her family have now filed a lawsuit against Takata Corporation and Honda Motors. They join many other individuals who have filed a lawsuit due to the record-breaking Takata recall. "I remember the sound I made gasping for air and grabbing onto a stranger's shirt for dear life and asking if I was...

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THREE MAJOR CAR MAKERS ISSUE NEW RECALLS

In the last few weeks, three major car makers have issued new, alarming recalls on some of their most popular models. Porsche, Fiat Chrysler, and Honda have all alerted the media and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to newly discovered defects-- all of which could potentially pose a dangerous risk to drivers on the road. PORSCHE FUEL LEAKS As Car and Driver reports, Porsche has recalled 22,000 vehicles due to potential fuel leaks. The only Porsche models named in the recall are the 2015 and 2016 Macan S and Turbo crossover vehicles. The car maker has not yet revealed its plan...

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GM RECALLING 1.4 MILLION VEHICLES OVER OIL LEAK AND FIRE RISK

American car maker General Motors has announced that it will recall 1.4 million cars due to an oil leak and fire risk in some of its models dating back to 1997. The recall marks the third time the car maker has attempted to solve the same issue. According to the Associated Press, GM has admitted that the faulty cars have caused more than 1,300 fires—some of which were in vehicles that had already been serviced by dealers as part of a past recall. The issue resides in a valve cover gasket that, when degraded over time, allows oil to leak into...

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TTLA CAR WRECKS CLE SEMINAR

This week attorney Michael Cowen presented at the TTLA Car Wrecks CLE Seminar in Dallas, Texas. The full day seminar included attorney speakers and attendees from all over the state Texas. In his presentation "Maximizing CMV Cases," attorney Cowen spoke to his colleagues on the major differences between a car wreck and a trucking wreck case. Topics included how quickly an attorney must act in order to preserve evidence, the different ways trucking companies can be at fault by focusing on profit before safety and resourceful places to find documentation to prove your case without spending as much money on an...

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ACCOUNTING MANAGER JOB OPENING IN SAN ANTONIO

Our office is looking for an experienced Accounting Manager. This role will be based out of our San Antonio office and will work with the firm’s external CPA and payroll company. The Accounting Manager will also have an Accounting Assistant working with them who is based in our Brownsville office. Compensation is top of the market and includes paid health insurance and vacation. Resumes can be sent to Delisi Friday at delisi@cowenlaw.com. JOB DUTIES: Maintain the books and records of all firm bank accounts including operating and IOLTA Process the time on a bi-weekly basis for 25 employees, to submit to payroll company ...

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AUGUST CLE EVENTS HOSTED BY TCLG

The month of August has been a busy one filled with CLE events for The Cowen Law Group. On August 5th our office hosted "Plaintiff Litigation Insight," a half day CLE seminar at The St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. This event featured attorney Michael Cowen presenting "Big Case Tips and Traps." In the presentation, Mr. Cowen discussed 10 tips when trying a big case which included: using cell phone records to prove fatigue and log book lies, spending time at the client's home and using focus groups to test your visuals. Then on August 13th our office hosted "Maximizing Commercial...

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PROVING CORPORATE NEGLIGENCE IN COMPANY VEHICLE CRASH CASES

Proving corporate misconduct is a proven path to a big verdict. Juries are more likely to have a “reptilian” response and render a verdict that protects their community when the evidence shows a corporation made choices that endangered the public. In trucking cases, we have the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations as a guide for what companies are supposed to do. But how do we set the standard for business other than trucking companies? One answer is ANSI Standard Z15.1: Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operations. ANSI, the American National Standards Institute, is a non-profit company that sets out consensus safety...

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HERCULES SUV TIRES RECALLED AFTER COWEN LAW GROUP’S REQUEST

Seven months after Michael Cowen of The Cowen Law Group requested a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation into defective Chinese-made tires distributed by the Hercules Tire & Rubber Company, the tire importer announced today it will recall seven sizes of certain All Trac A/T SUV tires. In its recall announcement to NHTSA, Hercules said it had not found an increase in warranty adjustments for its SUV tires, however it conceded that the tire model and sizes Cowen identified were similar to those manufactured by the Shandong Yongsheng Rubber Group Co., Ltd. which were recalled by a different U.S. distributor in...

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INJURED BY A DRUNK DRIVER

This month Governor Abbott signed a bill into law, which would allow judges throughout the entire state of Texas to require first time drunk drivers to install an ignition interlock system (also known as a breathalyzer) into their vehicles. This new law has reignited conversations about DWIs (driving while intoxicated) in the state of Texas and the number of automobile accidents involving a drunk driver. Did you know an estimated 32% of fatal car crashes involve an intoxicated driver or pedestrian? Each year over 1.4 million arrests for DWI are made in the United States. Even with alcohol awareness campaigns and...

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