Monthly Archives:' August 2016

Drowsy Driving, AAA PSA

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently published a report on Drowsy Driving. This is their brief article on the report, which can be found in complete form here.

Drivers can barely keep their eyes open, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s annual Traffic Safety Culture Index. More than a third of drivers report having fallen asleep behind the wheel at some point in their lives, and more than one in ten has fallen asleep behind the wheel in the past year.

A Foundation study completed in Novembr 2014 found the impact of having drowsy drivers on the road is considerable. Drowsy drivers are involved in an estimated 21% of fatal crashes, up from 16.5% from the previous 2010 study, as most drivers drift out of their lanes or off the road. Drivers themselves are often crash victims who die in single-car crashes.Drowsy driver behind the wheel

Drivers have a near-universal understanding that driving when you’re too tired to keep your eyes open is risky. Almost every driver surveyed in our Traffic Safety Culture Index surveys – 96% — reported that they find driving while extremely drowsy “unacceptable.”

As with so many risky driving behaviors, too many people are inclined to apply their knowledge of drowsy-driving risks to others, but not themselves. Through our educational materials and outreach efforts, we hope to offer drivers strategies for managing the risks of drowsy driving and changing their own behaviors.

 

Fiat Chrysler Says Drivers In Hacking Suit Agreed To Arbitrate

By: Emily Field, Source: Law 360

Law360, New York (July 11, 2016, 11:24 PM ET) — Fiat Chrysler on Monday told an Illinois federal court that two drivers leading a proposed class action over an alleged defect they say could allow criminals to easily hack into their vehicles’ electronics systems agreed to arbitrate their claims when they bought their cars at a steep discount.
Named plaintiffs Kelly and George Brown bought their 2014 Jeep Cherokee on a friend-of-employee discount and signed a contract with a provision that any warranty dispute would be resolved through arbitration, FCA US LLC said. The scope of that agreement extends to all of their claims against the carmaker, according to Fiat.

For example, the Browns contend that Fiat Chrysler violated the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act by misrepresenting and failing to disclose the alleged defect, the auto company said.

The Case Against Mandatory Consumer Arbitration Clauses

By: Joe Valenti, Source: AmericanProgress.org, Originally Published: 8.2.16

Last October, a technological glitch left more than 132,000 RushCard users separated for days from the money in their accounts. Because the prepaid RushCard often works as a bank account substitute for those who do not have or do not want a traditional bank account, many people were ultimately unable to pay their bills or day-to-day expenses until the problem was resolved.

In response, users might be expected to sue. Even if individual victims did not choose to sue because of the costs involved, an attorney might file a class action lawsuit to represent thousands of wronged consumers. However, customers had already—largely unknowingly—agreed to a mandatory arbitration clause in the fine print of their card contracts. This effectively signed away their right to sue, individually or through a class action. Under such a clause, individuals waive their Seventh Amendment right to a civil trial by jury in favor of meeting with an arbitrator—someone chosen by the company involved—to act as judge and jury.