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NYTimes Supports Tougher Auto Safety Agency | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

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Posted by Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner


Democrats in Congress are fighting to push legislation to improve regulation and oversight of auto safety.  This important legislation should pass into law.

The New York Times agrees. The Times (7/31) editorializes, “The United States has done a fairly good job so far of policing the safety of cars and trucks. The number of deaths in traffic accidents dropped to an estimated 34,000 last year – the least since the 1950s.  But that is still too many deaths. … The Motor Vehicle Safety Act requires all vehicles to have a brake override system to ensure that a vehicle can be stopped even if the throttle is open. Pedals must exceed a minimum clearance from the floor to avoid snagging car mats. Electronic control systems must meet minimum performance standards, to be set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And all vehicles must come fitted with recorders that log operational data and help determine the causes of accidents. But perhaps more important, the bill would broadly change the system of overseeing and enforcing safety rules.”

By overseeing and enforcing safety rules, auto manufacturers will be forced to put safety over profits.  With all that is being revealed surrounding the Toyota crisis, coupled with the many auto recalls we have learned of over the past few years, now is the time to create and enforce laws that protect consumers.

I encourage you to contact your local and federal representatives to urge them to support laws that promote auto safety.

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About the author:

Mr. Zambri is a board-certified civil trial attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocates and a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. He has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a “Big Gun” and among the “top 1%” of all lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area. The magazine also describes him as “one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers” who specializes in personal injury matters, including automobile accident claims, premises liability, product liability, medical malpractice, and work-accident claims. He has successfully litigated multiple cases against truck and bus companies, the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority, and other automobile owners.  His law firm, in fact, has obtained the largest settlement ever in a personal injury case involving WMATA.  Mr. Zambri has also been named a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyer magazine (March/April 2010)–a national publication that honors the top lawyers in America.

If you have any questions about your legal rights, please email Mr. Zambri at [email protected] or call him at 202-822-1899.

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