Friday, December 4, 2009

Motorcycle Accident Expert, Harry Hurt,Dies at 81

On December 2, 2009, Harry Hurt one of the world's foremost authorities on motorcycle crashes and cause, passed away. Hurt was the principal investigator of The Hurt Report, an in depth investigation of 900 motorcycle accidents in Los Angeles from 1976 to 1977. His groundbreaking research credited with saving countless lives, was published in 1981.

In 1975, The National Highway Traffic Safety Center, asked Hurt to develop an accident investigation methodology that would determine the causes of motorcycle crashes and injuries. The study concluded that speed was not a factor in most crashes; that helmets were very effective in preventing brain injuries and deaths; and that two-thirds of motorcycle crashes involved cars and two-thirds of those accidents occurred when a car driver failed to see the motorcycle and violated the cyclist's right-of-way.

If you, a family member, or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident or you would like more information on motorcycle accidents, please contact Portner & Shure

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Rollover Automobile Accident

The Supreme Court just let stand an $82.6 million dollar award to a woman who was paralyzed after her Ford Explorer rolled over. Ford challenged the portion of the award that was for punitive damages, $55 million. Ford argued that is should not be punished because its design of the vehicle met Federal Safety Standards. The Supreme Court agreed with a California State Appeals Court which had earlier rejected Ford's contention. If you or someone you know was injured in a rollover automobile accident contact Portner & Shure for a free consultation.