Motor Vehicle Law Reporter

August 2014

Case in Point

  • Intoxicated driver loses control of SUV, leading to drowning deaths


  • NHTSA wants to test bus strength in rollovers
  • NHTSA fines Hyundai for undisclosed corrosive brake fluid defect

Verdicts & Settlements

  • Following too closely
  • Negligent lane change
  • Ambulance collides with child cyclist
  • Failure to keep proper lookout
  • City bus strikes, drags bicyclist
  • Rear-end collision
  • Improper lookout leads to rear-end collision


  • Insurer that forced arbitration may be liable for failing to investigate, settle claim
  • State’s decision not to reinstall guardrail was covered by discretionary function immunity


  • Calls from parents may be distracting teen drivers
  • Driving instructors have duty to teach young drivers how to respect cyclists on the road
  • Multitasking, texting, and distracted driving

Government Actions

  • NHTSA advisory reminds motorists about school zone safety
  • Government seeks input on regulations for vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology