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Federal Regulators Call for Mandatory Brake Override System

April 13, 2012  ·  By HM&M


In response to the deadly crash and subsequent recall of millions of Toyota and Lexus automobiles due to unintended acceleration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is proposing that all automakers be required to design a brake-throttle override system into future vehicles.

These override systems would prevent unintended accelerations by automatically releasing the throttle when the car's on board computer senses that the brake pedal is depressed, and thus unable to function.

As a car and truck accident attorney in Chicago, I am pleased to see the federal government taking steps to address an important vehicle safety issue. I hope automakers do not resist this key proposal. Particularly as someone who lives in Chicago, with its high volume of traffic, any type of regulation that makes the roads safer is encouraging.

April 13, 2012

Railroad Cited for Safety Violations in Fatal Train Crash

The following letter to the editor by ITLA President Christopher T. Hurley appeared in Crain’s Chicago Business on December 5, 2016. Gov. Bruce Rauner disingenuously claims that he'd like a balanced approach to improving workers' compensation (“Bruce Rauner: My case for workers' comp reform”), but demands that workers, especially those nearing retirement age, bear the... Read More

April 13, 2012

Woman Battling Flesh-Eating Bacteria After Zip Line Accident

DAILY HERALD A Virginia woman is suing the Schaumburg Marriott over an off-duty hotel employee using a master key to enter her room last year and sexually molest her while she slept. The woman and her attorney, Christopher Hurley of the Chicago firm Hurley, McKenna & Mertz, say they are holding the Marriott responsible for... Read More

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