Category: Truck

Volkswagen of America, Inc., Partners With Score International

Volkswagen of American, Inc., has recently announced a multi-year partnership with SCORE International to become the Official Vehicle of SCORE and the six-race SCORE Desert series.

Volkswagen has made its official announcement at the pre-race conference at the 39th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 which is the third race in the 2007 series. Both Volkswagen and SCORE officials were present to make the announcement.

Actually this is not the first time that Volkswagen has partnered with SCORE International way back in the year 1973 Volkswagen Thing has played a major part in the first three years of SCORE’s racing series. This has paved the way for a number of strong future finishes by Volkswagen products in a number of categorical divisions.

For this weekend additional Flex a lite fan are going to be needed because it going to be hot, hot, hot! Volkswagen is fielding two official entries from its famous Dakar Rally Factory Team for the very first time. The two turbo-diesel Volkswagen Race Touareg 2s will compete in a special SCORE International Truck Class, which starts between the SCORE Trophy-Truck and Class 1 vehicles. The Race Touareg 2s are to be driven by American Mark Miller and South African Giniel de Villers. Miller has previously won the SCORE Trophy-Truck class twice in the SCORE Baja 500 and for this year’s Dakar Rally he ranked fourth while de Villiers won four stages in the rally and was able to finish in 11th position overall.

The Volkswagen Race Touareg 2 is powered by a 2.5 liter inline five cylinder TDI engine with a two-stage intercooled turbocharger, and revs up 285 horsepower and 440 ft. lbs. of torque. The engine was placed longitudinally behind the front suspension and transfers power to a six-speed sequential race gearbox. A permanent four-wheel drive system features three mechanical differentials with viscous locking which provide superior traction.

SCORE International has also announced that unofficial checkpoint passing times are to be posted on www.score-international.com this weekend’s 39th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500. RallyTrack.com of Lakewood, California will provide the technology for each of the four official SCORE checkpoints in the race which will include specially-designed, rugged satellite communications system to relay the unofficial passing time of every vehicle, by class, to SCORE operations as well as posting data on the SCORE website.

The RallyTrack.com computer system will update the data on the SCORE website every 10 minutes. The same data are gong to be displayed at the finish line area of the race. SCORE International and SCORE Radio, in association with Blue C Communications has launched a 90 minute, bi-weekly show available online. The show is to be hosted by Cameron Steele and Sal Fish will serve as a direct source of information, race updates, and interviews for the SCORE Desert racing community. For more details on SCORE and to check out the premier episode simply log on to www.score-radio.com or visit www.score-international.com and then click on the SCORE Radio button at the top right corner.

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Teenager Injured in Los Angeles Hit-and-Run Car Accident

A 16-year-old boy was seriously injured in a Los Angeles car accident after he was hit by a vehicle while walking in a marked crosswalk. According to a news report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the injury pedestrian accident occurred the afternoon of February 9, 2011 at the intersection of Azusa Avenue and Wing Lane in Valinda. The boy was thrown 15 feet from the point of impact and briefly lost consciousness. The driver who struck the boy fled the scene. The injured teen was transported to a local hospital where he is said to be recovering.

Police officials describe the suspect as a Latino man in his 40s and the hit-and-run car as a dark blue Chevrolet sedan, similar to a Caprice or an older police car, with Arizona license plates. The car’s grill was apparently damaged and the passenger side of the windshield was shattered in the accident. Anyone with information about this hit-and-run car accident is asked to call California Highway Patrol’s Baldwin Park office at 626-338-1164.

My heart goes out to this young man and his family for what they are going through at this time. It is indeed fortunate and a relief that he did not sustain life-threatening injuries. I pray for this young victim’s swift and full recovery. 

 Pedestrian Accidents 

 According to CHP’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 35 fatalities and 295 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Countywide in 2008, pedestrian accidents claimed 214 lives and injured 4,985 people.

 Leaving the Scene of a Car Accident

Based on this news account, the teenager had the light and was crossing in a marked crosswalk at an intersection. The driver not only failed to yield right-of-way to the teen, but mowed him down and did not even stop to look. The driver apparently fled the scene leaving the boy lying on the roadway, unconscious. This is an appalling act of cruelty. This motorist showed a callous disregard for a human life here. Leaving the scene of an injury car accident is a serious crime under California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a).

I truly hope this individual is promptly apprehended and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. If you have any information about this incident, please visit our dedicated hit-and-run reward web site. We, not only offer an opportunity for those with information to leave anonymous tips, but doing so also makes them eligible to receive a $1,000 reward.

Protecting Victims’ Rights

Injured victims and their families in such cases would be well-advised to retain the services of an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights are protected. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also be able to advise victims how their car insurance policy applies to a hit-and-run car accident where the driver is not identified or in a case where the at-fault driver does not have insurance.…

California Pedestrian Accident Statistics

When cars collide with pedestrians, there is high potential for serious injury. Pedestrian/motor vehicle accidents are a serious problem throughout the world. The United States has a particular problem with pedestrian deaths and injuries. About 5,000 pedestrians are killed and another 64,000 are injured in motor vehicle accidents every year in this country.

The following represents pedestrian accident statistics for the United States according to the National Highway Traffic Association and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

– Pedestrian fatalities account for 11 percent of motor vehicle fatalities.
– Over 180,000 pedestrians have been killed in motor vehicle accidents between 1975 and 2005.
– Pedestrians comprise the second largest category of motor vehicle accident deaths following occupant deaths.
– On average, a pedestrian is injured in a traffic accident every 8 minutes.
– On average, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic accident every 111 minutes.
– In 2005 a total of 4,881 pedestrian were killed in motor vehicle accidents.
– In 2005, the per capita pedestrian death rate was 1.6 per 100,000 people.

Generally, pedestrian deaths rates are higher in urban areas. There is a higher ratio of deaths to injuries in rural areas because of higher impact speeds on rural roads. However, pedestrian accidents occur most frequently in urban areas because pedestrian activity and traffic volumes are greater compared to rural areas.

The National Safety Council estimates that 85.7 percent of all non-fatal pedestrian accidents in the United States occur in urban areas and 14.3 percent occur in rural areas.

– Almost two-thirds of all pedestrian fatalities occur on urban roads.
– In 2005, 72 percent of pedestrian deaths occurred in urban settings.

Although a substantial number of pedestrian injuries occur at intersections, the majority of pedestrian accidents occur at locations other than intersections. This is due to higher vehicle speeds and the fact that drivers are not expecting any stops.

– Over 40 percent of the fatalities in 2002 occurred on roads without crosswalks.
– In 2003, 65 percent of accidents involving pedestrians occurred at non-intersections.
– In 2005, 71 percent of pedestrian deaths occurred on major roads, including interstates and freeways.

Statistically, males are more likely to be involved in a pedestrian/motor vehicle accident than females.

About 69 percent of pedestrian fatalities are male, and the male pedestrian injury rate is approximately 58 percent higher than for females.

– In 2005, 70 percent of pedestrian deaths were comprised of males.
– In 2003, the male pedestrian fatality rate per 100,000 population was 2.27 – more than double the rate for females which was 1.01 per 100,000 population.

The vast majority of fatal pedestrian/motor vehicle collisions occur on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in later evening hours.

In 2005, the proportion of pedestrian deaths was much greater on Friday and Saturday. Also, 45 percent of the pedestrian deaths in 2005 occurred between 6 pm and midnight.

– In 2005, 49 percent of all pedestrian fatalities occurred on Friday (17 percent), Saturday (18 percent), or Sunday (14 percent).
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Motorcycle & Car Accident Attorney in Los Angeles, Orange County

The Peck Law Group provides top quality legal services to victims and families throughout California. Our law firm has operated successfully out of Van Nuys in the San Fernando Valley region of greater Los Angeles for over 33 years. We also operate offices in the Oakland / San Francisco Bay area.

Peck Law Group Attorneys offer considerable experience and expertise in speaking up for and litigating cases on behalf of victims of elder abuse and neglect, pressure sores, car and truck accidents, medical malpractice, negligence, wrongful death, catastrophic injury, birth injuries, and most other personal injury cases.

Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Orange County

The Peck Law Group is a respected law firm, known for representing victims of motorcycle accidents. We’ve been fighting for motorcyclists for years with the best possible outcome in each case. We guide our clients through their legal claim and have depth of knowledge about California law as it pertains to motorcycle attorney orange county.

Unfortunately, California has one of the highest motorcycle accidents annually than most states in the United States. Additionally, there are a lot of variables that require legal expertise specific to motorcycle accidents. For example, if a biker is weaving between lanes to get through traffic, referred to as ‘lane splitting’ is a common occurrence. A misconception is that the motorcyclist is to blame. That’s not always the case. This and so many other variables require expert representation to help injured motorcyclists.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in California, having a lawyer committed to helping motorcyclists is paramount. Between the cost of medical expenses, loss of wages and potential life altering injuries, clients need to retain the best motorcycle accident law firm they can. Motorcyclists often sustain more traumatic injuries than those in car accidents. The Peck law Group works tirelessly with clients to ensure fair compensation and damages.

Auto Mobile Car Accident Lawyers Los Angeles

Car accidents are common accidents faced by drivers and passengers on a daily basis, especially in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California, Van Nuys, Beverly Hills and Long Beach. Our experienced car accident attorney los angeles inform our clients of each step required to provide exemplary representation to ensure the best possible outcome.

If you have been in a car accident, unfortunately, even if you were hit by another moving vehicle, your insurance is likely to increase. Your car might be totaled and you don’t have the funds to replace it. Your medical bills could be through the roof as a result of your injuries. Whatever the case may be, the Peck Law Group will fight for your rights.

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Anatomy of Vehicle Lease Fraud

I hope the economic downturn is not beating you up too badly. Obviously it’s taking its toll on several sectors of the economy, one of which is car dealers.

I would hope that car dealers will fight their way out of the downturn with ethical and honest sales and service, and undoubtedly some will. However, there will be those that will not, and will turn instead down the dark path of deceiving consumers. To prevent against these dealers and these deceptions, we offer the advice and insight as found on my blog and in several articles I have written for many publications.

One area of car dealer fraud that we continue to see quite a bit of involves fraud in car leases. Even with the credit crunch, dealers are still able to arrange for financing for car leases, and car leases are frequently more expensive for consumers, although they appear as less expensive on the surface.

The classic lease fraud is the “bait and switch,” where a consumer goes to a dealer to buy a car and believes he is buying a car, but is instead switched into a lease. Sometimes dealers will tell consumers that they need to sign up for a lease “for a short time” to let interest rates come down, or some other malarky, and promise to change the deal to a purchase deal “in a few weeks.” When the consumer returns “in a few weeks,” the salesperson who negotiated the lease with him is nowhere to be found and no one at the dealer has any interest in changing the consumer into the promised purchase transaction.

There are various reasons why dealers would prefer to put you into a lease as opposed to a purchase. For one thing, dealers often get larger incentive bonuses from the leasing companies to put consumers into a lease, so dealers frequently make more money from the lenders on leases. Same with the manufacturers: depending on what is going on with vehicle inventory, manufacturers will often give dealers incentives to put consumers into leases instead of purchases. Finally, lease contracts are confusing, permitting dealers to throw more curveballs into the lease which result in higher hidden fees and payments by the consumer.

Currently, as of today, GM sales are off by over 40% and Ford sales are off by over 30%. I do not know the current status of Chrysler sales, but it’s probably similar. GM and Ford are in a position where they, and their dealers, will do just about anything to move vehicles off the lot. As stated above, there are truthfully quite a few dealers who will respond to the current pressures with honest ways and means of promoting vehicle sales, but there are also those that will respond dishonestly.

I do have a few tips if you are concerned about being switched into a vehicle lease, or if you are confused as to whether you will be paying more for a lease than for a purchase. …

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