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Arsenio Hall involved in one-car accident

Most celebrities take after ordinary people during the holidays. They shop for gifts, they spend time with family, and they take time off from work. Also like normal people, they sometimes are involved in traffic accidents. Some may be serious and involve injuries, others may be benign and only involve injuries to egos.

The story of Arsenio Hall being in a one-car accident may be an example of the latter. The Los Angeles Times reports that the late night talk show host drove off the road on Monday night. He was uninjured, and it appears that no drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. Also, no accident report or arrest reports were made.

While the incident may become material for his monologue, one-car accidents are not without their legal implications. Essentially, these crashes may be a result of defects that have not been corrected (and should have been). Automakers have a legal duty to address mechanical and technological problems that could put drivers in danger. They commonly take steps to address these issues through recalls. If an automaker fails to take such actions, and an accident occurs as a result, the automaker could be subject to widespread liability. As such, recalls are helpful not only in protecting an automaker’s reputation in the marketplace, they also protect consumers from undue harm.

As we mentioned earlier, an investigation into the accident can reveal the true cause of an accident (e.g. whether it is through driver error or prior mechanical defect). While we may never know the cause of Arsenio Hall’s accident, drivers should be wary of unanticipated problems.

Source: LA Times.com, “Arsenio Hall drives off side of road; is uninjured,” Ari Bloomekatz, December 24, 2013

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