Nissan has issued a recall for the Altima and other Nissan models like the Pathfinder, Sentra, and Infiniti. The Occupant Classification System (OCS) software is being recalled. The OCS software was shown to have not detected when a person is sitting in the passenger seat. The result would be that the airbag would not deploy in a crash because the OCS would not detect the adult passenger.

Nissan is supposed to notify the owners of these cars and the Nissan dealership should replace the Occupant Classification System software free of charge.

If you or someone you know in the Gainesville/Ocala area has been injured due to a defect in an airbag, call the Meldon Law Firm for a free consultation.


Hello, I am Jeffrey Meldon. As an accident attorney, I strongly believe that public education is the first step in the prevention of an accident or in the recovery from one.

My Office and Assoicates are located in Gainesville, Florida. We are Personal Injury Attorneys (Accident Lawyers). I take pride in my work and the results that I and my experienced team of Associates and Staff get for our clients.

Everyone in my Office works hard to help accident victims get the justice and the fair settlement or jury verdict that they deserve though out the North and Central Florida area including: Ocala, Marion County, Alachua County, Lake City, Citrus County, Daytona Beach, and Inverness. I am highly involved with every case in my office and am the negotiator with insurance companies.

You can feel free to give me a call at 1 800 373 8000 or contact my office, with any questions you may have, or to discuss your unique case.

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A semi-truck, driven by James Philip Handley, was headed northbound on I-75 when the truck swerved and went through the guardrail and median. The semi-truck continued into oncoming southbound traffic on I-75. The semi collided with a southbound pick-up truck. The collision left both people in the pick-up, Kenneth Lee Cohan and Jay Anna Cohan, deceased. The driver of the semi was thrown from the truck and remains in critical condition. The husband and wife died at the scene of the accident. The cause of the accident was due to a blown tire on the semi-truck. The accident on I-75 shut down the three southbound lanes for six hours.

Accidents involving semi-trucks are often times deadly due to the large size of the trucks. A semi-truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds while a standard car weighs around 3,000 pounds. At least 5,000 motorists die each year in semi-truck related accidents. Drivers can drive more safely with semis on the road by staying visible to the trucks, treat semi’s differently than other vehicles, and do not pull over on the side of the road unless it is an emergency.

Meldon Law sends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the Cohan’s. Call Meldon Law of Gainesville and Ocala, Florida to speak to an experienced accident attorney if you have been injured in an accident.

I am local accident attorney Jeffrey Meldon and I strongly believe that public education is the first step in the prevention of and/or recovery from a serious accident. My office and I take pride in our work, and the results we get for our clients.

Meldon Law is a regional law firm that is located in Gainesville, Florida. We are personal injury lawyers, litigators and trial lawyers that have been working to get accident victims the justice they deserve for over 40 years throughout North Florida and all over Florida. Accidents involving a car crash, truck wreck, motorcycle, ATVs, bicycle, pedestrian accidents, and dog bites, slip and falls, medical malpractice, and criminal defense are all included in our practice.

For more information on how we can help you, or with any other question you may have, feel free to contact our office at 800-373-8000.

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For those arrested for DUI, the legislation made four significant changes to the law that can alter several related DUI outcomes:

  1. A person can now choose to “waive” their right to a review of their administrative driver’s license suspension and, if eligible, can get a “business purpose only” (a/k/a hardship) driver’s license immediately. This applies to those who took the breath test and those who refused. Under the old law, a driver arrested for DUI who took the breath test and blew .08 or higher and the driver who “refused” to take the breath test had periods of 30 days and 90 days respectively when they could not drive for any purpose if they either did not seek review of their suspension or sought review and lost the hearing.
  2. Hearing Officers can now conduct Formal Review Hearings by “communications technology” which, although undefined in the new statute, we presume to mean by telephone and possibly by video conference.
  3. Failure of the arresting officer or the breath test operator (but not other witnesses) to appear at the Formal Review Hearing, if properly subpoenaed, will result in the invalidation of the administrative suspension.
  4. Lowers the Ignition Interlock Device threshold from .05 to .025. Ignition Interlock Devices (IID) have been required for those convicted of a second or subsequent DUI and for those convicted for the first time if their breath test level was .15 or higher, or if a Court otherwise orders the installation of the device. In the past, the IID was programmed to require the convicted driver to blow into the device before starting their car. The IID would prevent the drivers car from starting if the drivers breath alcohol level registered .05 or higher. That threshold has now been reduced to .025.

The “waiver” is probably the most significant change because the decision to “waive” the Formal Review Hearing must be made, the Waiver form signed and filed, and the driver must sign up for DUI school, all within 10 days of the date of arrest.

Therefore, it is important that the arrested person consult with an experienced Gainesville DUI attorney as soon as possible after the date of their arrest. Feel free to give me a call at 352 373 8000 or contact me on line. Consultations are always free and welcomed. We also offer a free, no obligation guide book, on Ways to Possibly Avoid a DUI Charge or Conviction in Alachua County.