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Car Accidents

Who Pays Your Medical Bills After An Accident?

You’ve been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault. The other driver should pay your medical bills, right? What about the other driver’s insurance? Won’t it pay your medical expenses? The short answer is that you are responsible for your own medical bills, at first. If the other driver is found to be at fault, their insurance should reimburse you. Receiving a settlement from an insurance company can take

Truck Accidents

What Are the Real Causes of Trucking Accidents?

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were 2,734 fatal crashes involving trucks and buses in 2019. About half of those accidents involved a large truck and a passenger vehicle. 3,087 people died in those crashes. Fatigue, speeding, drugs, and alcohol are major factors in motor vehicle crashes. The Large Truck Crash Causation Study In 2006, the FMCSA Office of Research and Analysis released the Large Truck

Truck Accidents

Is COVID-19 Causing More Trucking Accidents?

Our country relies on long-haul trucking to deliver most of the food and products that we use every day. Since the COVID-19 lockdown began, the purchase and distribution of goods from online shopping has also exploded. Driver fatigue has always been a leading cause of trucking accidents. Since 1938, the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has enforced rules limiting the hours that long-haul truck drivers are allowed to

Truck Accidents

Rolling with Giants: Tips for Sharing the Roadway

In today’s busy world, many of us are constantly on the run. With the constant go, go, go, it is easy to forget about those not so gentle giants we share the road with – semi-trucks.  It is almost certain that whether you’re traveling through town or on the highway, you will be in the company of these vehicles. Because of this certainty, I want to share a few tips

Truck Accidents

Common Causes of 18-Wheeler Accidents

One of the greatest challenges someone can face after being hurt in a truck accident is proving that they are in no way liable for what happened. Overcoming this obstacle becomes easier once you get an understanding of some of the most common causes of 18-wheeler truck accidents. If you can identify one of those reasons in your own claim, the odds of you gaining fair and maximized compensation should

Truck Accidents

Who is responsible for ensuring safe transfer of oversize/overweight truck loads? P.2

We’ve been looking in our last couple posts at the issues of cargo securement and oversize load transportation. As we’ve pointed out, there are specific regulations in place at the state and federal levels to help ensure that truck drivers properly secure their cargo and that oversize loads are transported in the safest possible manner. The potential for serious mistakes in the transfer of oversize loads is not insignificant, and

Truck Accidents

Looking at the issue of cargo securement in the trucking industry

Truck accidents can occur for all sorts of reasons, and commercial vehicle drivers and their employers have a duty to see to it that they are not only abiding by all state and federal safety regulations, but engaging in business practices which promote safety on the roadway. Truck safety regulations cover a variety of issues, such as hours of service, drug testing, and vehicle maintenance. One important area of regulation

Truck Accidents

Who is responsible for ensuring safe transfer of oversize/overweight truck loads? P.1

Last time, we looked a bit at some of the basic principles of cargo securement by which commercial vehicle drivers and their employers must abide. As we noted last time, special permits are required for oversize loads, and each state has different rules on the matter. Here in Missouri, weight, height, and length limits determine when an application for an oversize and overweight permit must be filed. Applications must be

Truck Accidents

Proposal to increase trucking weight limit struck down in House

When it comes to improving highway safety, no stone should be left unturned. One particularly important stone is trucking safety, and federal regulators, it seems, are continually working to work at improvements in this area. One of the more recent issues under consideration in this area is whether lawmakers should change federal law so that states could allow heavier trucks on their roads. At present, federal law limits trucks to

Truck Accidents

Should private mail delivery drivers be exempt from fatigue-preventing safety rule? P.2

In our previous post, we began speaking about a request made by an organization representing private mail carriers for an exemption from the 14-hour limit rule. The rule is one of so-called “hours of service” rules under federal law which puts limits on how much time commercial motor vehicle drivers can spend behind the wheel in any one work day or work week. The hours of service rules are important

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