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NTSB reports findings on Tracy Morgan crash

Missouri readers may remember that actor-comedian Tracy Morgan was in the
news quite a bit last year after a serious highway accident in New Jersey.
Initial reports of the accident indicated that the truck driver who was
involved in the accident had been severely fatigued at the time of the
crash, and that this was likely a factor.

Last month, after months of investigation, the National Transportation
Safety Board
officially announcedthat driver fatigue did have a big part to play in the accident, even though
the trucker was technically in compliance with federal hours of service
regulations. As readers may know, hours of service rules put limitations
on the amount of time truckers can spend each day and week behind the wheel.

In the Tracy Morgan case, the trucker had apparently driven 800 miles to
work, prior to even beginning his shift. The 12 hour drive prior to beginning
his shift is seen as a big reason why the trucker ended up being fatigued
during his shift. The amount of time spent commuting to a job, interestingly,
is a point that the federal hours of service rules don’t cover.
The rules are really only concerned with a driver’s shifts, not
with what drivers to on their own time.

Ensuring that truckers have adequate rest when they are on the job is not
an easy task, even with regulations are in place and regularly enforced.
Those who are harmed in an accident with a trucker do well to explore
any possible
violations of federal law when building a strong personal injury case.

In our next post, we’ll talk about another interesting finding of
NTSB regarding the Tracy Morgan crash.

Medical Malpractice

Update on woman whose kidney was thrown away by nurse

Regular readers of our Joplin law blog will undoubtedly recall an article we published a little more than a year ago, telling the story of a woman whose donated kidney was thrown away. Her brother had donated the organ to help his then-24-year-old sister, but before it could be transplanted, a nurse at the hospital threw it away. Back when we published the story in August of 2013, the hospital

Safe Driving

How to Get Your Car Road-Trip Ready

The holidays are quickly approaching, and as most of us know, there will be far more vehicles on the road en route to their holiday destinations. Last year, AAA estimated that more than one-third of Americans would travel for the holiday season, totaling a record-breaking 112.5 million travelers. In order to ensure that you and your family stay safe during your travels, here are some things to double-check before hitting

Firm News

Johnson Vorhees & Martucci Participates in CASA Program

At Johnson Vorhees & Martucci, our community means a lot to us, which is why we are major advocates for community volunteer work. It gives us great pride to know that our employees are taking the lead as servants within their respective communities. The CASA program is one of the great volunteer opportunities our JVM family participates in. CASA really stands out to us as an incredible volunteer effort because

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