Car Accidents

Majority of Fatal Truck Accidents are Due to Sleepy, Tired or Impaired Truck Drivers

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

Many truck drivers are paid based on the number of miles they cover during their hours of service. Thus, to earn more, they should cover as many miles as they can. The “hours of service” law passed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) allows drivers to drive up to 11 hours maximum every day, though.

In order to stay longer on the road, therefore, as there is money only if their truck’s wheels are moving, many drivers push themselves to the limit, denying themselves of rest, choosing either to drive rather than pull over for short rest periods, or shorten the mandated 10-hour off time between shifts to be able to start on the road early. They do this despite feeling sleepy and/or fatigued, and despite knowing that this condition compromises the safety of all other motorists. As a result, so many truck accidents occur and, in so many of these accidents, involved truck drivers recall that they had their eyes closed, due to sleepiness, prior to impact.

A study conducted by the Federal Motor carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) shows that trucks drivers, rather than drivers of smaller vehicles, are the ones liable in majority of truck accidents, which injure more than 100,00 and kill close to 4,000 others every year.

Truck driver errors include: fatigue; alcohol-impairment; impairment due to illegal, prescription or over-the-counter-drug; driving too fast for road conditions; overspeeding; lack of the skills required in the safe operation of a truck; unfamiliarity with the road; driving distractions; lack of focus on the road; failure to check blind spots or “no-zone” areas; improper attachment of trailer; and failure to make sure that the brakes are in good working condition before hitting the road.

As explained by the law firm Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, “Truck accidents can have life-altering consequences. The injuries sustained in such accidents and their resulting medical bills can leave a person unfairly dealing with the mistakes made by a negligent truck driver, company, or manufacturer on a permanent basis. Losing a loved one is much more unbearable. And though it is normal to not think about legal action at first, as time goes on and the wound begins to heal, seeking justice against the party responsible for the loss of your loved one might become more important to you. Realize that it is possible to hold the person or persons accountable for your injuries (to receive damages for your treatment costs and lost wages) or for your loved one’s death.

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Negligence and Car Damage

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel over 37,000 individuals are killed in road crashes each year. A significant portion of the population is well versed on the contributions of alcohol and other mind-altering substances to these statistics; however, negligence, a lesser-known influencer of fatal accidents, often goes unmentioned.

According to Mazin & Associates, PC, car accidents occur every single day. Most damages to motor vehicles are caused by an individual’s intentional or unintentional negligence. In inclement weathers for instance, an individual’s lack of knowledge during these extenuating circumstance can be the difference between life and death. A person born and raised in the California may be ill prepared for the snow and black ice of Michigan. In such adverse conditions, a car is prone to sliding on ice. The individual may not possess the adequate driving knowledge or experience to know how to react to such a condition. Alternatively, a driver who is educated on such harsh environmental conditions may also get into a car accident. Someone who is overly confidence of his or her driving skills in harsh weathers may develop a false sense of security, which can induce reckless behaviors such as speeding in a storm.

Shopping carts are another example of how negligence can cause car damages. An individual in a hurry may forget to put a cart away; or alternatively, a particularly lazy individual may intentionally leave a cart unattended. In the event of a strong wind, these seemingly harmless instruments can cause a significant amount of damage onto an individual’s vehicle. Indeed, there is a large amount of queries regarding runaway carts and the liabilities involved.

Tailgating, the intentional act of driving unbearably close to another vehicle causes a significant number of vehicle accidents. A driver with a disregard for safety may tail another car in order to inform the individual in front to move faster or switch lanes. This kind of activity can lead to rear-end collisions.

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