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Cell phones are only one type of distraction in driving

Since cell phones have become such a prevalent part of our culture, we don’t usually think of any other significant risk for distracted driving. We blame it all on the smart phone.

However, while smart phones remain at the top of the list, there are numerous potential distractions while driving. It is important to understand the various distractions so you can stay safe and avoid serious accidents.

The center line on the highway is not enough to protect drivers

When driving along our highways, we often assume that everyone will respect the center line. We don’t usually worry that someone will driver over the center line, so we don’t drive defensively in this regard or watch out for this potentiality.

However, people drive over the line more than most of us realize. Whether due to intoxication, exhaustion, poor vision or many other reasons, people drive over the center line on highways with some frequency, and when they do, the results are usually disastrous.

Accident victims must be ready to fight for their compensation

In the aftermath of a serious accident, victims cannot sit back and wait for the other drivers' insurance companies to provide them with adequate compensation, and they cannot simply trust the authorities to make sure justice is realized.

In a recent example, the Chicago Tribune reports that an elderly woman was struck by a semi-truck recently when she stopped to help a turtle get across safely.

US Supreme Court limits jurisdiction in plaintiff injury claims

After a serious accident caused by a major corporation, most people experience some trepidation. It is no small task to face a powerful company to obtain compensation for medical bills and other damages.

When bringing a lawsuit against a power national corporation, being able to find a court that is known to be favorable to plaintiff claims is a tremendous benefit. However, it looks like that benefit has become much more limited due to a recent Supreme Court ruling.

North American Truck Drivers on Notice: Secure Those Loads

It’s official. Truck drivers throughout North America are on notice that their cargoes need to be properly secured.

Everyone in the trucking business knows the importance of properly securing cargo to avoid unnecessary safety risks, yet serious accidents continue to occur due to improperly secured loads. Can governmental oversight limit the frequency of these accidents?

Cutting through the fog of insurance policy language

After a significant car accident or other motor vehicle accident, the insurance companies get involved almost immediately. The insurance company executives will play nice with the victims and their families, and act as though they want nothing more than to help out.

The truth, however, is quite different. Insurance companies do not make money by doing the right thing in every case. In fact, many motor vehicle accidents result in endless insurance policy language minutiae that all works to minimize, delay and deny policyholders’ rightful claims.

ATV Accidents and Injuries Worse for Children than For Adults

Most people feel that All-Terrain-Vehicles (ATVs) are relatively safe. Safe enough to let their children ride them, either as passengers while an adult is driving or as drivers themselves.

However, ATVs are not as safe as some people think. Just looking at the lack of coverage and seat belt protection makes this fact obvious, and science and also backs up common sense in proving the dangers of ATVs, especially to children.

The legal ramifications of automated cars could be staggering.

Remember when people used to cause auto accidents? 

It looks possible that those simpler times we be nothing more than a memory. With the advent of automated self-driving automobile technology, it looks like computers will be the most frequent defendant in motor vehicle accident claims.

Of course, a computer can't be a defendant in a legal claim. But we will see computer-operated cars as the cause of motor vehicle accidents with increasing frequency. There is no chance that automated vehicles will be perfectly safe and make the right decision every time, so this increase in automated vehicle accidents will have a dramatic impact on the world of auto accident claims.

Truck drivers need to make sure their cargo is secure.

One of the most common causes of truck accidents is improperly secured loads. Because the cargo isn't visible from the outside, people don't really think about the impact that an unsecured load can have on a moving truck. But shifting loads can send a truck off course, resulting in serious accidents.

Tennessee truck driver declared an 'imminent hazard to public safety'

truck crash 3-T.JPGDid you know the federal government has the power to take dangerous commercial truck drivers off the road?

Last week the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) of the U.S. Department of transportation, took action against a Tennessee truck driver, declaring him to be an "imminent hazard to public safety."

As such, the FMCSA routinely forbids individuals from operating any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.

FMCSA's imminent hazard order states that the driver's continued operation of a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce "substantially increases the likelihood of serious injury or death to you and/or the motoring public if not discontinued immediately."

A rough week in Vermont

The driver in question was licensed in Tennessee, but the incidents that led to his being banned occurred in Vermont. A single four-day period saw this driver get arrested two separate times for alcohol-involved incidents.

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