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How Trucking Companies Try to Avoid Liability for Injuries

How Trucking Companies Try to Avoid Liability for Injuries

Truck Accident
Trucking companies are afraid of what could happen to them in the aftermath of your accident. Recently, numerous companies have been put out of business by “nuclear verdicts.” Here is how trucking companies try to protect themselves at your expense. One recent trend is that many trucking companies have been calling their drivers “independent contractors.” By doing this, they are trying to avoid liability for the drivers’ actions. Trucking companies are attempting to sidestep lawsuits by saying that drivers are not their employees. The trucking companies do not get the last word here. Your trucking accident lawyer could give close attention to the arrangement, and a court could find that the truckers are employees no matter what the company says. How to Stop the Trucking Company from Getting Rid of…
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Improper Maintenance Can Cause Trucks to Crash

Improper Maintenance Can Cause Trucks to Crash

Truck Accident
Trucks are large and complicated vehicles. Up to 80,000 pounds is traveling on the road. The slightest malfunction could cause a catastrophic crash, even if the truck driver does nothing wrong. This is why there are strict federal standards for maintenance. Unfortunately, trucking companies do not always follow these rules. How Negligent Maintenance Causes Crashes Truck drivers need to be able to control their vehicles. In addition, they must brake in time, knowing that the heavy weight of the truck increases their braking time. Here are some maintenance issues that could lead to a crash. Worn out brakes Underinflated or worn tires Defective fifth wheel couplings that lead to separation Broken taillights that keep cars from knowing when the truck stops Up to one-third of truck crashes are caused by…
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Truck Driver Impairment is a Dangerous Problem

Truck Driver Impairment is a Dangerous Problem

Truck Accident
It goes without saying that it takes every single one of an operator's senses to drive a truck given their size and the sheer amount of danger that they pose for everyone else. However, some operators will drive impaired, and it puts everyone else on the road at risk. What Is Truck Driver Impairment? There are five main causes of driver impairment. They are: Fatigue Medical conditions Alcohol Drugs Distractions Trucks require increased distance to stop because of their size and momentum. Even braking late by a second increases the chances of an accident. At 65 MPH, the average truck will travel 95 feet in a second. As you can see, there is a very thin margin between stopping in time and a rear-end accident with serious injuries. What Happens…
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Flatbed Trucks and Cargo Spills

Flatbed Trucks and Cargo Spills

Truck Accident
Load shifts and spills are incredibly dangerous for other drivers on the road. Flatbed trucks are perhaps the most dangerous of all because the load is out in the open. If it is not properly secured, it could fly off the truck, either striking a car or spilling debris onto the roadway. The open design of the flatbed truck does not get the trucking company off the hook when their truck or cargo injures someone else. Flatbed trucks are usually used to transport very heavy cargo. Their load is bulky enough that it cannot fit inside a closed tractor-trailer. This could be things like lumber or other heavy iron pieces. The cargo could either come loose while the truck is in operation, or it can fall from the truck in…
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How Truck Accident Cases are Different from Other Traffic Claims

How Truck Accident Cases are Different from Other Traffic Claims

Truck Accident
Truck accident cases require an experienced lawyer who is familiar with this type of accident. They are not the same as car crashes, even though the legal concepts are similar. The most obvious difference between a truck and car accident is that truck accident injuries tend to be more severe. Trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds fully loaded. This is over 25 times the weight of the car. They will have more momentum in a crash, and the laws of physics state that they crash with more force. As a result, injured drivers and their passengers could suffer the following in an accident: Traumatic brain injuries Internal injuries Spinal cord injuries Broken bones Death Truck Accidents Often Involve Regulations Truck accidents could also involve numerous regulations that an attorney…
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When to Call a Henry County Police Brutality and Excessive Force Attorney

When to Call a Henry County Police Brutality and Excessive Force Attorney

personal injury
When police officers use excessive force, they violate your rights under the Fourth Amendment. Victims of this type of violation might have the right to file a lawsuit against the offending officers or perhaps the locality that oversees the law enforcement agency. If you were the victim of police brutality, speak with a Henry County excessive force lawyer as soon as possible. Your Rights Under the Law 42 U.S. Code § 1983, also known as Section 1983, gives individuals the right to take civil action against defendants who violate their constitutional rights while acting under the color of law. When police use excessive force and violate your right against unreasonable seizure, they can be held accountable for the harm they caused under this federal law, or even potentially under the…
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Were You the Victim of Police Brutality and Excessive Force in Clayton County?

Were You the Victim of Police Brutality and Excessive Force in Clayton County?

personal injury
Headlines regularly inform us of more and more incidents in which police officers use excessive force against suspects or arrestees, sometimes even causing fatal harm. If you believe that you were a victim of unlawful police force, you should not wait to consult with a Clayton County police brutality attorney who can stand up for your rights. The Legal Rights of Injured Brutality Victims While police officers can use force when needed to make an arrest, protect the public, and protect themselves, they cannot simply cause harm to others whenever they want. In many cases, violence from police is unjustified, and the law gives victims the right to take legal action under 42 U.S. Code § 1983, also known simply as Section 1983. Section 1983 creates a cause of action…
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Your Rights After Police Brutality and Excessive Force in Covington, Georgia

Your Rights After Police Brutality and Excessive Force in Covington, Georgia

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The recent verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial in Minnesota shows that police officers can be held criminally culpable for excessive violence against suspects or arrestees. While a criminal conviction can feel like justice being served, it does little to help the victim or their family recover for the harm caused. This is why the law provides the right to bring civil action for police brutality under 42 U.S. Code § 1983. If you believe you were the victim of excessive force by an officer, you should not delay in speaking with a Covington police brutality attorney about your legal options. Requirements for a Successful 1983 Claim When you bring a civil rights claim under Section 1983, you need to prove the following: Your federal or constitutional rights were violated…
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Rockdale County Rental Car Accident Attorney

Rockdale County Rental Car Accident Attorney

Rental Car Accident
Rental cars are great when you need them. Rental car accidents, however, often lead to complex accident claims. Fortunately, an experienced Rockdale County rental car accident lawyer can help you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled if the negligence of a driver behind the wheel of a rental car leaves you injured. Your Best Steps In order to protect your rights and to help ensure your rightful compensation, there are two important steps that you should not forego if you’ve been injured by someone else’s negligence in a rental car accident, including: Seek Medical Attention – Your first priority should be attending to your medical needs. Further, you should carefully follow your doctor’s instructions to help ensure that you reach your fullest physical recovery and to help support…
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RV and Motorhome Accidents in Rockdale County

RV and Motorhome Accidents in Rockdale County

RV and Motorhome Accident
It’s hard to imagine a more relaxing way to take your act on the road than heading out with your family in an RV or motorhome. In fact, more and more recreational vehicles are traveling across this great big country of ours. Correspondingly, RV accidents are also on the rise. If the motorist behind the wheel of a recreational vehicle leaves you injured, call an experienced Rockdale County RV and motorhome accident lawyer today. RV and Motorhome Accidents Are Often Caused by Driver Inexperience Recreational vehicles are far larger than the cars we drive, and they can be massive. Nevertheless, the driver behind the wheel of the RV next to you needs no special driver’s license, experience, or skill. The fact is, however, that RVs are more difficult to maneuver…
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