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What to do after an accident with a commercial truck

Experiencing a serious car accident can be incredibly traumatic. Between the feeling of helplessness during the accident and the injuries sustained, an accident can result in serious trauma. When the other vehicle is a massive commercial truck, the potential for severe injuries, major property damage and even death increases.

When you've been through an accident with a commercial truck, it can take a long time to fully recover. That's one of many reasons why you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your commercial truck accident.

Ohio grand jury moves to indict alleged drunk driver

An Ohio grand jury recently voted to indict a woman for causing a fatal wreck last year. The 63-year-old woman is accused of being a drunk driver when she hit another vehicle, killing the driver. The investigation reportedly took several months to complete.

The fatal wreck occurred late last August. The woman was operating her vehicle in the westbound lane when she inexplicably swerved into the eastbound lane. She then smashed head long into the automobile being driven by the victim. He was killed in the impact. His wife suffered serious injuries in the crash.

Important truck safety rule delayed in regulatory freeze

We all know that large commercial trucks can be extremely dangerous to other motorists, particularly at the high speeds seen on freeways. That danger only increases when the truck's driver is inexperienced and unfamiliar with the truck's handling and limitations. How can the industry ensure that only adequately experienced drivers are licensed to handle these massive machines?

Entry-level driving requirements have concerned safety experts for decades. But, not surprisingly, progress toward a safer standard has been slow. Days ago, the issue was delayed even further. The federal government has put off implementation of a new standard in accordance with the Trump administration's regulatory freeze -- despite industry-wide support for the rule.

What to Know Before Seeking Justice from Truck Accidents

Being involved in truck accidents is widely considered to be a traumatizing experience. If a victim is lucky enough, walking away with catastrophic injuries might just be the best outcome from such a fatal accident. However, such injuries often affect your life in more ways than you can imagine. From lost wages to a daunting recovery journey, it is undoubtedly clear that things will never be the same again. At such a point, filing a lawsuit with an eye on the compensation appears to be the most logical course of action.

After all, a distracted truck driver should be held accountable for adversely affecting a victim's life. Before making any hasty decision, you might want to consider two basic options at your disposal in your quest to seek justice. Are you willing to accept a compensation offer from a guilty party? Or are you more interested in taking the matter to court and ensuring a successful prosecution? 

Manslaughter charges filed in Ohio truck accident

There's a reason why truck accidents and commercial vehicles often cause so much devastation, and it's not just because they're bigger and more powerful than every other vehicle on the road. Truck drivers are almost always under pressure to get to a certain number of miles a day, and they often spend long stretches of time behind the wheel. That can lead to fatigue and poor judgment, which in turn leads to more accidents.

It happens on Ohio's roads all too often, and one recent accident left two people dead. A man was driving a 2007 Kenworth big rig on State Road 32 in Brown County when he ran through a red light. His actions caused him to slam into a  Chevrolet Silverado that was traveling through the intersection. The Silverado was sliced in half because of the impact. The couple inside died before they could receive medical treatment.

Determining pecuniary loss in a wrongful death case

It is scary to think about how irresponsible some people can be when they are behind the wheel of a vehicle. It has often been this negligence that has left other people who happened to be on the road with this negligent driver injured or dead. When a motor vehicle accident is fatal, this can affect more than just the person who has lost their life, which is why it is not uncommon for the decedent's family to take action against the liable party.

If you have lost a loved one in a car accident, you are able to file a wrongful death law suit. In doing so, there is a chance that the courts will award you damages based on pecuniary loss. While there is an opportunity to be compensated for your loss, there is a process that the courts must follow before anything can be awarded, and that includes an examination of several factors regarding the decedent.

Wrong way driver causes fatal car accident in Ohio

There are many older drivers who are perfectly capable of handling a motor vehicle and obeying all traffic laws. However, there are also some who may have difficulty navigating the roads for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, if a driver experiences difficulties, it could have serious, even deadly consequences. It is unclear at this time what may have contributed to a recent fatal car accident in Ohio.

Police report that a serious crash occurred along Route 30 on a weekday afternoon. The collision was apparently caused by an 86-year-old male driver operating his vehicle against opposing traffic. His large sedan smashed head-on into a slightly smaller and lighter vehicle. That vehicle was being driven by an 81-year-old man who was traveling with a 70-year-old passenger.

Will Congress act to prevent side underride crashes?

In a recent post, we talked about the devastating effects of side underride accidents, in which cars get trapped underneath large trucks. These grisly, often fatal accidents are all too common, claiming at least 200 lives per year in America.

What makes these fatalities even more tragic is the fact that many of them could be prevented, In this post, we'll explore how these accidents can be avoided and examine the lack of legislative action that allows them to continue happening.

A review of accidents between pedestrians and trucks

Accidents between pedestrians and trucks (industrial vehicles) often result in severe injuries or fatalities. As such, numerous non-profits and governments conduct studies to improve the safety of pedestrians and trucks. One study analyzed the interplay between pedestrians, trucks and avoidance systems. This post will go over the basics of the study and what it means for pedestrian safety involving trucks.

How do truck tire blowouts occur?

When it comes to the nearly 40 ton semi trucks with which we share the roads and highways, we like to imagine that not only are those at the wheels of these mechanical behemoths obeying the traffic laws and practicing safe driving techniques, but that the semi trucks themselves are in good working order and free from potentially dangerous mechanical issues.

The unfortunate reality, of course, is that this is often not the case. Indeed, as far as mechanical issues are concerned, a person needn't look any further than the regular appearance of so-called "road gators" -- truck tire treads -- lining the shoulders of highways for proof of this fact.

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