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Truck Accidents: Let The Professionals Handle This!

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Protect Yourself From The Dangers Of The Road

Deteriorating road conditions. Road rage. Drivers under the influence. And now self-driving vehicles. What else do you have to be concerned about? Oh, of course. Truck accidents..........

Truck Accidents Are Caused By:

A multitude of things. Perhaps road conditions had deteriorated to the point that traveling them was unsafe. Possibly the truck wasn't maintained properly and was unable to stop in time. Or the truck had a defective part from the manufacturer that caused the collision. Even improperly secured cargo causes truck accidents. 

However, in many truck accidents, the driver is at fault. Maybe the driver was on their cell phone, texting or talking with someone. Or possibly under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Or driving too fast for conditions or in violation of the speed limit. Because of demanding work schedules, some who drive professionally are tired to the point of falling asleep at the wheel!

What A Victim May Suffer

The immediate damage of truck accidents is obvious physical issues: broken bones, lacerations, etc. However, long-lasting unseen damages need to be considered. Among these are psychological trauma that afflicts indefinitely, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). And some problems that are physical, such as heart problems brought on by the stress, deserve fair compensation. 

What A Qualified Law Firm Will Do

In a nutshell, they investigate all factors to make sure the innocent victim isn't victimized again by unfair (or no) compensation. The victim of a truck accident is best served by accident scene investigators, if necessary. Top-notch attorney representation provides this. And if a case is accepted but not won, there is no fee. 

If you were involved in a truck accident, before you talk to anyone, contact us for a free consultation!

Can You Be Charged With A DUI And Be Innocent

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

How would you answer the question “Can you be charged with a DUI and be innocent?” Of course you would say that you only can be charged if you drive under the influence. It is common sense, isn’t it?

Let’s look at the first case that happened over a year ago. A woman met her girl friends after work for dinner and a few drinks. On her way home, she had to cross some railroad tracks. She drove her car to the tracks, stopped then slowly crossed them. A police officer who had watched the woman pulled her over. The woman had to take a breathalyzer test after she told the officer that she had a few drinks that night. The result of the test showed that the woman was still below the legal limit. Nevertheless, she was handcuffed, and taken to the police station where she was booked, and only released after she posted bail. The reason for this? The police officer claimed the woman knew she was drunk otherwise she would not have stopped at the railroad tracks.

This case shows that you can be charged with a DUI even if your blood alcohol content is under the legal limit. The woman had to hire an attorney to fight the charges. Even if the charges were dropped, the nightmare of this experience will not go away that easily.

Another true story happened only recently in Surprise, Arizona. A 64-year-old man was driving home from the fitness center through the town of Surprise, and allegedly crossed the white line of his lane. The driver was promptly pulled over by a police officer. The officer saw the red bloodshot eyes of the driver and insisted that the driver was drunk therefore he was driving under the influence. The driver told the officer that he came from the fitness center where he had been swimming to release tension in his hip. He was schedule for a hip replacement a few days later. The police officer did not buy the story, and ordered the driver to take a sobriety test. Indeed, the result showed a blood alcohol content of 0.000%. Nevertheless, the driver was cuffed and taken to headquarters. A drug recognition expert was called in, and blood was drawn from the driver. More tests followed. All came back negative. No alcohol, no drugs, there was nothing in the system. Even in the case report was noted that the driver had not been driving under the influence. And yet, the driver was charged with a DUI, his car was impounded and the DVM notified to suspend his license. The driver had to take a lawyer, and fight the wrong charges. They were later dropped.

In the first case there could be proven some alcohol content in the blood, but not enough to justify any DUI charges. In the second case there was no alcohol in the blood detected at all. But in both cases the drivers were charged with a DUI. Both cases show that it was most important to find a good lawyer to defend them, their innocence, and help justice prevail. So, can you be charged with a DUI and be innocent? Unfortunately, you can in certain instances.

Stoned Driving Increases Across the US

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Driving under the influence of marijuana is on the increase across the country. According to statistics, as the number of states that ease restrictions on the availability of marijuana increases, there has been an increase in the number of persons driving under the influence of pot.

According to statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of motorists found with marijuana in their systems grew by a staggering 50% since 2007. It has risen steadily since 2007, and reached a high of 12.6%, in 2014. Overall, close to a quarter of drivers tested positive for some kind of drug in their system that could impact their ability to drive safely. Those drugs included prescription painkillers, and marijuana as well as over-the-counter medications.

California allows the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, and is one of several states across the country that makes it legal to sell marijuana for medicinal purposes. Colorado recently became one of the first states in the country to legalize the sale of marijuana for recreational purposes.

As the number of states that ease restrictions on the availability of marijuana use increases, the federal administration notes that impaired driving involving stoned motorists is also on the increase. In fact, the NHTSA believes that the increase in the number of drugged drivers has also coincided with a drop in the number of persons driving under the influence of alcohol. Those numbers have declined by nearly 1/3rd since 2007.

A number of tests have shown that marijuana has the same kind of impairing effects on a person's driving abilities as alcohol does. Avoid driving under the influence of any kind of drug, including marijuana. To avoid an accident, also avoid driving after using over-the-counter drugs, like cough and cold medications and certain types of prescription medications that greatly increase your risk of impaired driving.

50% of Teen, Young Driver Car Accident Fatalities Linked to Pot, Alcohol

Friday, January 16, 2015

Alcohol and marijuana use seriously increase the risk of accidents involving teen and young adult drivers. According to new statistics, approximately 50% of teen and young adult motorists, who are fatally injured in car accidents, are driving under the influence of marijuana, alcohol or a combination of both.

The findings were based on an analysis of accident data in those states where it is mandated to conduct toxicology screening tests on fatal accident victims. The study found that accident victims above the age of 21 and of legally drinking age, were much more likely than younger victims to have used a combination of alcohol and marijuana, just before the accident. This seems to prove that even when people are of the legal age for drinking alcohol, it doesn't reduce their risk of engaging in destructive driving practices that include both marijuana and alcohol.

The researchers also found that more than half of the young motorists, who died in the accidents, were either high on marijuana, or drunk at the time of the accident. About 6.8% of the victims tested had alcohol in their systems at the time of the accident, while 5.9% had traces of marijuana. 7.6% had used both marijuana and alcohol before the accident.

The researchers were also looking for evidence to indicate that lowering the minimum drinking age from 21 to 18, would lead to a reduction in the use of marijuana among young adults. They found that this was not the case at all. Rather, they found that lowering the drinking age could actually lead to increased consumption of a combination of alcohol and marijuana by young drivers.

Accidents involving teen and young drivers typically tend to involve speeding and aggressive driving. If you have recently suffered injuries in an accident, speak to a Burbank car accident lawyer about filing a claim for compensation.

How to Deal with an Aggressive Driver

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Aggressive driving is not just well alive and well on American roads, but it is actually on the increase. According to a recent State Farm survey involving more than 1,000 American drivers above the age of 18, approximately 64% of American drivers reported experiencing aggressive driving behavior at least six times over the past three months.

The rates of such behaviors are very high in California which has notorious problems with congested traffic. It is no secret that motorists are much more likely to indulge in aggressive driving, when they are stressed, frustrated, stuck in traffic, or in other similar situations.

It is very important to deal responsibly and safely with a driver who is becoming hostile towards you on the road, and not do anything thing that will exacerbate the situation. Make no mistake. Aggressive drivers maybe much more prone to fits of road rage that can actually end in harm to you.

If you come across a hostile driver, avoid all eye contact with the driver. Stay calm, and avoiding getting dragged into what could be a potentially nasty situation. Avoid stress at all costs, and avoid responding or retaliating in any way.

Maintain a safe distance from the car in front of you. If the driver is driving too close to you, pull out of the way, and allow the driver to pass. Keep your windows closed, and the doors locked.

Avoid driving under the influence of alcohol, because alcohol impairs judgment skills, and increases the likelihood that you will get involved in a confrontation with an aggressive motorist. You need all your senses about you when you're dealing with such motorists, and alcohol interferes with your ability to do that.



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