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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!

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.

Binge Drinking Higher among Women

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Contrary to popular belief, women are very likely to drink heavily, even though the overall rates of binge drinking or excessive drinking are much lower among women than men. However, women are definitely bridging the alcohol gap with males.

According to data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women are not only likely to binge drink, but are also much more likely to drink more alcohol in a single bingeing session. Binge drinking is defined as the drinking of four or more alcoholic beverages during a single session of excessive drinking.

However, statistics indicate that women, who binge, drink more than the minimum 4 beverages during the session. On an average, these women drink six beverages during a single session of binge drinking. They are also more likely to drink excessively, bingeing, on an average, at least three times a month.

Those are scary statistics, and they seem to indicate that the problem of driving under the influence of alcohol involving women is something that must be addressed by tackling binge drinking. Many women may believe that bingeing like this at least three times a month, is fun, liberating, and places them on an equal footing with males. However, this is not the area in which women should strive for equality of the sexes.

Bingeing may have an even worse effect on women than men. Women absorb alcohol much more quickly, which means drinking six or more alcoholic beverages in a single session, could lead to a severely intoxicated state. A woman, who attempts to drive in a severely impaired state like this, is likely to cause a serious or even fatal car accident.

Early-Morning Drunk Driving on the Increase

Thursday, July 18, 2013

According to law-enforcement officers, there has been an increase in the number of motorists driving while impaired by alcohol in the early hours of the morning. In fact, a recently study that was conducted by a television station found increased number of DUI arrests and accidents caused by impaired drivers, during the 6 AM commute in New York.

Thousand Oaks car accident lawyers believe that these early-morning drunken-driving episodes may be especially more dangerous, because many motorists don't expect to be driving with an impaired motorist in the lane next to them. As a result, motorists are not necessarily looking out for signs of drunk driving involving other motorists on the road. Many of the signs of intoxicated driving that are easily recognizable to other motorists during nighttime simply don't register as much when a motorist observes these signs in the daytime. Therefore, motorists who observe a drunk driver weaving between lanes, or showing signs of aggressive driving, may fail to alert police in time. The result could be a potentially catastrophic accident.

In fact, according to the study, there have been a number of recent accidents in New York caused by motorists driving under the influence of alcohol in the early hours of the morning. Many of these resulted in fatalities. Often, people don't realize that when they have drunk heavily at night, the system may not have completely absorbed the alcohol by the next morning. Even having a good night's sleep, and eating a hearty breakfast doesn't necessarily guarantee that all the alcohol traces will be eliminated from your system by the next morning. As a result, your driving skills could still be impaired, increasing the risk of a potentially serious accident.



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