Truck Driver Hours of Service (HOS) Rules

Submitted by jrlaw on May 21st, 2014

Truck drivers face numerous hazards on the road. The biggest hazard though, may be themselves.

Hours of Service Rules for Truck DriversNumerous 18-wheeler accidents are attributed to driver fatigue and exhaustion on a daily basis. Because of this, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has passed laws limiting the amount of time a truck driver can operate his or her vehicle. In fact, the FMCSA again unveiled updated hours of service (HOS) regulations in July of 2013 in an effort to further reduce the number of accidents attributed to driver fatigue.

Car Accidents Caused by Road Debris & Unsecured Loads

Submitted by jrlaw on May 16th, 2014

Big trucks pose many problems for smaller vehicles on the road. This is especially dangerous as it relates to unsecured loads and fallen cargo. While there are regulations in place to help prevent these types of events, they still occur.

30 Percent of Nursing Homes Sanctioned Due to Elder Abuse

Submitted by jrlaw on May 14th, 2014

Nursing home abuse is on the increase, and it doesn’t appear to be getting any better. The Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee conducted a study recently in which they revealed a serious problem with sexual, psychological, verbal, and physical abuse occurring in nursing homes. The results of that study are alarming to say the least.

Fracking and Birth Defects

Submitted by jrlaw on May 8th, 2014

A new study sheds light on the connection between fracking and birth defects. If you live in an area populated with fracking wells and have a child who was born with a birth defect, we may be able to help you recover compensation.

Hydraulic fracking is a means of extracting gas from the earth’s subterranean levels by injecting a cocktail of water, sand and chemicals into the ground. As the demand for cheaper gas grows, fracking wells are springing up in every part of the country; Texas is no exception.

Overtime Pay Gets Even More Complicated

Submitted by jrlaw on May 6th, 2014

The White House is currently conducting an assessment of the overtime rules in the Fair Labor Standards Act. Changes Expected.

DOT Proposes Additional Rules for Trucking Industry in 2014

Submitted by jrlaw on Apr 28th, 2014

The United States Department of Transportation is considering some new rules related to the trucking industry.

There is always a need for changes as new technology and even transportation routines change, and the US DOT expects new developments in this area over the remainder of 2014.

Cell Phones and Driving Safety

Submitted by jrlaw on Apr 23rd, 2014

The use of smartphones has had a dramatic effect on highway safety - and not in a positive way.

Approximately one quarter of car crashes involves driver distraction, and drivers who operate their vehicles while using cell phones are at a greater risk of collision than those who don’t. This is why many states and local municipalities have elected to enact legislation that restricts the use of cell phones during the operation of a motor vehicle, and this can include both talking and texting.

Texas Highway Safety Driving Tips

Submitted by jrlaw on Apr 2nd, 2014

Driving in the state of Texas doesn’t have to be a complicated thing as long as you follow the rules. Additionally, taking note of these tips and regulations will help keep you, as well as the other people using the road with you, safe. In this post, we’ll take a look at a few tips you may not know about in order to help you make your driving experience comfortable and uneventful.

GM Recall Linked to 300+ Car Accident Wrongful Deaths

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 25th, 2014

GM has recently come under fire, and lots of people aren’t happy. This is in response to a recall in January which involved millions of cars.

These cars have a defect which makes ignition keys come loose while an individual is on the road, causing crashes and death due to the inability of airbags to deploy.

Vehicle To Vehicle Communication Set To Change The Face of Road Safety

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 20th, 2014

The Department of Transportation recently announced plans that would drastically change the face of car safety in a positive way thanks to the implementation of a new program.

Vehicle to Vehicle communication is a new technology that’s estimated to avert up to 80 percent of automobile accidents.

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