Truck Accidents and Recent Hours-of-Service Changes

Submitted by jrlaw on Jul 2nd, 2014

Truck accidents are unfortunately common on American roads given the lax rules surrounding this industry. Even though there are hours-of-service rules, it’s not uncommon for a truck driver to work for more than 24 hours without getting adequate rest. This, in turn, leads to distracted driving as well as fatigue, two things that lead to the occurrence of numerous 18-wheeler crashes.

Was Your Accident Caused by a General Motors Recall?

Submitted by jrlaw on Jun 23rd, 2014

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While there was a spotlight on the current CEO of General Motors simply because of her status as the first female in that position, she is now receiving attention because of a long-overdue recall that involves millions of GM cars. She, along with the acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, are scheduled to appear before a House and Senate subcommittee to discuss the recall.

What To Do Before Reporting an Accident to Your Insurance

Submitted by jrlaw on Jun 19th, 2014

A car accident can be a potentially serious event due to the possibility of sustaining an injury or even having it turn fatal. As a result, it’s important to treat car accidents with the seriousness that they deserve. Additionally, there are certain things that you must do before contacting your insurance company should you be involved in a car accident.

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.

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.

What To Do If Involved in a Pileup Car Accident

Submitted by jrlaw on Apr 11th, 2014

A pileup accident (also known as a chain-reaction accident or multi-vehicle collision) occurrs when vehicles continue to wreck into an existing car accident on the highway. 

Bicycling Safety Tips

Submitted by jrlaw on Apr 8th, 2014

Safety on the road applies to all people that use it, including bicycle riders. It’s estimated that more than half a million cyclists are injured on the road every year.

Bicyclists are supposed to follow the same rules and regulations as other motorists; this means that they should ensure that they’re always aware of other vehicles and drivers. Here are a few things that you as a bicyclist can do to ensure that you stay safe on the road.

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.

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