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Much at stake when you get into a car accident

Imagine that you and a few friends are in your car driving to the movies. Everything is going well, and you enter the freeway to make your final trek to the theater. While you are on the freeway, another vehicle comes barreling across multiple lanes and cuts in front of you. In an attempt to avoid the collision, you quickly hit the brakes -- but it isn't enough. You and the other vehicle collide, and the accident sends both of you careening into the railing.

Thankfully, no one is seriously hurt. There are plenty of bumps and bruises to go around, and maybe a bit of whiplash too, but everyone escapes serious injury.

Plenty of violations for trucks in June 'inspection blitz'

Just last week, we wrote a post about truck accidents and how many of these accidents are caused. We talked about how drivers or trucking companies may not obey rest laws, or how the truck itself may not be safe or functional enough to be on the road. And now we have a report from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance detailing how these two factors represent a major chunk of "out-of-service" statuses for drivers and vehicles.

The CVSA performed a massive inspection on tens of thousands of vehicles in June. The inspection was called Roadcheck 2015, and it looked at nearly 45,000 trucks (44,989 trucks, to be exact). A basic Level 1 inspection was performed, and Roadcheck 2015 found that 3.6 percent of drivers and 21.6 percent of trucks had violations that deemed them "out-of-service." 

How scaffolding can play into a workers' compensation case

The job of a construction worker is one filled with peril. They have to work with powerful machinery that could inflict tremendous injury if misused. They have to deal with potent substances that could cause them bodily harm if they aren't careful. And, of course, the job of a construction worker includes the very real possibility of working at extreme heights, ones that if someone were to fall from them, the fallen individual would suffer catastrophic or even fatal injuries.

In other words, being a construction worker means you are inherently in a dangerous position while on the job. You have to be careful -- but so do your employers, as well as all of the other construction workers on the site.

The government isn't immune to premises liability lawsuits

Local, state and federal governments are all powerful entities, and in many cases, this is a good thing. But let's say that the government is at fault for a problem with a premises, and you get injured as a result of that. Should their power absolve them from wrongdoing?

Of course it shouldn't, but for a long time that was the way it was. The government was immune to liability. That all started to change in 1946, when the Federal Tort Claims Act went into effect. This started to chip away at the immunity that the government enjoyed, and things have been progressing on that front ever since.

What factors can be involved in a truck accident?

Truck accidents are violent and scary accidents, even if they don't involve any injuries. Inherently, these wrecks involve at least one large vehicle, and that vehicle is likely to hit other vehicles with tremendous force, creating a violent and damaging collision. If people are hurt in the crash, there is a pretty good chance that the injuries will be serious in nature.

That injured person may consider a lawsuit in the wake of the crash. So what should they be looking for in that crash? What factors are involved in truck accidents that are important to know as a plaintiff?

Facet of 'dry drowning' case overturned by federal court

A tragic "dry drowning" story came to a conclusion recently, when a federal judge overturned a lower courts ruling that the teacher of the drowning victim, a 10th-grade student, could not be held liable for the incident.

The "dry drowning" occurred in 2010, when the 10th grader was in the pool. He was submerged for a moment and apparently swallowed some water. He left the pool and complained of chest pain, so the teacher allowed him to leave the pool for a few minutes. After that, the teacher told the student to get back in the pool, even though the student didn't want to. Later in the day, in a different class, the boy had a seizure and died sometime later at a hospital.

Truck crashes into car, 2 college teens killed

A car accident that claimed the lives of two University of Connecticut remains in the headlines this week as police officers try to figure out just went wrong in the wreck. What is known is that two 19-year-old UConn students were in a car that was struck on the side by a large truck. That truck was traveling east while the vehicle carrying the 19-year-olds was traveling south.

No details have been released about how the wreck occurred, but it appears that the truck simply t-boned the smaller vehicle. Whether that was a result of negligence on the part of the truck driver or on the part of one of the two 19-year-olds remains to be seen.

New Connecticut distracted driving crackdown catches thousands

In the past few months, the state of Connecticut has seen many distracted driving crackdowns. In April, more than 12,500 people were cited for distracted driving during a major movement by the police. In the most recent operation, in August, it is believed that somewhere between 5,000 and 8,000 people were cited for distracted driving.

Even with heightened awareness about distracted driving; even with police officers routinely running distracted driving operations; and even with the expensive fines for being cited for distracted driving ($150 for first offense, $300 for a second, and $500 for each offense thereafter) there are still plenty of people out there who are choosing to operate their motor vehicles with an unfocused state of mind.

Truck transporting prison inmates involved in crash

A motor vehicle accident in Glastonbury, Connecticut involved injuries, a Connecticut Department of Transportation vehicle, and some prison inmates. But other than that, it was quite normal!

The bizarre characteristics of the crash bury the lede in this case, as the wreck was seemingly minor in nature, though few details were available. Injuries were involved in the crash, but they were not serious in nature. It is also not known as to how many people were involved in the crash. Ultimately, though, a Connecticut DOT was involved, and that vehicle was transporting prison inmates. The inmates were outside the vehicle collecting trash when the wreck occurred.

Trailer rolls over operator's foot, lawsuit yields $2.6 million

When you think about trucks and the accidents they cause, you usually don't think of the truck driver being the only victim. But in this particular case, that's exactly what happened. An owner-operator of a Swift truck was adjusting a tandem unit on the trailer of the truck in 2012. While he was doing this, the trailer suddenly started to roll. The trailer weighed 50,000 pounds.

Thankfully, the owner-operator wasn't completely struck by the trailer -- but the 25-ton trailer did roll over the owner-operator's foot, causing immense pain. The owner-operator sued Swift for the incident, alleging that Swift was negligent in their maintenance practices, which led to the trailer unexpectedly rolling and crushing the individual's foot.

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