Trucks: Indispensable Threats on the Road?
Sharing the road with really huge vehicles, specifically, trucks or 18-wheelers, is one experience that drivers of smaller vehicles will never be able to do away with. For, though, trucks are considered threats on the road due to their size and weight, so that even the least error from their driver can cause major damage to properties and/or severe in jury to other drivers, motorcyclists or pedestrians, their important contribution to the nation’s economy make these vehicles indispensable.
Trucks are usually 70 feet long, weigh about 80,000 lbs. or 40 tons, and have a stance that is designed much higher than cars. These qualities, which make truck drivers safer and more secure (than cars) during accidents, however, are the very same qualities that make these vehicles much more challenging to operate and handle. First, due to their size and weight, maneuvering becomes more difficult, capability to avoid collisions is reduced, and, to come to a full stop, longer stopping distance is required plus tires that will provide great traction and a breaking system that will effectively enable deceleration. Second, though a truck’s higher stance gives drivers a commanding and greater view of the road ahead, it, nevertheless, lessens their view of what’s behind and at the sides, especially the right side, of their vehicle (these areas are known as the “no zone” areas or “truckers’ blind spots” where drivers either have limited or no visibility at all). Worse, this higher design could only mean a higher center of gravity – the major cause of rollover accidents.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) records about 500,000 truck accidents every year; about 4,000 of these are fatal. According to a group of researchers, who studied causes of truck crashes, the most common factors that led to an accident included: poor truck driver performance; driver fatigue; mechanical failure or truck parts that fail to function properly; lack of familiarity with roadway; intoxication due to alcohol, illegal drug, or prescription or over-the-counter drugs; failure of trucking companies to properly screen applicant truck drivers; wrong distribution of cargo weight; and, failure of trucking firms to properly train their drivers.
A person’s failure to perform what is part of his/her duty is considered negligence. Now, while some accidents are results of things or events that man cannot control, many more are due to someone’s failure to act diligently, thus, rendering so many road accidents as should-have-been prevented misfortunes.
A Louisville personal injury attorney could be aware of the possible serious consequences of a truck accident on a victim’s life. While some injuries may cause a victim to be bedridden for a number of days or weeks, other injuries are too severe, resulting to a disability or a condition that will alter his/her (and his/her family’s) way of life for a long, long time.
In any type of accident, even a simple, yet also harmful, slip and fall, it is often necessary to seek legal assistance for the possible legal actions a victim may decide to pursue, as well as for the compensation that he/she may be entitled to receive.More →
Commercial aviation is generally considered one of the safest ways to travel. Even when recent events like the disturbing disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines MH370 plane seem to point to the contrary, data compiled by the Aviation Safety Network (ASN) proves that air travel today is the safest it’s ever been. As they point out in their latest industry report, air transportation saw about 2.9 billion passengers in 2012. During that year, the global accident rate declined to 3.2 accidents for every million departures.
It’s obvious that these trends in air travel point to passenger safety and assurance. However, we can’t fully discount the possibility of accidents taking place. While such accidents would be considered as isolated cases, there’s no way to tell if such situations could happen to you. After all, accidents stem from circumstances that are beyond your control.
Majority of aviation accidents are caused by factors that are hard to predict and avoid, like inclement weather. However, there are instances when crashes and accidents happen due to human error and negligence. The following are just some of the common causes of aviation accidents cited:
- Negligence of airline
- Mechanical errors from airplane defects and malfunction
- Pilot error
- Pilot intoxication
- Air traffic control error
Current air travel trends and data show that aviation accidents are easy to avoid. This is especially true for accidents caused by error and negligence. As long as airlines and aviation agencies are held accountable for the lives of the billions of passengers crossing the open air every year, it will be easy to learn from fatal mistakes and make significant strides toward the right direction.
The first step is to make sure that victims of tragic aviation accidents receive the justice they deserve. If you or anyone you love were in a similar situation, we encourage you to seek out appropriate legal counsel. Legal options may differ from state to state, so it’s best to contact an experienced attorney in your area. For example, those in Tennessee can seek out the services of a Nashville personal injury lawyer.More →
The Arizona appeals court overturned a lower court’s ruling that a transgender individual has a right to petition for divorce in the state if the marriage is considered legal in Arizona.
The appellant is a transgender man who married his wife in Hawaii after he had completed his transformation from a biological female to a legal male. At that time, Hawaii did not recognize same-sex marriages, but the couple was able to get married legally as a heterosexual couple. If they had obtained a same-sex marriage, they would have been barred from obtaining a divorce in Arizona because the state does not recognize the validity of same-sex marriages.
The 40-year-old appellant had been born a woman but lived as a man for 20 years, except for the periods in which he got pregnant and gave birth to their children as his wife was unable to, for which he gained notoriety. When he decided to divorce his wife in order to marry his girlfriend, he encountered a hitch. He was denied divorce because he was not considered legally married to his wife.
The decision of the appeals court to overturn this ruling is a significant development in the ongoing drama of same-sex marriages, transgender rights, and the general LGBT movement in the US. Many states that have banned same-sex marriages have been ordered to lift the bans by the courts because they have been deemed unconstitutional. The ruling in this case affirms, at least in Arizona, that transgender people have the same legal and civil rights as anyone else, including under family law.
The legal profession has its work cut out for it because the courts are creating numerous precedents as never before. Informed lawyers, such as the Marshall and Taylor divorce lawyers, know that when choosing your divorce lawyer, be sure that you are consulting with one who is up-to-date with the most recent cases.More →
In July 2011 the US Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Xarelto (the generic name of Rivaroxaban), an anticoagulant, or blood-thinning, prescription drug that will help: reduce risks of blood clots and stroke in individuals with non-valvular atrial fibrillation; treat deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism effectively, as well as reduce any possibility of their recurrence; and, minimize the risk of blood clot formation in the lungs or legs of people who have just undergone a knee or a total hip replacement surgery.
Bayer Health Care and Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the joint manufacturers of Xarelto, also intended the drug as an alternative to Warfarin, which has been the standard anti-coagulant medicine in the US since 1954, and to compete with Pradaxa, which the FDA approved in 2010.
Though both Pradaxa and Xarelto are thrombin inhibitors,(a thrombin is a blood plasma enzyme that causes clotting of the blood), they do not contain any form of reversal agent (like vitamin K, which can counteract Warfarin’s bleeding effect) that will stop severe internal bleeding, which is presently the most dangerous, and often lethal, adverse effect of modern anticoagulants. This uncontrollable bleeding case, though, is found to be worse in Xarelto, making it the most common basis of lawsuits filed by individuals who use the drug.
In 2012 more than two thousand cases of severe bleeding were reported to the FDA, with 151 involving patient deaths. According to one non-profit (consumer watchdog) organization, though, Xarelto is linked not only to uncontrollable bleeding, but to a lot of other serious injuries too, including: epidural or spinal hematomas that can result to permanent paralysis; blood in stools and/or in urine; vomiting and/or coughing up of blood; heart-related problems following discontinued use; and so forth.
All across the US (and in other countries around the globe) lawsuits against Xarelto’s manufacturers have started piling, seeking compensation and punitive damages for severe uncontrolled bleeding, wrongful death, marketing of a dangerous drug, failure to warn of adverse effects, etc.
Being represented by Xarelto lawsuit lawyers at the National Injury Law Center would prove to be very advantageous for victims who need a very strong argument in defense of their right and in fighting for their interests. Though the situation and the harm may already be irreversible, receiving the full amount of compensation the victim is legally allowed to will somehow help ease the burden resulting from additional costly medical expenses and possible disability.More →
During its long rule, Rome produced numerous great thinkers. Among them was Cicero, an accomplished lawyer, orator, philosopher, and political theorist. Cicero contributed much to the western rhetoric, and his ideas are still taught in universities across the U.S., over two millennia after his death. Here is an image of Cicero, immortalized in marble.
Bankruptcy is useful in relieving overwhelming financial debts. When someone files for bankruptcy, their financial assets (valuable property such as houses, vehicles, personal belongings, jewelry, etc.) can be used to pay off liabilities. Sometimes filing for bankruptcy can exempt people from paying specific debts; these debts (made avoidable by bankruptcy) are referred to as dischargeable debts. In contrast to dischargeable debts, liabilities that must absolutely be paid off by the debtor are called non-dischargeable debts.
Under Chapter 7 bankruptcy, dischargeable debts can include penalties like car accident claims, personal loans, credit card debt, business debt, leases, mortgages, utility bills, automobile loans, and medical bill debt. Dischargeable debts are able to be forgiven by the creditor because of its nature as an unsecured loan. Unsecured loans are not protected by use of collateral; rather they are dependent upon the debtor’s promise of payment. Since unsecured loans are typically higher risk they have higher interest rates. Since people filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy are usually unable to pay debts with assets, their dischargeable debts are forgiven.
Though dischargeable debt can be relieved more easily, debtors must contend more seriously with non-dischargeable debt. Non-dischargeable debts are secured, or priority, loans. When a debtor enters into a secured loan agreement with a creditor, the debtor must pledge to pay the creditor back by way of collateral. Should the debtor be unable to fulfill payments, the creditor will collect the collateral from the debtor in the form of valuable property. Until the debtor can cover the cost of the payment, the creditor will remain in possession of the collateral. Chapter 7 bankruptcies considers tax debts, spousal support, child support, alimony, government fines, student loans, personal injury debt, court penalties as existing under the classification of non-dischargeable debts.More →
Hospitals are responsible for their employees’ actions, therefore when one of their employees act in a negligent way that causes harm or injury to a patient in the hospital, the patient has the right to sue. Hospital negligence can have a wide range of consequences to the health and wellbeing of the patient, from detrimental setbacks to catastrophic, lasting effects.
Any type of malpractice that occurs on a hospital setting, such as errors from doctors, nurses, technicians or any other hospital staff can be filed under hospital negligence. Based on a study by the Institute of Medicine, every year about 98, 000 people die because of medical errors in hospitals, errors that can be prevented. Medical malpractice is the sixth (6th) leading cause of death in the United States, killing more people per annum as compared to diabetes, pneumonia, and Alzheimer’ disease.
When filing a lawsuit against a hospital for negligence, there are some important things that need considerations. First, it is vital to prove the unreasonable action of the hospital staff that caused the injury directly. Unsuccessful efforts or failure of the treatment (if the treatment was accepted based on doctor’s information) are not grounds for hospital negligence. Next, some special laws are applicable on doctor medical malpractice: statute of limitations refers to a certain timeframe in which a patient can file a lawsuit against the hospital (lawsuits filed after this time period may be barred despite its merit), and expert affidavit where in some states it is necessary to get a written document signed by a hospital expert to confirm the medical malpractice that occurred has caused the injury, making sure to indicate the format and timing of the document it correct.More →
When travelling at high speeds, a tire explosion can lead to serious injuries or even death. The integrity of a vehicle’s tires can spell the difference between a minor mishap to total wreckage of one or more vehicles, especially in a densely travelled area.
Losing tire tread means loss of control, which can easily lead to a roll over no matter what type of vehicle one is driving when travelling at high speeds. This is because it can result in yawing, which is when the vehicle swings to the side. Loss of control of the vehicle would make it difficult to reverse this sideways motion, causing the vehicle to tip over, possibly involving other vehicles in the immediate vicinity. While the accident may be said to be no one’s fault, liability may accrue to the tire manufacturer, depending on why the blowout occurred. There are several types of tire blowouts resulting from a defect in the manufacturing or design of the tire itself.
Bead failure explosions occur when a design defect affects the tire mounting process. This usually occurs in light truck and passenger tires with a .037 inch weftless configuration. When the bear wire is impeded during inflation, it can exert low pressures that will nevertheless cause the tire to explode at pressures as low as 38 pounds per inch. Such an explosion may result in severe injuries if it occurs close to a flat surface.
Another cause for tire explosions is when there the sidewall of the tire has a defect that will result in a zipper failure. Such incidents often occur when the tire is being inflated, and there is no way to determine if a particular tire has this inherent weakness.
In either case, serious injuries or death can result, and the liability lies with the manufacturer. If such an incident occurs, a report which specifies a defect in the design or manufacture of the tire may be the basis for a product liability lawsuit.More →
Air bag defects are causing car manufacturers a lot of headaches recently. A recall of more than 3 million cars worldwide was due to suspected air bag defects causing improper inflation. The air bags were supplied by Takata Corportation to Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota. Chrysler is also recalling its 2013 Chrysler Town and Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, and Ram Cargo Van models because of a spotty software may cause the side air bags to inflate on the wrong side of the vehicle i.e. not the side where the crash occurred.
Air bags are supposed to increase the safety of a vehicle’s passengers in the event of a crash or accident, and in most instances it does. But when a product has a design flaw or manufacturing defect, it can end up causing serious injury instead of preventing it. The problem with air bag defects is that it often only becomes apparent when something bad happens and subsequent investigations reveal the culprit. According to the website of Seegmiller personal injury, in some cases, it may not even be possible to identify the proximate cause of injury because the vehicle was too damaged for forensic investigation.
While air bags are a great idea, advances in technology are making the permutations for air bag defects higher. As the system becomes more interactive and complex, the number of moving parts and steps in assembly increases the chances of a glitch happening, and makes it more difficult to catch a mistake. On the other hand, millions of lives have been saved by properly functioning air bag systems. It’s a catch 22 all around, and all you can do is hope that the batch of air bags you in your car is a good one.
Making a manufacturer pay for any product defect that may cause injury to consumer is not only your right but a responsibility. Once confronted with glitches in their products, many manufacturers try to fix them as soon as they can in order to minimize lawsuits and keep more of their money. Consult with a product liability lawyer and find out your legal options to set things right.More →
The US government’s federal program called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the policy that gives immigrants, who were taken to the US illegally as children (or before their 16th birthday) but who have no criminal history, the right to study and be employed for two years without the threat of removal or deportation. Details of the information can be referenced from an article found in the website of William Jang, PLLC, which says that the Deferred Action, based on US President Obama’s memo, can merit approval for up to two years at a time and can be extended so long as the concerned immigrant meets the requirements.
The requirements that immigrants will have to meet to gain eligibility to the program are:
- Must be under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012 (the day President Obama signed the memorandum on “Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children”)
- Must have arrived in the US before their 16th birthday
- Must have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, to the present
- Must have been physically present on US soil on June 15, 2012, and during the filing of request for consideration of deferred action with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
- Must have entered the US before June 15, 2012, without inspection or their lawful immigration status expired on June 15, 2012
- Must be presently enrolled in school, have finished or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have earned a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States
- Must not have been convicted of any criminal offense, whether it be a significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors or a felony, and must not be a threat to national security or public safety
Though the program does not provide a path to permanent residency, it gives all concerned immigrants the chance to be with their parents in peace and without the fear of being deported. It’s actually a chance of being one complete family, without any deportation worries plus the right to study and employment for a period of two years and even more.More →