Seven Ways to Avoid an Accident When Merging

Merging into heavy traffic can be difficult, especially on interstates and highways where cars are traveling at high rates of speed. Even experienced drivers can make mistakes when merging. For inexperienced drivers, attempting to merge into heavy traffic at high speeds can result in a traffic accident. Incorrect merging maneuvers can cause other drivers to swerve into other lanes or slam on the breaks. On an interstate, the result could be a multi-car accident. It is extremely important that all drivers learn proper merging rules and follow those rules each time they change lanes or enter traffic from an off-ramp.

Signs You Might Be in Shock After a Traffic Accident

It is possible for victims of traffic accidents to go into shock immediately after the collision. Shock is a serious physical condition that can have life-threatening complications. According to the Mayo Clinic, a person’s organs do not receive sufficient oxygen or blood when you are in shock. Therefore, if medical treatment is not administered for shock, permanent damage can occur.  In some cases, a person could die if they do not receive treatment.

Can the Trucking Industry Stop Truck Accidents?

A collision involving a commercial vehicle is one of the most dangerous traffic accidents. The size and weight of a large truck can crush a passenger vehicle causing severe injuries and fatalities for the occupants of the passenger vehicle. In the clear majority of truck accidents, the people injured or killed in the collision are occupants of the other vehicles involved in the accident or non-occupants (i.e. pedestrians, bicyclists, etc.). Sadly, the trucking industry could do more to reduce the risk of accidents involving large trucks.

How Does Insurance Coverage Affect My Accident Claim?

When you are injured in an accident, you might be entitled to recover money for your expenses and damages by filing a personal injury claim. Your claim is filed against the party responsible for the accident. In a traffic accident, that party could be the other driver, a government agency, or a corporation. In a slip and fall accident, your claim would be against the property owner or tenant. If a defective product caused your injury, your claim could be against one or more parties, including the product’s designer and manufacturer.

Getting Medical Records for Your Personal Injury Claim

When you are injured in a car accident, slip and fall, defective product accident, or any other personal injury accident, an element of your claim is to prove you were injured. You must prove you suffered an injury and the accident directly caused the injury. If you cannot prove these elements, you cannot recover money for your claim. Therefore, your medical records become a very important component of your personal injury claim.

Traffic Accidents Caused by Marijuana Use in California

Marijuana is legal in California for recreational use, but how will that impact the number of traffic accidents in the state. According to one study, legalization of marijuana will increase traffic accidents. However, another study does not indicate that recreational marijuana will impact traffic crashes.

Commercial Traffic Crashes Caused by a Blown Tire

Blown tires can create a hazardous and dangerous situation for everyone on the road. Because of the size of commercial vehicles, the tires are much larger and are under much more pressure from the weight of the truck compared to tires on a passenger vehicle. While many people are familiar with the dangers of large truck accidents, they may not be aware of the dangers of blown tire accidents with large trucks.

Is This a Catastrophic Injury Claim?

Being injured in an accident is serious, especially to the person who was injured. Even an injury that may be referred to as a “minor” injury can cause severe pain and cause you to miss work and incur several thousands of dollars in medical bills. It is very important to seek medical care after any accident, regardless of the severity or type of injury sustained.  It is also important to seek the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure that you are treated fairly and receive the compensation you deserve from the party who caused the accident.

Local Truckers in Fresno Protest New Truck Regulations

According to ABC30 News, local truck drivers participated in a rally last week on the steps of City Hall in Fresno to protest enactment of a new truck regulation. The truckers allege that the new law is aimed at keeping tracking driving habits of truck drivers. Under current laws regulating truck drivers, drivers are permitted to log their driving errors manually using a paper logbook. However, under the new laws that become effective in December, truck drivers will be required to use an electronic device that will electronically record the number of hours a truck driver is behind the wheel of a truck. Currently, a truck driver must take a break after driving for eight hours and cannot drive more than 11 hours during their 14-hour work window. Some drivers say the new device will not consider traffic delays and a lack of rest stops when recording data. Drivers allege that they will not always be able to stop when the device tells them to stop. It is feared that use of the device could drive up the cost of delivery and that cost could be passed down to the consumer.

Do You Know How to Pass a Commercial Truck Safely?

Thousands of people die each year in collisions with commercial trucks. Over eighty percent of the deaths during 2015 involving large trucks were people not in the truck. Of the 4,067 people killed in large truck accidents that year, 2,990 (74%) were occupants of other vehicles and 410 (10%) were non-occupants (i.e. pedestrians and bicyclists). In addition to those killed, approximately 116,000 people were injured in accidents with large trucks. Commercial trucks are essential for transporting goods efficiently across the country. However, sharing the road with these extremely large vehicles can be dangerous. While truck drivers cause many of the accidents involving large trucks, other drivers are responsible for causing some collisions, especially when passing a truck. Therefore, extreme caution must be used when passing a commercial vehicle.