Truck Accident Law | Law Firm Newswire - Part 5

Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) November 29, 2012 – According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there are an estimated 11 million tractor trailers on the roadways. Those tractor trailers are traveling more than 250 billion miles each year along U.S. highways. With the sheer number of trucks on the road, it is hardly surprising that there were more than 275,000 truck crashes in 2009 involving large rigs. Those accidents led to almost 75,000 injuries and 3,000 fatalities. Tractor trailers have wide turn radiuses, slow stopping ability and, weigh on average more than 10,000 pounds. More tractor trailer […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) November 27, 2012 – Distracted driving is on the rise, and as a result, so are the number of traffic accidents. “Often, if you look past the surface of what seems to be noticeable after a wreck, whether it is between two cars, or a semi and another vehicle, you will find evidence of a cell phone, or smart phone in use. That is what happened in this reported case,” explained Stephen Ozcomert, an Atlanta injury lawyer, who practices personal injury, accidents and malpractice law in Georgia. This two vehicle crash involved a pickup truck […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 18, 2012 – Many big rig accidents are the result of the trucker driving while impaired. The fatality statistics are frightening. “Many states have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to truckers hauling large loads on America’s highways. However, whether there is a policy in place or not, it seems there are more and more truckers who ignore it, and hit the road while drunk,” remarked Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. “Picking up the pieces from a wreck with a semi-truck is devastating, as many of […]


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Norfolk, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2012 – Summer is coming to a close, school is back in session, and you know what that means – FOOTBALL! College football season is upon us, much to the delight of the thousands of Virginia college team fans in our area. Unfortunately, celebrating a new season can also bring danger in the form of drinking and driving. Between tailgating parties, sports bars, and home viewing parties, alcohol consumption and game day are often synonymous. And one too many drinks can lead to very serious consequences. Recent studies show that the drinking and […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 30, 2012 – A 27-year-old Houston woman died recently in a head-on collision. She was in the western part of the state returning from a trip to the Grand Canyon, when a pickup truck struck the vehicle she was riding in. The pickup truck was traveling the wrong way down a one-way street in Lubbock. The driver of the car she was in at the time of the accident was critically injured. The victim was not wearing a seat belt and the impact from the accident launched her out of the vehicle. She was […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 24, 2012 – An ounce of prevention can prevent a serious accident. This case proves it. “If the police had not been out checking tractor trailers for various infractions of the law, the rig in this story could have seriously injured or killed someone. There are times when an ounce of prevention may avert a disaster. It did in this instance,” added Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. The big rig trucking down the highway was pulled over into a traffic safety check point. As it turned out, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2012 – Not every accident is what it appears to be. Big rigs are notorious for causing fatal accidents, but in some respects, that is automatically assuming a trucker is always at fault in any accident. That is not always the case, and it certainly was not in this collision. “This particular accident happened in the early morning hours, on Texas 36,” said Bobby Lee, an Austin personal injury attorney of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. “On one side of the highway was an Exxon Mobile tanker. On the other side […]


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Fort Mill, SC (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2012 – The South and North Carolina personal injury and criminal defense firm Reeves, Aiken & Hightower LLP employed three law student interns over the 2012 summer. Divided between the firm’s offices, the three are: Jamie White, Emory Law rising third year, in the Fort Mill office; Brice Peper, Charleston Law rising third year, in the new Charleston office; and Jessica, Charlotte Law rising second year, in the Charlotte office. Fort Mill intern White received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, and, immediately after graduation, began his law school career at Emory. […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) August 10, 2012 – Several bicyclists were hit by a tractor trailer on a Georgia highway. Two from Jackson County were hospitalized and another died in the accident. All of the bicyclists were age 60 or older. The trio, all experienced cyclists, had been on a very long tour starting in Arkansas with an intended final destination of Key West, Florida. They were about two miles from Dawson, Georgia when the truck hit them from behind. The travelers were only about 700 miles short of their destination. The Georgia accident is being investigated by police. […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 26, 2012 – Hit and run drivers leave behind terror and havoc. This case clearly points that out. “I’ve seen and heard about a lot of ugly accidents during the course of practicing personal injury law in Austin,” said Bobby Lee, a personal injury attorney of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas, “and this case is no exception – a hit and run driver that caused two back-to-back accidents on a busy highway, shutting it down in both directions while the accident scene was cleaned up.” From eyewitness reports, a hit and run […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2012 – The Illinois State Police joined more than 500 law enforcement agencies throughout the country in the “Click It or Ticket” campaign. Police were out in force during the Memorial Day weekend to issue tickets for drivers who fail to wear seat belts. NHTSA statistics indicate that in the year 2010, safety belts saved approximately 12,546 lives throughout the country. “Safety belts are one of the most important tools that drivers and passengers can use to protect themselves in a car accident,” said Chicago car accident attorney Robert Briskman. In Illinois, on […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) June 6, 2012 – As summer kicks in, building owners are more likely to have constructions teams out doing property maintenance and even renovation projects. Warmer months outside the rainy season provide the greatest opportunity for owners and municipalities to get the most work done in the shortest amount of time. Those construction projects can create a hazard, though and work sites can be dangerous for pedestrians walking past or employees trying to get back and forth to work. Construction crews are obligated to put up warning signs and rope off dangerous areas to help […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2012 – The U.S. Department of Transportation changed its rule on hours-of-service for commercial truck drivers in an attempt to prevent highway crashes related to fatigue. The new rule cuts the maximum number of hours a driver can work by 12 hours a week from 82 hours in a seven-day period to only 70 hours. Commercial drivers also will have to take a half hour break for every 8 hours they drive. “The new hours of service rule will absolutely make our highways safer,” said Brunswick truck accident attorney Nathan Williams. “There will […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 20, 2012 – Earlier this year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration changed its hours-of-service rules to improve road safety by reducing the number of poorly rested commercial truck drivers on the road. The new hours of service only affect drivers who work extremely long hours, according to the FMCSA. The new rules mean drivers can only use the 34-hour restart provision once every 168 hours and there have to be two breaks during the restart that are between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. “What these new truck driver work hour rules mean is […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) April 18, 2012 – Bikers need to also be aware of what is going on around them. In this case, the motorcyclist made a bad judgment call. “Typically, when a motorcycle and another vehicle are involved in an accident, it was the vehicle that caused the accident. This is usually because the driver did not see the biker or the cycle. In some cases like this one the biker made a bad judgment call, and the result was the death of his passenger,” remarked Stephen Ozcomert, an Atlanta injury lawyer who practices personal injury, accidents […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 21, 2012 – While it would be nice if 18-wheelers drove by the book, following all the rules of the road, it likely will not happen any time soon. “Whatever trucks haul from point A to point B, they are the links that keep commerce in the country on a roll, and so they play an important part in our lives. They may also play a part in our death should one of them hit us while on the road,” added Robert W. Lee, an Austin personal injury attorney from The Lee Law Firm […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 19, 2012 – Altering the information in a truck driver’s log is more common than people think. It is also a crime. “Truck drivers are required to keep a log of their travel to prove they complied with state and federal laws. There are a fair number of cases in which trucker’s or their employers have altered the driving log for trips. In some cases, there are two sets of books; the one for inspectors to see, and the one that reflects the true number of hours a trucker logged,” commented Brooks Schuelke, an […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2012 – Commercial drivers now will have to wait until the next truck stop to send a text message. The new rule to reduce distracted driving comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Truck drivers are prohibited from using a personal electronic device like a smartphone while driving a commercial bus or truck, according to the DOT’s press release. “This new rule for truck drivers is quite a relief,” said Brunswick truck accident attorney Nathan Williams. “There has been a push for a number of years now to ban texting and driving […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) February 9, 2012 – Being flattened by a tractor-trailer typically does not guarantee one survives. This man did. “I’ve seen a lot of big rig accidents during the course of my practice,” said Stephen Ozcomert, an Atlanta injury lawyer who practices personal injury, accidents and malpractice law. “I have helped many plaintiffs go to court to recover for their serious injuries. The man in this reported case should not even be alive today. It was that horrific.” The man was waiting at a red light when the trailer portion of a tractor-trailer pulled away from […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 8, 2012 – There is a refreshing move towards banning all portable devices while driving. It may be an uphill battle, but it would save lives. “Driving while distracted is a major issue today with the abundance of devices being used by people while they drive. You cannot drive and text, talk on the cell, eat, drink, comb your hair, put on lipstick, shave or change clothing at the same time. I’ve heard of a couple of other shenanigans people have tried in a moving vehicle, but suffice it to say that should not […]


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