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14
Aug

Proposed CSA Regulation Changes May Affect Indiana Truck Accident Numbers

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Commercial tractor-trailers can present a serious risk to everyone who is on the road if involved in an accident. Most experts agree that stringent trucking regulations and rules can help reduce accidents involving semi-trucks, but our Indiana truck accident lawyers at Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers point out there is currently debate regarding what these rules should be.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is considering making changes to its Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) program. Proposals are calling to reduce interventional threshold limits for vehicle maintenance basic requirements by five percentage points and increase interventional limits for the use of controlled substances by 10 percentage points.

According to an article from Overdrive, many in the trucking industry say the changes do little to address the causes of truck accidents today. Still others use case histories of fatal accidents caused by poorly maintained vehicles and intoxicated drivers as evidence of why these regulations would be effective.

At Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers, we understand how the law can affect the number of trucking accidents that occur in the state of Indiana and our Evansville personal injury lawyers hope industry representatives and safety experts can come to an agreement on a set of regulations that offer protection to everyone on the road.

 

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17
Jul

New Bill Could Lower Age Restrictions on Operating Commercial Tractor-Trailers

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Numerous studies have shown that young, inexperienced drivers are at an increased risk of being involved in a motor vehicle collision. That’s why the current law prohibits anyone under age 21 from operating a commercial tractor-trailer.

Our Indiana truck accident lawyers at Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers explain that, despite data showing the increased risks young drivers face behind the wheel, lawmakers are currently considering a bill that would allow younger drivers to get behind the wheel of a big rig.

According to an article from The Indiana Gazette, the legislation would allow teens as young as 18-years-old to haul interstate commerce in commercial tractor-trailers while working up to 82 hours per week. The only restriction would be that teen drivers couldn’t haul hazardous materials, oversize loads, or overweight loads.

Those in favor of the changes say the new rules would boost the number of young Americans who would consider truck driving as a career. Those who are opposed to the reform believe the changes would only make an already dangerous vehicle an even greater hazard.

The bill was added to another piece of transportation legislation that is currently under consideration by the Senate Commerce Committee.

At Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers, we understand how complex the regulations and rules that govern the trucking industry can be. That’s why our Indiana personal injury lawyers are anxious to see whether lawmakers will approve or reject this change to regulations.

 

 

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11
Jun

Federal Study Recommends Maintaining Current Size and Weight Limits on Commercial Tractor-Trailers

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The size and weight of a vehicle is directly related to the amount of time and space necessary to bring that vehicle to a halt when it’s moving. The larger and heavier the vehicle, the more time and space it needs to come to stop, and the greater the force of the impact if that vehicle is involved in an accident.

In the case of commercial tractor-trailers, studies have shown it can take these vehicles the length of a football field to stop when traveling at highway speeds. Our Indiana truck accident attorneys at Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers point out that if you’ve ever had to stop unexpectedly in highway traffic, you understand that kind of time and space isn’t always available.

Despite these findings, the trucking industry has been pushing for the federal government to allow longer and heavier truck and trailer combinations to take to the road. They say longer trucks present no greater risk to motorists than the vehicles that are currently on the road.

This prompted the Federal Highway Administration to conduct a study on the safety of longer, heavier trucks. Their researchers were unable to conclude whether the trucks were safer or more dangerous. According to an article from Land Line, the results have led officials to recommend no changes be made to size and weight limits for commercial trucks.

Our Indiana personal injury attorneys at Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers recognize the importance of always making highway safety a priority, and we hope Congress will abide by the study’s recommendation and uphold current size and weight restrictions on commercial tractor-trailers.

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28
May

Jury Awards $32.5 Million to Victim of Indiana Truck Accident

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Drivers of commercial tractor-trailers must abide by regulations that are established to help ensure both their safety and the safety of other motorists traveling around them. Our Indiana truck accident lawyers at Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers explain that an accident that occurs as the result of failing to abide by these rules could result in a truck driver and their company facing litigation brought by the victims.

Take, for instance, the case of a 40-year-old woman who was awarded $32.5 million in compensation for an Indiana truck accident she was involved in several years ago. Reports indicate the crash happened in January 2006 on I-65 in Jasper County.

According to an article from ABC 7 News, the victim was the passenger of a vehicle that lost traction on the highway and crashed into a stationary tractor-trailer that had been involved in a previous accident. As a result of the collision, the woman was left paralyzed on her right side after suffering a traumatic brain injury. She also suffered from severe memory loss that stripped her of her independence and left her incapable of caring for her young daughter.

The victim filed suit against the driver and the company who hired him, saying the driver crashed as a result of traveling too fast for the conditions of the road, then created a hazard to other motorists after failing to follow rules requiring the truck’s flashing lights be activated and reflective warning cones be placed behind the truck.

A jury agreed with the victim and handed down the decision.

At Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers, we recognize the devastation that can be caused by injuries that result from truck drivers not following the rules of the road. That’s why our Indiana personal injury lawyers are hopeful the decision that was reached in this particular case will bring peace and closure to the victim and her family.

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23
Apr

Truck Accidents Leading Cause of Death for Indiana Mining Industry

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Mining is one of the most dangerous occupations an American can hold, considering the risks of falls, contact with heavy equipment, explosions, and even exposure to hazardous substances miners face. But one of the greatest dangers these workers experience on a daily basis may be getting themselves or their product to and from the worksite.

The Indiana Truck Accident Lawyers with Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers explain that transportation accidents are the leading cause of worker injury or death in the mining field today. Reports indicate that transportation accidents account for roughly 38 percent of all workplace fatalities recorded in America, and the mining and extraction industries are no exception.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows there were a total of 11,531 truck accidents that were recorded between 2004 and 2008. Of those accidents, 326 occurred within the mining sector.

Many would think the job site would be the most dangerous area for large trucks to operate, but incidents along the highway tend to account for the greatest number of accidents. Reports indicate 59 percent of all transportation accidents within the mining industry occur along the highway. These accidents are dangerous for the workers driving the trucks, but they can be absolutely devastating for other drivers who are involved in accidents with the large vehicles.

Younger workers tend to also be at the greatest risk of involvement in a mining transportation accident. Workers between the ages of 16 – 19 made up the greatest number of mining fatalities, which accounted for the highest percentage of on-the-job deaths.

If you’ve been injured as the result of an accident with a mining truck, or you were driving a mining truck as part of your job and were in a wreck, it’s important to know that you have rights and that the Evansville personal injury lawyers with Woods and Woods can help protect them. If you have questions regarding your accident or injuries, feel free to give us a call anytime at (866) 232-5777 to discuss your case.

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12
Jun

4 Steps To Take If You’ve Been Involved In A Kentucky Truck Accident

While most motorists are aware of the dangers of drunk driving, many may fail to realize there are a growing number of motorists under the influence of drugs and controlled substances who may present an equal or even greater safety threat. The hazards drugged drivers can pose are especially compounded behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer due to the sheer size and weight of the vehicle.

This was underscored when a truck driver was recently convicted in the death of a motorist following a Kentucky truck accident. Investigators determined the driver responsible for causing the crash was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the crash.

News Channel 5 reports that while the 69-year-old victim was traveling along Interstate 24 outside of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, the intoxicated driver of the tractor-trailer plowed into the rear of his vehicle.

The incident leaves many wondering what they should do if they are the victim of a crash involving a commercial vehicle where the responsible driver is suspected to be under the influence. At Woods and Woods, our Evansville personal injury lawyers suggest taking the following steps after such an accident:

  • Report It- It’s vital that you let law enforcement and your insurer know you have been involved in a collision.
  • Seek Medical Attention- If you’ve been hurt, getting the treatment you need should be the top priority and calling emergency services is the first step in doing so.
  • Collect Evidence- Get pictures of the vehicles and the crash scene. Also, be sure to keep any documentation related to the crash or your expenses stemming from the accident.
  • Call An Attorney- Having legal counsel by your side will help get your questions answered and your claim filed properly.

 

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13
Feb

Defective Truck Parts Prompts Recall of 21,000 Vehicles

One of the leading causes of accidents involving commercial tractor-trailers is defective or improperly maintained equipment. These accidents often lead to property damage, injury, and in some cases, death. The Indiana Truck Accident Lawyers with Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers explain such defective equipment is why a voluntary recall of 21,000 Kenworth and Peterbilt big rigs was recently announced.

An article from Transport Topics states the recall affects 2013 and 2014 models from both companies and was initiated after reports of problems with door latches and seat belts. Reports indicate the seat belts do not meet federal safety standards, as the unit’s latch plate does not separate from the buckle. Officials say the door latch issue stems from problems in the piece’s assembly that could prevent doors from closing and securing properly.

Vehicle owners and dealerships are currently being informed of the problem, and the defective units will be fixed or replaced free of charge.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers recognize the dangers posed by defective truck parts, and they urge anyone in possession of an affected unit to have the problem fixed immediately. The firm also encourages anyone who has been harmed in an accident caused by a product liability issue to discuss their legal rights with an attorney.

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17
Oct

New Hours-of-Service Regulations Aimed At Reducing Kentucky Truck Accident Numbers

October 17, 2013

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that in 2009 alone, there were more than 500,000 motor vehicle accidents in the United States involving tractor-trailers. The Kentucky Truck Accident Lawyers with Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers explain that efforts being made by lawmakers to reduce this number have led to controversy swirling around new trucking safety regulations.

According to an article published in the Daily Dunklin Democrat, the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new Hours-of-Service Safety Regulations went into effect earlier this year. These laws limit the number of hours truck drivers can operate a vehicle to 70 hours per week, versus the previous limit of 82 hours per week. The new regulations also establish periods of rest during certain hours of the day that all truckers must take. Furthermore, the new limits prohibit drivers from working more than 14 hours before taking a mandatory 10-hour rest period.

Penalties for allowing a truck driver to operate past the legal limit can include fines of up to $11,000.

The laws were reformed to prevent accidents caused by driver fatigue, but most truck drivers claim the new limits make it difficult to operate a business.

Woods and Woods Injury Lawyer’s team of Kentucky Personal Injury Attorneys is aware of how complicated the laws regarding operating a commercial truck can be. That is why the firm suggests discussing your legal options with an attorney if you have been injured in an accident caused by a truck driver’s negligence.

 

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30
May

Kentucky Truck Accident Leaves One Dead and Another Injured

May 30, 2013

A 69-year-old man from Colorado died as the result of Kentucky Truck Accident that also left his wife was seriously injured. Reports say the crash happened on May 16 along Interstate 24 near Oak Grove, Kentucky.

A story from WPSD 6 News explained the victim was heading east along the Christian County highway in a 2005 Buick. As he approached mile-marker 89, a tractor-trailer being driven by a 54-year-old man from Minnesota plowed into the rear of his Buick.

The impact of the collision pushed the victim’s vehicle into a ditch. Emergency crews were called to the scene, and paramedics rushed the driver of the Buick and his wife, who was a passenger in the vehicle, to a Tennessee hospital for treatment. By the time the victims arrived though, the driver had died.

Meanwhile, investigators determined that the driver of the big rig was under the influence of alcohol. He was placed under arrest and charged with murder, driving under the influence, evading police, wanton endangerment of an officer, and resisting arrest.

The Owensboro Personal Injury Lawyers with Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers recognize the hardships that can be brought on by the loss of a loved one to an unforeseen accident. That is why the firm would like to send their sympathies to the families of the victims.

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6
Sep

Kentucky Man Injured in Owensboro Truck Accident

Sept. 6, 2012

Due to their size and constant use, tractor-trailer trucks are heavily regulated to ensure the safety of others around them. When these vehicles fail to operate within guidelines, it can often result in serious injury.

This could have been a factor in an truck accident in Daviess County, Kentucky, yesterday. According to an article released by SURFKY News, the accident happened at around 10:30 a.m. just outside Owensboro.

Reports indicate that the victim was operating a lawnmower in the median island of the road when a semi-truck pulling a flatbed trailer attempted to make a left turn on the road. When the trucker made the turn, the trailer came onto the island and struck the young man in the left shoulder.

The man refused treatment from paramedics at the scene of the accident, but it was reported that a family member later took him to a local hospital to receive a further medical examination.

When commercial truck drivers are involved in Kentucky truck accidents caused by driver error or mechanical malfunctions, the trucking company or operator may be found at fault for the accident.

That is why the Owensboro Personal Injury Lawyers advise anyone who has been involved in a collision with a commercial tractor-trailer to contact an attorney to discuss possible legal options as soon as possible.

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