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Things you should know about truck accidents

Truck accidents are a major cause of fatalities on the road. Any accident involving a large commercial vehicle may be catastrophic, leading to fatal injuries in most cases. The difference in size between commercial trucks and passenger cars leads to the terrible aftermath caused by these accidents. Trucks are rarely damaged in these unfortunate incidents, and passenger vehicles are the ones adversely affected.

Motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians

Pedestrians are the most vulnerable part of the traffic system. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, nearly 5,000 pedestrian deaths take place each year in the United States. Several of these deaths are a result of a motor vehicle collision, leading to fatal injuries for the pedestrian. Pedestrians are much more exposed to injuries compared to motor vehicle drivers, which is why the legal system protects them.

Truck driver to stand trial for killing 4 in Oklahoma

It isn't likely you've forgotten the tragic wreck in 2014 where a truck driver allegedly took the life of 4 college softball players outside of Davis, Oklahoma. The female athletes were on a bus heading south on Interstate 35 back to Gainesville after playing in Bethany when their bus was struck by a semi heading northbound that somehow managed to terrifyingly cross over the median, striking the bus' left side. The driver claimed he was distracted momentarily by something in his cab. 

For a nine-month period following the tragedy the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has investigated the crash and now feels confident in bringing charges against the driver with first-degree manslaughter on four counts. The probable cause affidavit explaining a summary of the investigation's findings has not been released to the public. However, a preliminary report compiled by the National Transportation and Safety Board reported that the truck followed a right curve in the highway but then failed to continue following the road, departing from the left lane of travel across a median that was 92 feet wide and composed of depressed earth. At a rate of more than 70 miles per hour, the rig continued on through the median for nearly a quarter of a mile before entering the opposing direction of travel, side-swiping the bus, causing it to roll over. The rig carried on across the southbound interstate, crossing it completely before its path of destruction finally came to a stop in a wooded area off the stretch of interstate, almost 300 feet from the bus. The bus landed on its right side with the left side nearly peeled away. 

Tips that stem from holiday travel accidents

As we enter into our summer season and put a close on one 3-day weekend appreciating those who laid down their lives for our freedom, we should take pause and appreciate what that means and how we should respect the life we have.

With gas prices dropping lower than they have been in a decade, more people are taking to the roads, enjoying vacations and weekend trips. Memorial Day is a time to remember the fallen and it is a commencement into the season in which traffic fatalities abound. While numbers are still not out for 2016, the National Safety Council just reported that an estimated 439 Americans will have lost their lives on the road over the Memorial Day weekend. If that is close to accurate that is the highest number of deaths since 2009 and when compared to 2014, is an increase of approximately 100.

Could construction contribute to a motorcyclist's death?

When you drive a car, you understand the risks you face. There's the threat of the behemoth semi-truck sharing the road, and even your lane, from time to time; the threat of texting, talking or otherwise negligent drivers in passenger cars next to you. But one thing you may never factor in as a threat is the motorcycle driver, weaving in and out of traffic, carefully and attentively anticipating the moves of the drivers around him, ever mindful that he may not be seen and accidentally overcome by a quick lane change or sudden braking.

Could 2018 bring stronger drinks and more drunk driving?

Oklahoma is not unlike other states in its punishment of drunk driving. What does actually set Oklahoma apart from the majority of the US is the ban on full-strength beers and wines in Oklahoma's convenience and grocery stores. Currently, no beer higher than 3.2 percent alcohol content can be sold on the shelves of such stores and sale is reserved for liquor stores and other highly regulated stores that open Monday through Saturday.

Negligent driver accountability in auto-pedestrian accidents

The chance of serious injuries or death in any accident involving a motor vehicle is high. When that accident involves a pedestrian, the chances increase dramatically. In the United States, pedestrian deaths caused by automobiles are on the rise. This is mostly attributed to the increase in the number of Americans who are walking as a means of transportation and exercise. Due to this rise in pedestrian accidents, state legislatures are toughening the laws regarding motorists yielding and stopping for pedestrians in hopes of decreasing the number of auto-pedestrian accident incidents.

When is a jackknifed truck accident a matter of negligence?

We have all likely heard about jackknifed semi-truck accidents. These not-so-common commercial truck accidents typically occur when a semi-truck drives on slippery pavement and cannot be controlled because the wheels have locked. This causes the truck to continue momentum forward and the trailer attached to it swings to one side. These jackknife accidents are a great danger to other drivers and have the potential to cause catastrophic loss. But they are not always a matter of negligence. Understanding conditions that may cause a semi-truck to jackknife can help injured individuals better understand if they have the right to recover damages.

Get the attention you deserve after your motorcycle crash

As a motorcyclist, you are especially vulnerable to catastrophic physical injury in the event of an accident. Even the most minor motorcycle accidents can result in significant loss and can take an incredible amount of time to recover from. A lengthy and exhaustive battle to recover can be frustrating and financially devastating. It is important for individuals injured in a motorcycle crash to retain quality representation with an attorney that will fight for their rights and for the fair compensation they deserve.

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