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Man, responsible for causing fatal accident awaits conviction

When people are sitting in traffic on a busy thoroughfare in California, chances are they will notice several large trucks in their immediate surroundings. Big rigs, because of their sheer size, can be significantly more dangerous if they become involved in a traffic accident. While a lot of focus is put on motorists being respectful to truck drivers and understanding how to drive around a truck, equally as important is a trucker's ability to responsibly operate a vehicle that is much larger than a majority of cars on the road. 

In a recent accident that happened in Denver, Colorado, a trucker is being held behind bars as he awaits conviction for his role in a fiery accident that ultimately claimed the lives of four people. Witnesses recalled seeing the truck speeding over 85 mph and weaving dangerously in and out of traffic before it slammed into slowed traffic during rush hour. In addition to the four fatalities, multiple people were injured in an accident that involved several vehicles.

Mechanical failure linked to fiery truck crash

Most residents in California are probably aware of the fact that accidents involving semi-trucks or other large commercial vehicles can be extremely serious and, often, fatal. Being hit by a vehicle many times larger and heavier than a standard passenger vehicle puts the occupants of the car at risk of fatal or potentially lifelong injuries.

The recent crash reported by CNN on Interstate 70 in Colorado involving 24 vehicles that claimed multiple lives is just one example of how tragic a single truck accident can be. Some people might think this is an extreme example and it certainly is more severe than many wrecks. However, that does not diminish the importance of truck drivers and trucking companies taking safety seriously.

Truck driver faces charges following fiery interstate collision

One may need only look at the massive semi-trucks traveling in and around Oakland to ascertain the devastating potential that they present. Because of that, trucking companies should be sure that not only are the drivers they employ capable of adequately controlling such vehicles, but also that the vehicles themselves are in top working order at all times. The failure of any system on a semi-truck can lead to a chain of events whose eventual results can be catastrophic

This fact was recently confirmed in a fiery crash in Colorado. Investigators say that a semi-truck plowed into stopped traffic on an interstate. In all, 28 vehicles were involved in the collision (including three other semi-trucks). The crash ignited fires that kept first responders from immediately reaching accident victims. The flames were eventually extinguished, but not before causing structural damage to the adjacent overpass. 

How can you keep your teen from texting and driving?

You have been worrying about your child since the day they were born. Now that they are old enough to drive, you probably start sweating every time you watch them leave the driveway.

In the modern world there are plenty of distractions that make driving dangerous. It is so easy for your teenager to grab their phone while they are behind the wheel. What can you do to keep them safe?

How does the new tax reform affect my settlement?

If you have recently been awarded a settlement after a trucking accident in California, you may be wondering how the new tax reform law will affect your payment. Your concern may follow news that plaintiffs will pay higher taxes on their lawsuit settlements. In fact, according to Forbes, some plaintiffs must now pay taxes on the full gross settlement. In the past, plaintiffs were typically allowed to pay taxes on the amount remaining after deducting attorney fees.

The keyword here, however, is "some." Every case is different and some types of cases will remain generally unaffected by this law. Exceptions include claims resulting from personal physical injury, such as in trucking or commercial accidents, and when employees sue their employers. In these instances, plaintiffs are typically allowed an above the line deduction. Below the line deductions are generally no longer allowed.

Does smartphone addiction lead to serious injury?

The functionality of a smartphone leads Americans to use them frequently in their daily lives. However, too much reliance on smartphones can create an addiction to these devices. A smartphone addiction is something to be concerned about since it can increase the likelihood of distraction while driving on a California road and cause an auto collision that could result in serious injury to the motorist and other parties.

Psychguides.com explains that smartphone addiction may lead people to use their phones while driving. Some motorists operate under the mistaken belief that they can multitask, but dividing your attention from the road to text on your phone can actually be as hazardous as having too much alcohol in your system as you drive. The result is that the motorist, passengers in the vehicle and other parties on the road are placed in significantly greater danger.

What do you need to know about drowsy driving?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, four percent of Americans admit that they had fallen asleep while driving, at least once,,in the past month. Additional findings by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimate that fatigued driving was responsible for 72,000 car accidents, 44,000 injuries and 800 deaths in 2013. These findings, combined with crash data, prove that drowsy driving is a very real problem in California and throughout the United States, a fact that leads many to wonder why drowsy driving occurs and what can be done to stop it.

Drowsy driving refers to the phenomenon of driving while tired. It usually occurs when a driver does not get enough sleep, suffers with a sleep disorder, takes medication, drinks alcohol or performs shift work. Regardless of the reason for drowsy driving, the effects of it are more or less the same across the board. Drowsiness tends to result in the following:

  •       Inattention
  •       Slow reaction time
  •       Impaired judgment 

When are motorcycle crashes most likely to occur?

The spring and summer months bring the best weather of the year for motorcycle riders. Feeling the breeze on the open road only gets better as the temperature rises.

It is during these times that you should be more careful when riding. Summertime can be more dangerous for motorcycle owners than other times of the year.

Overcrowded rest stops are a dangerous hazard

Truck drivers face many unique risks as part of their job, but one prevalent danger is fatigue. Many truckers in California are required to drive long hours and some of them irresponsibly failt to get adequate rest before their shift begins. To help manage this ongoing risk, rest stops were created to provide a safe and convenient solution for truck drivers, and other motorists, who need to rest temporarily on the side of the road. 

What many people fail to recognize is how rest stops can also be dangerous when they become overcrowded, as was demonstrated by a recent, fatal accident in Trenton, Ohio.

In that incident, a well-known restauranteur was killed upon impact when his SUV slammed into the rear of a parked semi-truck. The truck, upon seeing that there were no open parking spots in the lot of the rest stop, parked his truck alongside the on-ramp to the rest stop in an area that was clearly designated as a "no parking" zone. 

What should I know about left lane restrictions?

Many California motorists may not be aware that state law puts some restrictions on driving in the left-hand lane on a multiple lane road or a highway. In fact, as Vox points out, every state restricts the use of the left lane in some fashion, though these laws are not meant to be overly intrusive. In fact, they are intended to keep traffic flowing and prevent traffic jams, as well as cut down on the risk of vehicular accidents.

California law is actually quite lenient when it comes to traveling in the left lane. Eleven states mark the left lane only for people who need to turn or pass up traffic. However, 29 states, including California, only specify that vehicles traveling slower than the speed of normal traffic need to drive in the right lane. Basically, a car that is not keeping pace with nearby vehicles should not be in the left lane.

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