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February 2019 Archives

Forcing compliance with HOS rule for truckers

Whether hauling produce, livestock or other consumer goods, numerous tractor-trailers grace the roads and highways of California every single day. While the importance to the economy of long-haul trucking cannot be underestimated, there is a risk for motorists in standard passenger vehicles. Accidents involving these big rigs can be extremely severe due largely to the weight and size of the trucks. 

Riding a motorcycle while under the influence

When people think of drunk driving, many envision someone operating a truck or a passenger vehicle. However, it is important to keep in mind that those who operate other types of vehicles, such as motorcycles, may also drive drunk. In some parts of the country, there are fewer motorcyclists on the road during the winter months. However, many will soon take to the road once again when spring rolls around. Whether you are a motorcyclist, or you are worried about some of your friends riding a motorcycle while under the influence, it is imperative to be mindful of the dangers associated with riding a motorcycle while drunk.

The limits of lane keeping technology on trucks

Advancements in sensory devices designed to help keep large commercial trucks from getting into auto accidents has been an important boon to California road safety, but no one should consider this technology infallible. Lane detection equipment, for instance, can alert a driver if the truck is drifting out of a lane. However, these lane keeping sensors can still be foiled, a fact that drivers should keep in mind.

What role does negligence play in a FELA claim?

Railroad workers in California cannot make claims under workers' compensation when injured on the job. Instead, they make a claim under the Federal Employers' Liability Act. FELA provides far greater remedies and benefits than workers' compensation law. However, in an FELA case, the injured worker must meet certain requirements that employees covered by workers' coompensation need not meet.

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