Nearly every day, we all enter onto the premises of another. Whether we go to work, go to the store or visit a friend, we often step onto these properties without much thought about our safety. There is good reason for this. After all, the law aims to protect people who are invited onto property owned by another individual. Yet, far too often property owners fail to uphold their duty, thereby placing innocent and unsuspecting individual's in harm's way. When an accident occurs, these people can be left with significant physical injuries that can then cause serious financial losses.
Recently, this blog discussed how semi-trucks need additional distance to come to a safe stop when compared to the stopping distances of passenger vehicles. This distance can be affected by a number of factors, including driver attentiveness and sobriety. Far too often, though, truckers are distracted, fatigued, intoxicated or otherwise negligent while behind the wheel. Even truck companies oftentimes fail to properly maintain their trucks and train their employees. Any one of these factors could cause a devastating truck accident that leaves a victim with serious injuries.
Semi-trucks play an important role in our society in that they can quickly move goods from place to place, keeping costs relatively low for consumers. Although these vehicles and their drivers can provide a benefit to Americans, they can also pose a serious risk. A negligently driven semi-truck can place other motorists at risk of being involved in a sever truck accident that can leave a victim with serious or even fatal injuries.
When you go to the store, you probably don't think much about your safety. This is for good reason because most are under the assumption that the safety of patrons are considered and addressed. Property owners who fail to ensure the safety of others who enter their premises may be found liable for any injuries suffered. And these injuries can be quite extensive. A slip-and-fall can leave a victim with broken bones, torn muscles and even head injuries. Other accidents that occur on the property of another can be fatal. Making matters worse, recovering from these injuries can be painful, stressful and expensive.
For many, July 4 means sitting on the curb on your town's Main Street watching the band march by and saluting our veterans. For others, it means laying out a blanket and watching the sky light up at night with a fireworks display. For many others, it means sharing the afternoon with family and friends enjoying hotdogs, burgers and maybe a few beers.
One of the inevitabilities of human life is that as we age, our bodies start to break down. Everybody is different. Some people at the age of 90 are healthier than others at the age of 70. If you have an elderly loved one who is getting up in age, you will eventually notice that their abilities start to diminish. This could be both mentally or physically, or both.
Previously, looked at the federal Hours of Service rules in summary form, noting their important role in addressing the problem of truck driver fatigue. As we mentioned last time, the 34-hour restart rule has received a lot of attention in recent years due to a provision requiring truckers to include within their restart period two rest breaks from one to five o’clock in the morning.
Truck accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, though there are some factors that come up with more frequency than others. Some of these factors tend to get more attention because of the public interest in effectively addressing them so as to reduce the risk of accidents. One of these factors is driver fatigue.
Previously, we began looking at some of the pressures that are bearing upon electronics and app manufacturers to address the problem of distracted driving. As we noted, this pressure is coming both from highway safety regulators and from the court system.
Distracted driving is a major safety issue on roadways, and states have taken a variety of approaches to address the problem. These include not only regulating, if not banning, the use of cell phones while driving, increasing enforcement of highway safety laws, and increasing public awareness of the problem.