Legal Recourse

April 21, 2016

Young Adults & West Palm Beach Drunk Driving Accidents

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Drunk driving accidents in West Palm Beach remain a major concern, with many young people attending Palm Beach State College and as a popular spring break destination. Young people remain the demographic group most likely to become involved in impaired driving accidents. When a teen or young adult gets behind the wheel impaired, both passengers who are hurt as well as any other injured motorists harmed by the teen’s actions have a right to make a damage claim.

Young People Remain at Significant Risk for Impaired Driving

News OK recently reported on why so many young people continue to be at greater risk of an impaired driving accident. Research has shown one out of three drivers involved in a fatal accident with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher were between the ages of 21 and 24. The demographic group with the next highest rate of impaired driving in fatal accidents included people between the ages of 25 to 34, and the third highest group was people between the ages of 35 and 44.

Young people may choose to get behind the wheel when they are drunk because this demographic group tends to engage in high-risk behavior more than people who are older. As one young adult college student explained about his peer group, “many young adults have the ‘it’ll never happen to me’” mentality. While decades of public education on the issue of impaired driving have improved attitudes somewhat and made young people more aware of the fact DUI is dangerous, there are still a stubbornly high number of teens and young adults who get behind the wheel drunk. In fact, young people still make up 23 percent of all drivers who were in crashes and who had consumed alcohol before the accident happened.

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Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A 813 Lucerne Avenue Lake Worth, FL 33460 Toll Free: (800) 608-2965 Office: (561) 533-0345 Fax: (561) 533-0195
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April 20, 2016

Prevent Oklahoma City Truck Accidents With Proper Snow Removal

Filed under: Lawyer — Lawyer @ 5:47 pm

When snow and ice collect on the top of tractor trailers, this can be very dangerous. Just recently, a truck accident occurred when ice fell off the top of a truck, broke the window of an SUV, and caused the driver of the SUV to sustain injury. Some states have laws on the books designed to prevent these types of truck accidents by imposing requirements on truck drivers to remove ice and show from their vehicles. Other states do not have such laws, but some are considering them.

Penske warns truck drivers to be aware of the rules for snow and ice as they travel across the country over the winter months. A trucker could cross into an area where snow and ice removal is mandatory and could be ticketed for failure to have cleared the truck appropriately. Truckers should follow best practices for snow removal not only to avoid the possibility of a citation but also to help keep people safe and prevent collisions and injuries due to truck wrecks from occurring.

A Truck Driver’s Responsibility for Snow and Ice Removal

Trucking Info recently reported on the efforts being made by states to prevent truck accidents that occur due to ice and snow. In one state, a new law was being proposed to make it an affirmative requirement to remove snow and ice on any commercial vehicle weighing 48,000 pounds or greater. If drivers failed to remove the ice and snow properly, they could be pulled over and fined. If snow or ice fell off the truck and caused an accident, the fine could reach up to $1,000 per incident.

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Dan Davis Law Firm 300 N. Walnut Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73104 405-235-4000
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April 13, 2016

3 Common Types of Truck Accidents

Filed under: Lawyer — Lawyer @ 5:32 pm

Truck crashes cause thousands of deaths and hundreds-of-thousands of injuries annually. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports there were 333,000 large trucks involved in traffic crashes in 2012. In these crashes, 3,921 people were killed and 104,000 people were injured.  Truck accidents are more likely than car crashes to result in injuries or fatalities occurring because of the large size of trucks.

Unfortunately, the type of truck crash can also make a difference in the likelihood of injuries or deaths occurring. There are certain kinds of accidents that are much more likely to occur when a truck is involved in collision and there are some types of truck accidents that only happen when a truck is involved.  Truck drivers need to be aware of some of the special dangers they face because of the style and design of their vehicles and must exercise caution to avoid common types of truck crashes.

Three Common Types of Truck Accidents

Three common types of truck crashes that occur that either cannot occur in cars or that do not occur as frequently in cars include:

  • Underride accidents…
  • Jackknife accidents…
  • Rollover accidents…

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Joel Grim Bowden Law Offices Raleigh Office: 3200 Glen Royal Rd., Suite 106 Raleigh, NC 27617 Phone : (919) 467-3244
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