In 2013, fatal accidents involving trucks numbered to 3,964, while non-fatal accidents numbered to 95,000. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 73,000 of the 2 million registered semi-trucks or 18-wheeleres were involved in these accidents.

Though accountable for a high number of fatalities and injuries, the government is extra careful when it comes to imposing too many restrictions on truck operators mainly due to the major contribution these have in the U.S. economy. This means that too many laws can cripple the country’s ability to do business and develop economically.

Though the government cannot require operators to pay higher taxes or give drivers a higher pay, it does not shy away from creating and enforcing laws that would ensure the safe operation of trucks. Thus, it has passed laws that affect truck parts, like: compliance with DOT standards on brakes and tires; qualification of drivers in operating a truck, and the training and tests one has to take before earning a commercial driver’s license; the maximum hours of service to keep truck drivers from operating a truck while sleepy or fatigued; and, maintenance of a record of regular truck inspection.

One of the greatest challenges operators and drivers have faced since 2010 is how to accomplish all job orders and make timely deliveries despite the lack of qualified drivers which, according to the American Trucking Associations, is more than 40,000. This lack is partly due to many truck drivers moving to other fields of work even before spending a year in the job. Some of the most common reasons for moving to another job include a truck driver’s small pay, the required time (sometimes weeks) away from the family and the demands of the job. The truth is, what one can earn as a driver, he/she can also earn, with very little stress, in a local job which would also not require him/her to be away from his/her family.

The lack of drivers have led a number of operators or employers to resort to illegal means like hiring unqualified drivers and failing to train them further; requiring their drivers to drive longer than the allowed number of driving hours and then asking them to alter the number of hours that they have entered in their log book; failing to properly screen applicants for past records or driving violations; and, allowing drivers to continue making runs despite these drivers’ recent or successive safety violations. These illegalities also happen to be leading contributory factors to fatal truck accidents.

Driver error, according to Atlanta trucking accident lawyers, puts everyone on the road in danger, but so does trucking company negligence. Trucking companies have the legal responsibility of ensuring that safety standards in regards to employees and vehicles are strictly upheld, as this will greatly affect the well-being of everyone, including other motorists and everyone else on the road. If and when trucking companies fail to uphold these standards, then they can be held financially responsible for their negligence.

In relation to the above, the Bruner Law Firm says, “In truck accident cases, the employer is often found to be the at-fault party. An employer is considered negligent if they fail to properly train a driver, fail to inspect a vehicle, or hire an inadequate employee. Employers are also considered negligent if they violate Hours of Service regulations and allow their employees to drive more than the number of legally permitted hours. An experienced truck accident attorney may be able to help you investigate whether employer negligence played a role in your truck accident.”

 


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Through its two largest programs, the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the U.S. Federal government is able to provide financial assistance to people with disabilities. These programs fall under the management of the Social Security Administration (SSA); they address different disability needs and have different requirements for qualification.

The SSDI, which was introduced in 1956, pays benefits to qualified insured Social Security members who may be 65 years old or below and who are also totally disabled. Availing of the benefits requires that an applicant:

Has worked long enough (or recently enough) and has paid Social Security taxes or Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes while employed (these taxes are automatically deducted from a worker on a monthly basis);

Has earned the number of credits required by the SSA (workers earn four credits a year); and,

Is suffering from total disability.

Total disability, as considered by the SSA, is a condition that renders a person: (i) unable to perform his/her previous work, as well as any other work, due to his/her medical condition; (ii) the disability has either lasted for a year or is likely to last for a year or more; and, (iii) the disability can result in death.

Medical conditions that are considered by the SSA as total disability are listed in the SSA’s so called “red book.” Finding one’s health problem in this list would automatically include him/her in the roster of disabled insured SS members. Not finding one’s health condition in the list, however, will require an evaluation by Social Security in order to determine if the health condition is serious enough to be considered a form of total disability.

SSI, which was introduced in 1974, on the other hand, provides non-taxable financial assistance to Americans, who are, at least, 65 years old, blind, or disabled (the meaning assigned to “disability” is the same with SSDI), and whose income or resources fall within the federal benefit rate (FBR) determined by the government. Since funding for SSI comes from the U.S. Treasury general funds, SS credits or previous employment are not required for an applicant to qualify into the program.

The SSI program’s main intent is to help provide for the basic needs of its beneficiaries. These basic needs include food, shelter and clothing. In a number of states, SSI benefits application is also considered as application for food stamps, while other states allow the benefits to be supplemented by Medicaid to cover prescriptions, doctor’s fee and other medical care costs.

As explained in the website of the Chris Mayo Law Firm, “From the various programs to the many stages of applying for and obtaining benefits, navigating the Social Security disability process is often complicated and frustrating.” To help make sure that you get approved for either an SSDI or SSI benefit if and when you file an application, having an experienced Social Security Disability Insurance Lawyer helping you through the whole process may be an advantage.


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Humans are prone to make mistakes, as they say. But when it comes to driving, one simple mistake could make a difference between life and death for the driver. Most accidents on the road are attributed to driver error. This was confirmed by the International Organization for Road Accident Prevention which reveals that more than 90 percent of accidents are manmade. The website of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., most driver error related accidents were the result of carelessness, general negligence, and other reasons.

Most car accident claims center around negligence. Most driver error are relatively minor but unfortunately can have serious consequences. Here now are the most common causes of driver error in car accidents.

Disregard of Traffic Control Devices

Not following traffic rules and control devices is a recipe for disaster. Disregarding the other driver’s right of way or beating the red light is a bad behavior. As such, most accidents involves cars hitting each other in a perpendicular manner.

Failure T Yield

Again this has something to do with not respecting right of way or not stopping when the light goes red. It is important for a driver to take additional care so as to avoid getting involved in a car accident.

Use of Electronic Devices

The use of gadgets while driving or what we call distracted driving is one of the top causes of car accidents on the road. These actions cause you to lose focus on driving. You need to be aware of what s happening on the road in order to stay safe. Distracted driving does the opposite unfortunately. If you need to make a call or send a text message, pull over to the side of the road first.

Maintenance Issues

It is the job of the driver to ensure that their car is in tip top shape. Poor maintenance is a major contributor to car accidents. Always check your brakes before you go on the road.

While there are safety devices now available, no amount of technology can bring back a lost life resulting from a driver’s negligence. Be safety conscious and you can rest assured of making it to your destination unscathed.


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Every employer has different responsibilities to their employees and one of them is ensuring their safety as well as the working conditions. Unfortunately, this has not been happening as many Americans find themselves getting hurt in their workplace. According to the website of Bruner Law Firm, getting hurt on the job can subject employees to huge bills and may be out of work as well. For this reason, you may hold your employer liable for the injuries you incurred.

In a workplace injury accident, you have to prove that your employer was responsible for the workplace injury. The first step in the filing of the claim is the completion of the workplace accident report. The employer should also pp their own report as required by law. On your part, you should support your claims with documents such as photographs, eyewitness accounts, and others. Make sure to keep a record of any doctor that you visited and treatments received. Receipts for injury-related expenses will also come in handy.

Employers have a duty of care to employees and it is their responsibility to protect them from getting injured at their workplace or be held liable for negligence. There are different regulations that are in place to ensure that employees, contractors, and visitors are protected when they are in the workplace. With injuries coming from various sources, these regulations take into consideration the condition and safety of the workplace and covers a wide range of eventualities.

For example, manual handling can be one common source of injury and the employer has a responsibility to carry out a risk assessment and look for other options the employee can perform their task with zero or less risk of injury. If such is not carried out by the employer, the employee may have a case in filing a workplace injury claim.
It is worth noting that workplace injuries claims are covered by so-called statute of limitations. You need to file the case within the time limit or else your claim will become futile.


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More than 30,000 fatal car crashes are recorded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) every year. According to this same government agency, the top four causes of car crashes are drunk driving, reckless driving, overspeeding, driver error, which includes distracted driving, car defects and poorly constructed or defective roads.

One frustrating truth about majority of crashes is that these are nothing more than results of negligence or recklessness, making these preventable events. It appears, however, that negligence and recklessness are second nature to some drivers, an idea based on the fact that even before 1925, despite the very few cars on the road, collisions were already occurring. These accidents, which damaged properties and injured people, were actually the bases of the compulsory car insurance laws which were first enacted in 1925 in the states of Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Drivers, depending on the state where they reside, can carry either the full tort insurance coverage or the no-fault coverage, which is also known as personal injury protection or PIP. The full tort coverage, which is mandated in full tort states, allows the victim in a car accident to file a civil lawsuit against the at-fault driver (or against the driver who has greater fault) in order to seek compensation. This compensation, which will cover cost of medical treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering, will be paid by the at-fault driver’s insurance provider. In no-fault states, however, compensation is to be paid by the drivers’ respective insurance providers (regardless of who is at fault in the accident, eliminating the need for the victim to file any lawsuit.

Besides carrying auto liability insurance, many states also require drivers to carry an Uninsured Motorist Coverage or Underinsured Motorist Coverage, or both. These two types of coverage are designed to help with the cost related to injuries sustained by a driver and his or her passengers if ever the at-fault driver turns out to be uninsured or whose policy limit is not enough to cover the full amount of compensation that needs to be paid.

With the high cost of premiums, which many insurance companies make even more expensive by factoring in driver’s age, driving experience, and past traffic violations, among others, many drivers rather cancel their policy but not after they have registered their car and renewed their driver’s license – a much more costly move, though, according to Ali Mokaram, an independent auto insurance company. If drivers would want to be covered (and comply with the requirements of the law at the same time) without being burdened by premium payments, the best way is to seek assistance from independent auto insurance companies, which offer quotes on the best insurance deals patterned on driver’s budget, needs and driving history.


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Brachial plexus is a bundle of nerves that runs along the side of the neck and into the spinal cord. This network is composed of nerves that connect to the fingers, hands, and arms. Any injury to the brachial plexus may result in numbness and weakness of the affected upper extremity. There are many types of brachial plexus injuries, and one of them is Erb’s Palsy.

Erb’s Palsy happens when a baby is improperly pulled out of the birth canal during labor. When this happens, the neck is stretched away from the shoulder, which causes the brachial plexus to be stretched or ruptured. In severe cases, the brachial plexus is completely avulsed from the spinal cord, resulting in loss of functionality in the affected arm.

Lawyers from the Sampson Law Firm said Erb’s Palsy is usually a result of either negligent medical care or inexperienced hospital staff. In some cases, Erb’s Palsy can also be a result of difficult or prolonged labor. Breech and large babies are also more prone to this condition.

The primary symptom of Erb’s palsy is weakness and numbness in one arm. If you suspect that your baby has Erb’s Palsy, visit your pediatrician right away for accurate diagnosis. He may suggest imaging tests, such as ultrasound and X-rays, to check if your baby’s brachial plexus is damaged. Newborns diagnosed with Erb’s Palsy are sometimes required to undergo therapy to speed up recovery. In severe instances, invasive procedures, such as nerve graft or nerve transfer, might be required.

Although most cases of Erb’s Palsy heal without needing any medication, severe cases of this condition may cause your child to suffer from different complications. A ruptured or avulsed brachial plexus, for instance, may cause the affected area not to be supplied with the nerve energy they need, which may result in slow muscle and bone growth, sometimes even permanent paralysis. That’s why it is very important to visit a doctor right away if you suspect that your baby is suffering from this condition.


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Data gathered by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons or ASPS show that more than 13 million minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures have been performed in the United States for the year 2013. Among the most popular procedures performed in that year was Botulinum Toxin Type A. Known in common parlance as ‘Botox’, the ASPS noted that about 6.1 million of these procedures had been performed during the given year.

In actuality, the word Botox refers to the name of the drug used for the procedure known to give patients a more youthful glow and appearance. Botox is the brand name of a drug called onabotulinumtoxina, which is injected in specific areas of the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It is commonly used to smooth out frown lines between the forehead, crow’s feet or lines that appear around the eyes, and fine lines that are found along the chin and neck area. The ASPS reports that the procedure is typically done on patients between 30 to 54 years of age.

If you are considering getting Botox, there are a few considerations you have to make before undergoing the procedure. First, it’s important to know exactly how it works in helping create a youthful appearance. A Botox procedure involves getting the drug injected into the muscle of the area that you would like to improve. The drug blocks signals sent by nerves and prevents the muscle from contracting. This allows it to soften and relax, allowing the skin above it to look smoother. Patients will have to wait around 3 to 7 days before noticing the full effect of Botox. While the procedure is considered safe, there are some occasions when patients experience minor headaches and bruising.

Botox is not a permanent solution and will wear off after 4 to 6 months. In that time, the injected muscle will gradually regain its movement. This will make the look of wrinkles on the skin to reappear. If you follow up your first procedure with several other treatments, you will find that the look of wrinkles on your skin will eventually look less severe over time.

Considerations regarding Botox need to be discussed with a qualified physician. It would be best to bring up your concern to an experienced dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon to get the best answers.


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It is an unfortunate reality that the roads and highways across the United States are becoming increasingly dangerous. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, a whooping average 10.6 million motor vehicle accidents occurred every year between 2004 and 2009. Among the most common contributors for such an inflated figure is reckless driving. When drivers act negligently as they are behind the wheel of their vehicles, they could end up putting the lives and safety of other individuals at risk and cause devastating consequences.

Generally, an individual is considered to be driving recklessly if he or she is practicing a “willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons and properties.” With such a wide-reaching definition, several traffic violations fall under this umbrella. The website of Boston personal injury attorney Crowe & Mulvey lists down several examples of reckless driving. He cites texting or talking on the phone while driving, swerving between lanes, speeding through red lights, ignoring speed limits, and tailgating as common instances of reckless driving.

The accidents caused by such actions can vary in severity. In some cases, reckless driving results in minor collisions and infractions. However, there are also plenty of instances when reckless driving leads to major crashes where the drivers and passengers involved leave the site severely injured. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, common injuries that result from reckless driving include broken bones, severe lacerations, internal tissue damage, internal bleeding, brain trauma, neck injuries, and spinal injuries.

While reckless driving is typically considered as a misdemeanor, accidents that cause serious injuries and fatalities may result in a felony charge for the party responsible. Those convicted of a reckless driving offense can expect steep punishment which includes substantial fines, a jail sentence, and a revocation of driving privileges.


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The United State federal government takes drug-related crimes and offenses very seriously. Aside from individual state laws, several law enforcement agencies ensure that the regulations surrounding illicit drugs are properly observed. In particular, these agencies work to make sure that the possession, distribution, and trafficking of illegal substances is properly addressed. These efforts result in over 30,000 arrests made annually by the Drug Enforcement Agency or DEA. Still, despite the consistently high numbers, drug-related crimes remain to be a persistent issue in American society.

One of the most common problems that law enforcement agencies are hoping to curb is the trafficking of illegal and controlled substances. Drug trafficking is considered a federal crime that mandates harsh punishment. According to the website of criminal defense lawyers Kohler Hart Powell, SC, the consequences for a drug trafficking conviction may include jail sentences that lasts a year or longer, thousands of dollars in fees, loss of the right to vote until sentence is completed, and the loss of the right to bear arms. There are also other consequences that can be brought by such a serious criminal sentence, including difficulty reintegrating to social life once jail sentence is completed and the loss of professional and academic opportunities.

Selling drugs is another serious drug-related crime that needs to be curbed across the United States. Like drug trafficking, it entails harsh punishments that could have grave effects on a person’s life. Aside from serving a significant amount of time in jail, the sale and distribution of illicit substances can also warrant thousands of dollars in fines and the loss of certain privileges as an American citizen.

While not as grave as the previous two examples, drug possession is also considered a serious offense in states all over the country. Depending on state laws, individuals caught to be in possession of an illegal substance can face steep fines and jail time. Their penalties will also depend on the type and amount of drug they are carrying. In some select states, the possession of marijuana has been decriminalized. However, majority still view marijuana possession as either a misdemeanor or felony depending on how much a charged individual was found to be carrying.


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There is an undeniable charm to travelling by water. Unlike being in a plane or a car, being out in open waters allow people the opportunity to really immerse themselves in their surroundings and enjoy the view that nature has to offer. While it may not be as fast as other modes of travel, there are ways that boats and ships have become more and more convenient in recent years. Take, for example, the prevalence of luxury yachts. According to the website of Mikelson Yachts, these yachts are often customized and suited for the precise needs of passengers by specialists. There are also cruise ships that allow travelers to tour exotic destinations while enjoying amenities similar to five-star hotels.

Despite the conveniences present in travelling by boats and ships today, it’s impossible to discount the risks involved in such endeavors. As pointed out by data from the U.S. Coast Guard, the injuries and fatalities resulting from boating accidents are at a significant number in the last couple of years. For the year 2013, a total of 560 deaths and 2,620 injuries were reported for 4,062 boating accidents that have been reported then. Their data also shows that about 77 percent of all these recorded fatalities have been caused by drowning.

When it comes to boats and yachts, accidents are typically caused by a number of circumstances. Errors made by the individual operating the vehicle are among the common reasons why such accidents occur. Operating a boat or yacht while intoxicated is another common contributor, with the U.S. Coast Guard noting that about 16 percent of the fatalities reported in 2013 were related to alcohol impairment. Recklessness is also one of the typical causes of boating accidents, particularly speeding and capsizing. Sometimes, mechanical malfunction or boat defects are also hazards that contribute to devastating outcomes.

The contributing factors for accidents in cruise ships are also quite similar. Reckless and negligent behavior on part of the crew can lead to tragic accidents that can potentially harm the passengers on board the ship. Inadequate maintenance and upkeep of the facilities can also cause passengers to meet accidents such as slipping and falling. Cruise ships can also be held liable for accidents that occur during on-shore excursions. According to a cruise ship injury lawyer website, the accidents are typically caused by defective equipment used during the activities or in the vehicles that are used to transport passengers between destinations.


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