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Driving Your Truck Safely

Posted by on Jun 19, 2019 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Trucks are better than cars, it is as simple as that. Though some will disagree by describing the looks and features of cars that are unique and unable to be experienced in trucks, the benefits of trucks (such as being able to haul trailers, carry larger weights, and dominate the road) will almost outweigh some of the other minor aspects provided by other vehicles.

However, trucks are not without their flaws. While cars are even less imperfect, the imperfections of trucks are very real and must be addressed if you wish to drive your vehicle safely. In this article, I will discuss some common safety issues with trucks. Additionally, I will give you some tips on how to resolve these problems and drive safely.

Larger size

Some of the most common issues with trucks involve the average size of trucks being much larger than the average size of cars or other vehicles. Because the trucks are larger, their field of vision or perception is much narrower. Seeing on the sides of the truck cab is more difficult because the field in which an object or vehicle can move is much larger. The height of the truck also factors into this, as it can be difficult to see vehicles that are much lower to the ground than the truck.

Because blind spots are a more important issue for trucks than for cars, it is crucial that a truck driver drives with more caution and a greater sense of vigilance on the road.

Speeding

Some aspects of driving a truck are beyond your control. As discussed by Russo, Russo, & Slania P.C., mechanical defects or issues with truck parts, for example, are not something you can prevent or change. The only step of precaution available to you as a truck driver is ensuring that you are taking care of your truck with regular check-ups and engine maintenance.

Speeding, on the other hand, is entirely within your control. If you are driving faster than the speed limit permits, especially to a much greater degree, you are endangering the lives of yourself, the people in your truck cab, and the people in the other vehicles on the road. It is simply unacceptable.

There is no substantial research to suggest that trucks speed more often or violate the speed limit to greater degrees. However, the assertive nature that is perceived from especially large trucks in metropolitan or urban areas can paint a metaphorical target on the back of the truck bed. Police officers seeking to find violators of the speed limit laws will easily pick out fast-moving, large, dominant trucks.

As a result, it is not only in the best interests of yourself and others to drive in accordance with the speed limit, but it is also imperative that you follow the law unless you want to deal with the police, tickets, a court case, and maybe even needing to hire a lawyer to remove a pesky traffic ticket from your personal record. It is just not worth it — drive the speed limit and check your blind spots.

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Drunk Driving: A Common Cause of Traffic Accidents

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Car Accidents, Personal Injury | 0 comments

Navigate any news website and you will realize that a significant portion of car accidents are caused by drunk driving. It is a reckless behavior that is up there with speeding as one of the most common causes of traffic accidents.

Alcohol and Its Effects on Driving Capability

But why is drunk driving so dangerous? This is because of the effects of alcohol in the body. It can compromise a person’s body coordination, ultimately leading to poor vehicle control. It can also compromise mental strength, ultimately leading to poor comprehension of the objects and events on the road and slow reaction time. There is also the emotional distress and reckless tendency of those who are under the influence of alcohol.

People drive while drunk mainly because of confidence that nothing bad is going to happen to them. They will go home without crashing, and they will not be pulled over by a police officer. It is the local government’s responsibility to remove this mindset.

Local Government’s Role in Drunk Driving Prevention

The local government can do a lot of preventive measures, like creating an anti-drunk driving campaign, spreading awareness regarding the dangers of drunk driving, setting up sobriety check points in strategic locations in the city to increase the chances of arrest, and creating laws that will further deter the deed.

Drunk driving is already illegal all throughout the United States. A convicted drunk driver can face numerous penalties, including fines, license suspensions, probations, and worst of all, jail times. Also, according to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, those who have been hurt because of drunk drivers may get justice and compensation. In other words, if a drunk driver has injured someone else, he may have additional liabilities other than the penalties he may face.

How Drivers Can Avoid Drunk Driving Themselves

To avoid drunk driving, a person can either avoid being drunk so he can drive safely or avoid driving so he can be drunk as much as he wants without liability. The former is simple, because you can always just say no to your friends and control your alcohol consumption. But the latter can be complicated, especially if you haven’t made any plans.

To avoid the driving part, just leave the car at home if you are planning to go party the night out. You can take public transport. If you already have the car with you, you should get a designated driver or just stay put. The key is to let a sober person drive for you, either a public transport driver or a sober person you know.

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Common Ways to Sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Medical, Personal Injury | 0 comments

The brain is one of the most important parts of the body, so it is not hard to believe that a traumatic brain injury can significantly change the life of a victim. He is lucky if the injury is mild, but if it is severe, he may experience serious cognitive, motor, and sensory problems.

According to the website of Mazin & Associates, PC, those who have sustained brain injuries may have legal options. This is particularly true for the victims who have sustained them because of the fault of another party, especially if negligence or recklessness has been involved. But how can such an injury be sustained? There are different ways how.

Closed Head Injury

The most obvious way to sustain a traumatic brain injury is by receiving enough traumatic force into the head. Usually, this force comes from falling accidents, traffic accidents, sports and recreational accidents, and violence. These accidents typically don’t involve skull penetration.

Open Head Injury

Like a closed head injury, an open head injury is sustained by receiving enough force. The difference is that open head injury primarily involves skull penetration, usually from bullets, flying debris from car accidents, and other projectiles.

Acceleration-Deceleration Injury

When the body is moving and suddenly decelerates or stops, the parts inside the body goes in a jolting motion that often causes injury. The brain is particularly vulnerable to this motion because of its gelatinous consistency, not to mention that it is enclosed in a hard casing in the form of the skull. Unlike closed and open head injury, an acceleration-deceleration injury does not necessarily require the head to be hit, because the jolting motion alone, if it is strong enough, can already cause damage.

Explosion Injury

This is perhaps the least obvious way to sustain a traumatic brain injury, because it doesn’t involve a blatant hit in the head and it doesn’t happen every day, unlike car accidents. The blast wave may cause injury to the brain. The victim may also get thrown onto a hard surface or get hit by a projectile from the blast. Either can also cause a traumatic brain injury.

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