Automobile Accidents

Some Types of Truck Defects and Their Effects

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Automobile Accidents | 0 comments

There are different factors that contribute to large commercial trucks: negligent hiring, driver error and improper cargo loading are just a fews of these – all, by the way, are examples of acts of negligence that can result in serious accidents and injuries to the truck driver himself/herself and other motorists. There is another major cause of truck accidents that is rarely noticed, though: a defective or malfunctioning truck part.

Tires, axles, steering column, brakes, coupling and trailer doors are parts of a truck that have the potential to malfunction or be defective. These parts, of course, should be able to withstand the rigorous demands of this type of vehicle; however, without regular inspection and proper maintenance, any of these parts can break down and fail. Sometimes, though, it is the truck part that is actually manufactured defectively – a mistake that often happens in the manufacture of tires, and though there are regulations or standards established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and equipment tests, there are manufacturing firms that overlook these the regulations and fail to conduct the tests, leading to devastating accidents.

  • These defects and their effects include the following:
    Failed Tires. Some of the very dangerous involving truck tires are tire blowout and tread separation. Using retreaded tires or failure to inspect tires can render a trucking company liable for whatever damages may result due to equipment failure.
  • Failed Brakes. If the brakes of a truck fail to work, the truck can rear-end and plow through many vehicles in front of it. This can easily result to crashed and exploding vehicles, which can cause deaths and/or very serious injuries.
  • Missing Mirrors. It is bad enough that trucks have blind spots or areas where smaller vehicles are hardly noticed by truck drivers. Not having side mirrors, which will still make it possible for truck drivers to hopefully notice cars and other smaller vehicles, would be like luring other drivers to suicidal acts.
  • Missing Lights. For very large vehicles, such as semi-trailers, also called big rigs or 18-wheelers, warning lights and flares are very essential for safe driving. Missing lights will render even trucks invisible at night, making devastating accidents very likely events.

Driving an 18-wheeler can be a very treacherous task, but it can be even more dangerous if the vehicle or any of its parts are marred by a defect or suffer a malfunction and, even though truck drivers go through extensive training to prepare themselves to drive these vehicles safely, there is little that can be done to anticipate a defect or malfunction. Filing a civil lawsuit against the negligent manufacturer (of the defective truck part) may be appropriate to seek financial compensation in the event of a truck accident.

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Driving Distracted – A Threat to the Safety of Everyone on the Road

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Automobile Accidents | 0 comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2014 report on car crashes showed 30,057 fatalities, the least number of deaths in car accidents probably since the 1970s. While there have been accidents which were due to factors that are beyond the control of drivers, such as defective car or car parts or defective or poorly maintained roads, highways and bridges, both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) of the NHTSA hold that 90% of all road crashes can be blamed on drivers.

These  road crashes are consequences of bad road behavior, a number of which are driving recklessly, driving above the set speed limit or driving too fast for road conditions, driving while impaired (by alcohol, illegal drug or prescription/over-the-counter drugs), making improper lane changes, tailgating, ignoring traffic signs and signals, not focusing on the road, and allowing oneself to be distracted while behind the wheel.

Since 2012, distracted driving, particularly involving cell phone use, has remained to be the worst form of driving distraction in the US. Distractions while behind the wheel take many forms, so many of which have even become unnoticed or have become too common that drivers no longer consider them as distractions. A short list of driving distractions includes: eating and/or drinking while driving; looking at a map; talking with other car occupants (studies have shown that the more people there are in a car, the greater distraction there will be to the driver); adjusting electronic devices, like a GPS; adjusting a car stereo and/or setting it to full volume; grooming; adjusting a tie; lighting a cigarette; playing with child occupants; reaching for something, especially, at the back seat; and, arguing with someone while driving.

Due to driving  distractions, 421,000 individuals were injured and 3,328 lost their lives in 2012 (number of injuries was 9% higher than in 2011 which was only at 387,000). Unlike drunk-driving, driving recklessly and speeding which a greater majority of drivers will never risk committing, distracted driving can happen to anyone – even to drivers who are always concerned about road safety.

Regardless of the severity of injury that distracted driving may cause, this type of driving error is a threat to the safety of the drivers themselves, to other motorists, pedestrians and all others on the road. In its website, the law firm Williams Kherkher talks about the damages and losses that victims of car accidents may suffer.

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Possible Causes of Aviation Accidents

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Automobile Accidents | 0 comments

Millions of people fly every day around the world, and many have fears of flying. With images emblazoned in the news of horrific plane crashes like the recent Germanwings crash and the TransAsia crash, which produced a terrifying image of the plane hovering sideways above a highway in Taiwan, it is understandable why many have fears of flying.

Although pilots must complete years of extensive training and practice before ever taking flight, mistakes do happen, nonetheless. Some of these errors may even lead to death or injury of passengers. One of the top causes of plane crashes, unfortunately, is pilot error. According to a 2015 study by Statistic Brain Research Institute, pilot error accounts for as much as 53% of all fatal plane crashes.

Pilots are responsible for so many different aspects of the flight, it is not uncommon that mistakes are made and things overlooked. Pilots must observe weather conditions, radar, and readouts from plane mechanics, all while performing safe takeoffs, cruising, and landings.

Pilots can often be overworked and forget to take into account different physiological factors, such as sickness, alcohol, medication, stress, or fatigue that affect their ability to operate an aircraft, and ultimately affect the safety of the whole flight, passengers and crew included.

Stress can serve as a distraction in the cockpit, and make the pilot’s mind wander from the task at hand: keeping the flight safe. Poor communication can also threaten the safety of the flight. Whether between co-pilots or with the crew on the ground, a lack of communication can result in serious consequences for all aboard the flight.

Click here to learn more about pilot error and liability.

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The Perils of Distracted Driving

Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in Automobile Accidents | 0 comments

No matter how unsettling, it’s a fact that car accidents are a common occurrence all over America. As the U.S. Census Bureau reports, an average of 10.6 million motor vehicle accidents have been officially reported in the span of 6 years, starting from 2004 until 2009. A huge portion of these reported incidents resulted in serious injuries and fatalities.

Among the most common suspects to devastating car accidents is distracted driving. According to Distraction.org, a website set up by the U.S. Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving has led to 3,154 fatal crashes in the year 2013 alone. The top reason that these accidents happened is because drivers were texting or talking on their mobile phones.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines distracted driving as driving while doing another activity that causes you to split your attention. As posted on their information page, there are 3 types of distraction that happens behind the wheel. Visual distraction is when drivers take their eyes off the road to do something else. Manual distraction happens when drivers take their hands off the wheel. Finally, cognitive distraction applies for situations when a driver starts to absent mindedly operate their vehicles. The use of phones while driving is particularly alarming because it involves a combination of all three of these scenarios.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is currently heading efforts to curb instances of distracted driving. However, their campaigns will fail to bear fruit as long as the public aren’t made aware of the perils of driving while distracted. Victims can end up suffering long-term consequences caused by injuries like whiplash and traumatic brain damage. Not only does this issue lead to serious risk of injury, there are too many reported cases of distracted driving leading to fatalities. Every driver should contribute in making sure that all roadways in the U.S. are kept safe for the whole community.

If you were involved in accident caused by a distracted driver, know that there are legal avenues that allow you to seek just compensation. Don’t hesitate to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney working in your area. For example, victims living in Florida can visit the website of West Palm Beach car accident lawyers for more information.

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Car Accidents Due to Driver Errors and Driver Distractions

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Automobile Accidents | 0 comments

With cars becoming the most common means of transportation in the US, their steady increase on all US roads and highways has also given rise to the number of automobile accidents every year. Records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show, at least, five million road tragedies annually. While drunk-driving, overspeeding, and reckless driving figure to be the main reasons for accidents that seriously injure or kill innocent people, there is another culprit, which majority of drivers may not be totally aware of but are surely guilty of committing – driver error and driver distraction.

Often, when driving has become a daily chore, drivers end up becoming too complacent on the road, committing traffic violations with the excuse or thought that they are in full control of the wheel, anyway, and can avert danger in the event that it shows itself. Thus, many never slow down or stop when making turns, try to beat the red light, fail to use signal lights, fail to check for incoming motor vehicles, especially at intersections, overtake other vehicles improperly, tailgate other vehicles (trucks, worst of all), fail to use the seatbelt, make sudden lane changes, and so forth.

As for driver distractions, though most common among young drivers, it can probably be safe to say that all have been distracted, at least one or a couple of times in their whole driving career. Though driving distraction has many forms, all these cause the very same thing – take a driver’s attention off the road. The many different forms of driver distractions include: looking at a map for directions; adjusting a GPS or a radio; playing the car stereo at full volume; chatting with friends while driving; taking, or having a picture taken, while driving; fixing a tie, grooming; drinking and eating; and, worst of all, texting or using a handheld phone while driving, which is now illegal.

Whether the cause of an automobile accident is driver error or driver distraction, one sure thing is that it is a result of negligence and carelessness on the part of the liable driver. Seeking the help of legal professionals, such as Ali Mokaram from the Mokaram Law Firm, would be advisable in order to bring to justice the at-fault driver and to make him/her compensate the victim for all the damages resulting from the injury which he/she has caused.

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