Drinking and Driving an 18-Wheeler: Is There Anything More Deadly?

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Criminal Charges, Road Accidents

Drivers, who share the road with trucks, would surely not consider that the driver driving the 18-wheeler beside them is sleepy or alcohol-impaired, unless there are obvious signs that would show any of these. Thousands of data show, however, that many drivers were, indeed, either falling asleep or intoxicated and impaired due to alcohol prior to accidents. As a matter of fact, with regard to use of alcohol and drugs by truck drivers, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says that it actually is the second major reason behind truck accidents.

Drivers operating a commercial vehicle, such as buses and Class 8 trucks, which are trucks with a GWVR exceeding 33000 lb, like big-rigs, also called semi-trailers or 18-wheelers, observe a higher standard where alcohol intoxication limit is the issue. Compared to the 0.08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit imposed on drivers of smaller vehicles, like cars, SUVs, and pick-ups, the BAC limit on drivers of commercial vehicles is 0.04%. This means that anyone who will be caught driving with this BAC level can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI).

Big-rig drivers, however, should worry not only about getting caught driving with the 0.04% BAC limit. As it is, those who will also be found to have a 0.02% BAC can also be suspended from driving for about 24 hours, while those who will register a 0.08%, even when off-duty, may still be charged with a DUI.

Their need and desire to stay awake and alert to be able to cover more road miles are what make drivers drink and or take illegal drives. This is one of the saddest effects of getting paid by the mile (about .40 cents per mile). However, the only results drinking alcohol and taking drugs will lead to are sleepiness and fatigue, and impairment.

It is the duty and responsibility of drivers to always stay sober when operating their truck. Impairment will lessen their ability to safely operate the huge and dangerous vehicles they are driving, putting the lives of many in danger. Thus, any act in violation of the laws against drunk driving can make them face serious criminal chargers, harsh penalties, and civil liabilities for whatever injuries and damages their drunkenness might cause.

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Car Accidents: Who’s At Fault?

Posted by on Mar 5, 2016 in Road Accidents

One might think that since car accidents happen so often that there would be more people making better decisions while on the road—that, over time, the number of car accidents would diminish eventually with better education, exposure to the truth of car accidents, and awareness of how real and prominent they are in today’s society.

Unfortunately, this fails to be the case as according to the website of the lawyers with Williams Kherkher, there are still over 2 million car accidents that happen in the United States alone, every single year. Some car accidents can be traumatizing, while some can render people physically disabled for the rest of their lives, while there are also some cases wherein car accidents have resulted into the wrongful death of a victim.

So who is at fault in a car accident? There could be numerous variables to consider.

Was a driver reckless while on the road? A car accident need not be between two cars but it can also be a car and an unsuspecting pedestrian. A reckless driver could be one who tempts fate and thinks themselves as above the usual limits, one who is too fatigued to be trusted on the road, or one who is under the influence of alcohol.

Was the car in proper order when it was received? From a manufacturing stage, everything needs to be inspected in order to make sure that the vehicle is in working order, in order to ensure the safety of both the customer but also all the other vehicles on the road.

What was the state of the weather? Sometimes, inclement weather such as hurricanes with very strong winds or earthquakes that made the roads unstable or unable to be passed while there were vehicles on it. The likelihood of these incidents are far and few in between but they are still possible.

In conclusion, a strong majority of car accidents happen due to negligence. If there was a negligent party that then caused a car accident, they are at fault and should be held accountable for any and all damages done that was due to their reckless negligence.

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Workers’ Compensation

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in Unemployment

States have their own laws regarding workers compensation that may not be present in other states. In order to understand what your rights and benefits are when you have been involved in a workplace accident and would like to receive workers compensation. A Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyer is likely to have an understanding of what the laws are and how an accident and injury can affect a claim. Under Iowa workers’ compensation benefits, your employer is obligated to provide three types of benefits to their workers.

Medical benefits are the most common and widely known and used benefit when it comes to workers compensation. Employers and insurance providers are the ones who will choose the doctor and will be the ones to pay for the medical bills, along with reimbursing any expenses you have made for succeeding medical appointments (connected with the accident).

Another benefit that can be given through workers compensation is temporary disability benefits. This will cover for the lost wages that you might have earned if the accident did not occur. The amount of payment for the missed work will be the net appropriate of your pay when working regularly; this is because typically your gross wage is not liable to be subjected to taxes.

Lastly, workers who have been injured in a workplace accident have the right to receive Permanent Partial Disability benefits should the injury lead to a permanent disability. This will greatly depend on the severity of the permanent disability or how it would affect your earning capacity (whether it will affect you for the rest of your life). The amount to be awarded will depend on the area of the body which the injury affects. There are many other factors that would be considered in determining the extent of injury and the amount of compensation to be given, so a workers’ compensation lawyer would be vital.

Workers’ compensation law can be complex, and the benefits may not be immediately given if proof or vital documents are not given. Also, there are instances where the workers’ compensation is not enough to cover for the expenses. In order to avoid such problems when the situation comes, hiring a Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyer be the best way to ensure your rights as a worker is protected.

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Private Car Services: How to Get the Best Deal

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Cars

There are special events and occasions that require only the most luxurious accommodations. Whether it’s a wedding or a big corporate party, plenty of people prefer to have access to the convenient ease of a private car service. Hiring a professional driver can do a lot to ensure an enjoyable experience, especially if you manage to secure the best deal possible.

One of the most important considerations is the reputation of the private car service you want to hire. There are so many companies out there that tend to cut corners and provide hasty services. As such, it’s important to make sure that the company you’re considering has plenty of positive testimonials and a good, clean record. You can check for this by researching reviews online. Typically, there are forums and sites that allow people to post their feedback on services they’ve used in the past. You can use these venues to check for what others can say about their experience with a private car company you want to work with. Stick with companies that have consistently offered customers with positive experiences.

Aside from glowing reviews, you also need to make sure that the private car service you want to hire follows proper safety protocols. Look through their website to find information about their drivers and insurance policies. If these information isn’t online, contact them through phone or book an appointment for a face to face dialogue. These types of details should be easily accessible. If it feels like the company you’re speaking to is dodging your questions, it’s probably best to look somewhere else. Again, online reviews can be handy for this step. Keep an eye out for any complaints regarding reckless driving and issues with certification and insurance.

Hiring a private car service can make any momentous occasion even more special and enjoyable. However, the ease and convenience it provides usually comes with a large check. Make sure you don’t miss any corners when closing in on a deal by taking into account these important considerations.

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The Dangers of Defective Pharmaceuticals

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Product Dangers

Millions of patients rely on the pharmaceutical industry to create solutions to their important medical needs. Typically, these solutions help individuals successfully receive treatment and live fuller lives. There are, however, certain moments when pharmaceutical solutions also lead to unforeseen side effects and cause even more hardship and devastation. In fact, these defective pharmaceutical solutions often constitute to a majority of the product liability lawsuits filed in courts all over America.

Despite advancements in the field, there are still some drugs and medications that can cause serious issues for a significant number of patients in the United States. Most of the time, problems with defective pharmaceuticals are missed because of missteps in research and testing. Even when a pharmaceutical product has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there is no certainty that it will be completely safe from side effects.

In most cases, the devastating effects of defective pharmaceuticals are due to mistakes committed by manufacturers. There are several pharmaceutical companies that market certain products for off-label use—treatments that are yet to be explicitly approved by the FDA because of lack of adequate testing. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, one such example is the Stryker hip implant. Another pharmaceutical product often the subject of product liability suits is the anti-psychotic drug called Risperdal. As pointed out by the website of the lawyers of Williams Kherkher, the continued off-label use of the drug has led to several cases of serious medical conditions like gynecomastia and hyperglycemia.

It is a horrifying thought to consider that the products intended to treat patients can cause other medical conditions that could be far more serious than what they originally had. As such, it’s important for affected individuals to seek out legal counsel as soon as possible. The dangers of defective pharmaceuticals should never be ignored. Manufactures should be continuously held accountable for falling short of the high standards require of their profession.

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