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Autonomous vehicle technology and the future of America’s roads

It appears that the next couple of decades could see big changes to some very fundamental things out on America’s roads. This includes shifts in what exactly is controlling the vehicles that are on them. This is due to autonomous vehicle technology.

A recent study made some predictions regarding the future spread of such technology here in the United States. The study was done by the Boston Consulting Group.

CDL Fraud Cases Exemplify the Dangers of Rogue Truckers

Licenses For Cash

A recent news story in Overdrive, an online news source for the trucking industry, reports that Department of Transportation employees in Utah and Michigan have been charged in connection with accepting bribes in exchange for issuing commercial driver's licenses to drivers who had not passed the requisite tests.

In the Utah case, a man was charged in March for falsely certifying that an applicant for a CDL license passed the road test when, in fact, the applicant drove over multiple curbs during the test. The accused accepted a $150 bribe for the passing score.

Meanwhile, two former DOT employees in Michigan pleaded guilty to forgery and bribery for their roles in a CDL fraud scheme. According to the Online story, the two former DOT officials took more than $4,000 in cash bribes in return for falsifying documents stating that CDL applicants had passed CDL skills tests when they had not.

According to the Online story, the fraud scheme resulted in the Michigan Secretary of State invalidating 85 CDL tests. The affected drivers were required to retest in order to have their CDL driving privileges restored.

Why Experienced Injury Lawyers Are Important

It is unlikely that these are isolated incidents. Commercial truck drivers, whether legally licensed or not, break laws regularly. When they do, and when it results in an accident that causes serious injury, they and their employers should be held accountable.

Of course, a trucking company is unlikely to admit violating federal regulations. That's why it is critical to enlist the assistance of a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury law firm like Rehm, Bennett & Moore if you or a loved one is seriously injured in a truck accident, or if a loved one is killed in an accident involving a commercial vehicle.

These personal injury cases require extensive investigation in order to build the type of strong case that will maximize the amount you recover. Truck accidents can change people's lives. When they do, it is important to hold the negligent party responsible so the victim does not suffer financially.

Safety preparations for the start of motorcycle riding season

Spring can be an exciting time of the year for many individuals here in Nebraska. This includes motorcycle enthusiasts. The improved temperatures spring generally brings with it allow the motorcycle riding season to begin in earnest.

Now, there are various things it can be important for motorcycle riders to not forget in the midst of the excitement of getting to regularly take their bike on the roads again. This includes how important making safety preparations can be at the start of the riding season.

Pedestrian fatalities rising in Nebraska, U.S. as a whole

It appears that, in recent years, more and more pedestrians have been losing their lives out on the roads here in Nebraska and throughout the country.

Some preliminary estimates recently came out regarding pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. in 2016. According to these estimates, the U.S. saw nearly 6,000 such deaths that year.

Which Nebraska county sees the most auto fatalities?

Just as states can vary in how many traffic fatalities they see, so too can counties. A recent analysis came up with a list of which county in each state is the deadliest when it comes to traffic accidents.

The analysis looked at traffic fatality data going from 2000 to 2015 in coming up with this list. In determining which county held the top spot for traffic fatalities in each state, the analysis looked at fatality totals rather than fatality rate. Given this, the list leans towards more heavily populated counties.

FMCSA opts to keep certain hours-of-service rules unenforced

Recently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration made a decision regarding some controversial provisions of the federal hours-of-service rules for commercial motor vehicles. The provisions regarded what sort of break a CMV driver had to take to trigger a "restart" for weekly hours-of-service rules. The provisions mandated that this break contain two overnight periods (1 a.m. to 5 a.m.).

These particular hours-of-service rules came into being in 2013. However, in 2014, they were put on suspension.

Truck loads and their impact on traffic safety

Large trucks carry all manner of different loads out on U.S. roads. Whatever type of load a truck is carrying, it is critical for the load to be properly secured. Mistakes when it comes to securing a load, such as not using tie-downs properly, using damaged tie-downs or loading a truck improperly, can create big safety dangers on the roads. For one, they could lead to a truck’s load falling out onto the road. Another possibility is that they could cause a truck’s load to become unbalanced, creating the potential for the truck to become unstable as it moves along.

Truck loads will be getting special attention in a major inspection event that will be occurring later this year. The event is the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s International Roadcheck. It is special period of commercial vehicle inspections. This year, this inspection event will go from June 6 to June 8.

Many worried about sharing the roads with autonomous cars

How the people you share the roads with act behind the wheel can have huge ramifications. Careless driving conduct by such individuals could expose you to serious accidents. The injuries that can come out of such crashes can be quite severe.

So, out on the roads, a person’s life can be changed in an instance by the behavior of the drivers around them. Skilled car accident lawyers can assist Nebraskans harmed by the conduct of another driver with the pursuit of fair compensation.

What Happens When an Accident Occurs in a Construction Zone?

All motorists are familiar with the feeling that arises when one is driving down the road and construction zone signs appear. The eyes may start to roll as images of losing a lane and long lines of traffic start to fuel the imagination.

Imagine this feeling coupled with the scenario in which the driver approaches the construction zone and the unthinkable happens. An accident has occurred in the construction zone. An accident that occurs in a construction zone can often be more serious than an accident that occurs on a "typical" road. Why is this so and what are the consequences of a construction zone accident?

Car accidents, spinal cord injuries and lost wages

Among the injuries that individuals can suffer in car crashes are spinal cord injuries. Statistics indicate that, since 2005, nothing has been responsible for more spinal cord injuries in the U.S. than auto accidents. 

There are many ramifications that a spinal cord injury can have for a car accident victim. For one, it could impact their employment situation quite a bit.

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