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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.

Report: 2016 saw an increase in traffic fatalities

How deadly were America’s roads last year? Well, according to recent estimates, 2016’s traffic fatality total topped 40,000 for the nation. You have to go back to 2007 for the last time that particular mark was passed.

The estimates come from the National Safety Council. The estimates put America’s traffic death total for 2016 at 40,200. This total is 6 percent higher than the one from 2015 and 14 percent higher than the one from 2014.

Should side guards be required for big rigs?

Many legal issues can come up in the wake of a big rig accident. This includes issues related to possible wrongful death claims. When big rigs and other vehicles collide, there can be substantial death tolls. The occupants of the vehicle a semi truck collides with can be particularly vulnerable to fatal injuries in such accidents. Skilled attorneys can investigate the details of fatal truck crashes for the families of victims of such accidents. They can also advise such families on what the findings of such investigations mean for things such as whether there are grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. 

There are many types of semi accidents that can be prone to fatal results. Among these are crashes in which a car ends up going under the side of a big rig. It is estimated that, here in the U.S., over 200 people a year are killed in this type of accident. 

Properly placing blame in motorcycle accidents

No one likes to be blamed for something they weren't responsible for. It can leave a person feeling like they are being treated incredibly unfairly. Now, there are situations where being incorrectly blamed for something can have all kinds of ramifications for a person beyond upsetting their sense of fairness. Sometimes, it could have the potential to have major financial repercussions for them.

One such situation is when a person is injured in an accident they were in when they were operating a motorcycle. Motorcyclists often can find themselves being blamed for such a crash, even when someone else was actually responsible for it. Who fault is ultimately found to lie with in relation to a motorcycle crash could have significant compensation implications for a motorcyclist harmed in such an accident.

Report gives Nebraska's traffic laws a low safety rating

Each state has its own set of traffic laws. One of the things that can have big traffic safety ramifications in a state is how closely the drivers in it follow these laws. Failure to obey traffic laws is among the types of driver conduct that can trigger major crashes. In your opinion, how closely do Nebraska's drivers, generally, follow the state's traffic laws?

When a person is hurt as a result of a driver violating traffic safety laws or engaging in other dangerous driving conduct, the victim may have many questions related to their legal options and rights when it comes to compensation. Help with such questions and guidance on compensation issues are among the things skilled car crash lawyers can provide such accident victims.

What are the most common reasons given for texting and driving?

Some tasks require one's full attention. One such task is driving. Even momentarily taking one's attention off of the roads when driving can lead to serious accidents. So, distracted drivers can end up doing a lot of damage out on the roads.

Distracted driving comes in all kinds of varieties. Whatever variety of distracted driving a person engaged in, when their conduct caused a crash, it can be very important for the victims of the accident to have an accurate picture of their legal options. Among the things a victim of a distracted driving crash may want to do promptly after the accident is to ask a skilled lawyer about their options and what they would need to do to pursue such options.