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Truck Accidents due to Employer Negligence or Liability

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016

In 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that fatal accidents involving trucks numbered to 3,964, while those that caused injuries were 95,000. These accidents and injuries were caused by 73,000 of the 2 million semi-trucks that operated on US roads and highways.

Despite the high number of fatalities and injuries that these huge vehicles cause, as well as their being threats on the road, the government is cautious on putting too many restrictions on truck operators mainly due to the major role that trucks play in the US economy. In short, restrict truck operations with so many laws (besides laws on safety) and the country’s ability to do business can be crippled.

While the government cannot burden operators with higher taxes or higher pay for drivers, it does not shy away from creating and strictly enforcing laws that should ensure: qualification of drivers in operating a truck; use of truck parts, like brakes and tires that comply with DOT standards; keeping drivers form operating a truck while sleepy or fatigued; and, maintaining a record of regular truck inspection and maintenance.

One of the greatest challenges faced by operators and drivers since 2010 is how to accomplish all job orders and make timely deliveries considering the increasing lack of qualified drivers which, according to the American Trucking Associations, is now at 48,000.

Many truck drivers have considered moving to another field of work even with barely a year in the job due to the job’s small pay, required time (sometimes for weeks) away from family, the demands of the job and many other factors. Besides, what one can earn as a driver, he or she can also earn, with very little stress, in a local job.

Due to this shortage of drivers, a number of operators or employers have resorted to illegal means just to get as many job orders as they can and have these orders finished on time. Some of these illegalities include hiring unqualified drivers and failing to train them further; requiring their drivers to drive longer than the allowed number of service and then asking them to alter the number of hours they have rendered in log book; and, failing to properly screen applicants for past records or driving violations.

Driver error puts everyone on the road in danger, and so does trucking company negligence. Trucking companies have the legal responsibility of ensuring that safety standards in regards to employees and vehicles are strictly upheld, as this will greatly affect the well-being of everyone, including other motorists and everyone else on the road. If and when trucking companies fail to uphold these standards, then they can be held financially responsible for their negligence.

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Cerebral Palsy and Incidents of Medical Negligence

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015

Cerebral palsy is a serious medical condition that has profound effects on a person’s mobility, impairing their ability to maintain balance and posture. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC put it, the condition is considered as one of the most causes of motor disability in children. Those diagnosed with cerebral palsy experience a number of different symptoms specific to each type of the condition. Overall, patients with cerebral palsy have muscle stiffness and difficulty controlling movement in the legs and arms, as well as facial muscles.

There are a variety of answers to what causes cerebral palsy. ‘CP’ occurs due to abnormalities in brain development. In certain cases, these abnormalities are caused by damage to certain areas of the brain which controls movement. On top of that, there are also different scenarios as to how this condition is caused by brain damage or injury. These scenarios can be both medical and non-medical in nature. The following are some of the few scenarios that can complicate pregnancy or childbirth, and then cause developmental issues with the infant’s brain:

  • Failure to diagnose and treat infections during a mother’s pregnancy
  • Failure to monitor fetal stats during mother’s labor and delivery
  • Failure to perform a Caesarean section procedure when the circumstances necessitates it
  • Committing errors with surgical procedures and the administration of anesthesia
  • Failure to properly address complications during childbirth

The birth of a child is indeed a most profound moment for expectant parents. It is unfortunate that such a long-awaited and meaningful occasion can quickly become a critical situation due to negligent errors committed by members of the medical staff. Errors made during labor and delivery can have significant and long-term consequences for the infant, causing serious medical conditions such as cerebral palsy.

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Common Concerns for Truckers: Getting Started in the Industry

Posted by on Aug 23, 2015

As is commonly known, the trucking industry is a crucial part of a healthy and functional economy. The U.S. market would be at a standstill without trucks hauling goods and products from one point of the country to another. Definitely, having efficient goods transportation system is a vital part to how a community operates. Because of this, coming into the trucking industry might be a very lucrative business decision. As the American Trucking Associations notes, the trucking industry in the U.S. has generated roughly $600 billion in total freight revenues during 2011.

If you are thinking of getting into the trucking industry, expect to face a few hurdles before reaping substantial awards. There are plenty of things you’ll need to research and consider before going in completely. Learning more about particular details regarding trucking operations, and deciding the best type of operation that suits your planned set-up is a great way to ensure that your venture will be a success.

Before anything else, the first decision you will need to make when becoming part of the trucking industry is your mode of operations. According to the U.S. Small Business Association, trucking businesses typically operate in two different ways. One sees the trucking company hiring its own fleet of vehicles and set of drivers. Through this mode of operation, you’ll have control over the entire spectrum of your business. Of course, this will also require a bigger budget. The next option is to sub-contract drivers from a different company. While you’ll have little control over schedules, and contracts, you will have to spend less on workforce and vehicles. Here, the only thing you’ll be in-charged of is the actual operation of your business.

According to the website of TBS Factoring Service, another consideration you’ll have to make when starting a trucking business is preparing for common challenges faced by those already in the industry. One typical problem faced by truckers involves the finance and accounting side of the business. As it happens, plenty of truckers have issues with tracking invoice payments and other similar details. No one goes into business to not get paid, so being sure to do everything you can to haul in the dollars is a good plan.

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Know Your Trends: The Difference Between Ombre and Balayage

Posted by on Aug 22, 2015

Hair is often considered a person’s crowning glory. It’s why there’s often so much attention focused on how our hair looks, and why so many trends come to suggest how we should opt to style our locks. Two distinct trends have to do with hair color. While plenty of fads have come and gone in the world of hairstyling, it seems ombre and balayage are two of the most popular choices for most people. Both hair coloring trends have been featured in red carpets, worn proudly by big Hollywood names. To the untrained eye, ombre and balayage seem to yield similar results—highlights that give one’s hair extra body and dimension. But what is the difference between the two coloring techniques? How would you know which one is the better choice for your hair type?

Ombre derives from the French word for shade or shadow. Just like in painting, it used to refer to the gradual change between different colors that bleed into one another, moving from darker to lighter hues. With hair, an ombre means having dark hair from the roots that gradually changes to a lighter color up until the ends. On the other hand, balayage aims to achieve the same gradation in the highlights of the hair but with a more subtle effect. Balayage is another French word, this time for sweeping or painting. The gentle sweeping strokes used to apply the highlight color on the hair results in a more natural and sun-kissed style.

Another difference between ombre and balayage is in the products used for the two techniques. For ombre, stylists typically make use of bleach in order to achieve the lighter shade at the tips of the hair. On the other hand, to achieve the more natural-looking objective of balayage, stylists make use of color that is only about two or three shades lighter than the natural shade.

If you are deciding between these two hair coloring trend, there are several factors you will need to consider. According to the website of Therapy Hair Studio, those who prefer bolder highlight colors will prefer the ombre style. However, take note that the use of bleach can severely damage hair. For people worried about this, it might be better to opt for balayage instead.

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Road and Highway Defects: Dangerous Hazards Causing Car Accidents

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015

It is not be a stretch to say that car accidents happen all too frequently in America. As noted by the United States Bureau in their 2012 report, the year 2009 alone saw 10.8 million motor vehicle accidents. In a separate account, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noted that about 3/4 of accidents that occur in the United States happen due to traffic violations and errors committed by drivers. While it may happen less frequently, the other cause of car accidents in America are dangerous conditions on roads and highways.

While it may not be the top cause of accidents in America, road and highway defects remain a great threat to the safety of commuters. Hazards caused by poor maintenance of thoroughfares can do a lot to endanger drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. An Iowa car accident lawyer would probably list defects such as potholes, uneven pavements, shoulder drop-off, damaged or even complete lack of guardrails, lack of or obstructed traffic signs, and unsecured road construction sites as hazards that can lead to devastating accidents and cause serious injuries. The website of the Lake Geneva car accident lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® also points out the following as additional factors contributing to dangerous road conditions: water pooling, objects on the roadway, and municipal negligence.

With proper maintenance and upkeep, these hazards can be addressed and traffic conditions can remain safe for commuters. For this to happen, local government units are expected to keep on top of necessary repairs and construction work. Safety is ensured when protocols are appropriately practiced and followed.

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