What trucking safety laws can teach you about truck crashes

Given how big and hard to manage commercial trucks are, it makes sense that there are federal rules that apply to commercial driving, while most passenger vehicle drivers are only subject to state-based rules. Having federal laws in place about the expectations for commercial truckers ensures that drivers know to follow the same rules regardless of what state they work in on any particular day. Looking at some of those federal rules can give you a better idea of some of the risks for commercial truck crashes. The commercial drivers' contract...

What’s the difference between workers’ comp and a third-party claim?

Workplace injuries are a common occurrence across the state of New York. In 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded 80,200 severe workplace injury and illness cases among private employers. That means they involved days away from work, a transfer or restrictions. Goods-producing businesses, such as in construction or natural resources, saw fairly high rates of these severe injuries. When a workplace injury leaves an individual with expensive medical bills and impacts their ability to earn a living, what options might they have for...

The devasting results of underride collisions

Underride crashes often lead to catastrophic injuries and death. Each year, hundreds of people are killed in underride collisions, which occur when an SUV or car slides or skids under a big-rig truck. The result is that the smaller vehicle often gets crushed and the roof gets sheered, trapping occupants of the smaller vehicle inside. These collisions often occur from the side or the rear. For example, a tractor-trailer spins out and jack-knives on the roadway in order to avoid a crash, however, the cars traveling behind it suddenly find...

The devasting results of underride collisions

Underride crashes often lead to catastrophic injuries and death. Each year, hundreds of people are killed in underride collisions, which occur when an SUV or car slides or skids under a big-rig truck. The result is that the smaller vehicle often gets crushed and the roof gets sheered, trapping occupants of the smaller vehicle inside. These collisions often occur from the side or the rear. For example, a tractor-trailer spins out and jack-knives on the roadway in order to avoid a crash, however, the cars traveling behind it suddenly find...

Are bars liable for patrons they serve?

If someone has one drink too many in a bar and gets behind the wheel and later has an accident, the bar who served that person can be held liable. Bartenders are expected to cut people off if they have had too many drinks and seem intoxicated. The legal term for holding a bar liable if they over-serve someone falls under the Dram Shop law. If a patron leaves the bar drunk and driving and then injures or kills someone in a crash, not only are they personally liable, but the bar that served them can also be held liable for the injury or loss of...

Top parking lot hazards where businesses are held liable

People may know that someone who slips and falls on a business premises can hold that business liable for injuries. But what people may not know is that premises safety and liability extend much further. Parking lot security – Security in parking lots could include multiple things such as cameras, good lighting, emergency phones and security guards either patrolling the lot or offering to escort people to their cars. Poor lighting – This goes along with security issues. Poor lighting could be an invitation to criminals that this location...