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Daylight savings prime time for personal injury claims

This time each year, citizens of New York and most other states endure the challenges and frustrations of the semiannual time change. Failing to remember to turn the clocks ahead leaves many arriving late for church, work or other appointments on Sunday morning. Additionally, parents of small children may have difficulty getting their little ones to adjust to the new time schedule, and it may take days or longer for people to fully acclimate to the lost hour. Not surprisingly, the drowsiness that accompanies a time change may result in more personal injury claims around this time each year.

Truck insurance groups want better safety devices on trucks

Highway safety is of primary concern to many New York truckers. Unfortunately, one of the deadliest types of accidents in which many tractor-trailers are involved is often out of their control. Nevertheless, truck insurance groups may soon be asking lawmakers to require truck manufacturers to take steps to minimize the severity of injuries in these accidents.

Truck accident defense beneficial during personal injury lawsuits

When truck accidents result in critical or fatal injuries, the public may be quick to blame the truck driver. However, there are often extenuating circumstances surrounding an accident of which the public is unaware. A recent accident on a New York highway left two people critically injured. While no charges have been filed, the driver may benefit from the truck accident defense of an attorney, especially if a lawsuit is filed.

Video assists with truck accident defense

Most every New York truck driver understands the reputation truckers have among drivers of smaller vehicles. Often seen as the bullies of the highway, tractor-trailers are quick to catch blame for accidents, especially if there are injuries or fatalities involved. Trucks are an easy target, with their size and weight contributing to the damages that may result. However, fleet owners and managers are looking to technology to help them with truck accident defense.

Collision warning sensors may prevent truck accidents

There is no denying that tractor-trailers are involved in many accidents each year and that those accidents often result in catastrophic injuries. In fact, in 2015, over 4,000 people died in accidents with large trucks, and more than 116,000 people suffered injuries, according to a recent AAA report. However, the agency's Foundation for Traffic Safety also predicts that many future casualties can be averted if more trucks are equipped with collision warning sensors and other safety technologies.

Soon, everyone will use paperless log systems in their trucks

The public tends to believe that any accident involving an 18-wheeler is the fault of the truck driver. People here in New York and elsewhere look into truck drivers' logs and attempt to disparage their character by claiming that they were fatigued, distracted or otherwise unfit to be driving. This makes paperless log systems even more important since documenting that a trucker was not any of those things when the accident occurred may get easier.

Truck accident defense examines all possibilities

Truckers often get a bad rap, especially when they are involved in accidents with much smaller vehicles. Often, however, the drivers of smaller vehicles simply become impatient sharing the road with trucks that are large, heavy and noisy. It is not unheard of for a New York driver following a truck to act out of exasperation and create a situation that is unsafe. This is one truck accident defense that often proves true.

City threatens truckers with jail for use of Jake brakes

Truckers provide an invaluable service by transporting raw materials and goods across the country. Nevertheless, the operation of these commercial vehicles is not without risks, and engineers look for innovative ways to ensure the safety of drivers and fellow motorists. One such mechanism is known as a Jake brake. In New York and elsewhere, truckers are often the first ones blamed when they are involved in a serious accident, and Jake brakes are designed to reduce the possibility of such a wreck.

If injury occurs, experienced truck accident defense is important

By its very nature, the trucking industry is fraught with opportunities for disaster. Be it due to an inexperienced driver of a breakdown in the mechanics of the tractor or the trailer, any incident involving a commercial vehicle and a third party can result in a plaintiff filing a personal injury claim against the trucker, the employer, insurance company or all three. New York residents or companies who have faced these circumstances know the importance of experienced truck accident defense professionals.

Several pursue truck accident litigation after fatal crashes

When a trucker engages in questionable judgments, the end result may be others suffering the consequences. After a fatal accident, family members often pursue truck accident litigation in an effort to hold others responsible. These serious accidents occur in New York and other locations throughout the country and can result in civil suits against employers.

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