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September 2015 Archives

Truck driver minimum training rule a step closer to final

There is a push underway to try to bolster the ranks of the corps of drivers that handles the big rigs on the roads of Texas and the rest of the country. As we noted in a post back in July, the U.S. Senate is considering legislation that would make it possible for 18-year-old drivers to take the wheels of semitrailer trucks for some interstate hauls.

No autonomous motorcycle yet? Consider other safety tech

Last month, we mused about autonomous vehicle technology and wondered if there might be a self-driving motorcycle somewhere in our future. As we noted at that time, we are starting to see advances of all sorts in terms of four-wheel cars and SUVs and even 18-wheel semitractor-trailers.

To seat belt or not to seat belt, that is the question

Two Texas high school students are dead. They were riding on a school bus that reportedly got run off an overpass by another driver earlier this week. Houston police say the bus careened over a guardrail to a street below. In addition to the two deaths, three other people on the bus suffered injuries.

Expert: Flood of auto recalls a sign of 'new normal' re: safety

Would it surprise you to learn that the rate of auto recalls this year is not a record? Presuming an analysis by Detroit news of available data sources is valid, that seems to be the case. But there's a question about whether it will stay that way.

Wrongful death claims face time limits for court action

The loss of a loved one in unforeseen circumstances can cause a sense of grief for surviving loved ones that never goes away. But while the grief and sorrow may seem to be everlasting, it is important for those who are suffering to remember that the law does not leave the door for seeking compensation and recovery open indefinitely.

How do truck accidents differ from other vehicle crashes?

Every accident involving a motor vehicle is one to be taken seriously. The amount of damage that can be done to the human body and to physical property can be staggering. The costs have to be paid, but the burden deserves to be borne by those most responsible for causing the pain, loss and suffering.

Why should I care if an attorney is board-certified?

When you are about to go under the knife, you want to be sure that the doctor wielding the tool knows what he or she is doing. Given a choice between a surgeon fresh out of residency and one with 15 years of experience, you surely would choose the latter. If the doctor happens to also be board-certified in a particular area of special practice so much the better.

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