Federal and State Laws You Can Use to Recover Compensation for Your Truck Accident Injuries

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Due to the potential harm that truck drivers can cause, a number of federal and state trucking regulations are in place to protect other drivers on the road. Trucking companies have a heightened duty to maintain safe practices. When their behavior rises to the negligent level, recovery may be possible. Federal Trucking Regulations The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration establishes laws that aim to prevent trucking accidents. A car accident lawyer can investigate if any of these rules were violated and if they could have played a part in a victim’s accident. Some of the laws designed to reduce the number of trucking accidents include: Off-duty requirements – Truck drivers are required to take at least ten consecutive hours off duty before starting a new shift. Hour limitations – Truck drivers must not work more than 60 hours within seven consecutive days or 70 hours in eight days. Additionally, truck drivers should only drive a maximum of eleven hours in a fourteen-hour shift. Break requirements – Truck drivers are required to take a break of at least 30 minutes after driving eight hours before they can resume driving. Weigh limits – The FMCSA imposes certain weight limitations for commercial vehicles.

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Racing to Die: The Higher The Limit The Faster They Go

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Driving faster increases accidents. Yet posted speed limits continue to be hiked. Empirical data shows that speeds over 75 miles per hour (mph) result in more accidents, injuries and fatalities than if posted speed limits were kept below that threshold. One study demonstrated that if there were no speed limit increases above 55-65 mph, 33,000 deaths over 20 years would have never occurred. Death Threshold: 75 mph New data illustrates that raising the speed limit from 75 to 80 mph increased average driving speed from 75 to 78. Only 3 mph faster than 75 resulted in a whopping 17% more fatalities. Only a few states post speed limits over 80 mph. This interests a personal injury lawyer because Nevada is one of those states. Lawmakers country-wide are sitting up and taking notice of increased car crashes, too. Trial Speed Limit Increase As a result of an engineering and safety assessment in 2008 conducted over four years (May 2010 – May 2014), lawmakers experimented with the posted speed limit. Signs were changed from 75 to 80 mph on Interstate 15. In 2014, head IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) researcher Wen Wu found an unexpected result of the change: drivers exceeded

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Injured Remote Workers May Be Eligible for Workers’ Compensation Benefits [infographic]

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People who are injured while they are working from home for their employers may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Courts in several states have held that at-home workers who are statutory employees are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits when they are injured while performing the tasks of their jobs, despite the fact that they are at home when the injuries happen. Technological advances have led to the ability for people to complete their job duties while they are away from the office.

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What You Should Know About Wrongful Death in Nevada [infographic]

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Understanding the facts surrounding wrongful death claims in Nevada is vital for those who have lost a loved one to fatal injuries. When a victim sustains fatal injuries in Nevada due to the negligence or direct actions of another, his or her family may be able to recover financial compensation from the responsible party. Although no amount of money can replace the loss of a loved one, a successful claim can help relieve some of the stress associated with medical and funeral expenses, lost wages, loss of companionship, and more.

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