Do all truckers know how to drive in high wind?

When the wind picks up, every driver on the road needs to pay close attention to how this alters driving conditions. Driving in high wind is easier said than…

When the wind picks up, every driver on the road needs to pay close attention to how this alters driving conditions. Driving in high wind is easier said than done, especially for truckers. The higher the vehicle the more difficult it is to control when winds pick up. Adding to the challenge is the fact that high winds are often accompanied by rain and other adverse weather conditions.

All truckers are trained at how to drive safely in high wind. Unfortunately, some overlook what they should be doing, thus putting themselves and other drivers at risk.

Some of the things that truck drivers should do include:

— Slow down to a safer speed. The slower you drive in the wind the easier it is to control the vehicle.

— Increase following distance. Every driver, truckers included, should give themselves more time to stop.

— Keep both hands on the wheel. When the wind blows, you may feel that you are losing control of your vehicle. If you feel this in your car, imagine what it’s like for a trucker.

It is good to know that most truckers do whatever it takes to remain safe in windy conditions. Unfortunately, not every truck driver realizes the importance of changing his or her approach.

If you find yourself in close proximity to trucks when the weather takes a turn, do your best to keep a safe distance. This can help you avoid an accident and injury in the event that a truck driver makes a mistake. Your safety should always come first.

Source: D&D Truck Sales and Service, “7 Safety Tips for Driving a Truck in High Wind,” accessed April 26, 2016

You should understand these things about truck accidents

As you know, sharing the road with trucks is something you have to do. It doesn’t matter where you are traveling, you know that commercial trucks are everywhere. While…

As you know, sharing the road with trucks is something you have to do. It doesn’t matter where you are traveling, you know that commercial trucks are everywhere. While there is nothing wrong with this if everyone shares the road, you are aware that this is not something all drivers do.

Here are a few things you should understand about truck accidents:

— Most truck accidents are related to negligence. This can include but is not limited to a lack of sleep, distracted driving, speeding, and improper training.

— Truck accidents typically cause injuries. When a truck collides with a passenger vehicle, the size difference alone puts the people in the smaller vehicle at a disadvantage. This often leads to serious injuries and even death.

— Truck companies will do whatever it takes to avoid responsibility. Even if you know that the trucker was responsible for the accident, you can be rest assured that the trucking company will fight back against this. They don’t want to admit fault, as it could cost them a lot of money.

Have you or a loved one been injured in a truck accident? If so, you know that there is nothing more important than receiving the best medical care. From there, you should think about contacting us to learn more about your legal rights. We are more than happy to answer your questions, provide guidance, and help you understand what the future will bring. It only takes one phone call or email to get started. From there, we will be on your side every step of the way.

2 injuried in accident, citations issued to 2 drivers

When an accident occurs and both drivers are cited, who is determined to be at fault? For example, is the person who was driving without a license at fault…

When an accident occurs and both drivers are cited, who is determined to be at fault? For example, is the person who was driving without a license at fault for simply being on the road in the first place or is the person who allegedly committed a lane violation at fault?

That will be up to the insurance companies and the court, if a personal injury lawsuit is filed over an accident that occurred in Williams Township on Interstate 78 West. According to police, a man from Nazareth, Pennsylvania, switched lanes while driving a 2016 Ford Taurus. When he did so, a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder, which was driven by a woman from New Jersey, struck the Taurus and then the back of a 2007 International Harvester 9200i. That truck was driven by someone from Auburn, Pennsylvania.

The truck was able to pull over onto the right should. The Nissan also came to a stop on the right shoulder, although it had spun around and was facing the wrong direction. The Taurus stopped in the left lane.

There were six passengers in the Nissan, including two 9-year-olds and a 1-year-old. The driver of the Nissan was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries.

The driver of the Ford was also taken to the hospital, but his injuries were not known. The driver of the truck was not injured.

The 68-year-old driver of the Ford, according to police, was cited for a lane violation. The 28-year-old driver of the Nissan was cited for driving without a license. The Nissan and the Ford both were towed from the accident scene.

Source: Lehigh Valley Live, “3-vehicle wreck caused by Nazareth man on I-78 injures 2, police say,” Tony Rhodin, March 31, 2016

Here are some things you may not know about truck accidents

Were you recently involved in a truck accident? Are you 100 percent certain that the trucker acted in negligent manner, thus causing the accident? There are many things you…

Were you recently involved in a truck accident? Are you 100 percent certain that the trucker acted in negligent manner, thus causing the accident?

There are many things you may not understand with regard to this type of accident, such as the following;

— The truck company will take steps to avoid responsibility.

— Most truck accidents are the result of some form of negligence, such as speeding, lack of sleep, drinking and driving, texting and driving, or improper training.

— Truck accidents can cause serious injury and even death. Due to the size difference between trucks and passenger vehicles, an accident can cause extensive damage and major injuries.

— Insurance companies don’t want to write you a check. It is easy to fall into the trap that is set by a friendly insurance adjuster. They act like they want to help, but they don’t always have your best interest in mind. The insurance company is going to do what is best for them, which often means shorting you in terms of compensation.

We know how difficult it can be to recover from a truck accident. Our Pennsylvania attorneys are experienced, knowledgeable, and willing to do whatever it takes to provide you with the assistance you deserve.

Even though you may feel lost, even though you may be worried about what the future will bring, there is help to be had. If you need any assistance following a truck accident, you can learn more by reviewing our website or contacting us via phone. It is our goal to put you in a better place.

Winter weather can cause trouble on the roadways

As one of our Pennsylvania readers, you know that winter weather will be here soon enough. While this can be enjoyable in some cases, it is also dangerous in…

As one of our Pennsylvania readers, you know that winter weather will be here soon enough. While this can be enjoyable in some cases, it is also dangerous in a number of ways.

It doesn’t matter what type of vehicle you are driving, doing so in inclement weather means changing your approach.

Here are several tips for staying safe when driving in winter conditions:

— Make sure your car is prepared for winter weather. From properly inflated tires to plenty of windshield wiper fluid, being prepared is a must.

— Clear snow and ice from your vehicle before hitting the road. This keeps you and other drivers safe.

— Drive with your headlights on when the snow is coming down.

— Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and others on the road.

— Be aware of other drivers, such as truckers, who may have a difficult time controlling their vehicle in bad weather.

— Be cautious on overpasses and bridges as these become icy before other roadways.

— Monitor weather conditions before leaving home.

Winter weather can cause trouble on any roadway. This is particularly true in heavy snow and/or ice when many vehicles are in close proximity to one another.

Many commercial vehicle accidents occur during the winter months. This is due to truckers taking risks, such as speeding when there is snow on the highway.

If you are involved in an accident, attempt to move your vehicle out of harm’s way. Along with this, make sure you receive medical attention without delay. From there, you can begin to investigate the accident to determine what happened and how to proceed with repairs and dealing with other damages.

Source: Travelers, “Winter Driving Safety Tips,” accessed Dec. 09, 2015

Safety concerns raised over new roundabout

A new roundabout in Dupont, Pennsylvania, is creating safety issues according to several truck drivers and other motorists. The roundabout is not completed yet, according to a Pennsylvania Department…

A new roundabout in Dupont, Pennsylvania, is creating safety issues according to several truck drivers and other motorists. The roundabout is not completed yet, according to a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokesman; however, it is open to traffic.

One truck driver who has been driving for 50 years said that you can’t get off the exit without going into the other lanes. He told reporters, “It’s unsafe. They’re going to get somebody killed.”

While a reporter was at the roundabout, there were several trucks that had difficulty negotiating the turn. Another truck driver said, “I had my passenger side tires right up against the curb line on the outside and I still ran the trailer tires across the center of the roundabout.”

The PennDOT spokesman said that the purpose of the roundabout is to get everyone to slow down — especially trucks. However, when obeying the 20 mph speed limit, truck drivers say it is simply too sharp. The spokesman said that the curve of the roundabout will be checked again and again to make sure it is how it is supposed to be.

When someone is injured or dies because of a negligent road design, the victim or his or her family may be able to seek compensation from the state. Filing a lawsuit against a government agency requires an experienced attorney.

Some of the possible claims that might be made in such a lawsuit include those for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and more. Understanding how such a case proceeds through civil court is the first step.

Source: PAHomePage.com, “Newly Opened Roundabout Raises Safety Concerns,” Mark Hiller, Oct. 27, 2015

Commercial vehicle drivers can take steps to improve safety

Many people enjoy taking long bus trips. This allows them to reach their destination without having to drive themselves or get on a plane. Not to mention the fact…

Many people enjoy taking long bus trips. This allows them to reach their destination without having to drive themselves or get on a plane. Not to mention the fact that it is often more affordable.

But here is the problem with commercial bus travel: An accident can happen at any time. These are not common, but they do happen.

There are things commercial bus companies and drivers can do to protect the safety of each and every passenger. This includes:

— Make sure all drivers receive the appropriate training.

— Ensure that drivers understand the risks associated with driving while fatigued.

— Provide drivers and passengers with safety information.

This may sound like a lot, but it can go a long way in helping everybody remain safe. For example, a fatigued driver should never be behind the wheel. Fortunately, there are laws in place to help protect against this. For example, interstate bus drivers are not allowed to be on the road any longer than 10 consecutive hours. Unfortunately, not every company and driver adheres to this law.

Commercial vehicle companies, drivers, and travel planners can take steps in preventing accidents and improving safety.

If you have plans to travel on a tour bus, choose a company with a good reputation for safety. Along with this, do your part in understanding what it takes to remain safe. And of course, if you see something that could cause harm to you and other passengers, don’t wait to speak up. This could help prevent an accident that could cause injury and/or fatalities.

Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, “Travel Planners: Put Traveler Safety First,” accessed Nov. 03, 2015

Third-party blame in commercial vehicle accidents

Human errors are responsible for a large number of motor vehicle crashes. However, Pennsylvania drivers aren’t the only ones who can be careless. Negligence may occur behind the scenes,…

Human errors are responsible for a large number of motor vehicle crashes. However, Pennsylvania drivers aren’t the only ones who can be careless. Negligence may occur behind the scenes, particularly in commercial vehicle accidents.

A deadly accident involving a repurposed amphibious vehicle made national headlines in September 2015. Komonews.com reported five college students lost their lives after a so-called duck boat swerved into a charter bus on a West Coast bridge. Fifty people were hospitalized with injuries.

The unusual crash sparked a multi-level investigation by state and federal agencies, including the National Transportation Safety Board. Soon after the crash, the NTSB found out Ride the Ducks International had issued a recommendation to affiliates, warning axles on the former military vehicles might be unsafe. The warning was issued in 2013 encouraging specific axle repairs.

The axle on the duck boat involved in the fatal accident was sheared off. Officials were unable to establish immediately whether damage to the axle occurred before or after the duck boat slammed into the charter bus. Federal investigators estimated it might take up to a year to find out what really happened.

State officials, unprepared to wait for a final federal report, filed a complaint against the Seattle affiliate of Ride the Ducks. Authorities felt the fatal crash was caused, at least in part, by “unsafe operation.” Investigators want the Washington-based duck boat fleet sidelined during the probe, which involves the inspection of all vehicles and a review of driver records.

Strict safety standards apply to many commercial vehicles used to transport passengers. Violations of these standards can be used to help establish fault when Lehigh Valley accident victims file civil claims for personal injury or wrongful death.

Lengthy local, state and sometimes federal investigations complicate commercial vehicle accident claims. MHK Attorneys are prepared to help crash victims gather sufficient proof to support compensation claims against negligent drivers and third parties.

How are school buses to be improved upon?

When you put your children on the bus in the morning, you expect them to be safe and you believe the driver to be qualified to transport this precious…

When you put your children on the bus in the morning, you expect them to be safe and you believe the driver to be qualified to transport this precious cargo. Sometimes, this is a major assumption. Did you know that there were 340,039 fatal crashes during the years of 2004-2013 and of those accidents, 1,214 involved a school bus or transport? Astounding as it may seem, this is the truth.

In this same time period, there were 1,344 people who died in school sponsored traffic accidents. This translates to 134 fatalities per year. That is just too many. With the size of the bus, you would think that the kids would be safe. Unfortunately, this isn’t true. What exactly is the definition of a school transport?

The definition of school sponsored transport is a bus or even a non-bus that is transporting students under the age of 18. They are taking the students to activities that are during the school operating hours.

Twenty-five million students start the school day on a bus. They are designed for safety by being large, imposing, have flashing lights and drivers who are supposedly the top-of-the-line.

There are always ways to improve the system of transportation and this means that school buses can be improved on:

— Don’t roughhouse when getting on the bus– Don’t go near any type of traffic– Don’t stray when waiting– Line up when the bus comes– Wait until the bus comes to a full stop before trying to get on– Use the handrail provided on the bus

Sometimes, no matter how many rules you follow and how careful you are, an accident occurs. Your child is hurt through no fault of his or her own and you are distraught. You may have to miss work while your child recovers, not to mention the huge medical bills that will surely come. Being aware that this can happen is one thing, actually experiencing it is another. Having someone to talk to about this who has knowledge and experience in the law will be a vital help at such a traumatic time.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “School-Transportation-Related Crashes,” accessed Aug. 28, 2015

Passenger van dangers and legal remedies

Passenger vans can be an affordable and suitable alternative to buses for Lehigh Valley schools, clubs and other organizations. These vehicles aren’t the same as vans sold to large…

Passenger vans can be an affordable and suitable alternative to buses for Lehigh Valley schools, clubs and other organizations. These vehicles aren’t the same as vans sold to large families. Interstate drivers paid for operating commercial vans, with a nine-passenger to 15-passenger capacity, are subject to rules set down by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants the public to understand risks associated with these vehicles to prevent van accidents. The government studied fatal 15-passenger van crashes over a 12-year period. Researchers learned about 60 percent of 1,111 fatalities between 1990 and 2002 were the result of single-vehicle collisions — over 80 percent of deaths in these accidents were due to rollovers.

Perhaps even more disturbing was the finding that over three-fourths of van occupants who died were improperly restrained or weren’t wearing safety belts. Restrained occupants in 15-passengers vans are three times less likely than unrestrained occupants to be ejected from a vehicle during an accident.

Speed and passenger loading can increase or decrease the chances of a rollover. Fifteen-passenger vans at half capacity are more than twice as likely to roll over as vans at full capacity or less than half capacity. Vans traveling at under 50 miles per hour were five times less like to roll over than faster passenger vans.

NHTSA officials caution passenger vehicle owners and operators to check tire size, pressure and wear before any trip. Mechanical repairs and replacements should follow manufacturer recommendations. Avoid overloading, which can destabilize a vehicle, and make sure all passengers are securely restrained.

People who ride in passenger vans may assume the good reputation of an organization is enough to guarantee safety on a trip. Victims of commercial vehicle accidents and their families have the right to file civil claims against vehicle owners, operators or other third parties whose negligence cause serious injuries or deaths.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “Consumer Advisory: NHTSA Offers Tips for Safe Travel in 15-Passenger Vans,” accessed July 23, 2015