Drunk Driving


Did you know that getting into a crash with a commercial truck is significantly more dangerous than getting into an accident with another passenger vehicle? In 2016, 2,112 people lost their lives in accidents with a commercial vehicle. Of those 2,100, 97% were occupants in the passenger vehicle. Truck drivers accounted for only 3%. These numbers are clear on this. When you get into a wreck with a commercial truck, you’re almost certainly going to lose. Just under half of these wrecks occur during peak driving in the morning, between 6am and 3pm. Of these crashes, 60% of them occurred on major highways or interstates. This means that speed plays a huge role in the crashes. But there are other factors at play as well. Truck drivers face a lot of pressure to work long hours in order to meet deadlines. This causes fatigue and slowed reaction times. Many crashes are caused by tire problems as well. Maintaining an 18-wheeler is part of a driver’s job but it’s a ton of work. It’s complicated and involves far more work than just maintaining a standard passenger car. On the website for Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C., a team of Tucson drunk driving truck accident attorneys, I found out that alcohol can also play a role sometimes. The attorneys at this office work on personal injury cases involving a truck driver under the influence of alcohol. They make sure that victims in these accidents have their medical bills, rehabilitation, and lost wages taken care of by truck drivers that make the irresponsible decision to get behind the wheel when drunk.

Sometimes, trucks can weigh up to twenty times more than a passenger car. That means that impacts with a commercial truck can send your vehicle flying a far distance or have it crushed under the immense weight. A collision with one of these trucks is likely to result in severe injury, time away from work, and time in physical rehab. All of these things cost money, not to mention the undue heartache and stress involved. Luckily, most companies that finance these vehicles require that drivers have physical damage coverage that will cover the cost of damage done in a wreck. The minimums on these policies are much higher than the minimums you see on other passenger vehicles. Passenger vehicles can have insurance coverage as low as $25,000.

Unfortunately, insurance companies are not always easy to deal with. Without a lawyer, they may try to get you to settle for less than what you really deserve. If there are other parties involved they may give you the runaround in order that you file with a different insurance provider. Sometimes they’ll even go as far as to hire a private investigator to try and collect evidence that undermines your injury claims. All of this can be mitigated by hiring a lawyer. When you get a lawyer, they’ll handle all communication with the insurance company so that you don’t have to. They help with negotiation and they also can give you a complete outline of everything you need to do so that an insurance company can’t find a reason to deny your claim.

Sources:
https://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/large-trucks/fatalityfacts/large-trucks
https://fitsmallbusiness.com/semi-truck-insurance-cost-coverage-quotes/

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Avoid Driving While Drunk


Posted By on Apr 28, 2017

Avoid Driving While Drunk

The worst car accidents happen because of the negligence and recklessness of drivers. One of the most negligent and reckless thing you can do on the road is to drive while under the influence of alcohol. This is because alcohol has significant effects on your body that can limit your capabilities. This puts you at risk of car accidents. In fact, it is not just you who is at risk, because the others around you may even be involved in the accidents that you may cause

Those who have been victims of drunk driving accidents may get compensation from the responsible party – you. Not only that, drunk driving is also illegal, so you may face consequences such as substantial fines, license suspensions, and jail times.

The law is so strict against drunk driving because, as mentioned earlier, it is a threat in our roads. Here are some of the effects of alcohol on your body that can compromise your driving:

  • Emotional tendencies, and these emotions may serve as mental distractions
  • Feelings of drowsiness, making you close your eyes or lose focus on the road
  • Poor comprehension, making you prone to misunderstand and misjudge road signs and traffic events
  • Poor control of the body, especially the parts that are important for driving – head, eyes, arms, hands, legs, and feet
  • Reckless tendencies, as drunk drivers are more likely to speed and weave through traffic

Both the jurisdiction and the driver should stop drunk driving. For jurisdictions, they can make stricter DUI laws and increase the possibility of arrest, such as setting up check points on strategic locations and encouraging authorities to really arrest drunk drivers.

For drivers, the key to avoid drunk driving is to pass the burden of driving to someone else. Here are some of the things they can do:

  • Leave their vehicles at home
  • Take public transportation instead
  • Get a designated driver who will not take any impairment products
  • If they already have their vehicles with them, give their keys to someone else to prevent access
    Stay in until they become sober
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