Does the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Program Make Semi-Trucks Safer on the Road?

While most people recognize and appreciate the importance of the trucking industry to a healthy economy, large trucks also contribute extra danger to society, which cannot be ignored. Thousands of people are killed and injured every year by dangerous trucks and unsafe drivers. Certainly, both federal and state governments recognize the issue, and carefully monitor and regulate the trucking industry. Nevertheless, semi-truck and other large vehicle crashes continue to take a toll on society. In this article, we will discuss the Compliance, Safety, Accountability Program instituted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and whether it is making semi-trucks safer on the road.

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When Can Someone Be Found Liable for Negligent Hiring?

A business has more than just poor performance at stake when hiring an employee – the business has an obligation to protect its customers and the public from employee dangers that it knew about, or should have known about. And when a business negligently violates its duty to others, it can be held accountable for injuries and damages caused by its negligence. In this article, we will discuss when someone can be found liable for negligent hiring.

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Is a Business Liable if I’m Assaulted On Their Premises?

Most Oregonians are blessed to live happy, enjoyable lives in relative safety. As a result of our hard work, we often find ourselves living and working in places where we feel comfortable and protected from the serious crime that threatens some locales around the state and the country. Sure, there are stories on the news about horrible crimes like assault, rape, and murder, but they seem like statistics occurring a million miles away. But sometimes, that bubble bursts.

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How Does Asbestos Litigation Work?

The dangers related to asbestos exposure have now been known and reported to the public for many decades. However, because it can take so long for mesothelioma to develop (sometimes decades), those who worked with and around asbestos can be left wondering for years if they will contract the deadly form of cancer. While some people are lucky and never become ill, others are not so fortunate. For those who become sick, finding the best doctors, paying medical bills, and taking care of the family become primary issues. It is for these reasons that holding responsible parties financially accountable for their wrongful conduct can be absolutely imperative. In this article, we will discuss how asbestos litigation works and the options that exist for those who have been harmed by asbestos exposure.  

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Does Oregon Recognize the “Sudden Emergency” Doctrine in Automobile Negligence Cases?

When people reflect on an automobile accident, a common theme is that it seemed to occur in the blink of an eye, often with little warning. Even when there is time to react, it’s often momentary, resulting in reflexive decisions rather than carefully planned strategies. The sudden reactions themselves sometimes avert an accident, but in other cases actually exacerbate the situation or cause new harm. When all is said and done, there can be wide disagreement as to who ultimately caused the accident. One contention that is sometimes raised by a party is that is that he or she was reacting to a sudden emergency. In this article, we will discuss the doctrine of sudden emergency, and its effect on automobile accident cases in Oregon.

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Famous Prescription Drugs That Turned Out to Be Dangerous

In recent years prescription drugs have proliferated at a rate never before seen. In general, this is a positive development. After all, the whole idea behind taking medication is to get well or feel better, and providing doctors with more options helps to meet those goals. As new treatments are developed for diseases and illnesses, Americans have the opportunity to live longer and healthier lives.

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How Safe is Walking for Pedestrians?

Millions of people walk the streets of America every day. Some people have no other transportation and have no choice. Others drive when they can, but still must walk to and from a parking lot, or to a restaurant at lunch. But much of this walking requires the use of sidewalks or paths beside public roads, and crossing busy intersections. Has all of this walking produced an increased awareness by drivers to be careful around pedestrians? Or is it dangerous to walk? We’ll address some of the trends in this article.

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What If I Slip and Fall at a Business And Get Hurt?

Falls can be caused by flooring materials; floor construction; foreign substances on the floor; obstructions where people need to walk; and other dangerous conditions which could have been prevented. People are sometimes surprised by the severity of the resulting injuries. For example, falls can result in bone fractures, dislocations, and head injuries. And these falls can happen anywhere – at home; at work; or at the commercial establishments that we visit. So, what happens when a customer falls down and gets hurt while visiting a business?

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Is Distracted Driving a Problem with Semi-Truck Drivers?

Distracted driving has been a topic of debate around the country for some time now. Almost anyone who drives an automobile has witnessed other drivers paying more attention to their smartphones than to the road and the driving conditions around them. You might have even observed a businessman tying a necktie or a businesswoman finalizing her makeup, all while operating a motor vehicle at a high rate of speed. Parents drive while dealing with unruly children in the back seat. Even those of us who focus on safe driving have probably been distracted on occasion.But what about semi-truck drivers? After all, they attend driving school and have to obtain special licenses to become qualified for their jobs. They are skilled in the operation of tractor-trailer trucks and drive thousands of miles as professionals. Do they fall prey to distracted driving like other drivers? In this article, we’ll answer that question.

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Dangerous Mistakes Often Made in Hospitals and How to Protect Yourself

Any time we learn that a friend or loved one has been hospitalized, there is immediate concern because hospitalization connotes an extremely serious situation. That said, we also often feel a sense of relief, knowing that the problem was diagnosed in time to obtain treatment. And because the dedicated medical care professionals and hospitals in this country typically provide a high level of care and treatment, there is great optimism for a positive outcome. Unfortunately, things don’t always go as planned. Sometimes, even in the finest hospitals, mistakes are made that result in injury and death. In this article, we will discuss some of the dangers lurking in hospitals, along with suggestions on how to protect yourself.

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