Semi-Truck Accidents Caused by Driver Fatigue

There are many causes of these deadly crashes, such as driver error, equipment failure, poor weather conditions, improper loading of cargo, and unsafe driving by the passenger vehicles involved. One of the most dangerous causes of semi-truck accidents, however, is driver fatigue.

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Mesothelioma and Veterans

Although the risks were known to manufacturers for some time, it was only within the last few decades that meaningful changes were implemented to reduce people’s exposure to the deadly carcinogen. For this reason, there are many groups of people that have been exposed to asbestos who may develop mesothelioma. People who worked in mining, shipyard work, construction, demolition, carpentry, manufacturing and installation of flooring, roofing, and insulation products, and many others were routinely exposed to asbestos. Another group that was often exposed is veterans.

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How Can You Prove Another Driver Was Distracted During an Accident?

Unfortunately, automobile accidents are extremely common. They are caused by a variety of factors, such as speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, reckless driving, weather, inexperienced drivers, fatigued drivers, and many more. However, none of these are the most common cause of car accidents. The most common reason for car accidents is distracted driving. Defined broadly as engaging in any behavior that diverts a driver from the task of driving, distracted driving is the most serious and common hazards on the road today. Despite the fact that it’s so common, it can be difficult to prove that the at-fault driver was distracted when an accident occurred.

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What Damages Can Be Awarded in a Medical Malpractice Case?

In this blog, we’ll discuss some of the types of damages an injured patient can pursue, including medical bills, loss of enjoyment of life, to future earnings losses.

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How Dangerous Are Our Roads, Really?

It’s probably fair to say that most of us will drive an automobile the majority of the days of our adult lives. But with all this driving comes the darker side of things. Each year the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles files approximately 100,000 accident reports and suspends driver’s licenses almost 450,000 times. Oregon drivers are convicted of more than 400,000 driver offenses each year. And beyond these statistics, we see with our own eyes the motor vehicle crashes occurring on our roads on a daily basis. In this article, we will discuss whether our roads are becoming more dangerous. We will also provide a few recommendations to help keep yourself safe.

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What Happens to a Building with Asbestos During a Fire?

For centuries, various societies have relied upon asbestos for a variety of purposes. After all, when mined, it simply looks and behaves like a normal mineral. Moreover, given its relatively low cost, along with some very useful properties, such as resistance to heat and fire, asbestos traditionally seemed the perfect solution for many construction industry products.

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What Are Survival Statutes?

Even when a deceased was not the primary earner, he or she may have made essential financial contributions which assisted with mortgage, automobile, insurance, and other important payments. Moreover, even if a decedent did not work outside the home, he or she may have provided important services to the family, such as child care and homemaking. Without the help of the decedent, the remaining family members might be forced to purchase these services. So, when an important family provider passes away, how do those left behind cope with such circumstances?

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What Are the Basic Requirements for a Medical Malpractice Claim?

Doctors and other medical professionals have a responsibility to their patients and the general public to execute their duties carefully and diligently. When doctors and other medical professionals are negligent or intentionally harmful, there can be devastating consequences for patients. When medical professionals fail to perform their duties competently and cause harm to patients, it’s called medical malpractice.

When medical malpractice occurs, it’s incredibly important to address for several reasons. The first is that we, as a society, believe that when a person is harmed by the negligent acts of another, they deserve to be made whole. The second is that medical malpractice litigation often brings awareness to issues and helps hospitals or doctors to execute their duties more safely. To file a medical malpractice claim, there are several basic requirements you must be able to meet. 

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What Exactly is Distracted Driving?

By now, you’ve no doubt heard a lot about distracted driving. Although much has been said about the topic, many misconceptions about distracted driving are still common. You may remember that last year on October 1st, a new distracted driving law took effect in Oregon. This new law created a strict ban on cellphone use while driving and higher fines which escalate for repeat offenders. An earlier version of the law, enacted in 2009, contained a glaring loophole which allowed drivers to use their cellphones while driving for any purpose other than calling or texting. In other words, you were in violation of the law if you were making a call, but not if you were using a navigation app or playing a game.

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Are Our Roads Getting More Dangerous?

Americans spend a lot of time in their cars. In fact, according to AAA, American drivers spend an average of more than 17,600 minutes behind the wheel each year. Jurek Grabowski, the research director at AAA, points out that this is equivalent to seven 40-hour weeks in the office. With all that time spent on the roads each year, it’s important that every effort is made to ensure safety for America’s drivers. 

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