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Preventing Truck Accidents: Drug Testing Truckers is Critical

Impaired truckers put everyone on the road at risk of severe injury and death. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has rejected a petition from the Trucking Alliance to recognize hair samples as a method for drug testing truckers. FMCSA stated that it lacks the authority to do so as current federal regulations require...

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New Rule Requiring Experienced Truck Driving Instructors, Training Upheld By FMCSA

Although there is a national trucker shortage, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will not be reducing truck-driving educator standards to make the training and hiring of new truckers go faster. The FMCSA recently denied requests by two truck-driving schools to exempt driving instructors from needing at least 2 years of experience operating commercial...

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TxDOT Urges Texans To Find A Sober Ride This Holiday Season

A car accident lawyer in Athens, TX, explains what to do if you get hit by a drunk driver in Henderson County during the holidays. 'Tis the season to celebrate the holidays. Unfortunately, this time of year also often signals the start of another holiday trend – car accidents caused by drunk drivers. That's why...

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Top 3 Hours of Service Violations & How They Cause Truck Accidents

HOS violations often contribute to tractor-trailer accidents in Texas and across the U.S. Truck accidents in Henderson County, East Texas, and other parts of the country often occur because truck drivers violate Hours of Service regulations, sometimes referred to by their initials, HOS. So what are HOS regulations? And what are the most common Hours...

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Agency Calls for Alcohol Detection Systems in All New Vehicles

Can this new technology help prevent drunk driving accidents? Drunk driving is extremely dangerous and is the cause of car accidents throughout East Texas every year. People’s lives can be changed instantly, and injuries are sometimes fatal. Now, a federal agency is recommending that stronger steps be taken to help prevent drunk driving accidents from...

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What Are the Elements of a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Texas?

An Experienced Texas Wrongful Death Lawyer Can Make the Case for Compensation Wrongful deaths are preventable tragedies caused by someone else's negligence or bad intention. Wrongful death examples include fatal car or truck accidents, medical malpractice, homicide due to negligent security, defective products, slip and fall accidents, and fatal work injuries. The grief and pain...

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New Rule Seeks To Reduce Fatal Truck Accidents

An underride accident happens when a smaller vehicle hits the rear of a semi-truck, tractor-trailer, or another type of 18-wheeler and slides underneath it. Often, the smaller vehicle will be propelled forward with such force that the vehicle's cab is sheared off, killing the occupants or leaving them with severe and sometimes permanent injuries. To...

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Annual Commercial Vehicle Brake Inspection Blitz Set For August

Trucking companies are responsible for ensuring the trucks in their fleet are regularly maintained and that any needed repairs are made promptly. Faulty equipment can lead to a truck accident that leaves people seriously injured. Preventing accidents is the goal of Brake Safety Week, an annual campaign from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) designed...

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FMCSA Proposes Speed-Limiting Tech for Trucks and Buses

Speed limitations on certain CMVs may help prevent serious truck accidents The semi-truck driving next to you on the highway could be required to use speed-limiting technology in the near future. Speeding is increasingly a factor in deadly truck accidents, according to federal data. From 2009 to 2019, fatal truck crashes involving speeding jumped by...

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What Are the Most Common Types of Truck Accidents?

Wrecks involving 18-wheelers often lead to severe injury, death In East Texas, we're used to sharing the road with semi-trucks and other large commercial vehicles. For the most part, truckers here in Henderson County follow the rules of the road and avoid driving recklessly. Still, it only takes one negligent big rig driver to cause...

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