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Reporting an Accident with an Unsafe Semi Truck Driver to FMCSA

Accidents involving an unsafe semi driver who violated a federal regulation should be reported to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), an arm of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) that regulates interstate commercial vehicle transportation. If you or…

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Don’t Drink and Drive on Super Bowl Sunday

Like most people, I am a huge football fan. My son plays football for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers and I played football as an undergraduate at Dartmouth College. Also like most people, I love Super Bowl Sunday.  What…

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New FMCSA Rule: Bus and Truck Drivers and Heroin, LSD and Other Drugs

Thankfully, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has recently finalized a rule that clears up an ambiguity that appeared to allow semi truck, bus and other commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers to use Schedule I drugs (heroin, LSD, etc.)…

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When Defects in Automobile Electronics Systems Cause Accidents

Automobile electronics systems are becoming more complex and interconnected, making it more difficult to pinpoint specific defects in design that may lead to accidents. Legally, this means that accident victims will need to find auto accident attorneys with significant product…

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Can a semi truck driver be held responsible for an accident on icy roads?

Yes, just as with any accident involving a semi truck, the truck driver can be held responsible any time he or she was at fault, even in part, for an accident. Semi truck drivers are required to drive for the…

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New Medical Certification Requirements for Bus and Truck Drivers

Medical conditions of big rig and bus drivers have become a significant factor in many accidents resulting in personal injury and wrongful death. For this reason, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is now requiring certain bus and semi-trailer…

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Truck Driver Lost Control and Killed Loved One

When families come to me after a death caused by an accident with a semi truck, dump truck or other commercial vehicle, one of the most important things they want to know is sometimes the most obvious thing – how…

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Wrongful Death Settlement Can Honor the Memory of the Lost Loved One

Unquestionably, in every wrongful death case in which I have been involved, the money recovered in a settlement or at trial can’t even begin to compensate family members for the loss of a loved one they have endured.  Every client would…

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Wrongful Death Damages for Families of 18-Wheeler Accident Victims Vary by State

The amount (and type) of money damages recoverable in a wrongful death lawsuit varies considerably from state to state.  For example, some states allow families to recover compensation for the pain and suffering the decedent endured prior to death and…

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Lawsuit for Child Injured in an Accident Caused by the Child’s Parent

The following article discusses how children injured in an accident can obtain compensation from insurance companies for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages. My name is Eric Hageman, and I am a personal injury lawyer. Over the years,…

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Sleep Apnea Can Cause Semi Truck Drivers to Fall Asleep at the Wheel

More and more often, sleep apnea is a major factor in semi truck crashes across the United States. Sleep apnea is a breathing-related sleep disorder that causes brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. These pauses in breathing can last at…

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If I live in one state and have an accident with an 18-Wheeler in another state, where do I file the lawsuit against the driver and trucking company?

Your question involves venue, a legal term for the court where a lawsuit can be filed. Venue is an important issue because states have different laws that may be applicable and, moreover, the juries in some jurisdictions do not award…