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Legal News Archive: April 2018

Drug Use Soars Among Professional Drivers

April 24, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The opioid crisis continues to rage across America, affecting millions of families.  More and more people are becoming addicts, and with the rise of powerful drugs such as fentanyl, the number of overdose deaths continues to increase.  The ready availability of these pharmaceuticals, either by prescription shopping or illegal purchases, has attracted the attention of law enforcement at the community, state, and Federal level.

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Terror at 30,000 Feet

April 23, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

For those afraid of flying, it is easy to conjure a nearly infinite amount of scenarios wherein something goes terribly wrong with a plane.  Among the most alarming that any passenger could imagine is a window blowing free, decompressing the cabin and pulling people into thin air.  This is precisely what threatened to happen when a wing engine exploded on a Southwest Airlines flight on April 17th, 2018.

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Lost Loads Problem For Trucks

April 20, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Properly securing cargo and other loads is of exceptional importance in regard to dump trucks, pickup trucks, and tractor trailers, as evidenced by an April 17th, 2018 accident outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  A dump truck was hauling slag dust when it struck a concrete median, causing the dust to spill lose, obstructing vision and ultimately causing a five-vehicle pileup.

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Playground Equipment Poses Danger to Children

April 18, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Playgrounds are supposed to be safe, fun locations where parents can take their kids to get some fresh air and sunshine.  Playgrounds are often featured attractions of parks and other public open spaces, designed to entice children with promises of swings, slides, and social interaction.  Unfortunately, many playgrounds, though fun, fail to be safe.

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Improperly Loaded Cargo Contributes to Accidents

April 17, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Loading cargo is one of the most important responsibilities for any trucker.  Following all proper safe driving protocols is wonderful, but accidents can still occur due to improper loading.  Confirming that all the proper steps were taken to ensure that everything is stowed and tied is the pivotal first step in a safe trip.

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New Method to Address Distracted Driving

April 16, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

For decades the biggest risk to drivers was sharing the road with people operating their vehicles under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  Society eventually recognized how dangerous this behavior could be, but only after hundreds of thousands of deaths and injuries and millions of dollars in damages.  Fatigued driving was a distant second place in terms of dangerous behaviors to contend with.

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Operation Southern Shield and Texting Truck Drivers

April 13, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Every year, Highway Patrol officers in southern Arizona focus on dangerous driving by truckers.  This year the task force, called Operation Southern Shield, focused on drivers of tractor trailers texting while driving, speeding, and driving aggressively.  In just a few days, dozens of citations were issued, making it clear the wide scope of the problem.

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Stairway Hazards in Slip and Fall Accidents

April 12, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Tripping or falling on a staircase is an incredibly frightening experience.  Most falls people are likely to suffer are limited by the height of the person falling, but a staircase can extend for dozens of feet.  A fall down a staircase is likely to result in significant injuries, and even a trip on a staircase can result in broken bones or badly damaged muscles.

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The Dangers of Tire Blowouts

April 11, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Tire blowouts are dangerous in the best of situations, such as when piloting a small car at low speeds.  Due to the sheer size and weight of an automobile, there is a risk of injury whenever something unexpected happens, and losing the traction and steering that comes with four functioning wheels tests even the most experienced drivers.

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Summer is Around the Corner: Know the Responsibilities of Pool Ownership

April 10, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The importance of fencing pools is well-accepted by the vast majority of Americans, who recognize how easy it is for a toddler or small child to fall into an unfenced pool and drown.  These types of incidents have become rare over the last 30 years, as more and more pool owners have done the responsible thing and enclosed their property.

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Truck Maintenance Important to Those on the Road

April 09, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Jackknife truck accidents are among the most dangerous accidents that can occur.  A jackknife occurs when whatever the truck is towing, be it another vehicle or a trailer, maintains forward momentum at a greater rate than the truck itself.  This forces a bend between the truck and the trailer in the familiar shape of a jacknife.  Unable to decouple, the truck often flips on its side.

Jackknife accidents often result in multiple collisions, as they happen too quickly for other vehicles to respond, and oftentimes the flipped vehicle will block multiple lanes of highway or freeway.  As jackknifes are also more common in difficult conditions such as icy roads or heavy traffic, the potential for pile-ups and significant injuries is high.

Jackknife accidents often start as a skid, where the wheels of the truck lose traction due to one of a variety of reasons, including:

  •  Icy or slick road conditions
  • Unevenly worn tires
  • Uneven vehicle suspension
  • Braking too hard or fast

When a skid occurs, drivers often make the mistake of attempting to brake even harder or attempt to maneuver the vehicle too adroitly.  As the trailer is not subject to the same direct steering as the truck, this can put the trajectory of the truck and trailer at odds, particularly if the axle of either vehicle has become locked.  When this happens, a jackknife becomes very likely.

Most jackknife accidents are preventable, as they are caused by improper driving (braking and swerving at the same time, applying the retarder unnecessarily), ignoring the driving conditions (not driving slowly on icy or winding roads) or improper maintenance (uneven tire wear or uneven loading).

If you or someone you love has been injured in a jackknife truck accident, it is important to remember that most of these accidents were avoidable if the driver of the truck had properly maintained and operated their vehicle.  Please, consult with an experienced attorney about your case and hold the driver responsible for their actions.

 

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Non-Professionals Designing Dangerous Rides

April 03, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

When paying the entrance fee to attend an amusement park, most people would assume that some basic level of safety is guaranteed.  Included in this assumption is the reasonable guess that all of the rides have been designed with safety in mind, by qualified professionals including engineers.  Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

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Aggressive Truck Drivers Put Everyone At Risk

April 02, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Sharing the road with truckers can be a stressful experience for other drivers even in the best situations.  But when drivers of semis and other large vehicles follow posted speed limits and stay in the right lane except when passing, there is little risk to others on the road unless a tire blows or there is a mechanical misfunction.

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