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Monthly Archives: November 2012

New physical exam standards for commercial drivers

Nov 29, 2012 by , Truck Accidents

For years, federal regulators have been working to improve safety standards for the trucking industry. The goal, of course, is to prevent truck accidents, in North Carolina and across the country. One of the ways to do this is have clearer rules on driver qualifications. Much attention is paid to the number of hours that drivers can be on the road at one time. But it’s also important to make sure that drivers meet basic medical fitness standards. That is why drivers must get physical examinations every two years in […]

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Fatal car accident could lead to criminal charges

Nov 19, 2012 by , Wrongful Death

Most people know that the civil court system can help injured people and their families seek compensation from those who are responsible for the harm. Sometimes, however, the fault in a car accident is so egregious that it also can trigger criminal charges. This was the case last week in the Charlotte area. Prosecutors are considering bringing a charge of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle against a 23-year-old woman driving a Toyota Corolla who struck and killed a 59-year-old man who was serving as a school traffic officer near Mooresville. […]

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Motorcycle accidents and motorist awareness

There is a reason for all those bumper stickers that say “start seeing motorcycles.” Far too many motorists do not do enough to recognize motorcycle riders or to share the road with them. The result is that many motor accidents are caused by negligence of motorists. The when a motorcycle is in a collision with another vehicle, it’s most often the other vehicle that has infringed on the right-of-way to which the motorcyclist was legally entitled. So what can be done to educate motorists so that they do a better […]

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Beware the bridge: truck accidents and dangerous road conditions

Nov 7, 2012 by , Truck Accidents

When most people think of truck accidents, they probably think of accidents caused by driver fatigue, overloaded trucks or some other safety concern. After all, that’s why and federal regulators work so hard to enforce hours-of-service limitations on drivers and other rules designed to prevent truck accidents in Charlotte and across the country. Sometimes, however, trucks themselves are on the receiving end of poor safety conditions. There are certain roads and bridges, for example, that are so poorly designed or maintained that “accidents” occur there far too frequently. One such […]

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