“No Zone” Area: One of the Major Causes of Truck Accidents

Driving for 11 hours straight or with very short rest periods is normal for many truck drivers; thus, due to this very challenging task, the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 strictly requires that truck drivers undergo training, possess the necessary skills in operating a truck, and pass the test set by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), before being issued a commercial vehicle license.

These enormous vehicles transport important cargos that keep businesses operational and profitable. Due to their size, however, they also pose a great threat to smaller motor road vehicles, which they can easily crush in the event of an accident.

Many different laws, therefore, have been passed, all aimed at helping make sure that drivers are qualified and kept from feeling fatigued or drowsy behind the wheel and that trucks are always in good condition and free from manufacturing defects. Besides the licensing requirement enforced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there are also laws on the allowed number of hours of service (HOS) and maximum number of driving hours, quality standards on truck tires and brakes, prohibition on the use of handheld phones while driving and law on the use of a bluetooth headset, and so forth.

Besides these laws, there are other concerns truck drivers and other motorists are cautioned about as these have also been major causes of many truck accidents in the past. One of these concerns is a truck driver’s blind spot, otherwise known as a “no zone” area. This specifically includes the truck’s front, back and driver’s side. This “no zone” area is that spot where truck drivers usually fail to notice smaller vehicles. Thus, when changing lanes or making a (left) turn, a vehicle in this area is at risk of being crushed.

In its website, the law firm Ravid & Associates, P.C., explains that many of those who get involved in truck accidents are just innocent victims and that the accident is actually a result of the truck driver’s negligence or carelessness. Due to this, the law allows victims to pursue compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the liable party.

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The Most Common Forms of Birth Injury

Finding the right physician can sometimes be crucial to a pregnant woman, considering the fact that medical error is an alarmingly common case that has affected thousands of women either during pregnancy or childbirth.

From pregnancy to childbirth (and until about six weeks after delivery), a woman is placed under the care of an OB/GYN (Obstetrician / Gynecologist), who will care for her, give her the best vitamins, perform regular check-ups to ensure that her baby is not malnourished, underweight or deficient in folic acid and is free from any birth defect. Both birth defect and birth injury are health problems. The former can be due to the unborn child’s DNA or may have been caused by a drug, like an anti-depressant drug or a birth control pill, which the woman took right before or during pregnancy; the latter, however, is mainly attributed to preventable mistakes committed either by the physician or by any member of the medical staff (during delivery).

Reported cases of birth injuries in the US reach about 28,000 per year. These are, more often than not, caused by a single mistake but which may be enough to transform the life of a should-have-been normal child to a disabled child. The 10 most common reported cases of birth injuries include:

  • Cephalohematoma which is a cranial injury caused by prolonged labor or the use of birth-assisting tools, like a vacuum or forceps
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy, which is more commonly known as Erb’s Palsy
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Bone Fracture, such as fracture to the clavicle or collar bone
  • Caput Succedaneum, which is a result of excessive pressure during childbirth
  • Perinatal Asphyxia, or the insufficient supply of oxygen to the newborn, which can result to permanent damage to the brain;
  • Intracranial Hemorrhage or bleeding inside the skull/cranium
  • Subconjunctival Hemorrhage, or hyposphagma, which is bleeding beneath the conjunctiva (the mucous membrane that lines the inside of the eyelids and covers the front of the eye)
  • Facial Paralysis or damaged to facial nerves resulting to lack of control of facial muscles. This could either be temporary or permanent
  • Spinal Cord injuries

On its website, Hach & Rose, LLP, explains how a birth injury can cause trauma to the family of the injured infant, while pointing out, at the same time, how these injuries can often be the result of a medical error. The website continues to explain that affected families have the right to take legal actions against the responsible individuals, whose acts of negligence resulted to the birth injury.

Being represented by a highly-competent and experienced lawyer in bringing the liable party to justice is critical in any tort lawsuit. Thus, with the help of someone such as a personal injury lawyer on the victim’s side, the victim has greater chances of being awarded the full amount of compensation allowed under the law.

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