Legal News from Lufkin Personal Injury Lawyers

When Can You File a Truck Accident Lawsuit Against a Trucking Company?

Commercial truck companies must follow strict guidelines set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). As attorneys with years of experience handling truck accident cases, we can tell you that these regulations are not always followed by trucking companies. In some cases, companies are more concerned with making profits than ensuring public safety. Trucking company negligence is a primary cause of truck accidents. Examples of negligence may include: Negligent hiring and retention. Truck companies must maintain driver qualification files (also called DQ files) for their drivers. DQ files contain detailed information on drivers. These files may contain moving violations, medical certifications, annual review records and drug test results. However, companies may neglect to maintain these files or they may knowingly allow unqualified employees to continue driving. Companies also hire unqualified drivers. Hours of service violations. Hours of service rules place limits on how long commercial truckers can drive their…
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The Top Five Safety Threats to Trick-or-Treaters on Halloween

Halloween is supposed to be a fun holiday for children and their parents, but it can also end in tragedy. We have all heard stories of poisoned candy or treats containing razor blades, but the real threats on Halloween come from defective costumes, motor vehicles and other unforeseen hazards. Safe Kids Worldwide, a child safety organization, claims that only one-third of parents talk to their children about Halloween safety concerns. We hope that informing you on the following hazards can help you have a safe and fun Halloween. Motorists: Drivers are the most dangerous and common hazard on Halloween. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, the number of fatal pedestrian accidents involving children increase twofold on this holiday. On Halloween, there is an increased number of drunk drivers on the road. Speeding and distracted driving could also increase the risk of an accident. Dangerous or defective costumes: Some costumes can increase…
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Can Apple’s Smartphone App Prevent the Temptation to Text and Drive?

Motorists who are using their mobile phones while driving are responsible for thousands of accidents each year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) statistics suggest that mobile phone use while driving was responsible for 3,477 deaths during 2015. Apple’s recent iOS 11 update came with a new app that seeks to reduce deaths and injuries caused by mobile phone use while driving. The Do Not Disturb While Driving app was designed to prevent the temptation to use an iPhone behind the wheel. The app can detect when you are driving and disable most features on your iPhone until you come to a stop. If you do receive a text message, the sender will receive an automated reply that warns them you are driving. You can alter the settings to allow messages from certain people. People who are texting you can also type “urgent” in the message to bypass the…
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