Truck drivers are not always to blame in a truck accident. A truck driver cannot control the driving behavior of other vehicles in the vicinity such as staying in the no-zone or talking on the cell phone, either of which could lead to a collision.

In most cases involving a truck, the injured party is usually the one in the smaller vehicle. And since large trucks such as 18-wheelers are harder to control and take longer to come to a full stop, a crash always seems to be their fault, but that may not be the case at all. A truck accident defense attorney would be able to initiate an investigation which may establish how much of the accident can be laid at the truck driver’s fault.

In some cases, the truck driver may be at-fault but the originating cause is the employer i.e. hiring incompetent drivers. In yet others, road conditions or the weather could be the causative factors. And then there are the cases when the truck driver is simply negligent, reckless or tired and endangers the lives of other drivers. All these things will come out in the investigation, in which fault can be assigned.

Of course, such investigations are seldom cut-and-dry. Many legitimate personal injury cases get dismissed; fault is erroneously ascribed; the true culprits are never made to pay for their actions. An article on the website of the Law Offices of Jeff Benton point out that such accidents often have a lasting and devastating impact on all concerned, but most especially for the innocent. It is the responsibility of the lawyer to make sure that the right facts come to light and justice is done both in criminal and civil court.

Truck accidents are devastating, both emotionally and physically. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a truck accident caused by someone else’s negligence, contact a personal injury lawyer today. An attorney can help guide you through your case and support you through this difficult time.

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All drivers in the US are required to have car insurance. Drive without insurance in the US and you will find out more than you want about something called an SR-22 form. In addition to being injured and possibly needing the services of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.®, an SR-22 is one of the consequences of a car accident that you can expect to suffer if you are not a responsible driver. Incidentally, what SR stands for is not clearly established, but then again neither is FR-19, which is what the form is called in Delaware and Maryland.

That being said, an SR-22, also known as a Certificate of Financial Responsibility or Financial Responsibility Filing is issued by an insurance company at the request of a driver in compliance with a state’s Department of Motor (DMV) requirements. Not all drivers are required an SR-22, but being caught driving without a license will change that. Other offenses which may also necessitate an SR-22 include driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), having too many traffic violations, and a suspended or revoked license.

An SR-22 is essentially a rider to your car insurance; it is not car insurance in itself. The SR-22 basically assures the DMV that if the driver ever lets the car insurance lapse, the insurer will inform the DMV. It is usually issued at great expense to the driver, raising insurance premiums up to three times the normal because the driver is now considered “high-risk.” The actual costs will depend on the insurance company. Failure to submit a required SR-22 within 30 days can lead to a license suspension. The SR-22 rider typically has to be maintained for 3 years, but it would depend on the state. Your insurer or SR-22 provider will be able to fill you in on the more specific details.

However, some states do not require an SR-22. These are Delaware, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania. So if you have no insurance, make sure that you are driving in one of these states to avoid an SR-22. You will still get sanctioned according to state laws, but an SR-22 would not be on your list of problems.

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Motor vehicle accidents are normally associated with auto accidents because they are the most commonly occurring. Auto accidents are among the leading causes of injury in the US. But the fact is boats are also motor vehicles, and boating under the influence of alcohol consumption or BUI also carries stiff penalties.

According to the US Coast Guard’s collation of recreational boating accident statistics in 2002-2003, alcohol consumption is responsible for more than 20% of all boating accident fatalities and injuries but since non-fatal boating accidents are consistently underreported, that percentage may be much higher.

Recently, BUI laws have been made more stringent in some states, most notably Washington where a BUI violation now carries penalties as severe as that for drunk driving or DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs). A fine could be as high as $5,000 and one year in jail, compared to the old BUI laws which merely imposed a fine of $250.

In some states, a BUI conviction carries over to the offender’s state license to drive. This includes Alaska, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Texas and Utah as of 2007 and Washington as of July 28, 2013. A BUI charge in these states may have serious consequences, especially if the operator has prior DUI convictions. In Oregon, for example, when a combination of BUI and DUI convictions reaches four, it becomes an automatic felony. In Massachusetts, it could mean a suspension of the motor vehicle license.

A BUI charge should not be allowed to reach a conviction as much as possible, especially in the states with stricter laws. A BUI defense lawyer would know how to go about having the charge dismissed or at least mitigated. This is especially important if one or more people were injured as a result. Aside from keeping the driving record clean, a dismissed charge denies a possible personal injury claimant a significant piece of evidence to prove the case.

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Nursing home abuse is probably the worst kind of abuse because it often involves two things: a breach in the duty of care of medical personnel, although abuse may also be perpetrated by a fellow resident, and victims from the most vulnerable sectors of the population. It is bad enough that people in nursing homes are so old, so sick and so incapacitated that they need constant professional supervision; they are also too old, too sick or too incapacitated to defend themselves in the face of abuse.

This is why personal injury cases brought against nursing homes seem so horrific. The victims are helpless; consequently they either do not report it or are not believed. Abusers take advantage of this as well as their position to continue the abuse. Family members and friends should be more vigilant and be on the lookout for telltale signs. According to the website of The Law Office of Williams Kherkher, these abusers can be made to pay on both the state and federal level if the personal injury can be proven.

Unfortunately, personal injury cases are not always easy to prove, especially if the victim is not able or willing to come forward with a complaint. Victims of abuse are frequently fearful of reprisals because they are generally isolated from people who may be able to help them address the problem. A competent personal injury lawyer, according to the law firm of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® in Racine, should be able to gather the needed evidence to pursue a civil case against the abuser and the nursing home even without help from the victim.

If you suspect that a family member or friend is a victim of nursing home abuse, do not hesitate to consult with a personal injury lawyer to assess the case. The effects of nursing home abuse goes beyond physical injury; it involves emotional distress and psychological trauma as well, which can be much harder to overcome.

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