What is an HOS Violation?

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Maintaining safety on the roads is critical, especially where trailer trucks are concerned. Their massive size alone means that a collision can result in significantly worse injuries and property damage than in a normal collision. Operating a commercial truck is, therefore, a serious undertaking. Drivers must adhere to a strict set of rules known as “hours of service (HOS) regulations.” An HOS violation occurs when one or more of these regulations is ignored, potentially leading to serious consequences. Let’s take a look at some of the more common HOS violations and what to do if you are involved in an...

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When to Accept a First Settlement Offer

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Being involved in a car accident is a distressing experience, and dealing with insurance companies can add another layer of complexity to an already challenging situation. You may be eager to settle so you can pay down bills or just move on from the whole experience. But accepting the first offer from the other party’s insurance carrier is not always in your best interest. You may or may not be aware that you have the right to dispute the amount, and even seek legal assistance if the first offer is unfair. Let’s take a look at when it may be...

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Who is Responsible for Road Debris Damage?

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Car accidents and damage caused by road debris are very common. A 2016 study by AAA found that road debris was a contributing factor in over 50,000 crashes a year. With numbers like that, many of us are bound to be involved in a debris-related accident at some point. But who is responsible for road debris damage to your car? Is it covered by insurance? And what counts as “road debris” in the first place? Keep reading to learn more.  What is Road Debris? Road debris can take many forms, from natural hazards to fallen cargo. It may be already in the...

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Why Truck Accidents Increase in Winter

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As the winter season rolls in, it brings with it a host of challenges for drivers on the road. Among those most affected are truck drivers, who navigate their massive vehicles through adverse weather conditions that significantly increase the risk of accidents. The combination of snow, ice, reduced visibility, and other winter-related factors often leads to a surge in truck accidents during these months. Causes of Winter Truck Accidents Adverse Weather Conditions  Winter brings snowstorms, icy roads, sleet, and freezing rain, all of which create hazardous driving conditions. These adverse weather elements reduce tire traction and increase the chances of skidding or sliding,...

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