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Benefits a lawyer brings to commercial vehicle accident cases

A commercial vehicle accident is devastating in many ways. The loss of valuable personal property is a concern, of course, but the physical injuries a victim may suffer are even more catastrophic. Commercial vehicles typically weigh much more than ordinary cars and trucks. This weight difference means the occupants of the smaller vehicle will likely suffer more severe injuries than they would in other types of vehicle accidents.

If you have suffered an injury in a commercial vehicle accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. A good way to improve your chances of acquiring this compensation is by working with an experienced personal injury attorney. There are many ways a lawyer can strengthen your case. These include:

  • Identifying possible liable parties: This includes the driver of the vehicle, the company that owned the vehicle and even the manufacturer of the vehicle or its parts.
  • Gathering evidence and documentation: It is crucial to collect evidence about the accident as soon as possible including the driver's logs and documents related to the inspection, repair and maintenance of the vehicle.
  • Thoroughly investigating the accident: A proper investigation improves the odds of finding and proving negligence on the part of the potential defendants.

Those who help are at risk of occupational injury every day

Emergency medical service (EMS) workers provide the public with life-saving assistance on a daily basis. They respond to emergencies as they arise, often without a thought to their own health and well-being. It is safe to assume that many Iowa residents helped by EMS personnel would have perished without emergency assistance.

Due to the nature and urgency of their work, EMS employees have a high risk of suffering on-the-job injuries. According to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), more than 22,000 EMS employees suffer work-related injuries requiring emergency room treatment each year. Other EMS injury facts include:

  • About 6,000 EMS workers suffer injury from exposure to toxic substances each year
  • Most of the injuries EMS workers suffer are sprains and strains to the neck and back
  • About 2,000 EMS workers are injured each year due to assaults and violence
  • Most of the injuries associated with emergency medical care occur when responding to 911 calls
  • About 2,000 workers suffer injuries each year in work-related motor vehicle accidents
  • Slips, trips and falls injure approximately 4,000 EMS workers each year

Insurers sometimes try to take advantage of victims

You didn't see the other car coming before it sideswiped you. The only thing you really remember is seeing a flash out of the corner of your eye. At that point, it was too late to do anything.

The other party stayed at the scene and gave you his information. He had good insurance and even admitted he was at fault. You assumed the claim process would be simple and that the insurance company would be fair. Now, they're offering a settlement, and it's not even close to what you need.

What to do with a lowball insurance offer after a crash

Getting into a car crash can be a truly terrifying experience. One moment, you're on your way to the store or work and the next, you're inspecting yourself and your passengers for serious injuries. Instead of finishing your drive, you'll be worrying about repairing or replacing your vehicle, filing a police report and insurance claim, and seeking necessary medical attention.

When you sustain injuries as the result of a collision, you probably feel grateful to have insurance coverage. After all, since you've paid your premium for years, you believe that your insurance company will make sure that you're properly covered. Sadly, this isn't always what happens in the aftermath of a serious motor vehicle collision.

Police urge drivers to slow down after snowy 11-car pileup

Inclement winter weather occurs frequently in the state of Iowa. Snow is often a factor and it can have a negative effect on road safety, especially if motorists fail to exercise due caution. Snowy conditions like the recent storm that occurred over the winter holidays wreak havoc on the state's roadways. Police officials have a word of advice for you all: Slow down during stormy conditions.

Nothing punctuates this piece of advice better than proof of what could happen if motorists do not consider weather conditions while driving. This proof comes in the form of an unfortunate car accident that involved 11 motor vehicles, including a state patrol car. The accident occurred Friday, Dec. 30 on Interstate 380, according to Iowa state police.

Injured workers get pink slips along with diagnoses

Workers at a factory that had to handle hazardous chemicals and resins kept coming down with two common conditions: painful, chronic rashes followed shortly by pink slips that terminated their employment.

To the workers, the connection couldn't be more obvious.

How do I spot aggressive drivers in Des Moines?

Getting behind the wheel in Iowa is a dangerous task that millions of people take part in each day. No one wants to fear for their life each day. Driving is so second nature to people that fear disappears not long after gaining some experience. This is what makes people let their guards down when behind the wheel. So, how does one spot aggressive drivers in Des Moines?

One of the most common signs of an aggressive driver is the use of the horn unnecessarily or when it is unwarranted. Drivers who have trouble handling their emotions will often honk at other drivers and will do so belligerently. The horn on a vehicle is usually only to be used in an emergency.

What happens when you're in a car accident while working?

A lot of people find themselves driving as part of their job. Police officers, cab and bus drivers, commercial truck drivers and local delivery drivers are just the start. Sales people, maintenance and repair specialists, and professionals of all kinds drive as part of a job. Whether it's dropping into a client's office or traveling to a convention, business travel can place you at greater risk of injury than other forms of work.

No matter how carefully you drive while on the clock, there's always potential for an accident. Maybe you're in a fleet vehicle from your business and a maintenance issue results in a crash. Perhaps someone under the influence or texting swerved into your lane or turned into your vehicle. It only takes a second for you to end up injured in a crash caused by someone else. When that happens, you could end up in a difficult financial situation.

Don't let businesses get away with hiring unsafe drivers

A commercial vehicle accident can range from a fender bender up to a fatal crash, depending on the circumstances of the crash. There isn't any reason for business owners to hire drivers who can't drive in a safe manner when they are in company vehicles. When you are injured in a crash caused by a commercial vehicle driver, you might decide that you are going to take action against the company.

One thing that you need to realize is that you will likely have more than one option to turn to for compensation. The three that come to mind immediately are the commercial business' insurance company, the company and the driver. There could be other options possible, so it is imperative that we take the time to evaluate the specific circumstances that might impact whom you hold liable in the case.

Explanation of liability in a commercial vehicle accident

Driving on the roads of Iowa is dangerous. With dozens of cars surrounding you at any given time it can be frustrating navigating the roads. Add in the large amount of commercial vehicles on the roads, including trucks, and driving can be overwhelming to say the least. Today, we will discuss the handling of liability in cases involving commercial vehicle accidents.

If you want to collect as much money as possible for injuries suffered in a commercial vehicle accident you will need to identify as many defendants as possible. Outside of the obvious defendant, the driver of the commercial vehicle, you should identify a few others that can be named in any lawsuit you file with an attorney. In some instances, other defendants can include the employer of the driver, insurance companies, contractors and more.

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