Friday, August 4, 2017

Interesting Facts About Truck & Tractor Accidents Law

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Truck and tractor accidents happen every single day in the U.S. It's estimated that more than 4,000 people die each year in accidents that involve large trucks. This is approximately one out of every ten deaths in traffic accidents in the United States. Since the big heavy-duty trucks present a big threat on the highways and roads, the laws and regulations that govern this industry are very strict. That does not completely prevent truck crashes and catastrophic injuries, though.

Tractor trailer and truck accidents may occur because of different causes. That can happen due to speeding, use of cell phone while driving, short company deadlines, and so on. However, the truck drivers aren't always at fault when an accident occurs. The truck collision can be caused by other factors like maintenance neglect and faults by trucking companies.

Both trucking companies and truck drivers are required to act in accordance with federal and state regulations that determine their operations. FMCSA (The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) applies traffic regulations and rules through roadside inspections, complaint investigations, compliance reviews, checkouts of trucking terminals, and various investigations. The financial penalty is one of the most common punishments for violations. For repeated or serious violations, federal inspectors order truck drivers and/or trucks off the road. There is no excuse for trucking companies and commercial truck drivers if they allegedly don't know what's required of them.

Aside from FMCSA, there are also many other U.S. organizations dealing with truck accidents law. Just to mention some of them:

American Trucking Association (ATA)
American Society of Transportation and Logistics (ASTL)
Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)
Bureau of Transportation Statistics
American Truck Historical Society (ATHS)
American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA)
ITS America
Underride Network
Truck Safety Coalition
Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

The question is, What to do next when experiencing a truck collision? After a truck accident, taking care of health is the first concern. Thereafter, it's necessary to take care of financial and legal issues. That will prevent a traffic accident from further affecting your life.

However, coping with these issues on your own is a daunting challenge. That's why many people hire truck accident attorneys. An experienced lawyer can help you protect your rights and pursue compensation for injury, pain, stress, and suffering. When looking for the "right" attorney, you should bear in mind the following tips:

Pick a lawyer with proven records in court
Be careful with quick settlements
Look for attorneys who operate on contingency
Choose those who offer free consultations

When a truck and tractor trailer accident happens, it's important to identify the real defendant(s). The plaintiff has to identify every government official, business entity, or individual involved in the certain accident. For this purpose, all the parties must be named in the court documents when the lawsuit is submitted. This will ensure the establishment of compensation and liability for a trucking accident.


At last, it's essential to prove liability and damage. The plaintiff in charge of a truck accident litigation has to establish a so-called "theory of liability." Besides liability, the plaintiff has to determine the extent of the damage. The best way to accomplish this is to include expert witnesses during the trial. In addition, the plaintiff needs to engage an economist to assess the damage.  

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

5 Signs That You Are Ready For a Bankruptcy Lawyer (in the USA)

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Many people fear bankruptcy. However, it’s often an irrational fear. Bankruptcy may be necessary for you to get out of debt. In fact, you could be making your debt troubles worse by not filing for bankruptcy. Obtaining help from a bankruptcy lawyer could make your financial troubles go away. Here are five signs that you may need help from a bankruptcy lawyer.

1. You can only make your minimum credit card payments

If you can only make your minimum credit card payments, things can go bad quickly. Eventually, you’ll need to start paying off your debt. If you’re piling up more debt as you pay your minimums, it won’t be long before things get out of control. You need help, and you need it sooner rather than later.

2. The bill collectors won’t stop calling

When the bill collectors call you constantly, it’s a sign that your debt is getting out of control. You might think that ignoring them will make them go away. But that’s far from the truth. They don’t stop until they get what they want- the money you owe them. The only way to get rid of them is to pay off your debt in full or to find another way out of debt. A bankruptcy lawyer can help you do that.

3. Your financial troubles cause you constant fear and stress

Debt can be a heavy burden. If you’re spending hours each day worrying about your debt, you should get help. You might be worried about facing garnishments or stressed about paying your credit card bills. No matter how your debt is affecting your life, you should take action.

4. You’re thousands of dollars in debt, but unsure how much you owe

You may have so much debt that you can’t keep track of it all. This is a sign that the situation has gone too far. Chances are, you’re not making your minimum payments on all your debts. And that means that the problem will get worse quickly.

5. You use credit cards to pay for your basic needs

WHen you have trouble paying your credit card bills or loans, adding to that debt is a problem. If you need to use a credit card to buy your food and clothing, you won’t be able to keep up with the bills. You will fall further and further into debt.

Get The Help You Need

You might not be sure that bankruptcy is right for you. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seek help from a bankruptcy lawyer. A lawyer like this Maui attorney can help you determine the best way to take on your debt. And they can explain the process to you so that you know exactly what to expect. Finally, they can tell you what behaviors to avoid. You don’t want to make the problem worse than it already is.

If you’re struggling with debt, you should consider getting help. You might find out that your path to a debt-free life isn’t as difficult as you think.


Monday, May 1, 2017

NALYTICS.COM FROM NALANDA TECHNOLOGY SET TO TRANSFORM PRECISION SEARCH FOR UK LAW FIRMS

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Fast-expanding precision search technology firm Nalanda Technology is spearheading its move into the legal sector with the launch of Nalytics.com - a dynamic high precision enterprise search and discovery solution which has been engineered specifically to support law firms in precision data search. 

According to a report from the International Data Corporation (IDC) we spend almost one-fifth of our day searching for the right information. It goes without saying, especially for busy law firms, that this time could be better spent on more important tasks. However, the information still needs to be found.

David Rivett, COO of Nalytics, explains:

Nalytics has a number of Use Cases across the legal sector including, M&A (Due Diligence), Contract Analysis, Disclosure/Litigation, Data Preservation and Research. Law firms need the right tools to help them make better business decisions and improve their customer service experience. Nalytics helps them to easily and quickly search and uncover the right information at the right time. Leading full-service law firm Gosschalks Solicitors, use Nalytics and have achievedsignificant cost savings through reduced overheads and management time.

With a precision search functionality that’s second to none, and rapid deployment - it can be up and running in a law firm within 24 hours.”

Take a look at www.nalytics.com/legal to find out more and to request a FREE demo of Nalytics.

As part of Nalytics launch into the legal sector, they have appointed two new business development managers, Neil Derbyshire and Gordon Lindsay.

Neil has over 20 year’s business development experience across a number of industry sectors.  He joins from accounting software company Intuit where he was Senior Channel Business Development Manager providing solutions to large accountancy practices.  

Gordon has been involved with the Technology sector for the last 17 years, and has extensive experience working at Director Level driving business change. 

Nalytics will also be hosting a number of FREE 'AI in Legal' events across the UK and the Netherlands, focusing on how artificial intelligence (AI) is impacting the legal sector. As AI becomes the new ‘norm’ across the industry, these workshops will delve deeper into how legal firms can utilise this technology to improve efficiency and ultimately their bottom line.

For more information and to register for an event visit www.nalytics.com/nalytics-events

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Eight Myths About Speeding in England and Wales

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Speeding is the most common type of driving offence, with around one in seven motorists being caught driving over the speed limit every year. Some drivers are repeat offenders and end up being slapped with big fines and lengthy bans, but most receive either the offer of a speed awareness course or a Fixed Penalty Notice – the latter option involves three points and a £100 fine. 

The police in England and Wales normally allow drivers a 10% allowance plus another 2mph without prosecuting. In practice this means you can do any speed below 35mph in a 30mph zone – 3mph plus 2mph – and still avoid points.

As with other legal proceedings and offences, there are some stubborn myths that have led drivers into trouble before – the old copper coin trick to pass a breath test, for example. Speeding is a more straightforward affair, but there are still misconceptions surrounding it. Here are eight of the most common myths that you won’t hear when you take professional legal advice

If there are no white lines on the road surface before or after the camera, you can’t be prosecuted
White lines in the road only apply to fixed radar devices such as GATSOS or HADECS. Speed cameras can, and many do, operate without any road markings. If you’re flashed by one, you’ll probably receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution through the post at some point.

If you have fewer than six penalty points on your driving licence, you don’t have to declare them to your insurance provider
This really isn’t a good idea! If you fail to declare penalty points, you run a serious risk of invalidating your insurance policy.

Speed cameras can’t identify you if your number plates are dirty or obscured in any other way
While this may be true, you’re breaking the law before you even get anywhere! The Road Vehicles (Display of Registration Marks) Regulations Act 2001 means it’s an offence to drive on a public road with dirty or obscured plates. Doing so could earn you up to a £1,000 fine. 

If you’re speeding in a hire car you won’t get caught
The hire company will be informed by the police that one of its fleet was driven over the speed limit and it’s the responsibility of the company to identify the driver. Which means you’ll be fingered!

You can flash your lights to warn other motorists about a nearby speed trap
While you may think you’re being kind to other drivers, by doing this you could end up being prosecuted for obstructing the police. 

A police officer has to wear a helmet to give you a speeding ticket 
Again, just wrong! The officer merely has to be identifiable as a police officer to book you.

It’s not illegal to drive too slowly 
OK, there is no minimum speed limit on most of the UK’s roads, but if police officers think you’re presenting a hazard to other drivers and road users by dawdling in the middle lane, you can be stopped! You’re much more likely to get a verbal warning, but you could be prosecuted for driving without due care and attention or without consideration for other road users. 

There were no warning signs on the speed camera van so no-one can be prosecuted for speeding
The warning symbol – a black and white camera – isn’t a legal requirement. It’s a legal requirement for you to observe the speed limit, though…