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Read our Nashville personal injury newsletter for auto recall news, what to do after a car accident, Tennessee workers’ comp and information for construction workers.

What Are My Vehicle’s Safety Features?

Many vehicles created in the last decade are packed with helpful features that may reduce the chances of a car accident. For example, your car may have parking assistance or lane departure warning systems. Like all tools, vehicle safety features are only useful if you know how they work. That is why it is important for car owners to know how to use these features. You have several options to learn about the safety features in your vehicle. Before any options mentioned in this article, you should grab a copy of your vehicle owner’s manual. The owner’s manual should have a listing of your vehicle’s safety features. You may also find this information by contacting the dealership that sold you the vehicle. Write down a list of these safety features. It will make it easier to use the following websites. Option 1: Use NHTSA.gov The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration…
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How Could Electronic Logging Devices Prevent Semi-Truck Accidents?

Drowsy driving is a major safety issue for the commercial trucking industry. In the past several years, there have been multiple high-profile truck accidents involving fatigued commercial drivers. For instance, in 2014, comedian Tracy Morgan suffered a traumatic brain injury after being involved in an accident with a Walmart truck driver. An investigation discovered that the Walmart driver had been awake for more than 24 hours and working for 14 hours. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the driver was almost at his federal hour-of-service limit. Commercial drivers are required to abide by hours-of-service rules. These are federal and state regulations that limit the number of hours intrastate and interstate commercial truckers can drive. For example, federal hours-of-service rules maintain that commercial truckers cannot work for more than 14 hours in a day. It may also be an hours-of-service violation to spend more than 11 hours per day…
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Can Certain Health Conditions Cause Truck Accidents?

Truck accidents are much more likely to result in catastrophic injuries or wrongful death than other types of accidents involving smaller passenger vehicles. For this reason, the Department of Transportation and its agency, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), have guidelines that regulate the trucking industry. For example, commercial drivers must pass DOT medical examinations every two years before they are cleared to drive. This medical exam is supposed to catch health conditions that could disqualify individuals from obtaining or renewing a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Certain health conditions may cause symptoms that increase the risk of causing a truck accident. For example, if a commercial driver suffers from a condition that causes drowsiness or poor vision, they are more likely to crash. These are only two examples. Unfortunately, existing regulations may not be able to address some of the most common and potentially hazardous health conditions within the…
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