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If you read our blog regularly, you are aware of the devastating consequences of truck accidents.

Sadly, each year, there are about 5,000 fatal truck accidents in the United States. These accidents overwhelm families, who have to deal with the grieving process.

Bloomberg had a heartbreaking story recently about a family who experienced this type of loss. The news outlet talked to the Slattery family, of Baltimore, which was involved in a horrific truck accident on the Ohio Turnpike in 2010.

According to the news source, Susan Slattery was on her way home from a family reunion in Cleveland with her sons, Matthew, 12, and Peter, 16, when she braked for a construction zone and was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer driven by Doug Bouch.

The crash killed Susan, and severely injured Peter and Matthew. Peter reportedly suffered a broken pelvis and eye socket, while Matthew had his skull crushed, suffering a traumatic brain injury.

Bouch reportedly told investigators that he dozed off at the time of the crash, saying he only received a little more than three hours of sleep the night before the accident. Bloomberg reported that Bouch was charged criminally for his role in the accident and was sentenced to prison.

To read more about the case, including the fallout involving Bouch and the Slattery family recovering, you can click on the source link below.

Bloomberg reported that because of federal labor laws, truck drivers are mostly paid by the mile and companies are not required to pay overtime. Because of this, drivers can work up to 14 hours per day, with 11 hours of driving.

Sadly, the lax laws have lead to countless fatal accidents. According to Bloomberg, a 2006 federal survey of truckers found that 47.6 percent said they had fallen asleep while driving in the previous year.

Should I File a Lawsuit Following a Truck Accident Involving a Drowsy Driver?

If you are involved in a truck accident due to a trucker's negligence, including driving while fatigued or drowsy, you should contact our attorneys.

Again, these accidents can lead to horrific injuries that require costly rehabilitation and therapy.

In the case involving the Slattery family, it reached a $40.8 million settlement with Bouch's company.

You should not have to suffer because of the poor decision by a trucker to continue to drive despite fatigue. We will use our knowledge and experience to defend your rights, and we will help you get the compensation you deserve following a crash.

Doehrman Buba – Indianapolis truck accident lawyers

Source: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-09-30/death-on-highway-leaves-trucker-angry-at-widower-and-god#p6

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Fri, Oct 31, 2014
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Photo of a truck driving through a crosswalk.

The attorneys at Doehrman Buba want to make sure you, your family and your friends have a safe and fun Halloween. While there is much to celebrate, it is always important to be cautious of drunk drivers or unsafe properties when trick-or-treating.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) realizes Halloween is a time for fun, but this does not mean you should let your guard down. Below it has offered some safety tips:

Wear costumes made of fire-retardant materials. Wear bright, reflective costumes or add reflective tape. Ensure that your costumes will not cause you to trip and fall. Wear makeup or hats instead of masks. Make sure you or a loved one is not allergic to the makeup before putting it on. Do not wear decorative contact lenses unless you have seen an eye care doctor. Inspect the candy before you or your loved ones eat it. Remind children never to accept anything that is not commercially wrapped. When inspecting the treats, look for any evidence of tampering. If it looks suspicious, throw it away. Avoid juice that is not pasteurized or processed. Are Stores Allowed to Sell Decorative Contact Lenses?

Stores are only allowed to sell decorative contact lenses with a valid prescription. Unfortunately, the FDA says despite the fact that it is illegal to sell these lenses without a prescription, many retail shops, salons and online stores still sell them around Halloween.

Attorneys Dan Buba and Tom Doehrman wish everyone a fun and safe Halloween. To learn more about Doehrman Buba, please visit our Facebook page.

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Source: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm230283.htm

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Thu, Oct 30, 2014
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Did you know that each year, approximately 200 HAZMAT truck accidents occur in the United States? While this may seem like a small number, these accidents often have horrific consequences.

HAZMAT trucks carry hazardous materials, like gasoline and flammable gases. Because of this, whenever an accident occurs, it can lead to tremendous property damage, as well as catastrophic injuries, like traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and severe burns, as well as death.

In addition to HAZMAT accidents involving flammable gases or liquids, there have been reports of spills involving toxic or radioactive materials, which can also cause serious personal injuries.

Remember, truck accidents already have serious consequences because of the weight and size of the vehicles involved—adding hazardous materials to the mix only adds to the potential dangers.

This is why drivers carrying hazardous materials must have special endorsements and carriers must meet special safety demands set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Can I Sue Following a HAZMAT Truck Accident?

If you are lucky enough to survive a HAZMAT truck accident, then you could potentially file a personal injury lawsuit. Additionally, if you have had a loved one killed in a crash, you could hold the driver and the transportation company liable via a wrongful death lawsuit.

Our attorneys are experts in truck accidents and can maximize the amount of compensation you can receive following a crash. Call us today if you have suffered and become the victim of a truck crash.

Did You Know? According to the FMCSA, about 800,000 HAZMAT shipments occur each day in the U.S.

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Tue, Oct 28, 2014
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If you read our blog regularly, you are aware of the devastating consequences of truck accidents.

Sadly, each year, there are about 5,000 fatal truck accidents in the United States. These accidents overwhelm families, who have to deal with the grieving process.

Bloomberg had a heartbreaking story recently about a family who experienced this type of loss. The news outlet talked to the Slattery family, of Baltimore, which was involved in a horrific truck accident on the Ohio Turnpike in 2010.

According to the news source, Susan Slattery was on her way home from a family reunion in Cleveland with her sons, Matthew, ...Read More

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