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In December, Colson Hicks Eidson's Patrick S. Montoya had the opportunity to pass along his extensive knowledge of trial law to fellow attorneys at a National Business Institute (NBI) continuing legal education (CLE) seminar. The NBI event took place on December 11 and the title of Montoya's program was “Advanced Trial Tactics: Preparing and Conducting an Effective Cross Examination of an Adverse Witness”. Montoya, whose practice includes aviation law, personal injury litigation, toxic torts, class action and commercial litigation, construction law and products liability, has been involved in several million dollar trials, including: Securing a million dollar verdict for a group of hospital-based pathologists for damages from health maintenance organizations not paying their fees. Obtaining a multi-million dollar trial verdict for the widow and family of a slain police officer. Achieving a multi-million dollar trial verdict for those who had defective Chinese drywall in their homes. Can I Speak with...
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Fri, Dec 19, 2014
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Semi-truck drivers have a responsibility to other motorists on the road to operate their multi-ton vehicles while sober, but sometimes they fail to uphold that obligation and consequently put innocent motorists at risk of a truck accident.

Recently, Brownsburg police stopped a semi-truck driver who had driven off the roadway and into a grassy field. Officers suspected the driver of the semi-truck was impaired, and after performing a breathalyzer test, he was arrested for operating while intoxicated (OWI).

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations are extremely strict when it comes to drug and alcohol use among semi-truck drivers. The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles works within FMCSA safety guidelines to regulate the commercial trucking industry. Commercial driver's license (CDL) holders have a blood alcohol content limit of .04 percent, half of what it is for other license holders over 21.

CDL holders that are convicted of a first-offense OWI can lose their license for up to one year, and three years if they are transporting hazardous materials. A second conviction of an OWI will lead to permanent CDL disqualification (with possible eligibility for reinstatement after 10 years depending on the circumstances).

Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations Are Strict Due to Federal Law

In 1991, Congress passed the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act, which required transportation agencies implement drug and alcohol testing. Testing is required by law to be carried out after an accident and during the hiring process. Truck drivers who appear to be impaired can be tested and they are not allowed to refuse.

Truck accidents can be life ruining to the people who are lucky enough to survive them, and it is important to have an attorney available to reduce the long-term health care costs you may face. In cases of reckless, negligent or careless driving, you may be able to seek compensation.

Doehrman Buba will use their expertise and decades of experience in handling truck accident and personal injury litigation to help you receive the compensation you deserve. Visit our Facebook and Twitter pages to learn more about how we can help you.

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Did You Know? According to the FMCSA, less than 1 percent of their drivers tested positive for controlled substances and alcohol.

You can find out more about the FMCSA's drug and alcohol testing policy by visiting their website.

The post How Do Operating While Intoxicated Laws Apply to Truck Drivers? appeared first on Doehrman Buba - Indianapolis Injury Attorneys With Decades of Success.

Fri, Dec 19, 2014
Source: Doehrman Chamberlain

Holiday parties can be a great time to bond with friends and colleagues, but it can also end in disaster for people who fail to take the necessary precautions against drinking and driving. Employers need to be especially careful while hosting holiday parties, as they can be held liable for damages if their employees are involved in an accident. Drunk driving accidents increase during the holidays, so it is important for employers to take extra precautions when hosting holiday parties.

First and most importantly, having a plan in place before the festivities begin will keep people from making decisions under the influence of alcohol, a substance known to cause a significant impairment in judgment. Having a bar set up so it only serves drinks for an hour or shutting down the bar after a specific time will help curtail excessive drinking.

Having a means of transportation for employees to utilize will also help reduce the chances of a car accident, whether it is public transportation or a designated driver. Allowing family and spouses to attend will also help to reduce the amount of drinking at a work-sponsored party.

Last week, we wrote about an increase in the frequency of drunk driving accidents during the holiday season. The problem will only go away when people drink responsibly and make plans ahead of time so they avoid getting into an accident and ruining lives, or worse, ending them.

If a drunk driver has injured you, you need legal assistance to navigate through the inevitable haze of accident reconstruction testimony, medical reports and depositions.

Doehrman Buba is a law firm of dedicated personal injury attorneys representing the people of Indianapolis. You can find out more about us by visiting our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Thu, Dec 18, 2014
Source: Doehrman Chamberlain

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In December, Colson Hicks Eidson's Patrick S. Montoya had the opportunity to pass along his extensive knowledge of trial law to fellow attorneys at a National Business Institute (NBI) continuing legal education (CLE) seminar. The NBI event took place on December 11 and the title of Montoya's program was “Advanced Trial Tactics: Preparing and Conducting an Effective Cross Examination of an Adverse Witness”. Montoya, whose practice includes aviation law, personal injury litigation, toxic torts, class action and commercial litigation, construction law and products liability, has been involved in several million dollar trials, including: Securing a million dollar verdict for a ...Read More

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