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February 2018 Archives

Products liability and the chain of distribution

When we hear the word defective, we automatically think negative things. This might be because the term coincides with something not being right. With regards to product, a defect could mean that it doesn't work correctly, doesn't work at all or is dangerous for consumers in Virginia or elsewhere to use. When a product defect occurs, it may not be fully clear how it happened and who is responsible. This is when it comes in handy to look at the products chain of distribution.

Fatal Virginia crash after cement truck fails to yield

Many drivers do it. They make a quick stop at a stop sign because they do not want to be stuck at an intersection for a long time. They see an opportunity to quickly travel through or make a turn, thus failing to yield to the vehicles that have the right of way. This might seem like a minor action, but when it is a large truck that fails to yield and it is an automobile traveling trough the intersection, the aftermath can be tragic.

How have hours of service regulations impacted the industry?

We all notice how large trucks fill the roadways in Virginia and nationwide, as there are many necessities and goods that need to be transported long and short distances. While this is needed for our economy to thrive, it is clear that the longer a person is behind the wheel, the chances of being involved in a collision increases. To address this problem, federal regulations have been passed to better enforce hours of service rules. However, these changes may have their setbacks.

Establishing liability in a truck accident

Large trucks tend to flood the highways in Virginia and other states across the nation. Because they can hold large shipments and travel great distances, these vehicles are ideal for transporting goods. Additionally, interstate and intrastate commerce rely on these vehicles to get these shipments to their destinations in a timely manner. Because weather can sometimes impact the ability to get somewhere on time, some truck drivers decide to take the risk of traveling when the roads are covered with rain, snow, sleet or ice. This can increase the danger of accidents. Truck drivers may also travel for a longer period of time than they are permitted, driving faster than they should.

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