Distracted Driving and Tractor Trailers Don’t Mix

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Distracted Driving Leads to Tractor Trailer Accident off Maine Highway

tractor trailerOn Monday, October 27th, a tractor trailer ran off the road and leaked fuel into the mud after crashing. State troopers say the accident was caused by distracted driving.

Reportedly, the driver, Steven Haggan, was unfamiliar with the type of tractor trailer he had been assigned, and became distracted while trying to find the switch to de-fog the side mirrors. The truck, full of wood chips, drifted off the road, but Haggan didn’t notice until he hit the rumble strip. He did not have time to prevent the distracted driving crash by that point, and ran into some trees along the side of the road.

Haggan was not injured, and the Department of Transportation and Department of Environmental Protection were called to the scene of the tractor trailer accident to clean up. Haggan has been issued a summons for distracted driving.

Tractor Trailer Spills Frozen French Fries After Distracted Driving Leads to Accident

Another distracted driving accident in Maine, which occurred over the weekend, involved a tractor trailer carrying frozen French fries.

Charles O’Halloran was driving the refrigerated truck near Bangor, when he reportedly became distracted by a water bottle in the cab, which caused him to run over the side of the road and into a stand of trees, spilling the fries across the road.

The Maine Department of Agriculture officially condemned the thousands of pounds of spilled fries, which were then hauled to the local dump.

Distracted Driving Accidents and Injuries in South Carolina

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2012, 421,000 people were injured in car accidents involving a distracted driver; 3,300 of those people died from their injuries. Research from the University of Buffalo suggests that as much as 10% of pedestrian visits to the emergency room are caused by distracted drivers. The Department of Transportation estimates that, despite multiple reports of how deadly distracted driving can be, as many as 660,000 Americans are on their phones in some form while driving, every single day.

Distracted driving includes:

  • texting and driving
  • talking on or playing with a cell phone
  • eating or drinking
  • talking to passengers
  • grooming or putting on makeup
  • reading books, newspapers, or even a map
  • using a PDA or navigation system
  • watching a video or playing on a computer or tablet
  • playing with the radio, a CD or an iPod

It’s a common occurrence to see distracted drivers cruising down South Carolina roads and interstates.  Whether the distraction is eating, putting on makeup, talking on a cellphone, or even just daydreaming, the effects of a South Carolina distracted driving accident can result in life altering and even deadly consequences.

If you have been injured by a distracted driver, the South Carolina distracted driving accident attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. will fight for fair compensation for your injuries.
 Our South Carolina car accident lawyers are prepared to fight for compensation in the courtroom and will defend your right to compensation for your past and future medical bills, lost wages and future earnings, your pain and suffering, and, in the event of a fatal car accident, even wrongful death. Our attorneys offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your personal injury case for distracted driving, so contact us today. 803.252.4800.

FedEx Faces Personal Injury and Negligence Lawsuits for Crash

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Fatal Northern California Crash Between Bus and FedEx Truck Ends in Personal Injury and Negligence Suits

personal injuryTwo people have filed personal injury and negligence lawsuits against FedEx for the company’s responsibility in a fatal crash in Northern California on April 10th.

The first lawsuit involves a wrongful death and negligence accusation filed by the family of victim Jennifer Bonilla, a 17-year-old high school student from Los Angeles.

The huge vehicle crash occurred in early April on an interstate outside of San Diego. A FedEx truck veered across the road and collided with a school bus full of high school students headed to see Humbolt State University. Both the bus and the FedEx truck were engulfed in flames. Ten people were killed – five students, three adult chaperones, and both drivers. Over 30 other people were injured.

“We remain focused on providing support to those affected and cooperating with the authorities as they conduct their investigation,” FedEx said in a statement, according to CNS. “This is not the time for us to discuss potential litigation.”

The wrongful death lawsuit was filed on Tuesday, April 22nd, in Los Angeles Superior Court, and accuses both FedEx and the driver of negligence, and claims that FedEx trucks have a history of vehicle fires. The latter claim was based on the accusation after the accident that the FedEx truck was on fire before hitting the bus.

“Look at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, they’ve recorded FedEx having 679 moving violations in the last two years,” Plaintiff’s attorney King Aminpour said.

The plaintiff filed for $100 million against both FedEx and the driver’s estate.

The second personal injury and negligence lawsuit came from one of the crash survivors, Evelyln Guzman. She filed the suit in Glenn County on April 14th, four days after the crash. The personal injury filing does not have an exact amount listed for the suit, only that the plaintiff seeks more than $25,000 in compensatory damages.

Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation from Car Accidents

car accident can transform a routine drive into a life-changing catastrophe. Every year, thousands of drivers end up in a South Carolina car wreck, and on average about 800 of them will lose their lives.

Typical causes of car accidents include driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, automobile defect, failed maintenance, failing to be careful, speeding, running stops signs or stop lights, failing to yield the right of way, not paying attention because of using cell phone or PDA, adjusting radio or DVD player, or eating while driving.

If a loved one dies as a result of the negligence, reckless, or intentional conduct of another, you may be entitled to bring a claim for wrongful death. A wrongful death lawsuit asserts a claim against a person who can be held legally responsible for a death.  Surviving family members may be entitled to damages; money that can help with the expenses caused by the loss of their loved one.

A South Carolina wrongful death lawsuit seeks compensation for:

  • medical bills and funeral expenses
  • loss of income
  • loss of consortium and loss of support.

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases

Although many of the people we represent in these cases are from right here in South Carolina, our lawyers routinely take clients from throughout the Southeastern U.S. and, in certain types of product liability or pharmaceutical cases, from across the country as well. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed through no fault of your own, whether from a defective product or in a car accident, you may have a personal injury or wrongful death case. Contact the South Carolina wrongful death attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free, no-cost consultation today. 803.252.4800