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Truckers Have Trouble Getting Enough Sleep

A drowsy trucker is a dangerous trucker. There are reasons that semi drivers have to log certain amounts of time off of the road. They’re supposed to be sleeping. Nodding off behind the wheel of an 80,000-pound truck puts everyone in danger. Unfortunately, even when truckers follow these rules, it is often difficult for them to get enough sleep to really be going at 100 percent. Lying on logs One problem is that some drivers will falsify their log books. Essentially, they’ll make sure the log books say they took enough time off, at the right times, but they’ll really spend some of that time working. They have deadlines. They have jobs to get done. They may feel pressure from the company to drive even when they’re tired. Forcing drivers to keep logs has helped, but as long as people are willing to lie, problems will persist. Not sleeping during a break A trucker may stop driving and take 10 hours off on break, but is that truck driver passed out comfortably in the sleeper cab? Maybe, but maybe not. Perhaps he or she put in as many miles as possible on the clock — the driver does get paid by the mile, after all — and stopped at the last possible second. Now the driver needs to fill up with gas, find somewhere to eat, find a place to shower and use the restroom, spend time on the phone or the computer, and much else. Ten hours on break could turn into just five or six hours of sleep. Searching for overnight parking takes time Another issues truck drivers face is that many of them all want to sleep at the same time. Some claim they have spent hours looking for a spot when the lots get full. This really throws off the driver’s schedule. Will he or she then be tempted to get up too early to get back on the road, trying to make up time? Unpredictable schedules Finally, since drivers have to work around shipping schedules, often waiting for crews to load up their trucks, they do not always have a predictable eight or 10 hours off to sleep. One driver said he had days with a comfortable 14 hours to sleep and other days with just four hours. A driver with too much time realistically can’t use it all to sleep, and that alarm wakes him or her up too early on the other days. Chaotic scheduling means tired drivers hit the interstates. Truck accidents Truck accidents often lead to very serious injuries and even fatalities. It is important for those involved to know all of their rights.  Fill out the form below to contact us by email or you can call us directly at 254-752-9688 or 1-800-INJURIES.

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Elevator incidents can be quite deadly

Just last week, the story of a young man who died after being crushed by a New York City apartment building elevator made national news. Surveillance video taken at the city’s Manhattan Promenade apartment building shows a 30-year-old man attempting to get off the elevator of his residential apartment building. Within seconds, the car that he’d been riding in can be seen quickly moving down the shaft with the doors wide open. He can be seen trying to pull his way out. The video then shows him as his body is crushed between the top of the elevator car and the apartment building’s lobby floor. The man’s body soon disappears out of view. The top of the elevator can be seen disappearing further into the shaft before the doors ultimately close. His body ultimately was crushed between the elevator wall and the shaft. Bystanders can be seen watching in horror, not sure what to do to help. Still photos from the scene show paramedics attempting to tend to the man. They were, however, unable to save his life. An autopsy revealed that he suffered significant blunt force injuries to both his torso and neck as well as mechanical asphyxia. The building where this fatal incident occurred has had a history of elevator problems. The video taken before the incident even shows how there are yellow cones in front of the building’s secondary elevator letting residents know that it’s not in working order. It’s a landlord’s responsibility to make sure that their premises are reasonably safe so that no one gets hurt either inside a property or outside of it. Most incidents such as slips and falls, struck-by and crush incidents and unsafe premises accidents can be avoided if building owners simply take time to perform regular maintenance and safety assessments. If you’ve been hurt or lost a loved one because a Texas building owner was negligent in maintaining their property in sound working condition, then you should consult with a premises liability attorney. By doing so, you can find out what type of compensation you’re entitled to for injuries suffered on business premises here in Waco.

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Why do businesses have security guards in their parking lots?

No matter whether you’re at a community or technical college, the mall, a hospital, a shopping center or any other public place, you’re bound to see a security guard patrolling the area looking for any potential problems. One of the reasons why these property owners have these individuals on staff roving around is to minimize their risk of being sued for having inadequate security if someone does get hurt. It’s a business owner’s responsibility to take reasonable measures to keep their premises safe after all. The role of security guards is mainly that of crime deterrence. It’s their job to drive around the office building, hospital or shopping center’s parking lot. They’re supposed to drive slowly without any distractions from cellphones or others. Their main job is to be on the lookout for anyone in the midst of committing a crime. This includes vandalism, burglary or theft, assaults, carjackings, robberies and any other offenses. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that these security guards regularly liaise with local police to aid them in tracking down crime suspects. Security guards don’t rove parking lots only for crime deterrence though. They do so to make sure that motorists follow any posted speed limits or any other rules they have. They often report any maintenance issues that they find and even cordon an area of it off to keep visitors safe. They may corral runaway shopping cards, respond to alarms or decide who can get past gates or into any other restricted areas. Many property or business owners take the time to hire security as a way to ensure that they do their part to keep their premises reasonably safe. Countless others leave the safety of their visitors to chance though. If you are injured in a facility’s parking lot whether due to crime, poor maintenance or some other concern, then you may have a valid reason to file suit against the property or business owner. An attorney here in Waco can advise you whether you’re eligible to file a lawsuit under Texas law in your case.

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