What Trucking Companies Cause The Most Accidents On The Road?

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The East Coast is more developed and tightly populated than much of the rest of the country. The result of this congestion is that the highways that run across the area are very tightly packed. This means there is a greater density of drivers in the region than in other parts of the country, increasing the likelihood of accidents. When these accidents involve commercial trucks, the resulting damage is often serious.

Trucking accidents cause thousands of injuries every year, and because of the massive trailers and large loads they carry, the potential for serious, life-threatening accidents is increased. The size of the trucks and the loads they carry also means that more drivers can be impacted by accidents involving trucks, due to the potential for flying debris from the trailer, spilled cargo, and the number of space trucks take up on the road.

Unfortunately, many trucking companies are too lax in their safety standards and hiring practices, given how dangerous commercial trucking is. The result is that thousands of Americans are injured in trucking accidents every year. These injuries mean victims have to deal with emotional and physical pain and as well as financial hardship due to crushing medical debts, an inability to work, and car repairs. 

Thankfully, personal injury laws exist to help families get back on track after they suffer from a crash involving a truck. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help them navigate the complex liability laws involving commercial vehicles to hold the appropriate parties responsible and get the compensation they deserve.

At McEldrew Young & Purtell, we’ve handled thousands of personal injury cases and have won millions for our clients. As experts in truck accident injury laws, we’ll take a look at some of the trucking companies that get in the larger number of accidents, so you know who to look out for when you’re on the road.

United Parcel Service

More commonly known as UPS, United Parcel Service, Inc. is one of the largest parcel transport companies in the country. Headquartered in Atlanta, they have a large fleet and nearly 100,000 drivers on the road. While they have a fairly low number of safety inspection violations, UPS drivers were involved in nearly 2,300 crashes, causing 800 injuries and 55 deaths.

FedEx

FedEx Freight, Inc. is an Arizona based service that focuses on less-than-truckload shipping. They employ roughly 20,000 drivers, who were involved in almost 900 crashes, roughly 260 of which caused injuries. The accidents resulted in 26 deaths.

Swift Transportation

The Swift Transportation Co. of Arizona is another company that’s based out of the Grand Canyon State. Their business focuses on transporting truckload-sized freight. Their size is similar to that of FedEx, with roughly 20,500 drivers on the roster. Alarmingly, 15 percent of their vehicles were found to have violations during the inspection, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Their drivers were involved in around 1,800 crashes, roughly 520 of which caused injuries and 45 that caused deaths.

While not every trucking accident is serious, these statistics show how dangerous a truck-related crash can be.

Philadelphia Truck Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one suffered because of a truck-involved crash, your best course of action is to consult an experienced law firm as soon as possible. Only a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can help you get compensation for the physical, emotional, and financial harm your family has suffered.

With over 30 years of personal injury law experience, McEldrew Young Purtell has the expertise to fully evaluate your legal case and get you the payout you deserve. To schedule a meeting for a free consultation, fill out our form or call us directly at 1-800-590-4116.

Top 10 Most Fatal Occupations: A Study By The Bureau of Labor Statistics

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One issue that people don’t always consider when they’re interested in a job is the danger associated with performing the job’s duties. While some professions, like firefighting, have known risks, there are many more that aren’t as clear to those pursuing a career in that field or just starting out. 

Unfortunately, some dangers aren’t apparent until it’s too late, and unsafe working conditions or haphazard safety measures can make the dangers that come with certain jobs even more frequent. While many jobs can be hazardous, others come with an increased risk of death. The Bureau of Labor Statistics releases a study of the most fatal occupations every few years. We’ll take a look at the results from the most recent numbers they’ve released and break down the top 10 most dangerous jobs in the country.

  1. Production Occupation Fatalities

In 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded 225 total fatalities in the production field. The production occupation includes jobs like factory workers, metal workers, and plastic workers, they’re involved in the production of goods. Of the 225 fatalities, 63 of them were a result of contact with equipment and 40 were a result of exposure to harmful substances.

As defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, occupations involve a range of related jobs between different industries. For production occupations, the most at risk workers were metal and plastic workers, who suffered 80 fatalities, mostly as a result of injury due to equipment.

  1. Sales Occupation Fatalities

Sales and related occupations accounted for 241 worker fatalities, this includes positions like cashier and floor salesperson. The majority of these deaths were a result of violence inflicted by people, with 129 instances of deaths due to violence. The next highest cause of death was transportation injuries, accounting for 38 deaths.

  1. Material Moving Fatalities

Material moving workers suffered 255 deaths while on the job. This occupation covers jobs like conveyor operators and crane operators. The majority of the were a result of transportation accidents, accounting for 100 deaths, while contact with equipment was the second leading cause of death, accounting for 63 deaths.

  1. Farming Fatalities

Many people don’t know that modern agriculture can be very dangerous. Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations suffered 262 fatalities, with 100 of those being transportation related and 92 coming as a result of contact with equipment. Agricultural workers accounted for the largest number of fatalities in the grouping, suffering 158 deaths, most related to transportation. 

  1. Protective Service Occupation Deaths

Protective service occupations accounted for 270 worker deaths. The category includes jobs like firefighter and police officer. Violence due to another person was the leading cause of death, resulting in 117 fatalities, while transportation accidents were the second highest cause of death, causing 98 deaths. 

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In the category, police officer was the most dangerous occupation, suffering 108 fatalities, 56 due to violence and 45 due to transportation accidents. Security guards were the second most dangerous occupation in the category, suffering 58 deaths.

  1. Groundskeeping and Maintenance Fatalities

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations had 350 fatalities. The cause of death in the category was quite varied with 89 related to transportation accidents, 99 related slips, 74 related to exposure to harmful substances, and 67 related to contact with equipment. The most dangerous job in the category was ground maintenance worker, which suffered 225 deaths, also varied across causes.  The category includes duties like tree-trimming, applying pesticides, and landscaping so the variety of dangers reflects that. 

  1. Management Occupation Fatalities

Management occupations across industries accounted for 387 worker deaths.The majority of the deaths, 159, were related to transportation, while 82 were related to violence. The most dangerous job in the category was agricultural manager, which suffered 257 deaths.

  1. Maintenance Occupation Deaths

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations suffered 420 on the job deaths. The leading cause of death was contact with equipment (114 deaths) while a close second was transportation accidents.

  1. Construction Fatalities

Construction and extraction occupations accounted for 1,003 worker fatalities, with the leading cause of death being slips and falls, which resulted in 339 deaths. Another major cause of death were transportation accidents, resulting in 228 deaths.

  1. Transportation Occupation Fatalities

The most dangerous occupational category was transportation and material moving. Workers in the category suffered 1,443 deaths, with the majority of deaths, 1,014, being a result of transportation accidents. This category includes truck drivers, delivery drivers, and travelling sales workers, all of whom are on the road a lot and are at more risk as a result.

Philadelphia Work-Related Injury Lawyers

If you or a loved one suffered a work-related injury you should consult a personal injury attorney to get the compensation you’re entitled to. With over 30 years of personal injury law experience, McEldrew Young Purtell has the expertise to fully evaluate your legal case and get you the payout you deserve. To schedule a meeting for a free consultation, fill out our form or call us directly at 1-800-590-4116.

What Are Common Dental Injuries Sustained from Car Accidents?

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Car accidents are one of the leading causes of traumatic injury in the nation. Even in less serious crashes, victims can be left with lasting symbols that impact the quality of their lives. A type of injury not commonly thought of when they think of car crashes are dental injuries. People that suffer from dental injuries have to deal with the resulting pain and potentially extensive medical bills and related healthcare costs. These costs can seriously harm a family’s financial security, that’s why it’s important to take advantage of personal injury laws to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.

At McEldrew Young Purtell, we’ve handled thousands of car accident cases. We’ll talk you through some of the basic concerns involved in bringing dental injury cases and what steps you can take to improve your legal position after suffering injuries in a car crash.

Types of Dental Injuries Sustained From Car Accidents

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Dental injuries will vary depending on the forces involved in the car crash. They’re normally separated into two categories: direct and indirect injuries.

Direct injuries occur because the mouth is struck by an object, while indirect injuries occur because of the force of the mouth being shut unnaturally, which causes the teeth to be crushed together.

These injury categories can also result in a number of different types of damage to the teeth. There are several common types of dental injuries that result from car crashes:

  • Luxated Tooth: this injury happens when the tooth is loosened, allowing it to move from side to side, it can worsen over time if it is not set in place properly by a dentist
  • Avulsed Tooth: this injury happens when the tooth is knocked out of the mouth, if the tooth is recovered and set in place within two hours there is a chance it can be saved
  • Fractured Tooth: this injury occurs when the tooth breaks either within or outside the gums

Causes of Dental Injuries

The causes of dental injuries are varied. When they occur from a car crash they’re often direct injuries, in which the face strikes objects within the cabin like the wheel and dashboard.  These injuries can become very costly, and so retaining a car accident lawyer in NJ is a necessity.

When speeds are higher the forces involved are stronger and result in more serious injuries. The most common causes of dental injuries from a car crash are:

  • Distracted drivers
  • Texting and driving
  • Blind spot collisions
  • Rear end collisions

In other words, the common causes of dental injuries are also the common causes of most crashes, with crashes with forces directly in front or behind having a greater risk for oral injuries.

Car Accident Dental Injury Lawyers

If you’re involved in a car crash that causes a dental injury it’s important to get medical attention as soon as possible. Timely medical treatment means you have a better chance of recovering quickly, hidden issues can be treated, and the documentation can be used to support your case against the negligent party.

There are serious costs that come with getting that treatment though. Medical bills can quickly add up and become difficult to contend with. That’s why personal injury laws exist to reduce the burden caused by life-altering events and injuries and get families the compensation they deserve for the harm they suffer. However, the negligent parties at fault will work against you to try to limit your payouts.

2.7 Million GM Trucks and SUVs Could Have Defective Brakes

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GM Trucks and SUVs Could Have Defective Brakes

The U.S. government is investigating General Motors (GM) big pickup trucks and SUVs due to faulty braking systems. Roughly 2.7 million vehicles sold in the U.S. may be affected by the issue, so if you own a GM truck or SUV, here is what you need to know.

5 Steps to Take if Your Child was in a School Bus Accident

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5 Steps to Take if Your Child was in a School Bus Accident

As parents, we like to think sending our children to school on the bus is safe. In reality, school bus accidents occur every year, often resulting in catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. In these moments it is difficult to think about involving a lawyer, however the sooner you engage a qualified lawyer, the sooner your child and family’s legal interests are protected and you can focus solely on your child and families well-being.

Spike in Pedestrian Deaths in Car Crashes

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The number of pedestrian traffic fatalities will increase 10% in 2015 when compared with 2014, according to a recent estimate in a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association publishing the preliminary data from the first half of 2015. Preliminary data also found a spike in traffic deaths during this time, according to a previous report from another source.

GM Ignition Switch Fine to Top $1.2 Billion

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The Department of Justice is expected to fine General Motors more than $1.2 billion in connection with its delayed recall of automobiles with faulty ignition switches. The DOJ is still considering whether to require a guilty plea to criminal charges or offer a deferred prosecution agreement. This includes a possible charge of criminal wire fraud for misleading statements and the concealment of the defect.

The amount of the fine may still change. Wall Street analysts have speculated that the fine may exceed $2 billion. GM has already paid a fine of $35 million, the maximum the auto regulator is currently allowed to penalize a company for these types of cases, to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Federal prosecutors are hoping to resolve the matter by early fall.

The total number of deaths from defective ignition switches in GM vehicles is now 111, since two more claims were approved by the compensation fund last week. GM has also approved claims for 12 serious injuries and 179 other injuries. 191 claims are still being reviewed. The total cost of compensating victims is estimated at around $550 million. The deadline for submission was January 31st.

In March 2014, Toyota Motors was fined $1.2 billion by the Justice Department for misleading consumers about the unintended acceleration of its vehicles through deceptive public statements. This was the largest criminal fine ever levied against an automaker by the United States. Toyota initially blamed acceleration issues on floor mats becoming stuck under gas pedals as well as driver error. Toyota also entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the Government.

Two internal reports from the Transportation Department have also identified mistakes made by the NHTSA. The agency reportedly missed clues about the defect and is revising its procedures in response to the reports. President Obama is also seeking to provide the NHTSA additional funding and lift the maximum cap on penalties issued by the agency.

The Senate has already passed the Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act sponsored by Senators Thune and Nelson to provide monetary incentives to auto whistleblowers employed by car manufacturers, dealers and part suppliers about delayed recalls and other violations of federal law. The House has yet to act on the proposals for auto safety legislation made in light of the recalls by Toyota, GM, and Takata.

To learn more about the proposed bill, contact one of our whistleblower attorneys via our contact form or by calling 1-800-590-4116.

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Spring 2016 Update:

The Thune-Nelson proposal was signed into law by President Obama as part of the FAST Act in December 2015. For additional information, please visit our page dedicated to auto whistleblowers.

Updates on the Amtrak Train Derailment

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We’ve been closely following the coverage of the Amtrak derailment since the news broke that there was a railroad accident in Philadelphia. Our hearts go out to the crew, passengers and their families right now.  We’ve represented hundreds of railroad workers over the course of our legal careers and have spoken to a number of our contacts in this area about what is happening.

Metro-North Train Derails in the Bronx – 60+ Injured and 4 People Killed in Accident

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Metro-North Train Derails

Metro-North Train derailed early this morning, December 1, 2013, at 7:20 a.m. in the Bronx, New York.  Metro-North authorities say four cars on a seven-car train leaving from Poughkeepsie at 5:54 a.m. derailed just feet from the Hudson and Harlem Rivers and just short of the Spuyten Duyvil station.

News agencies initially stated some of those derailed cars were in the water, but that has been confirmed that was not true.  More than 130 firefighters raced to the derailment scene to help extricate passengers and crew from the train.

Of the four people killed in this train derailment accident three where ejected from the train.  All passengers have been accounted for, said Gov. Cuomo.

The Hudson line is suspended indefinitely and the Amtrak Empire line is suspended between Albany and New York City until further investigation.

A frequent Sunday rider told a news station that he takes this train every Sunday and that it was traveling faster than usual as it approached the curve where it derailed and that was also confirmed to be one factor by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority President Tom Prendergast during a briefing near the derailment.  A similar incident took place near the area in a July derailment but on a different track.

Friends and families trying to obtain information about people that may have been on this train are advised to contact New York City’s 311 information system, Gov. Cuomo said.

ORIGINAL NEWS SOURCE: NBCNEWYORK.COM | USATODAY.COM

If you or someone you know have been injured in this or any other train accident please contact experienced Railroad Accident Attorney James J. McEldrew, III.  Mr. McEldrew is available to answer all your questions.  Jim was on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys from 1994 until 2001, and was President of the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys from 2001 to 2002.  Call Jim today at 215-694-1267 or email him at jim@mceldrewlaw.com.

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