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Is falsifying a trucking log illegal?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) governs the rules that trucking companies and truck drivers must live by when on the roads of the United States. These laws apply to all truck drivers, even those in the Lehigh Valley. The trucking log is an important legal document that truck drivers must complete regularly. It is illegal to falsify one of these documents.

There are four main components of a trucking log that appear on every page: off duty, sleeping berth, driving and on duty (not driving). The driver is required to complete the log with each trip and do so honestly and accurately. This document is a legal document, so much so that the driver must sign it at the bottom. There is even a little note that states the following:

An overview of driver fatigue in Pennsylvania

Driver fatigue is a serious problem affecting commercial drivers in the state of Pennsylvania. It can lead to accidents that can cause serious injury or even death. Hundreds of drivers can be affected by one fatigued driver. Here is a brief overview of driver fatigue and how it can be avoided.

Most people know and understand the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Not many know or understand how dangerous it is to drive while sleepy or fatigued. Driver fatigue is a very dangerous condition that should never be risked. Just like alcohol, sleepiness can cause a delay in reaction time, impair your judgment and decrease your awareness. Driver fatigue also increases the likelihood that you will be involved in an accident.

Fair compensation for accident-related whiplash injuries

A Pennsylvania car accident can change your life in an instant, but maybe not in the way that you think. Some of the most devastating consequences after an accident are not the result of a life-threatening injury but an injury that can have a detrimental impact on your ability do normal activities and enjoy a certain quality of life. 

One of these injuries is whiplash, and while it is a rather common result of many motor vehicle accidents, it can still have serious side effects that impact multiple areas of your life. If you received a diagnosis of this type of injury, you should not overlook it, but should seek the support you need for a full recovery.

Medical expenses stemming from Lehigh Valley car accidents

Lehigh Valley car accidents are stressful for all involved no matter the extent of the damage or severity of the injuries sustained. Depending on the severity of the injuries, victims of car accidents will have various medical expenses to pay. These expenses can pile up quickly and last quite a long time depending on the recovery time.

The very first medical expense you will incur when injured in a car accident is the fees for ambulatory service. This includes the ambulance ride from the crash scene to the hospital. It can then include an ambulance ride from the hospital to a rehabilitation facility if your injury was that severe. You might also need an ambulance ride from the hospital or rehab facility to your home.

Recoverable damages in motorcycle accidents

Motorcycle accidents can be some of the most horrific accidents on the roads of Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. Riders are not required to wear helmets by law in the state, which can make these accidents even more serious. Victims of motorcycle accidents and their family members, should the accident be fatal, can recover a host of different damages.

One of the most common damages recovered in a motorcycle accident is that of the victim's medical expenses. Medical expenses can include ambulance rides, tests, x-rays, surgeries, hospital stays, emergency room bills, rehabilitation and medical equipment needed for the home. If a victim is paralyzed during an accident, he or she might need to renovate their home for wheelchair accessibility. This could be another type of medical expense recoverable under damages.

Dangers posed by a distracted truck driver

Truck drivers play an important role in the economy of our country. The more trucks you see on the roads, the stronger the economy. Driving a truck can be rewarding and dangerous all at the same time. Truck drivers are required to follow certain drive-time rules in order to stay fresh and alert behind the wheel. Below are some of the dangers posed by a distracted truck driver.

Sleepiness, or drowsiness, is very dangerous when it comes to truck drivers. Truck operators are required to rest every so often during their trip in order to avoid falling asleep at the wheel. Being drowsy or sleepy is a type of distracted driving because it takes the driver's focus off the road, even if it's just for a fleeting moment.

Do you know the dangers of driving while tired?

Driving while exhausted can be as dangerous as driving at too high a speed or texting while driving. When you are tired, you are less able to react to your surroundings, and you might not even see dangers on the road until it's too late. Another major concern when driving too tired is that the driver falls asleep behind the wheel. It sounds like one of those things that probably only happens on occasion and never to anyone you know, but the numbers actually prove the opposite.

One out of every 25 adult drivers report that they have fallen asleep in the act of driving within the past 30 days. Consider how many drivers you pass on the road each day -- it could be hundreds, which means at any given time, you could be driving near someone who is sleepy enough to drift off behind the wheel.

2 crashes caused by high-speed chase in Glendon

Two crashes were caused by a high-speed chase in Glendon last Thursday night. The chase led to the arrest of a 29-year-old man who was also booked on drug charges. The man, from Forks Township, was driving with a suspended license, close to a quarter-pound of marijuana and a gun.

The defendant was arraigned Friday on charges of possession with intent to deliver marijuana, resisting arrest, possession of a firearm without a license, failure to give aid at a crash and six other related offenses.

Common medical expenses incurred by motorcycle accidents

Motorcycles are fun to ride, especially during the warm weather months and with a group of friends. But, if safety is not a priority, they can become very dangerous. Even when the rider is being safe motorcycles can be dangerous because other vehicles don't take the time to look for these vehicles. Today we will discuss common medical expenses incurred by motorcycle accidents.

The most common medical expenses incurred by a victim of a motorcycle accident is for ambulatory services. Depending on where the accident occurs, your ambulance ride might be covered by your insurance and it might not. This means insurance might pay for a portion of the ride and you are responsible for the remainder, or you could be on the hook for the entire cost. If you were hurt badly enough you might require ambulatory services from the hospital to a rehab facility and from the rehab facility back to your home.

Take the insurance company out of the driver's seat

Insurance companies try to drive the resolution of your claim because the less they pay out, the more profit they make. Like many Pennsylvania residents, you just want the process to end. Accepting the first settlement offered to you by the insurance company might sound like a good idea, but it will more than likely fail to include all of the compensation you deserve.

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