Truck Driver Shortage Causes Safety Concerns

Truck Driver Shortage Causes Safety Concerns

Over the years truckers have gained a reputation for skill and professionalism as they navigate their huge vehicles over the road, delivering their cargoes all over the U.S. However, there is now a shortage of people willing to do this job. The American Trucking Associations organization estimates that in the next decade there could be a shortage of 140,000 drivers in the U.S. trucking industry. Industry insiders say this is because of tougher government safety rules and more rigorous recruiting practices by trucking companies. In particular, many experienced drivers have left the industry because of stricter toxicity screenings, experts say. This is bad news for many industries that use trucks to transport their goods. It’s also bad news for the people who share the road with truckers, because it means the employment shortfall may cause trucking companies to lower their standards and hire more untrained or even unlicensed drivers. To have a poorly trained or unqualified driver barreling down the road in an eighteen wheeler could have tragic consequences for other motorists in the vicinity. If you or someone you know is involved in a traffic accident with a truck, you need a skilled attorney to represent you. Michael W. McElroy, P.C., has experience in a wide range of cases involving traffic accidents, and he can get the best outcome for you. Call Michael W. McElroy, P.C., at...
Drive Without Distractions

Drive Without Distractions

There are many distractions in modern life. We’re all hurrying from one thing to another, and we’ve often got several things competing for our attention at any one time. Most times, distractions are just a minor annoyance, but sometimes they can be dangerous. Like when you’re driving. According to a study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), 80% of crashes and 65% of near-crashes involve some form of driver distraction. The study found that the distraction occurred within three seconds before the vehicle crash. It’s critical to avoid distractions while you’re driving. Maneuvering a large vehicle through traffic at high speeds demands all of our concentration, otherwise the results could be disastrous. Here are some tips to deal with distractions while you’re driving. Don’t use your cell phone. Cell phone use is a major cause of traffic accidents, and the numbers aren’t better if you use a hands-free device. Studies have shown that people are still distracted by hands-free devices, so the best policy is not to make or receive calls when you’re driving. Don’t eat. Many people eat while driving, but the act of opening wrappers, putting a straw in a drink, and even chewing and swallowing can take your eyes off the road, and thus causes accidents. Don’t let your passengers get out of control. Children and pets can be a distraction in the car, but even adults can play havoc with your concentration. Have some rules for your passengers, so they don’t distract you from your task. Don’t fool with your GPS, radio, or other technology....
Be Sure You Have the Right Diagnosis

Be Sure You Have the Right Diagnosis

Modern medicine has done some truly amazing things, eliminating or controlling disease and illness to the point where people are living longer than at any time in human history. Despite all the miraculous results, however, the situation isn’t perfect. Experts say there are still many cases where mistakes are made in diagnosing patients, and these mistakes can be deadly. A study by the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, found that about five percent of adults who seek outpatient care every year are misdiagnosed. This frightening statistic means that 12 million adults every year are misdiagnosed. These wrong diagnoses result in poor treatment that prolongs or worsens medical conditions, and sometimes even death. The situation is made worse by the fact that the medical profession often is very reluctant to admit they’ve misdiagnosed their patient. The solution, of course, is to ask questions — the more the better — of your doctor anytime you get a diagnosis. Be clear about all the details, what’s going on, what the tests say, and what the treatment plan is. Another strategy is to get a second opinion, especially if the diagnosis is serious. If you been misdiagnosed resulting in serious injury consider call a medical malpractice attorney, who can help you to get a resolution through the legal system. Contact Michael W. McElroy, P.C., at 770-632-5850, for more...