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Commercial Truck Inspection Effort Postponed Indefinitely

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International Roadcheck, a 72-hour inspection blitz in which thousands of inspectors pull over truck drivers in an attempt to assess them for safety, has been postponed indefinitely. According to a report in Business Insider, the move is a result of the coronavirus pandemic as well as the accompanying spike in demand for goods that requires the services of truck drivers and trucking companies. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), which conducts the check, said the increasing demand for trucks has forced the agency to delay the annual event. This is the first time the event has been postponed.

Business Insider says this is also the most dreaded event of the year for many truck drivers. Typically, the International Roadcheck is scheduled for early summer. Now, it’s been put off to later in the year, but it is not clear exactly when it might take place. The CVSA is an intergovernmental agency with local, state and federal commercial-driver safety officials from the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Safety Regulations Relaxed Amid Pandemic

Each year, the agency conducts a 72-hour inspection push in which 13,000-plus inspectors pull over truckers and evaluate them for key commercial driver safety laws. In the United States and Canada, the CVSA said the 2019 inspections saw 67,072 inspections uncovering 12,019 critical vehicle problems and 2,784 driver violations. Those drivers and trucks were removed from service until the safety issues were resolved.

Such inspections motivate operators to keep up on the maintenance of their fleets as an out-of-service order pushes a truck company’s federal score lower, which means a loss of income. A report by the publication FreightWaves states that during the time of this inspection and due to the downside of being potentially placed out of service, many truck drivers decide to not work while others make necessary repairs to their trucks,

The federal government also lifted an 82-year-old trucking safety law, the hours-of-service regulations, earlier this month, which requires truck drivers to drive no more than 11 hours in a 14-hour period. These regulations were put in place to prevent tired truck drivers from causing truck accidents that often result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities.

It is important during this critical time to ensure that safety doesn’t take a back seat. Trucking regulations such as the hours-of-service regulations and safety inspections helped prevent major truck accidents that result in loss of life and severe injuries that have the potential to leave people disabled for the rest of their lives. Now, with these regulations relaxed, safety is really in the hands of truck drivers and trucking companies. It’s up to them now to make sure their drivers are getting sufficient rest and their vehicles are properly maintained. Historically, we know that fatigued driving, impaired driving, speeding and poor vehicle maintenance are some of the most common factors in large truck accidents.

Contacting an Experienced Lawyer

Victims who have been injured in truck accidents may be able to seek compensation for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost income and benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. Families of deceased accident victims may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for damages such as lost future income, funeral costs, medical expenses, pain and suffering, etc.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, or if you have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident caused by a negligent or careless driver, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you.

For over 48 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims. Our law firm recently recovered $5,600,000 for a bicyclist who was hit by a van, and $2,550,000 for another victim of a truck accident, and $3,000,000 for a pedestrian who was hit by a car, and the full $1,000,000 insurance policy for a pedestrian who was hit by a truck, and $4,625,000 for a driver who was in a car and was hit by a van, and $2,500,000 for a man who fell through an improperly secured hole. Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.

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Source: https://www.businessinsider.com/trucking-inspection-blitz-postponed-indefinitely-amid-coronavirus-2020-3

 

 

Speeding Car Injures Two People in Brooklyn

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Two people were transported to hospital emergency rooms with serious injuries after a car accident, which officials say was caused by a speeding driver. According to Streetsblog.com, NYPD officials said the driver of an SUV was traveling at a “high rate of speed” down Ocean Parkway when he or she crashed into a second vehicle […]

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NYC Construction Workers Say They Remain Unprotected During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Construction workers have taken to social media to express concerns about lacking protections in the workplace against the coronavirus, which has left at least 918 people dead and more than 38,000 infected in New York state. According to a report in The New York Daily News, workers are using social media here in the same […]

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RFK Bridge Construction Site Accident Injures Five Workers

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Five workers were transported to the hospital with injuries after a construction accident on RFK Bridge. According to a report in the New York Daily News, the construction crew had parked their flatbed truck and were about to start work when a moving company truck slammed into the back of the crew’s vehicle. Two workers […]

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Pedestrian Struck and Killed by Motorcyclist in Queens

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A 32-year-old Queens woman was struck and killed by a motorcyclist who witnesses say was traveling at an “extremely high rate of speed”. According to a report on Streetsblog, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred near the corner of Summerfield Street and Myrtle Avenue. Police said the 28-year-old motorcyclist was heading eastbound on Myrtle when he […]

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EPA Faces Lawsuit after Re-Approving Roundup Chemical

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Multiple safety and advocacy groups have sued the Environmental Protection Agency over its decision to re-approve a chemical that is used in the Roundup weed killer. According to a news report on The Hill’s website, the agency re-approved the chemical known as glyphosate in January claiming that it does not pose a serious threat to […]

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Workers Seriously Injured in Harlem Construction Accident

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Two workers sustained serious injuries in a construction accident in Harlem when a wall collapsed and pulled down scaffolding. According to an AMNY news report, the collapse trapped workers standing on the scaffolding while doing demolition work at an old church the afternoon of March 12. The property was at Madison Avenue and 126th Street […]

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Truck Safety Laws Suspended by Trump Administration

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The Trump Administration, in an unprecedented move, has put a hold on an 82-year-old truck safety law because of pressures from retailers and hospitals to maintain cleaning and medical supplies during the coronavirus pandemic. According to a report in Business Insider, the federal hours-of-service laws, which mandate how many hours a truck driver may work, […]

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NYCHA (The Projects) Moves Slowly on Lead Paint Testing

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The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) (The Projects) has admitted that it has made slow progress in evaluating homes and centers for lead paint. According to a recent news report, it has now been several months since Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office ramped up lead testing across the city after a WNYC investigation found […]

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StuyTown Tenants and Lead Paint Hazards

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New York State’s new rent regulation law is pitting tenants at New York City’s largest rental complex, Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, and its majority owner, real estate giant Blackstone Group Inc. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, at issue is whether the new law should apply to thousands of the […]

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