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In the Permian Basin Oil Boom, Road Safety Should Not be Forgotten

Shale oil in the Permian Basin has been a boon to the West Texas economy, and has been largely responsible for the United States becoming one of the top oil producing countries in the world. However, the citizens of West Texas have paid a heavy price, one denominated in lives lost. Their roads have become some of the deadliest in America.

Exhausted Driving is As Dangerous and Drunk Driving

For years, we have all heard about the dangers of operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In the last few years, concerns with texting and driving have become newsworthy with many municipalities making it illegal. New studies now show that sleep deprived drivers are just as dangerous as drivers who have had three to four alcoholic drinks.

New Trucking Technology Looks to Diminish Truck Driver Fatigue Accidents

Business is booming in the trucking industry, but it has come at a price. Trucking fatalities are on the rise as fatal crashes increased by 3.1 percent from 2011 to 2012 with driver fatigue being the clear leading cause. The use of paper logs to register hours of service and duty status has become outdated and easily manipulated so new federal legislation has hoped to remedy such practices by mandating the use of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs). When the final ELD rule is published at the end of 2015, the over 3 million truckers currently using paper logs to record duty status will have until the end of 2017 to comply with the ELD mandate.

Truck Driver Fatigue Can Cause Serious Accidents

According to the Department of Transportation, there was an average of 868 big rig crashes per day in 2012. This resulted in an average of 11 fatalities and 200 injuries every day. A 2006 Large Truck Crash Causation Study found that 13 percent of commercial motor vehicle drivers were found to be fatigued at the time of a serious crash..

New Trucking Technology Looks to Diminish Truck Driver Fatigue Accidents

Business is booming in the trucking industry, but it has come at a price. Trucking fatalities are on the rise as fatal crashes increased by 3.1 percent from 2011 to 2012 with driver fatigue being the clear leading cause. The use of paper logs to register hours of service and duty status has become outdated and easily manipulated so new federal legislation has hoped to remedy such practices by mandating the use of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs). When the final ELD rule is published at the end of 2015, the over 3 million truckers currently using paper logs to record duty status will have until the end of 2017 to comply with the ELD mandate.

Actor-Comedian Tracy Morgan Reaches Settlement with Walmart

In June 2014, a Walmart truck crashed into a limo carrying actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and several others on the New Jersey Turnpike. Morgan was seriously injured in the crash, suffering a severe brain injury, broken nose, leg, and ribs. He is still recovering. Another passenger, James McNair, was killed in the collision.

Fatigued Truck Drivers and the Risks They Present

By now it should be common knowledge that truck and automobile drivers who are not well rested pose a danger on the roadways. Although awareness about driving safety has been at its all-time high, and even with steady initiative to implement stricter regulations on truck drivers, there has been an 18% increase in fatal truck accidents since 2009.

Tracy Morgan Files Lawsuit Against Wal-Mart Over Deadly Bus Limo Crash

Tracy Morgan filed suit against Wal-Mart, the company who employs the truck driver who crashed into him, severely injuring Morgan. A passenger in the bus limo died as a result of the crash. In the criminal report, police said the truck driver had been awake for more than 24 hours at the time of the crash. He failed to notice traffic slowing in front of him and hit Morgan's bus despite trying to swerve out of the way, authorities said.

Truck Accidents Continue to Increase

On the morning of August 1, 2006, Dan Lindner waved goodbye to his wife and two sons as they departed in their packed minivan for a family reunion in Ohio. Once traffic came to a halt on Interstate 80, an International 9400 semitrailer could not adjust its speed in time and crashed into the Lindner's minivan. That was the last time Lindner ever saw his family alive. The accident was fatal for all parties involved, Lindner's wife and children all died instantly at the scene.

Trucking Accidents on the Rise

In August of 2006, Angela Lindner and her two sons were crushed and killed by a three-axle Intercontinental 9400 semitrailer that slammed into their minivan. Dan Lindner lost his wife and children instantly.

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    The Equal Access to Justice Champions Program was started by the Houston Bar Association in 2006, to help ensure placement of Houston Volunteer Lawyers cases with pro bono volunteers. Originally, firms were tiered according to size, and firms within each tier committed to accept a certain number of pro bono cases from HVL each year for five years.

  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers

    The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

    Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers America | Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz | 2017

    Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Their methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

  • Lead Counsel Rated

    In order to earn the Lead Counsel Rating, an attorney must not only demonstrate significant legal experience, but must also receive multiple peer recommendations advocating his or her ability. This is a key component in the screening process.

  • Texas Super Lawyers | Texas Monthly

    Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Texas via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. The Texas lawyers who receive the highest point totals during this selection process are further recognized in Texas Super Lawyers Top Lists.

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