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Do Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations Help Build a Case?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) can help truck accident victims and their attorneys build stronger cases against trucking companies. Beyond the basic rules of the road like obeying speed limits, using proper turn signals and stopping at lights or stops signs, FMCSRs provide guidelines for both inspection and operation of a tractor trailer. FMCSR § 396.13 addresses the inspection of a commercial motor vehicle ensuring that it is in safe operating condition. The regulation requires that the driver be satisfied the motor vehicle is in safe operating condition, review the last driver inspection report and sign the report if defects or deficiencies were reported verifying repairs...

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Starr Austen Miller Investigating Falling Debris Truck Accident

Attorneys at Starr Austen Miller are investigating the recent accident in Plymouth, Ind., in which a piece of metal came loose from a trailer and crashed into a truck’s windshield, claiming the life of the driver. According to the Marshall County coroner’s office, 57-year-old Manis Stacy Jr. of Knox was driving on Ind. 17 a few miles from Plymouth when the metal flew from a trailer going the opposite direction. The piece of metal smashed through the windshield of Stacy’s truck, which veered off the road and struck a tree. Stacy was pronounced dead at the scene....

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Truck and Bus Drivers Can’t Use Hand Held Cell Phones While Driving

On Jan. 3, 2012, a final rule took effect from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration that banned the use of hand-held cell phones by commercial motor vehicle drivers on interstates. The ban, which covers both truck and bus drivers, will cover about four million CMV drivers, according to FMCSA.  The ban is “a giant leap for safety,” said Anne Ferro, FMCSA administrator. “It’s just too dangerous for drivers to use a hand-held cell phone while operating a commercial vehicle.” The rule’s enforcement creates penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense, and drivers...

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Expert Testimony Of Psychologists Regarding Cause Of Brain Injuries

Truck Accident Attorneys In Indiana Given Guidance About Expert Testimony Of Psychologists Regarding Cause Of Brain Injuries Being in an accident with a truck is not like being in an accident involving a passenger vehicle, as many truck accident attorneys in Indiana are well aware. Not only are there specific rules and regulations regarding over-the-road trucks and their drivers, but often the injuries sustained in such accidents are much more severe, due to the massive size and weight of the vehicles involved. An example of such a case is the recent Indiana Supreme Court case of Bennett v. Richmond, decided on January...

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Harbhajan Jhutti died in car accident

INDIANAPOLIS —Sleepiness may have been a factor in a deadly semi crash overnight at the south split of I-70 and I-65. The driver, Sukhinder Dhuga, 30, was driving his semi trailer on I-65 South when it started to merge onto I-70 West and turned on its side. A passenger, Harbhajan Jhutti, 33, of Canada, was thrown from the semi and was later pronounced dead at Wishard Hospital. Dhuga was extricated from the vehicle and was also taken to Wishard, where his condition is unknown. Police investigating the incident said speed was a factor and that the driver may have fallen asleep....

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At Least One Injured In Two Semi Crash On I-70 In Hancock County

On June 14, 2012, around 7:50 a.m., two semis crashed around mile marker 99, on westbound I-70 between the Indiana 9 and Mount Comfort Road exits, located west of Greenfield, Indiana, in Hancock County. Indiana State Police report that one semi-truck was stopped in traffic as another approached it from behind. According to the report, the driver of the second semi hit the brakes, but knew he would not be able to stop in time so he swerved off the road, but the back of the semi crashed into the stopped semi sitting in traffic. One person was airlifted from the crash...

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Eugene McCall, Katherine Metzcus, Amber Garner and Keith Halicky Injured In Fatal Crash On Borman Expressway During Rush Hour

On June 12, 2012, at the beginning of rush hour on I-80 in Gary Indiana, DeAndre K. Perry, age 22, from Mishawaka, was driving a moving van which stalled in the middle right lane of the four lane interstate. Then, an unknown semitrailer side-swiped the driver’s side of the stalled vehicle. Shortly thereafter, Joshua Garner, 20, of Griffiths, Indiana, was driving his 1998 Dodge Dakota extended cab pickup, traveling west on I-80, at 4:59 p.m., west of Central Avenue, near the stalled truck. With his four passengers in the vehicle Garner attempted to change lanes, and in the process rear-ended the...

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Jacqueline Jansing Plus 1 Year Old Passenger Injured In Accident On U.S. 421 At State Road 47

On June 15, 2012, at approximately 1:40 p.m. Jacqueline Jansing and her one year old passenger were headed northbound on U.S. 421 in a Chevy S-10 pickup truck when they were hit, head on, by a vehicle driven by 17 year old Jordan Franklin. The accident occurred on U.S. 421 at around State Road 47, in Boone County, Indiana. Franklin had been heading southbound on U.S. 421, headed back to Fishers, Indiana, from a church camp in Clinton County. From preliminary reports it is believed that his vehicle veered off the road for an unknown reason, and then he overcorrected, thereby...

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Dennis C. Schulze Injured On Borman Expressway In Two Semi Crash

As reported by Chicago Sun Times, at approximately 2:45 a.m. on June 20, 2012, a crash between two semis occurred on the eastbound side of the Borman Expressway, near Cline Avenue, close to the Illinois-Indiana border, but on the Indiana side of the line. As a result one of the drivers, Dennis C. Schulze, driver of one of the semi-trucks, has life-threatening injuries and had to be airlifted from the scene. From the initial Indiana State Police report it is currently believed that an off-duty police officer stopped a suspected drunk driver, 21-year-old Ronald E. Blankenship, of Gary Indiana, on the...

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Richard Lowe Dies After Falling From Grain Bin During Inspection

The owner of a company that inspects and repairs old farm structures died Wednesday after being struck by a piece of machinery and falling from a grain bin.  69-year old, Richard B. Lowe, of Darlington fell to his death from a grain bin Wednesday afternoon at Davidson Farm, 5496 S. C.R. 310 E., Crawfordsville.  Around 2:30 p.m. on May 30, Ladoga Rescue responded to the call at Davidson Farm and contacted the Sheriff's Department and Coroner shortly after arriving. According to Chief Deputy Ryan Needham, Richard Lowe fell roughly 35 feet from the roof and struck his head.  On Wednesday, Lowe...

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