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Truck drivers and sleep apnea

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), truck drivers who suffer from sleep apnea represent a serious national concern. There are numerous commercial truck drivers on our nation's highways being forced to drive through the night, skip sleep and drive their vehicles while they're extremely fatigued. When this situation is combined with a driver who suffers from sleep apnea, the driver will be even more fatigued, and more likely to fall asleep at the wheel.

Sleep apnea mixed with commercial trucking is dangerous and fatal, both for the sleep-deprived truckers and the people they share the highway with. As a result, the FMCSA is currently investigating the matter to determine just how many truckers are suffering from the condition. That said, screening all truck drivers for sleep apnea represents a costly and time-consuming undertaking. At the moment, the FMCSA is only able to offer the recommendation that truckers with sleep apnea get the medical attention they require.

How can I avoid a truck accident?

Commercial truck drivers need to be careful not to hit the smaller, lighter and more nimble vehicles that surround them on Washington's highways. The drivers of small vehicles also need to take precautions, which can prevent an injurious or fatal crash.

Here are some of the most basic things that all drivers should do to stay safe around big rigs:

Father and baby killed in tragic head-on collision

A 25-year-old man and his baby daughter died in a three-car accident last week. The pair died along Mount Baker Highway, and two more individuals suffered serious injuries in the crash, which happened on a recent Sunday morning just east of Deming.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the 24-year-old mother of the 5-month-old girl was driving in another vehicle that got tangled up in the crash. She suffered non-life threatening injuries. Another man, aged 71, was critically injured. Both the injured man and woman required hospital care at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center.

Do Yakima police give special treatment to some drunk drivers?

The state of Washington has enacted stiff drunk driving laws in order to keep law-abiding drivers safe from getting hurt. There are numerous drunk drivers, with whom we share the road, every single day, possibly driving right alongside us. Yakima police want to change this by implementing very strict enforcement standards, but some Yakima residents are questioning whether police give special treatment to certain DUI drivers.

The questions arose in the wake of a recent DUI crash that was the fault of a Yakima City councilwoman. The woman was arrested in mid-April following a rear-end crash between her Chevy Malibu and a Chevrolet Suburban. Allegedly, the council woman drove right into the back of the Suburban, which had six passengers riding in it, and four of them were children.

Medical malpractice and statutes of limitation

Following an instance of medical negligence, most victims of wrongdoing are too preoccupied with recovering from their injuries to think about anything else. However, taking time out to determine who is liable for your injuries is important if you hope to seek financial compensation to pay for your medical care. Also, it's important to take the time to do this as soon as possible fallowing your injury.

All medical malpractice claims have statutes of limitation that apply to them. In other words, malpractice victims have a limited amount of time within which to file their claims, or they will forever be barred from doing so.

These 3 specialists can help you in your truck accident claims

Washington residents hurt in truck crashes caused by negligent drivers will be able to pursue financial damages in civil court. However, just because you file a claim for compensation does not mean that you will succeed in getting an award in your favor. You will therefore want to handle the preparation for filing your personal injury lawsuit carefully with a close attention to detail.

At Reinig Barber & Henry, we represent Benton area residents in their truck accident litigation claims. In many of the cases we handle, we employ the services of specialists who can help us support and prove our clients' claims for compensation in court.

Mother and son injured by runaway drunk driver from Benton City

A man from Benton City entered a not guilty plea in court over accusations that he was drunk driving during an injurious car accident last month. The 56-year-old man allegedly drove through a stop sign, struck another car and then fled the scene of the crash. Police say he left a seriously injured mother and her son at the crash site.

According to authorities, the accused man actually dragged the struck car down the road partially as he tried to leave the scene because his pickup truck had been entangled in the wreckage of the other car. However, as the man drove away, he scraped a clear path to his home where he parked it.

Grim Reaper teachers high school students about drunk driving

Aside from police enforcement actions and holding drunk drivers accountable in court, education is the most powerful tool we have to prevent people from operating vehicles while intoxicated in Benton. In fact, education might be the most powerful tool we have to stop DUI in its tracks, but with the modern world so distracted by smartphones -- and information overload -- how do we get them to look away from the screens long enough to pay attention?

The Benton County Sheriff's Office, Benton County Fir, Kennewick Police Department and Washington State Troopers having been trying one attention-getting strategy out with area high school students. They sent the Grim Reaper to have a serious talk with them about DUI.

Important considerations for those hurt in truck crashes

Common sense will tell you that a semi-truck versus car accident usually causes far greater damage than an accident between two passenger vehicles. However, what you may not realize is that personal injury claims involving commercial trucks have different elements to consider than normal crashes.

Let's look at two important details one should consider regarding a semi-truck crash:

2 killed in tragic State Road 14 semi-truck crash

A tragic auto collision killed two individuals late last month. The accident happened on State Road 14 at approximately 6 a.m. on a Wednesday, Feb. 8. A semi-truck and a van collided head-on. The two people who passed away were riding in the van.

The collision happened when the van attempted to pass a vehicle and crossed into oncoming traffic in order to do so. Unfortunately, the van collided with the semi-truck head-on. According to a highway trooper who reported to the scene, driving conditions were horrible that day. There was freezing fog, low visibility and the roadways were icy.