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THE DANGERS OF TRACTOR TRAILERS: HOW SHEER SIZE CAN CAUSE SERIOUS HARM

Dec 19, 2018

Dec 19, 2018

The Dangers of Tractor TrailersIf you’ve been next to a tractor trailer, you are easily aware of
how large these trucks are. You see them barreling down the highways—most
of which are doing so in a safe and responsible manner. Unfortunately,
this is not always the case, though.

There are times when negligence may exist and put others in danger of serious
harm should an accident occur. When you consider the large size alone,
the added negligence can be daunting to experience and the results can
be catastrophic.

Have you ever seen the aftermath of a car on car accident? Depending on
the circumstances, the damages can be extensive with both of the frames
being damaged, glass shattering, and many more effects.

When these crashes involve a large and heavy truck carrying cargo, you
can probably imagine that the damage would be significantly worse. Often
times, these crashes can result in the smaller passenger vehicle being
completely crushed under the size of the trailer.

If there are other acts of negligence involved, such as speeding, it can
be significantly worse for anyone on the resulting end of the collision.
Some of the worst types of collisions in these cases are head on, rear
end, T-bone, and jackknife crashes.

Having strong legal counsel can be important as it helps you protect your
legal options to seek compensation. When you consider the people representing
the truck driver or trucking company, you need to have your own knowledgeable
representation.

Our
Michigan truck accident attorneys are here for you. Trust that we can go the extra mile to help prove your
case in settlement or trial. You deserve to have someone dedicated to
your needs, and that’s why we’re here.

NATIONALLY KNOWN TRIAL ATTORNEY GEOFFREY FIEGER TO REPRESENT FAMILY IN FREEZER DEATH CASE

Dec 17, 2018

Dec 17, 2018

Attorney Geoffrey Fieger and the family of Kenneka Jenkins will hold a
press conference on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. to discuss
the filing of a $50 Million Dollar Lawsuit against the Crowne Plaza Hotel
and others.

The press conference will be held in the conference room Atlantic Aviation
Services. (Chicago Midway Airport), 6150 South Laramie Avenue, Chicago,
IL 60638 (773)582-5720.

The lawsuit alleges that the Crowne Plaza Hotel, and others, were negligent
in causing the freezing death of Kenneka Jenkins, age 19.

Fieger, who recently won a $53 Million Dollar Verdict against the University
of Chicago stated:

“The events surrounding Kenneka’s death are well established
and tragic. The family wants justice and wants to hold those responsible
for Kenneka’s horrible death. I also want to investigate the possibility
that after Kenneka wandered into the unlocked freezer, the freezer door
was locked behind her, making it impossible for her to escape.”

The family will be present for photo-ops.

For further information contact: Geoffrey Fieger (248) 558-2315.

HOW DOES UNEVEN WEIGHT CAUSE SEMI TRUCKS TO ROLL OVER?

Dec 14, 2018

Dec 14, 2018

How Does Uneven Weight Cause Semi Trucks to Roll Over?You may have seen it on the news or driving passed it on a highway: a large truck turned over to its side and the extensive damage that comes with it. Unfortunately, these are not uncommon and roll over accidents are one of the most serious that can occur.

Understanding what causes a rollover accident is important if the crash results in a serious injury. It can help show who may be held negligent for the actions that caused your significant injuries based on negligence involved.

One way in which a rollover accident can occur is if the trailer is loaded in an uneven manner and one side is much heavier than the other. The moment the truck driver makes a sharp turn, the weight may go with it.

As a result, the weight pulls the rest of the trailer and it can land on the heavier side that’s pulling with the turn. This may be preventable if the truck’s trailer is loaded in a manner where weight is evenly distributed.

Many trucks travel through areas where winds can be much higher, enough to create a potential problem. You may have seen this before, driving on a highway when all of a sudden you see a large truck sway a bit from the wind.

If the trailer is unevenly loaded and weight distribution is off, it can aide in the wind pushing it over and a rollover accident can occur. Properly loaded trailers should only be susceptible to extremely high winds, but ones that are not loaded correctly could cause serious problems.

An uneven cargo load is considered negligence in the trucking industry and individuals have the right to seek compensation for any injuries they may sustain as a result of this kind of accident.

OVERSIZED BIG RIGS: UNDERSTANDING THE DANGERS

Dec 11, 2018

Dec 11, 2018

Oversized Big Rigs: Understanding the DangersHave you ever been on the road and seen a truck that has the warning of an oversized load? These are often transporting very large items that normal trucks can’t move. While they’re common, they also have to be very careful in how they’re operating the truck.

If there are dangers present, it can result in a large crash and the individuals in the smaller vehicles may suffer significant injuries as a result. Here are some of the potential dangers that may exist when these trucks are on the road.

In many cases, these big rigs are associated with even more significant dangers than in typical crashes. These big rigs are much heavier than any other vehicle on the road and the moment a collision occurs, the results may be catastrophic.

When they carry items that protrude wider than normal, it can lead to a serious situation in which others on the road must maneuver around it and be wary of these types of rigs. If the truck driver is not completely safe and in their lane, they may put others in serious danger.

Have you seen big rigs carry long items on their trailer that surpass the length of the trailer and there’s no warning indicator on them? If items protrude the end of the trailer and pose a risk to the safety of other drivers, they must have a red flag or similar indicator.

These trucks can be dangerous when they stop unexpectedly without a warning indicator, putting the vehicle behind it at risk of a crash that pushes the item through the windshield. This is a serious issue and may result in catastrophic injuries.

At Fieger Law, our Michigan truck accident attorneys understand how serious big rig crashes can be and what kind of damages they can cause. Victims may need lifelong care and medical attention to help them recover in a successful manner.

AT WHAT POINT IS THE TRUCKING COMPANY NEGLIGENT?

Dec 6, 2018

Dec 6, 2018

Man evaluating truck tiresFor many, the idea of suffering an injury is daunting, especially when you consider that it’s most often caused because of someone else’s negligent and reckless actions. It’s difficult to overcome the overwhelming emotion and physical damage on your own.

Even more complex is when other situations are present, such as an accident caused by something such as a crash involving a large semi-truck. These types of accidents aren’t just physically damaging, they can also have a large emotional toll on us because trucks are so prominent on the road.

When a trucking accident occurs, it’s quick to point the blame on the driver of the truck, but it’s also important for injured parties to understand that the truck driver is not the only person at fault—in fact they might not be at fault at all.

In many cases, it is the trucking company who should be considered negligent and forced to accept liability in a trucking accident. Below, we detail the ways in which a trucking company may be considered responsible for the crash and the subsequent injuries.

There are many situations in which large commercial truck drivers are too tired to properly and safely operate their trucks. And it’s easy to see why they may be the at-fault party in the event that fatigue causes a serious accident.

However, there are other situations that may come into play and the fatigued driver may not be violating the Hours of Service regulations on their own accord. There may be underlying factors to this decision, including the following:

If it is shown that the trucking company and the owner did anything to force the driver to work longer than they should and it resulted in a crash caused by a tired driver, the company and owner may be held accountable for the damages.

FATIGUE: ONE OF THE MAJOR PROBLEMS FOR TRUCK DRIVERS

Nov 21, 2018

Nov 21, 2018

Fatigue: One of the Major Problems for Truck DriversTruck drivers are often unappreciated in the world for their contributions. They’re on the roads for weeks at a time, away from family, and essential in ensuring products and goods get from one area to another.

However, part of the job is long hours that don’t often get looked at. And sometimes, these long hours result in tired and fatigued drivers who can—unfortunately—make serious mistakes when on the road. Here’s why it is such a problem.

When a driver is tired, lacking sleep, and has fatigue, they are often without their typical cognitive and motor abilities which typically helps them drive in a reasonable and safe manner. Their depth perception may also be impacted.

Without these abilities, crashes become more possible, putting individuals in significant risk of suffering serious injury. Fatigue can also impact the decision making abilities of the driver, such as avoiding dangers or changing lanes quickly in the event of an unforeseen stop.

When a driver is working longer hours than regulations call for or not getting enough of a break, they can be significantly fatigued and putting themselves at significant risk of something going wrong, such as falling asleep at the wheel.

When this happens, the driver does not have the ability to properly control the truck and it’s easy for them to swerve, crash into other vehicles, and cause significant pain to the passengers in the vehicles with which they collide.

At Fieger Law, our Michigan truck accident attorneys are dedicated to the rights of our clients. You need strong legal advocates on your side to help determine if fatigue was a factor in causing your accident and subsequent pain.

GEOFFREY FIEGER SHARES SECRET OF SUCCESS

Nov 19, 2018

Nov 19, 2018

Renowned Attorney Geoffrey Fieger recently spoke to students at his namesake
Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute at Michigan State University
College of Law. He talked about his family, his reluctant journey to becoming
a lawyer, and his subsequent love for trial law.

He also shared with the future lawyers his secret to being a great trail lawyer.

“The secret, if there ever is a secret, and there isn’t really,
but the secret is to be yourself. You can’t be me. I can’t be
Gerry Spence. You can only be you …

“The only way I could ever win a case, the only way you could ever
win a case in front of a jury, if that’s what you want to do, is to
be yourself …

“I have across some slick dressed, tassel shoed guy from a law firm
who is honey and molasses to a jury, I have no problem. I’ll tell
you my problem is if somebody comes and is fumbling all over and is just
embarrassed and tries to do the best job but is a real person. Whoa, that
person is way more dangerous to me than any of the slick guys who claim
to be big talkers. If they see you as a person who is willing to come
before them with all the mistakes and foibles and all the weaknesses,
don’t be afraid of it and they’ll see you as a real person. They’ll
reach down and help you …

“It’s not about ingratiating yourself to be a phony. They don’t
like you, they will cast you away to the wind. But if you are yourself,
then you have the greatest opportunity to do what I do, which is I’m
a storyteller. I sit in front of the campfire and I tell a story …

“Know who you are. Look in the mirror … I’m not kidding you,
look in that mirror every day and say who the hell am I? Who the hell
am I and why am I me? How did I get here? How did I get here …”

WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF SEMI-TRUCK DRIVERS LOGGING THEIR HOURS?

Nov 15, 2018

Nov 15, 2018

Man Logging Driving HoursWhen it comes to commercial truck drivers, there are a number of tasks that they must complete in order to ensure they are doing everything in a safe and effective manner. Keeping themselves and others on the road safe is very important.

One of these tasks is ensuring they are logging the numbers of hours they’re working, when they are taking a break, and when they’re back on shift. It’s important for these logs to be completed for a number of different reasons.

In the trucking industry, various regulations—called the Hours of Service—determine the amount of time a driver may be able to operate a truck before they must take a break. It also dictates how long the break must be before they’re able to drive the truck again.

Logging these hours is one way to keep individuals on par with the Hours of Service regulations and shows the trucking company that the driver is properly doing what they need to so they can avoid potential dangers.

Part of ensuring the proper hours are adhered to is keeping drivers from becoming fatigued and falling asleep at the wheel. If this happens and the driver causes a serious crash, they may be held accountable for the damages sustained by the other party.

The driver’s log can help hold them accountable for their actions. If they’re logging their hours, then there should be no problems. However, if it’s shown they weren’t logging hours after a crash, it may go a long way in determining liability.

Our Michigan truck accident attorneys at Fieger Law are dedicated to your rights and helping you fully understand what legal options are available to you. We are here to stand in your corner every step of the way.

COMMON TYPES OF TRUCK ACCIDENTS AND HOW THEY HAPPEN

Nov 8, 2018

Nov 8, 2018

Truck Falling OverTruck accidents. We hear about them all the time, but not everyone fully understands what happens and the different types of truck accidents. While also truck accidents may be considered dangerous, there are different types that can be more damaging.

Understanding the different types of truck accidents and how they happen is extremely important to moving forward through the legal process and holding the right party accountable in the event you sustain a serious injury in a truck accident.

Knowing the different types of truck accidents that can occur can give you a better understanding of how they may happen. Here are some of the different kinds of crashes that may occur and how dangerous they may be.

There are many other types of accidents, including head-on, T-bone, lost load, wide turn, and blind spot accidents. These are very serious and often result in serious damages, especially when they occur at a high speed.

At Fieger Law, our Michigan truck accident attorneys understand how these types of accidents happen and who may be considered responsible for the injuries sustained. We aim to protect your rights if you’ve been hurt as a result of negligence.

Call our firm today at (800) 294-6637 to discuss your potential rights.

THE POWER OF MIDTERM ELECTIONS

Nov 2, 2018

Nov 2, 2018

I hear it all the time …

“I should have voted, but I didn’t. I can’t deal with the politics.”

I’m here to tell you, there is no more important thing that you can do right now than vote in the upcoming election.

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, Michigan voters will decide who will be the state’s new governor, attorney general and secretary of state, as well as the outcome of three important proposals. Many state House and Senate seats also are up, as are two seats on the State Supreme Court. Across the country, more than 800 legislators will be elected this year.

Many voters don’t realize that when they cast their ballot, they are not only electing officials for the upcoming term, but possibly setting the stage for one party to control things well into the future.

Why? Because of gerrymandering.

Gerrymandering is defined as manipulating voting boundaries to favor one party or class. Currently, the Michigan legislature is responsible for drawing boundaries, subject to the Governor’s veto power.