Month: September 2016

Fatal car accidents are increasing. Follow these tips to stay safe.

On behalf of The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, LLC posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, September 21, 2016.

We all know that driving is dangerous, but most of us fail to recognize just how perilous it can be to get behind the wheel of a car. In fact, according to statistics from both the National Safety Council and the Centers for Disease Control, motor vehicle crashes rank among the top five ways to die in this country. While our vehicles are supposedly safer today, with airbags, better safety restraints, and even safety sensors, the rate of fatal car accidents in the U.S. continues to rise. In th...

Speed limiters on trucks may decrease crash injuries and deaths

On behalf of The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, LLC posted in Truck Accidents on Monday, September 19, 2016.

In an attempt to lessen the amount collisions on highways in Colorado and across the nation, the government is proposing a regulation on how fast tractor-trailers can travel. The plan would require certain tractor-trailers and buses weighing more than 26,000 pounds to carry an electronic speed-limiting device. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 1,000 car-truck crash fatalities occurred each year from 2004 to 2013. These fatal accidents happened with hea...

FMCSA upholds 30-minute break rule for truck drivers

On behalf of The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, LLC posted in Truck Accidents on Thursday, September 8, 2016.

Colorado residents may know that federal regulations strictly limit the amount of time that truck drivers can spend behind the wheel before resting. These hours of service rules are designed to reduce the number of accidents caused by fatigued truck drivers, but a nonprofit organization representing American truck and bus inspectors says that a regulation requiring drivers to take 30-minute breaks is being used by some to falsify logbooks and circumvent the rules. The rule went into effect in...

Don’t become a statistic: Safety tips for teen drivers

On behalf of The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, LLC posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.

Getting a driver's license is a major milestone for both teens and parents. Yet, teen drivers have a greater chance of being involved in a crash than nearly anyone aside from the oldest adult drivers on the road. In fact, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more teens die from motor vehicle crashes in the United States than any other cause. What can parents do to keep their kids safe behind the wheel? Below are several of the top contributing factors to teen crashes ...