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What Are the Most Frequent Causes of Truck Accidents?

When there’s a motor vehicle accident involving a big rig, tractor-trailer, semi or 18-wheeler, the likelihood of serious or catastrophic injury is great. Though the maximum legal weight of an 18-wheeler is 40 tons, they are frequently overloaded, or loaded without adequate consideration of the distribution of weight in the trailer, making them extremely difficult to handle in a crisis. Because of increased concerns over the high rate of serious and injury and death in accidents involving commercial trucks, the federal Department of Transportation looked extensively at nearly 1,000 truck accidents, seeking to identify trends and patterns. Here’s what they found:

Most Truck Accidents Fall into One of Two Categories

The study, conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), determined that more than four out of five commercial truck accidents resulted from either driver error, or from problems with brakes or tires.

More than half of the accidents studied stemmed from carelessness or negligence by drivers (this includes truck drivers and drivers of other vehicles). The most frequent mistakes by drivers included:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs(including amphetamines to keep a driver awake)
  • Speeding
  • Failing to properly judge the speed of others on the road
  • Failing to allow adequate distance between vehicles
  • Distracted driving (using a hand-held device, texting, adjusting the stereo)
  • Failing to take reasonable or appropriate actions in a hazardous situation (often the result of poor or inadequate training
  • Crossing lanes or driving on the shoulder of the road

In about one third of the truck accidents investigated, the primary cause of the crash involving either brake or tire failure/defects. The study showed that this could involve a manufacturing defect, but that it also included failure to properly maintain tires or brakes. Investigators discovered that many drivers were using tires that did not meet minimum tread depth requirements, and that many were using mismatched tires, such as bias and radial tires, on the same axle.

At the law office of Michael J. Hood, LLC, we aggressively protect the rights of people hurt in truck accidents, helping you recover compensation for all your losses, including wages and income, medical expenses, loss of companionship or consortium, and physical pain and suffering. We take all types of claims, from sprains, strains and soft tissue trauma to serious and catastrophic loss, including wrongful death actions.

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Hosting a Party This Halloween? Make Sure to Take Precautions

Halloween is a wonderful time of year – ushering in both the Fall season, and the Holiday season in general. Throwing a festive get-together is always a great way to celebrate.

Being aware of the negative side of this Holiday can ensure everyone has a good time, and arrives home safely!

Concerns on Halloween – and the Weekends Both Pre and Post

  • Drunk Driving – Of course Halloween is celebrated by both children AND adults. If drinking is part of your plan to celebrate this year, make sure a designated driver or cab is scheduled before drinking begins
  • Drive Extra Defensively – So you and your cohorts have prepared smartly, but that does NOT mean others on the road have! Look out for inebriated drivers AND pedestrians
  • You Can Still Incur Risk Hosting at Home – For example, if one of your guests drinks alcohol and then proceeds to cause an accident after they leave your party, you stand a chance of being held partially liable. Social Host Liability in regards to drunk driving does vary between states – know the laws in YOUR area! Consider allowing guests to crash at your home, having a ‘key-master’, assigning designated drivers or making cabs available
  • Vandalism (aka ‘Tricks‘) – Adolescents will sometimes indulge in trickery during the Halloween holiday. Keep your home locked, your porch lights on when available, pets kept safely away from potential visitors (for their safety as well!), your cars in the garage, when possible and make sure your children twelve and under are escorted by a trusted adult to any events

Contact Delaware and Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney Michael J. Hood

Halloween should be worry-free and fun for all. If any of your Holiday festivities happen to turn sour, we offer a free initial consultation to every client. To schedule a meeting, contact us online or call our office at (302) 777-1000. Our office is open Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., but we will meet with you evenings or weekends upon request. We will travel to your home or the hospital if necessary.

Delaware and Pennsylvania – Slippery Floors

Supermarket and retail store owners seldom have the staff to monitor for potentially dangerous situations, only responding when someone has been hurt. If you or someone you love has been injured because of dangerous conditions at a supermarket or retail store, we can help.

Personal Injury & Premises Liability Attorney Michael Hood

At the office of Michael J. Hood, LLC, we have provided comprehensive legal counsel to personal injury victims in Delaware and Pennsylvania for more than three decades. We understand the impact that a personal injury can have on every aspect of your life and take a direct approach at all times, carefully gathering as much information as we can so that we can give you a thorough and realistic assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of your case, as well as your case’s value. We built our reputation through honesty and hard work. When we take your case, we’ll leave no stone unturned to get the best outcome for you. We have the knowledge, skill, experience and resources to help you pursue full and fair compensation for all your losses, including lost wages and income, medical expenses, loss of companionship, and physical pain and suffering.

Contact Attorney Michael J. Hood

Contact our office online or call us at (302) 777-1000. There is no charge for your first visit.

Swimming Pool Injuries and Accidents

If you have been hurt in a swimming pool accident, or your loved one has died or suffered serious injury at a swimming pool, you want an experienced and aggressive lawyer to protect your interests.

Our Swimming Pool Accident Injury Practice

We handle all types of injury claims arising out of swimming pool accidents, including:

  • Brain injury caused by lack of oxygen from being underwater for too long
  • Spinal cord or other injury from diving accidents
  • Slip and fall injuries on wet pool tile, diving boards or other surfaces
  • Drownings resulting from unsupervised swimming or failure to erect and maintain four-sided fencing around a pool

We take cases involving all types of serious or catastrophic injuries, including brain or spinal cord injury, broken bones, paralysis, and amputation or loss of limb. We also litigate wrongful death claims arising out of swimming pool accidents.

We will help you seek damages for all your losses, including lost wages and income, medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, and loss of companionship or consortium.

Contact Attorney Michael J. Hood

We offer a free initial consultation to every client. To schedule a meeting, contact us online or call our office at (302) 777-1000. Our office is open Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., but we will meet with you evenings or weekends upon request. We will travel to your home or the hospital if necessary.

A Bar’s Liability for its Patrons

Enjoying a night out with friends can be a great time, but it can also lead to serious consequences. When you’re out having fun it can be difficult to keep track of how many drinks you’ve had, so when you’re visibly intoxicated and still being served drinks by a bar, restaurant, or other establishment, they may be liable for damages caused by your subsequent actions. Holding these places of business accountable for negligence is known as dram shop liability.

Dram shop liability varies from state to state, currently; Pennsylvania has dram shop laws, while Delaware does not. Generally, PA dram shop law is used after an intoxicated person causes a serious automobile accident; but it can also be used if a bar serves a visibly intoxicated person who then causes injury to another patron. In these cases, the party injured in the auto accident or the injured patron can sue the establishment under the dram shop law.

If an intoxicated person has seriously injured you or a loved one, The Law Office of Michael J. Hood can help. We have focused our practice on the needs and rights of victims in Delaware and Pennsylvania since 1982. We take a direct approach, learning as much as we can about your accident, as well as your goals, so that we can give you a timely and accurate assessment of the potential value of your claim, as well as your prospects for success. We will keep you fully informed of all developments in your case, as well as your options, so that you can make good decisions about how to proceed.

Contact Michael J. Hood

The Law Office of Michael J. Hood represents accident & injury victims throughout Delaware and Pennsylvania including individuals in New Castle County, Kent County and Sussex County in Delaware. Also Delaware county, Chester county and Philadelphia county in PA. We offer a free initial consultation to every client. For an appointment, contact us online or call our office at (302) 777-1000. We are open Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., but we will meet with you evenings or weekends upon request. We will travel to your home or the hospital if necessary.

Stairway Falls and Landlord Liability

There are thousands of apartment buildings in Delaware and Pennsylvania, with even the smallest containing a myriad of hallways and staircases, and the owners of apartment buildings and complexes are responsible for maintaining the building’s various components, including the stairways.

Thousands of people slip and fall on stairs every year, while some of these falls are due to human clumsiness, others are due to poor maintenance. If you’ve had an accident in your buildings stairway, the property owner may be responsible.

Unsafe stairway conditions include:

  • Poor lighting in stairwells
  • Debris or clutter on stairs
  • Broken or cracked stairs
  • Spills on stairs
  • Slippery finish on stairs
  • Lack of handrails
  • Broken or inadequate handrails
  • Improper stair height or depth
  • Uneven stair height or depth
  • Ice or snow on stairs

If one of the above conditions exists, the property owner may be legally responsible to you for the injuries you have suffered if:

  • The property owner or an employee caused the slippery/dangerous surface or item to be underfoot (by causing the spill, mopping the floor, causing the worn or torn surface, etc.); or
  • The property owner or an employee knew of the dangerous surface but did nothing about it; or
  • The property owner or an employee should have known about the dangerous surface because a “reasonable” person taking care of the property would have discovered and removed or repaired it.

Some defects in stairs may remain hidden even after an accident, so it is important to contact an experienced attorney to determine if you have a personal injury claim. At The Law Office of Michael J. Hood we have focused our practice on the needs and rights of personal injury and wrongful death victims in Delaware and Pennsylvania since 1982. We know that an accident can bring anxiety and uncertainty. We take a direct approach, learning as much as we can about your accident, as well as your goals, so that we can give you a timely and accurate assessment of the potential value of your claim, as well as your prospects for success. We will keep you fully informed of all developments in your case, as well as your options, so that you can make good decisions about how to proceed.

Contact Attorney Michael J. Hood

We offer a free initial consultation to every client. For an appointment, contact us online or call our office at (302) 777-1000.

Bicycle Accident Injuries

In 2011, 677 bicyclists were killed and an additional 48,000 were injured according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. All bicyclists should wear properly fitted bicycle helmets every time they ride. Bicyclists are considered vehicle operators and are required to obey the same traffic rules as motor vehicle operations; including obeying traffic signs, direction, and lane markings. Likewise, drivers of motor vehicles are required to share the road with cyclist.

Bicycle Safety

Wearing a helmet and being cautious of surroundings can greatly reduce the change of serious injury or death from a cycling accident; but even when a cyclist is using the proper caution and wearing the correct safety equipment, a collision with a motor vehicle, especially a truck or SUV, can result in serious injury or death.

If you have been injured or if your loved one has been killed in a bicycle accident resulting from the carelessness or negligence of another person, you want an experienced bike accident lawyer to hold the responsible party accountable and make that person provide some measure of compensation for the loss of affection, companionship and support your loved one gave you.

Contact Attorney Michael J. Hood

At The Law Office of Michael J. Hood we have focused our practice on the needs and rights of personal injury and wrongful death victims in Delaware and Pennsylvania since 1982. We know that an accident can bring anxiety and uncertainty. We take a direct approach, learning as much as we can about your accident, as well as your goals, so that we can give you a timely and accurate assessment of the potential value of your claim, as well as your prospects for success. We will keep you fully informed of all developments in your case, as well as your options, so that you can make good decisions about how to proceed.

We offer a free initial consultation to every client. For an appointment, contact us online or call our office at (302) 777-1000. We are open Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., but we will meet with you evenings or weekends upon request. We will travel to your home or the hospital if necessary.

Wrongful Death Suit

The purpose of a wrongful death suit is to recover damages from a responsible party for the loss of a family member. Each state has its own legislation on what is required to file a wrongful death suit, and the statute of limitations is very limited, so it is important to act quickly. A large number of wrongful deaths result from a loved one being killed at the hands of a drunk driver. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) a drunk driver kills someone every 51 minutes. That is over 10,000 people per year. Additionally, 3,000 people were killed in 2011 in what the NHTSA calls “distracted driving” accidents, which involve texting while driving or the use of other electronic devices. If you have lost a family member due to the negligence of another The Law Office of Michael J. Hood can help.

The NHTSA also reports that 5,953 passengers in vehicles were killed in 2011. If your loved one was killed while riding in a vehicle, it was likely though no fault of their own, yet their family must suffer. Coping with the loss of a loved one can be one of the most trying times of your life, and it is intensified when it is the result of someone else’s negligence.

At the Law Office of Michael J. Hood, we bring more than 31 years of experience to our clients in Delaware and Pennsylvania. Our clients appreciate our straightforward approach to wrongful death claims. We will carefully gather as much information as we can about your case so that we can give you a realistic assessment of the strengths and weaknesses, what you can realistically expect to recover and your likelihood of success.

Contact Attorney Michael J. Hood

We offer a free initial consultation to every client. For an appointment, contact us online or call our office at (302) 777-1000. We are open Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., but we will meet with you evenings or weekends upon request. We will travel to the hospital or your home to meet with you if you are unable to travel.

Victims of Medical Malpractice

The term “medical malpractice” refers to professional negligence, via an act or omission by a healthcare provider, in which the treatment provided to a patient falls below the accepted standard of practice in the medical community, resulting in death or injury to that patient. Many of the injuries sustained by patients are the results of medical errors, which are often times preventable. A preventable medical error is an inaccurate or incomplete diagnosis or treatment of a disease, injury, syndrome, behavior, infection, or other ailment. These errors are often associated with inexperienced physicians and nurses, new procedures, and complex or urgent care. Improper documentation, illegible handwriting, poor communication, inadequate nurse-to-patient ratios, and similarly named medications are also known to contribute to these errors.

Researches at The Institute of Medicine found that preventable medical errors are responsible for almost 100,000 deaths and over 1 million injuries every year. If the Center for Disease Control were to include it on their annual list of top killers, it would be the sixth leading cause of death in America. If you or someone you love has been the victim of medical malpractice, The Law Office of Michael J. Hood is here to help. The “statute of limitations” or amount of time you have to bring a claim of medical malpractice is limited, so please contact us as soon as possible.

Contact Attorney Michael J. Hood

We offer a free initial consultation to every client. For an appointment, contact us online or call our office at (302) 777-1000. We are open Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., but we will meet with you evenings or weekends upon request. We will travel to the hospital or your home to meet with you if you are unable to travel. We represent accident and injury victims throughout Delaware and Pennsylvania including individuals in New Castle County, Kent County and Sussex County in DE; as well as Delaware county, Chester county and Philadelphia county in PA.

Construction Site Accidents

Construction is one of the most dangerous occupations in the world, incurring more occupational fatalities than any other sector in the United States. It is also one of the leading professions for non-fatal workplace injuries. Common construction site accidents include:

  • Electrocution
  • Ladder accidents
  • Welding accidents
  • Scaffolding collapses
  • Nail and staple gun accidents
  • Gas explosions
  • Cutting and brazing mishaps
  • Structural or building collapses
  • Crane accidents
  • Slips and falls
  • Vehicle collisions

Fortunately, State labor laws are in place to protect construction site workers by requiring construction companies to inspect each site and implement a vast array of safety measures designed to prevent the risk of injury to workers. Unfortunately, many serious construction site injuries occur on sites that have not properly implemented the required safety measures. Even if a site has implemented the required safety measures, sometimes these measures fail, and when they do, a serious accident or wrongful death can result. When these preventable injuries occur, we at The Law Office of Michael J. Hood believe that you should be taken care of and those responsible should be held accountable.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a construction site accident, it is important to know who is financially responsible for the physical and emotional devastation caused by the injury or death. Beyond any worker’s compensation benefits, you may be entitled to compensation by a third-party who was partially or wholly responsible for the accident. This is often difficult to determine when numerous contractors and agencies are working on one project, and you will need an experienced lawyer to assist you.

At the Law Office of Michael J. Hood, we bring more than 31 years of experience to our clients in Delaware and Pennsylvania. Our clients appreciate our straightforward approach to personal injury and wrongful death claims. We will carefully gather as much information as we can about your accident so that we can give you a realistic assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of your case, what you can realistically expect to recover and your likelihood of success.

We offer a free initial consultation to every client. For an appointment, contact us online or call our office at (302) 777-1000. We are open Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., but we will meet with you evenings or weekends upon request. We will travel to the hospital or your home to meet with you if you are unable to travel.