I wanted to share this “Safety Management Cycle” chart today. It provides insight into how the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration investigates truck companies for safety.
Motor Carriers and truck drivers can also use it to evaluate current behavior and safety measures.
The Safety Management Cycle (SMC) is for the Unsafe Driving Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) of the FMCSA, and it helps trucking companies and drivers evaluate existing processes to determine where gaps may exist that either encourage unsafe driving behavior or leave this behavior unaddressed.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. And Distracted Driving Awareness is a great time for all parents to sit down and teach their young drivers about the real dangers of teen distracted driving.
The mistake many parents make is thinking that the conversation about safe driving ends when teens get their licenses. But the science is very clear that how these new drivers drive during those first few months sets the pattern for all future driving behavior.
Here’s my latest tip in my series of posts for attorneys handling truck accident lawsuits. It’s an important Federal Motor Carrier Safety Rule, but one often neglected or ignored by trucking companies.
Trucking companies must be familiar with mandatory trucking safety regulations, and they have a responsibility to instruct their drivers, dispatchers and employees about these safety rules (49 C.F.R. § 392.1).
Our attorneys have been named “Top Lawyers in Detroit” for 2013 by Dbusiness Magazine, in the personal injury lawyer litigation category.
Top Lawyers listings are based on lawyer peer review of thousands of lawyers from Metro Detroit and the surrounding communities.
DBusiness polled more than 21,000 attorneys throughout the state in a variety of practice areas. These lawyers were asked to name up to three attorneys who they consider the very best lawyers – the top lawyers in their field of law.
I recently wrote an open letter to Gov. Rick Snyder after his January State of the State address, where he spoke of reforming Michigan’s No-Fault auto insurance system in order to reduce the costs. Snyder called for “thoughtful” reforms.
For more information, click here to read a comprehensive analysis of Michigan No Fault reform and the latest developments.
Here’s my latest blog in my series of tips for truck accident attorneys. This is taken from trucking litigation seminars I spoke at in 2012 in Miami, Las Vegas and New Orleans.
When a truck or commercial vehicle driver violates a statute, ordinance or regulation relating to public safety and that is intended to protect a class of people, the plaintiff attorney should always seek an instruction that the violation by the company and/or truck driver is guilty of be considered as negligence per se at trial by a jury.
Last week, I wrote about our top-reported auto accident trial verdict and truck accident trial verdict, according to the Michigan Lawyers Weekly year-end list of the top verdicts and settlements. Our own auto lawyers, David Christensen and Sarah Stempky, also received the top reported car accident injury settlement in 2012, again according to the compilation of highest personal injury settlements by the newspaper. The settlement stems from a pedestrian-motor vehicle crash.
Here’s more information about the case:
I was interviewed last week by Michigan Lawyers Weekly newspaper as an attorney familiar with no fault insurance litigation. This was after the court ruling that forces the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) to comply with the Freedom of Information Act and disclose its workings to the public.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the MCCA: It’s a private, nonprofit association made up of a five-person board (comprised from the insurance industry) who manage the fund that compensates auto insurance companies when a no-fault claim exceeds $500,000.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is now recognizing that traumatic brain injury (TBI) in wounded soldiers may pose serious future problems as well. This recognition based upon the new literature in brain injury and has important implications for lawyers helping people with TBI from car accidents.
In states like Michigan – where lawyers may see a return in our laws to a very harsh auto accident threshold law that places huge weight on what the future holds for accident victims – the relationship between the current challenges of TBI and related serious future illnesses is extremely relevant.
The new year is here. Our attorneys want to start off on the right foot by sharing some important safety tips that can help you on the roads, and actually prevent car accidents.
Below is a list of helpful government-sponsored websites that provide reliable information and support for Michigan drivers and their families.
Information on purchasing Michigan auto insurance
The state of Michigan provides various topics on buying auto insurance in Michigan, including what coverage is mandatory, where to start and what you should know about your auto insurance company.