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Author Archives: Kevin S. Kaufman

How to Prove Truck Driver Fatigue Led to a Crash

When truck drivers are exhausted from long hauls without sufficient rest, they can make mistakes and even fall asleep at the wheel, causing catastrophic and sometimes deadly accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that commercial truck and bus drivers are among those most likely to suffer sleep deprivation. The Federal Motor Carrier… Read More »

How Post-Crash Investigations Can Affect Recovery of Damages in a Truck Liability Lawsuit

People who have been injured or who have lost loved ones in truck crashes should pay close attention to the results of subsequent investigations by state and federal agencies, local law enforcement and insurance companies. Investigators try to determine whether violations of truck safety regulations or other factors caused the crash. Their findings could indicate… Read More »

What Special Issues Arise in Logging and Coal Truck Crashes?

Coal and log trucks are common sights on West Virginia roads, representing two very important sectors of the state’s economy. However, they can also be hazardous to other drivers and pedestrians, causing crashes that injure or kill. In recent months, there have been numerous instances of logging and coal trucks causing injury or death in… Read More »

Using Inspection Records in Commercial Vehicle Accident Cases

Commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) such as tractor trailers and tanker trucks can cause serious damages when they crash. In some cases, investigators determine that an accident could have been prevented if a CMV owner or operator had performed simple, required maintenance. In other cases, however, figuring out who is at fault for damage in a… Read More »

Hundreds of Vehicles in Fatal West Virginia Truck Accidents Each Year

West Virginia’s scenic mountain roads are known to inspire awe, wonder and even songs, but their sharp curves and steep grades are dangerous for drivers, especially those unfamiliar with the terrain. On a winding road or highway, a motor vehicle collision may result from a second of distraction, a single error in judgment or a… Read More »

How Is Fault Calculated in a West Virginia Car-Truck Collision?

In collisions between cars and tractor trailers, car drivers and passengers are significantly more likely to die or suffer injuries than truck drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 82 percent of the people killed in crashes involving large trucks in 2017 were not occupants of a truck. Yet, this does not… Read More »

Who Pays for Auto Accident Injuries in an “At-Fault” State?

After a motor vehicle collision, mounting expenses may cause more anxiety than the crash itself. Towing and ambulance fees are often followed by repair costs and medical expenses, and if injuries result in missed days of work, there’s the additional financial strain of lost wages. In West Virginia, obtaining adequate reimbursement for these expenses depends… Read More »

Who Is at Fault in a West Virginia SUV Rollover Accident?

Though an SUV may look sturdy, this type of vehicle can be especially prone to rollover accidents, due in part to their weight distribution and higher center of gravity. A sharp turn at high speed or an impact with a road hazard or other stationary object can cause an SUV to tip onto its side… Read More »

Who Pays If You’re Injured in a West Virginia Rideshare Accident?

Rideshare vehicle services are changing the way Americans get around, but entrusting your safety to an app car driver has its risks. Companies like Uber, Lyft, Via and Juno make it relatively easy for anyone to enter the pick-up business without any experience or training. Whether or not this increases the chances of an accident,… Read More »

What Are the Advantages to Mediating a Divorce in West Virginia?

If you have decided to dissolve your marriage, you might be dreading an ugly, drawn-out court battle. But, fortunately, that might not be necessary. If you and your spouse are candidates for mediation, you may be able to reach a comprehensive marital settlement that you simply present to the court for approval. Mediation allows couples… Read More »