Blog posts of '2022' 'July'

Sleep apnea and commercial trucks: a dangerous combination

We all know that traffic accidents can happen virtually anytime. We do what we can to avoid them, by paying attention and driving safely, but there’s not much you can do about other drivers. Commercial trucks can be particularly dangerous due to their size and it may not be inattention that causes the accident.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a medical disorder that interferes with a person’s ability to sleep. Throughout any given night, someone afflicted with sleep apnea may have their sleep interrupted as many as 400 times. This occurs because their breathing pauses uncontrollably, for as much as 10 seconds at a time.

It’s estimated that nearly a third of commercial truck drivers may suffer from sleep apnea – many of whom may be undiagnosed and untreated. If it’s not properly treated, the result is insufficient sleep and a lack of quality sleep. This then leads to drowsy driving, poor attention at the wheel and slower reaction times.

There’s more to it than the driver

When a commercial truck driver is negligent and injures you in an accident, it’s easy to lay the blame squarely on their shoulders. After all, if they suffer from sleep apnea, it is their responsibility to ensure they are safe to drive before they get behind the wheel. But the company they work for can also play a role, requiring the driver to work long hours and failing to give them sufficient time to rest.

In order to hold those responsible accountable for your injuries, a personal injury lawsuit may be your best option. But it will require the assistance of an attorney who is experienced in commercial trucking accidents to investigate the accident – discovering the underlying cause and who holds the blame for your suffering.

An overview of dog bite laws in Florida

Dogs are friendly, funny creatures that worm their way into our hearts. Many dog owners in Florida would never expect their pet to act violently and bite someone, but they might. It does not matter how big the dog is or what breed the dog is. Any dog who feels threatened can lash out and bite someone.

Dog attacks can cause serious injuries. Dog bite victims will want to educate themselves on dog bite laws in Florida.

Dog bite laws in Florida

A dog owner may be responsible if their dog bites someone under the following circumstances. First, the dog-bite victim must lawfully be in a public place or a private place. Second, it does not matter if the dog acted viciously in the past, or whether the dog owner knew their pet might be vicious.

Dog owners can place a “Bad Dog” sign on their premises. However, if the bite is proximately caused by the negligence of the dog owner, the dog owner may be held liable for the dog bite.

Take action if you are bitten by a dog

Dog bites can cause devastating injuries. Dog bites can cause lacerations, broken bones and permanent scarring. Moreover, they can cause severe emotional distress.

You should never have to suffer from a life-long fear of dogs. Moreover, you should not be left to pay the bills for the medical care that results from a dog bite. If you have been bitten by a dog, you will want to make sure you know whether you can hold the dog owner responsible for the injuries you suffered.