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Impaired Truck Drivers Lead the FMCSA to Revamp Its Drug Testing Policies

On December 31 of last year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released a public statement that it was going to maintain its 50 percent random drug testing rate through 2015 for commercial bus and truck drivers. According to the FMCSA, positive test rates for drugs and alcohol were still too high to lower random testing rates. The FMCSA’s decision to maintain high rates of drug and alcohol testing is not surprising, as drugs that include alcohol and stimulants can drastically impair commercial drivers. According to the FMCSA, the new policies will also affect background checks for drivers who have failed drug tests. The new policy will establish a database that will make it easier for commercial carriers to background check employees before hiring them. Before the changes, drivers who had failed drug tests could cover up their employment termination by leaving gaps in their resumes, keeping other companies…
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Why Should I Hire an Attorney After a Car Accident?

Car accidents can become an unexpected financial, physical and emotional disaster for the people who are unfortunate enough to be involved in them. After a car accident, survivors may find themselves facing steep medical bills and a long period of rehabilitation that can keep a person from being able to work. To be awarded a settlement that is adequate for covering the expenses of an accident, it is extremely important to hire an attorney. Below, we have outlined four examples of how an attorney can help you in the aftermath of a car accident. Attorneys Can Help You Sort Through the Evidence After a car accident, there will be a lot of legwork to sort through – such as gathering police and medical records, photographs, witness statements and lost wage information. The more information you have, the more an attorney can help you. Attorneys Can Help You Work with Insurance…
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How Safety Regulations Help Prevent Truck Accidents

America’s commercial trucking industry is an important contributor to our economy, helping facilitate the distribution of goods and providing jobs. However, like most industries, it is in need of regulation to protect workers and other people who may be affected by it. In previous blog posts, we have written about the importance of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in setting worker safety regulations and investigating violations, so we felt it appropriate to share with our readers the importance of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). What is the FMCSA? In early 2000, the FMCSA was established as part of the Department of Transportation to regulate the trucking industry by implementing policies that would help reduce the high number of truck accidents. The FMCSA can then investigate and shut down motor carriers that ignore these policies or do not follow them at all. How Does the FMCSA Work? There…
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