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Blog Posts in 2015

  • Three Foundations Win $2.5 Million to Conduct New Truck Driver Safety Study

    | 22-Dec-2015

    Recently, Virginia Tech, SmartDrive, and subcontractors from Washington State University were awarded a $2.5 million contract from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration of the United States Department of Transportation. With this money, the group will study a flexible hours-of-safety provision, which permits big-rig truck drivers to split their mandatory sleep period into shorter ...
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  • One early morning in October 2012, an employee of Bumble Bee Foods was carrying pallets of canned tuna into a 35-foot-long oven. While the man was still inside the oven, other employees shut the door without noticing the man was missing. He died in the pressure cooker due to extreme temperatures reaching approximately 270 degrees. As a result, Bumble Bee Foods was ordered to pay $6 million for ...
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  • Work-Related Fatalities Rise Between 2013 to 2014

    | 30-Sep-2015

    Making a living shouldn’t cost a life no matter what industry a person chooses to work. Unfortunately, the amount of work-related fatalities continues to increase as each year goes by. Recently, the Census of Fatal Occupation Injuries revealed that fatal work injuries increased by two percent from 2013 to 2014. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that while 4,585 fatal ...
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  • Workplace Safety Standards Highlighted by Recent Disasters in China

    | 9-Sep-2015

    Still reeling in the wake of a series of devastating explosions at the busy Tianjin port last month, China has suffered another deadly blast this past Monday. This explosion, which is the second chemical blast in a month, occurred in the city of Dongying in northeastern Shandong province and is responsible for the deaths of at least five people. These disasters are just two of many similar ...
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  • How to Prevent Repetitive Strain Injuries in the Workplace

    | 31-Aug-2015

    Repetitive strain injuries in the workplace might be more common than you think. In fact, the United Sates Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration records that these types of injuries are the most common and costly types of occupational health problems in the nation. The two organizations state that these types of injuries total more than $20 billion a year in ...
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  • Understanding Uber & Lyft Insurance Claims in Virginia

    | 10-Jul-2015

    Uber became legal earlier this year in February, and this begs the question about how to cover the costs should the driver get into an accident. Is the driver covered under his or her own insurance or is Uber on the hook for injuries? Legislators have already implemented regulations to govern Uber, and the company must comply to continue legally operating in the state. These regulations include ...
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  • Avoiding Preventable Accidents During Fourth of July Weekend

    | 30-Jun-2015

    The Fourth of July is nearly here and for many across Virginia, that means time for vacation, celebration, and parties. At The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC, we would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Independence Day. We would also like to remind local residents about avoiding preventable accidents this holiday weekend. As with many other holidays throughout the year, Fourth of July ...
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  • Amtrak May Fall Short of Providing Enough Compensation to Derailment Victims

    | 1-Jun-2015

    In 1997, Congress passed the Amtrak Reform and Accountability Act, which capped the amount of compensation available to those injured while riding on Amtrak trains. Only $200 million will be offered per incident. That means that the May 2015 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia will, by law, only be able to pay out the $200 million to divide among the over 200 injured and at least eight who were ...
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  • Hit-and-Runs Are a Large Concern Now More Than Ever, Study Shows

    | 29-Apr-2015

    There has been an increasing number of hit-and-run accidents in recent years, according to one study presented by USA Today. Lawmakers are brainstorming on a variety of ways to make the laws tougher on hit-and-run offenders, with steeper penalties and extended incarceration times, to name a few. Here are some examples of changes occurring across the nation: A Florida bill will charge hit-and-run ...
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  • How Can I Protect Myself from a Truck Accident?

    | 23-Apr-2015

    A jury awarded $165 million dollars to the family of a woman named Mariala V., who was struck and later killed by a FedEx truck driver. Mariala’s car was pulled over on the side of the highway, along with her daughter, and younger son, a 19-month-old at the time. As a result of the impact, the daughter also died, leaving the young boy as the sole survivor of the incident. Further ...
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  • Car Accidents Caused by Sun Glare: Who Is to Blame?

    | 20-Apr-2015

    Sun Glare Accident Statistics Most drivers have experienced those few seconds of blinding sun glare. It may only last for a few short moments, but all it takes is a second to cause an accident. According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), sun glare is the culprit behind only a few hundred accidents in the U.S. every year. However, other organizations such as ...
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  • A new study from researchers at the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is suggesting that distracted driving among teen motorists may be a much bigger problem than previously thought. According to the study, police reports indicating the cause of collisions may be seriously underreporting the true facts about how many crashes distracted driving really causes. Here are a few key points about the AAA ...
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  • Self-Driving Cars Could Eliminate 90% of Accidents, Study Says

    | 9-Mar-2015

    A newly published study from a multi-national consulting firm is suggesting that self-driving cars - considered the wave of the future - will significantly improve safety on American roads. The study, which was detailed in The Wall Street Journal found the following: If widely used by American motorists, self-driving cars could eliminate as much as 90% of roadway accidents. Autonomous cars could ...
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  • If you happen to go through the experience of filing an accident claim, consider a few tips for talking to an insurance adjuster. Read on to learn about the laws surrounding insurance claims to protect your rights whilst making a claim. What Insurance Adjusters Want Insurance adjusters: investigate accident sites; conduct interviews; record statements; and initiate investigations to determine ...
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