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FMCSA reports on increase in dump, concrete truck crashes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has found that the number of serious dump truck accidents and ready-mix concrete truck accidents rose by 9 and 9.6 percent, respectively, in 2016. By "serious," the FMCSA report means accidents where the truck in question had to be towed away. Though 2016 is the latest year with complete data, there is little doubt that this upward trend has not changed. Truckers in North Carolina may wonder why.

The possible benefits of a collection attorney

Business owners in North Carolina may encounter a situation in which customers refuse to pay for goods purchased or services rendered. While it may be necessary to go to court to resolve the matter, this isn't always true. The first step in the process should be to send a debt collection letter. This letter should state how much is owed, when payment was due and what could happen if payment isn't received in a timely manner.

What to know about business transactions in the new year

North Carolina business owners are likely aware of the implications associated with a judgment either for or against their companies. For instance, if a company is being sold, a judgment that is waiting to be collected could be an asset. For someone looking to buy a business, a judgment against that entity could be a liability to consider during the due diligence process.

Underride guards could help prevent fatal collisions

Residents of North Carolina and elsewhere in the U.S. should be aware of efforts to increase road safety by requiring trucks to have guards that would prevent deadly underride crashes. An underride crash is a type of accident that occurs when a vehicle slides under a truck. These accidents are often fatal, and hundreds of people are killed each year in these crashes.

Family pursues wrongful death claim after shooting

A North Carolina minister is facing a wrongful death lawsuit after he shot and killed his son-in-law. The 911 calls made by the minister on the day of the shooting were discussed in detail in a Harnett County courthouse on Dec. 7, 2018. The county's 911 communications manager testified on that day about the contents of the recorded calls. She faced questions from the lawyer representing the family of the man who was killed about specific language heard in the recordings.

Steps to making a business sale easier

An individual who owns a business operating in Pennsylvania may want to sell their company at some point in the future. In fact, this is one of the ways in which older generations will pass wealth to their children and grandchildren. As a general rule, it takes about three to five years to successfully prepare, market and sell a business to the right buyer.

Amazon faces lawsuit after employee passes away

Business owners in North Carolina may be aware of the issues that can arise if an employee is hurt or injured. The family of a man who worked for Amazon prior to his death is taking legal action against the company for wrongful death. He died in November 2016 of a heart attack while at home. Prior to his passing, he revealed to the company that he had HIV and various other medical conditions.

Tips for preparing a business to be sold

Business owners in North Carolina and throughout the country may feel as if they are ready to sell their companies. However, it doesn't mean that the business is ready to be put on the market. One of the most important parts of selling a company is making sure that is accurately represented to buyers. This means ensuring that all records are accurate and organized. Financial records should be put together using accepted accounting methods.

Knowing the risks can help foster safe driving

North Carolina motorists are generally accustomed to sharing the road with commercial vehicles. Much of America's freight is moved by big rigs, and commuting next to large trucks is simply a way of life for motorists. While anyone can recognize the massive size disparity between tractor-trailer rigs and passenger cars, not everyone truly appreciates the physics that accompany piloting big trucks and what they mean for typical drivers.

The role of technology in improving truck safety

Though advances in driverless technology are gaining a lot of attention, many believe that safety features like automatic emergency braking and backup alarms are creating a quiet revolution. These features can be a great benefit to fleet owners in North Carolina, cutting down on the number of accidents and even helping to improve driver training.

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