tour bus accident in Virginia that killed four people and injured over 50 people was caused by driver fatigue. When couples with the previous string of serious commercial bus accidents along the East Coast , it is clear that driver fatigue is an issue for bus drivers as well. As a result, two national lawmakers are calling for federal rules that help prevent truck accidents to be applied to tour bus companies.

Senators Kay Bailey Hutchinson and Sherrod Brown are asking for truck driver fatigue rules to be applied to commercial tour bus drivers in order to prevent future accidents. Truck drivers are required to take a 10 hour break in between shifts and can only drive 11 hours within a 14 hour shift. Commercial bus drivers that drive interstate routes are only required to take an eight hour break after 10 hours of driving within a 15 hour shift.

In 2003, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration updated the rules for commercial truck drivers and changed the time-off rules for interstate truckers increasing it from eight hours to 10 hours. At the time, commercial bus drivers were exempt because the bus industry said the change would be financially detrimental. The improved rest period for truckers lowered crash numbers and crashes caused by driver fatigue. Within the first year of the change, the number of truck accidents decreased by four percent and the number of truck accidents attributed to driver fatigue went from 1.88 percent to 1.48 percent.

The president of the American Bus Association said that bus drivers make more stops during than the day in comparison to their interstate truck driver counterparts and therefore have more opportunity to rest during a normal shift.

The driver of the fatal bus accident in Virginia admitted to the police that he felt fatigued before the accident occurred.


Although divorce is highly based on legal matters, it is almost impossible to keep emotions out of the picture. The process, while legal, is also the end of a unity between two people who worked hard to stay united through marriage. Some couples in Columbus are able to proceed harmoniously, while others can’t hold back hostility and resentment.

In these types of divorces, it is important to find ways to cope with the trauma that one may feel. Doing so may help a person react wisely to triggers during the divorce, instead of losing control.

In a recent Huffington Post article, a psychiatrist outlined some tips for dealing with the trauma that comes from divorce. He says the first step is to accept the reality of the divorce. Recognizing that the divorce is difficult and learning to grieve loss, whether it’s the loss of love, security or trust, can help a person have a clearer perspective of what is going on.

The psychiatrist also recommends finding a way to talk about what is happening. Working with a therapist or counselor can help a person work through the trauma in order to gain control over it. If a one-on-one approach doesn’t suit an individual, a support group atmosphere may be a good fit. Being able to discuss the divorce with likeminded people can help a person keep the divorce in perspective.

Although coping skills are important, having legal representation that can guide a person through the ins and outs of the legal process can go a long way in reducing stress and uncertainty. A legal representative can be the beacon of strength as one navigates the process of divorce.




In California, employees working in the public and private sectors are protected from termination for blowing the whistle on an employer’s illegal activities.

I have been concentrating almost exclusively on Virginia employment law issues for over twenty years. I have handled numerous whistleblower cases related to the Sarbanes Oxley Act, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) matters, and illegal disposal of waste.

In addition to cases against private employer, I have handled numerous  cases.  cases are brought against a person or entity that is committing fraud against the United States government. An employee who files a action is protected from retaliation by the Federal False Claims Act.

Whistleblower Laws – Employee’s Rights

California and Federal whistleblower laws are designed to protect people who report corporate malfeasance and government fraud. Unfortunately, these laws are complicated. I have spent twenty years protecting employee’s rights, including their right and duty to report illegal activity without the fear of retaliation. If you have been fired, demoted, or denied a promotion for reporting illegal activity by corporate or governmental entities, please contact me at Mayo & Rogers. I have successfully represented clients in the private and public sector, and I will be happy to meet with you and discuss the merits of your case.


They’re the biggest and most dangerous vehicles on our roads: large trucks. Anyone who’s driven on the interstate highways near Newburgh understands that a large, fast-moving 18-wheeler would crush a passenger vehicle in a collision.

That’s exactly what reportedly happened three years ago on a snowy stretch of interstate far from here. A New York trucker was hauling a couple of trailers for a package delivery company when he lost control of his vehicle.

The ensuing accident took the life of a man whose job — in a tragic twist of irony — was to help prevent accidents.

The safety coordinator for a North Dakota fire department had parked his pick-up truck on the highway shoulder, with its emergency lights blinking, to help warn drivers that there was a single-car accident up ahead that day.

He had no way of knowing that his own life would be taken in a Ohio car accident just moments later.

The New York trucker was driving much too fast for conditions, authorities said later.

It was also revealed after the fatal crash that the trucker had a history of driving while intoxicated, careless driving, speeding and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.

But the trucker wasn’t alone as he sped down the highway. The one person perhaps best positioned to instruct the driver on how to operate the tractor-trailer safely was with him: his boss.

Yet the two of them sped along the snowy pavement, apparently more interested in delivering the two trailers they hauled than in safety.

The truck slid on the snow-packed highway. The first trailer hit the safety coordinator’s pick-up and likely killed him immediately. The second trailer hit the pick-up a moment later.

The family of the safety coordinator pursued a lawsuit against the driver, the owner of the trucking company and the package delivery company.

They settled for an undisclosed amount shortly before a trial was set to begin last year.

Hopefully, the case will serve as a reminder to other truckers that nothing is more valuable than safety.


Echoing a nationwide trend, Texas saw an 18 percent drop in motorcycle accident fatalities in 2009. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 426 motorcycle-related deaths in the state last year, reversing a nearly decade-long rise.
From 2000 to 2008, motorcycle deaths increased steadily, rising by 31 percent. This was a troubling statistic for transportation officials as they saw new motorcycle registrations increase by just 13 percent during that time. It was clear that decreasing the number of motorcycle fatalities had to become a priority.
“It seemed virtually impossible,” said Bernie Fette, research specialist at the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University. However, people across the state, from legislators to transportation officials to citizens, took action last year to decrease the number ofmotorcycle accidents and improve motorcycle safety.
“A couple of things happened,” Fette said. “There were a lot of outreach efforts on motorcycle awareness.” Included in these efforts are new laws and licensing requirements created by the Texas Legislature in 2009. The new legislation creates an offense for an accident caused by the failure of a vehicle to yield to the right of way of another vehicle. Additionally, the law requires the inclusion of motorcycle information in the Texas Education Agency’s driver education and driving safety courses
Another key part of the law is the creation of a motorcyclist safety campaign, aimed in part at increasing drivers’ awareness of motorcycles. According to Fette, in the effort to decrease motorcycle deaths, shifting the focus to other drivers is key. “Any effort that emphasizes awareness has the potential to do some real good.”
Nationally, motorcycle fatalities fell by 16 percent in 2009, reversing an 11-year rise. 4,462 motorcycle fatalities were reported across the country, down from a record high of 5,312 in 2008. Motorcycle-related injuries also fell 6.3 percent, with a total of 90,000.


A southern Oregon mom has two reasons for filing a personal injury lawsuit against her son’s school district. First, she says, she wants the district to make sure football coaches receive proper training in the recognition and treatment of head injuries. Second, she hopes a jury understands that her son will need extra medical care as a result of the brain injury he sustained in a high school football game.
The boy was a high school sophomore in October 2009, playing wide receiver and strong safety in a game against a cross-town rival. According to court documents, after he was struck for the second time during the first half of the game, he told the team coaches that he had a concussion.
The coaches allegedly responded, “Just try and stick it out.” They sent him back into play.
It wasn’t long before the boy suffered a seizure, vomited, collapsed and passed out on the field. At the hospital, he was taken to intensive care, where doctors placed him in a medically induced coma.
The boy’s mother claims the coaches were negligent in both their failure to recognize the signs of a concussion and their failure to take her son out of the game. She further alleges that, although a qualified or certified athletic trainer was present at the game, the coaching staff failed to call on him to examine the boy. The trainer would have recognized the signs of the brain injury, she claims, and would have removed the boy from the game sooner.
Her son is now 17 and still suffers the effects of his injury — seizures, balance problems and vertigo, headaches, mood changes among them. One result of his condition is particularly painful for both son and mother: He can never play football again.


Food weighs on ketoacidosis and inhibitors
Centered on 20 documented instances of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) in-patients getting SGLT2 inhibitors, the Food recommends diabetics to become on high-alert for that subsequent signs, and also to find immediate medical interest within the existence of:
Abdominal discomfort
Weakness that is abnormal
The Food reported their Undesirable Event Reporting Program (FAERS) repository, declaring that 20 SGLT2 sufferers needed emergency or hospitalization room providers to deal with ketoacidosis, which could result in even death and coma. The company also warns of additional undesirable unwanted effects related to Invokana and Jardiance, including reduced blood sugar levels, contamination and elimination issues.
Monetary restoration might be accessible through the surfaces after taking inhibitors for sufferers who endured severe accidents or death as recommended by their doctors. An effective faulty item suit might recover problems if it’s unearthed that drug-makers didn’t sufficiently alert individuals as well as their physicians of the elevated dangers of ketoacidosis and following problems for example kidney failure, coronary attack, coma and death resulting in a farxiga lawsuit.


An Orlando woman was forced into a Lauderhill car accident by another driver who drove abruptly into her path and then fled the scene, police say. As she tried to avoid a collision, her SUV flipped and the woman was dealt life-threatening injuries.

The single-vehicle crash occurred on the westbound exit ramp from Interstate 4 to Sand Lake Road in Orlando. The 35-year-old woman was exiting the freeway in her Jeep Wrangler when another vehicle that had already passed the exit zone swerved onto the exit and cut in front of her.

According to Orlando police investigators, the other vehicle, which they believe was a white Toyota or Honda sedan-style car, had already crossed beyond the proper area to change lanes and exit the freeway. In order to exit, the vehicle crossed “through the safety gore and into the path of” the Orlando woman’s Jeep.

The woman took evasive action to try to avoid the car accident, but her Jeep struck a raised concrete barrier and flipped over. The Jeep landed in the outside lane of westbound I-4.
The woman was described by police as having life-threatening injuries. She was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center.

Police have not been able to identify the driver of the white Honda or Toyota sedan. As they cannot identify a suspect, no charges are currently pending against the reckless driver.
Anyone with information about the driver who caused the SUV rollover accident on I-4 should contact Orlando police.


Leaving the scene of an accident can result in serious charges, regardless of whether alcohol is involved. To be sure, the facts of specific cases vary. For example, there may be times when the driver of a vehicle simply did not realize that he or she hit a pedestrian.
But when authorities suspect that a hit-and-run accident may have been caused by drunk driving, the result may be felony DWI charges needing the services of a Tacoma criminal attorney. This is what happened in a recent Long Island case, in which a motorist is accused of running into a pedestrian while intoxicated and leaving the scene before authorities arrived.
The motorist was a 31-year-old woman from Bellmore. The accident occurred last month on Sunrise Highway in Nassau County. The pedestrian was a 38-year-old man who was trying to cross the highway. He was taken to Nassau University Hospital to receive treatment for his injuries.
According to media accounts, the facts were not entirely clear regarding whether the driver left the scene after the accident. Police said they were investigating further.
The driver had a previous conviction on her record for driving while intoxicated. This previous DWI conviction was within the last 10 days, authorities said. As a result, the driver was charged with DWI with a previous conviction. She was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident and vehicular assault in the first degree.
Authorities also included a charge for aggravated unlicensed motor vehicle operation.
As we discussed last week, this is another example of how one incident can result in multiple charges.


A two-county car chase on Wednesday following a car accident in Delray Beach took police on a chase for a suspect that spanned from Boca Raton to Oakland Park, ending with three teens in custody and traffic on Interstate 95 accident lawyer at a standstill.

The car chase began about 5:30 p.m. in Boca Raton after a “Pontiac G6 struck a Boca Raton police officer and drove away, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Eventually, the Pontiac began to go south on I-95 into Broward County.” Following the car accident, Boca Raton police followed the car into Broward where Broward Sheriff’s deputies joined the chase. Additionally, the officer who was struck by the Pontiac continued to follow the suspects.
Once being followed by multiple police vehicles, the Pontiac continued southbound and struck another police cruiser, causing it to crash into a wall. As a result, the deputy was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Following the second collision, the Pontiac kept going until stop sticks were put out by police which flatten the Pontiac’s tires. However, the Pontiac continued driving on its rims until the driver lost control, struck another deputy and came to a stop at 6:15 p.m.

“Three teens from the car — including the 15-year-old driver — were taken into custody. The two passengers were ages 15 and 16, Jachles said. The Boca Raton officer also was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.”

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