Having trouble viewing this email? Click here to view newsletter online +SUBSCRIBE
October 2014
Pacific Arts Plaza, 675 Anton Boulevard, First Floor
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Dear Valued Reader,

From food to fuel, trucks move most of the freight in America. After dropping steadily since the mid-1990s, the rate of truck accidents and fatalities is creeping up. Here is an overview of the issue and tips on how to avoid tangling with big trucks.

Social Security Disability Income & Supplemental Security Income
According to the State of California Employment Development Department, an estimated 5.9 million Californians have a disability. Those who are disabled and cannot work may be able to get benefits from the social security administration (SSA). There are two different programs available for those with long-term disabilities. Although the basic requirements for SSI and SSDI are different, each program has the same definition of disabled and has strict limits on when a person is considered disabled enough to receive benefits. Those who suffer from physical disabilities may be eligible for benefits Continue reading.

Truck Accidents

After reaching an historic low in 2009, deaths and injuries from truck accidents are on the rise. Why the turn for the worse? According to a startling report from the American Association for Justice, lax practices are forcing a growing number of unsafe trucks on the road, which are often driven by overworked, underpaid and poorly trained drivers. Meanwhile, outdated insurance laws fail to provide adequate coverage for those involved in a car-truck accident. Since trucks move nearly 70 percent of our nation’s freight, you should know the facts and what is being done to better protect all Americans. Dozing Driver Kills 10 People  >>>



In 2011, 3,757 people died in collisions with trucks, an 11.2 percent increase over 2009. There were 88,000 injuries reported during the same period.

Source: Commercial Motor Vehicle Facts, March 2013, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Motor carriers are only required to maintain $750,000 in insurance per crash. Yet, damages from a fatal crash can exceed $4 million, leaving injured motorists and taxpayers to pay the difference.

Source: Study Shows Trucking Companies Underinsured, Trucking Alliance
Ninety-eight percent of vehicle occupants killed in crashes involving a passenger vehicle and a large truck in 2011 were occupants of the passenger vehicles.

Source: Large Trucks Fatality Facts, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Insurance Institute Tracks Truck Accidents

Noting that one in 10 highway deaths occur in a crash involving a large truck, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety compiles extensive information on truck accidents. Check here for the latest statistics, status reports and other resources.

Coalition Dedicated to Improving Car-Truck Safety

The Truck Safety Coalition is dedicated to reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by truck-related crashes, providing support to truck crash survivors and their families, and educating the public, policy makers and the news media about truck safety issues.

What Is Your Road Safe IQ?

Road Safe America, which believes a truck driver has as much responsibility as a commercial airline pilot, is dedicated to making our highways car-truck safe. Take Road Safe’s informative quiz and test your road safe IQ.

You Can Help Make Our Roads Safer

Ask your legislator to support a bill that will hold trucking companies more accountable for the damage caused in serious truck-car crashes.

Act now

Bill Protects Crash Victims

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright says he introduced the Safe Haul Act as a “matter of public safety.”

Listen now

You Should Know is a copyrighted publication of Voice2News, LLC, and is made possible by the attorney shown above. This newsletter is intended for the interest of past and present clients and other friends of this lawyer. It is not intended as a substitute for specific legal advice. If you no longer wish to receive these emails, click here to unsubscribe from this newsletter, and your request will be honored immediately. You may also submit your request in writing to: Steven L. Miller, Editor, 4907 Woodland Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312. Be sure to include your email address.
Click here to unsubscribe from this newsletter.