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3 methods for resolving a contract dispute

Entering into contracts is crucial for your small business. You need contracts whether you hire contractors or employees, or partner with another business. Unfortunately, contracts do not always work out. 

If you and the other party start disputing about something, you may wonder how to resolve the situation. Before you do anything else, you should review the contract with the help of an attorney. The answer to resolving the dispute may be in the contract itself. The document may contain a dispute resolution clause or termination clause and explain your obligations. If you cannot come to a solution after reading the contract and attempting to negotiate with the other party, here are three of your options

September will see brake inspection spree for CMV drivers

Between September 16 and 22, drivers of commercial motor vehicles across the nation will be stopped for brake inspections. This is part of Brake Safety Week, an annual event held by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. The CVSA has long been raising awareness of brake-related violations, so drivers in West Virginia will want to make sure their brake systems were properly installed and continue to be properly maintained.

CVSA-certified personnel will be conducting mostly Level I inspections, which check for driver-related violations in addition to those crucial vehicle-related issues like air and hydraulic fluid leaks, defective rotors, corroded air reservoirs, missing parts and worn-down linings and pads. In those jurisdictions that use performance-based brake testers, personnel will measure brake efficiency by dividing total brake force by the vehicle's total weight.

How patients can protect themselves from surgical errors

West Virginia readers have likely heard horror stories about patients who were victims of surgical errors. However, people may be unsure how to protect themselves and their families from similar situations when they undergo a surgical procedure.

As with most things, prevention is better than a cure. Patients can help prevent surgical errors by taking the same friend or relative with them each time they meet with the surgeon. This person should listen to the treatment plan and ask questions. Patients should also get a second opinion and find a surgeon who specializes in treating patients with their medical condition. They should learn all they can about their diagnosis and treatment options. Educated patients can make more informed decisions about their care.

The most common traumas in truck accidents

Accidents between large commercial trucks and passenger vehicles usually do not turn out well for the occupants of the smaller vehicles. It is these occupants who die in 97 percent of fatal truck accidents. When they survive, they are often left with serious physical and emotional trauma. Residents of West Virginia may want to know what the most common injuries are.

The impact of a crash can send victims into the window, steering wheel or air bag, easily fracturing or shattering the leg, arm and hip bones in addition to the skull. These injuries may require multiple surgeries to heal. Victims might even sustain what are called traumatic brain injuries. These could be caused by head injuries or concussions, and because their symptoms are wide-ranging and often appear weeks after an accident, they can be hard to diagnose.

Communication failure often behind never event surgical errors

The medical community in West Virginia classifies wrong-site, wrong-procedure or wrong-patient surgeries as "never events" because they should never happen. When researchers review information about these mistakes, they consistently identify communication problems as a contributing force. Although surgical checklists and mandatory timeouts to review a surgical plan appear to aid in the reduction of these errors, communication mistakes prior to entering the operating room could undermine safety protocols.

Examples of these surgical errors often cause significant harm. For instance, neurosurgeons too often perform procedures on the wrong level of patients' spines. In one case of wrong-patient surgery, a patient received a cardiac procedure meant for someone with a similar last name.

Startup focuses on safety software for truckers

New safety software may be just what truckers in West Virginia and the rest of the U.S. need to overcome the challenges inherent in their profession. With more than 3 million truckers out there carrying 70 percent of the nation's cargo, the trucking industry is essential to the economy. Unfortunately, tight deadlines and long workweeks make truckers susceptible to fatigue behind the wheel. It's estimated that 100,000 truck crashes occur each year as a result.

The new software of an Oklahoma-based startup can address precisely this issue. BlyncSync was founded three years ago by graduates of Oklahoma University as part of an effort to encourage truckers to become better drivers. The CEO and co-founders state their intention to become a hub of safety software.

Overloading a big rig brings safety and liability risks

You may not realize it, but overloaded cargo is a primary cause of truck-related accidents.

Not only do overloaded big rigs cause considerable safety concerns for motorists, but they also leave trucking companies and certain types of employees open to liability if a crash occurs.

Involved in a trucking accident? Know before you settle!

Persons in West Virginia who have had the misfortune to be involved in trucking accidents often find themselves recovering from more than just injuries. The aftermath of such accidents often includes lost wages, pain and suffering, and staggering medical expenses for which the injured parties seek compensation from the trucking companies. It is not unusual for these types of cases to be settled outside of the civil courts for a number of reasons. However, just as there are advantages to seeking to settle a truck accident, there may be disadvantages as well. Therefore, it is a good idea to be aware of the pros and cons of settling such a case before signing a settlement agreement.

Arriving at a settlement agreement is advantageous for several reasons. It is typically less expensive than going through court litigation and takes less time. It also is usually more amicable and less argumentative than a lawsuit because the parties involved are seeking an agreeable resolution. Additionally, the terms of the settlement are usually kept private.

CVSA schedules 2018 International Roadcheck for June

Every year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducts a 72-hour inspection spree on commercial trucks and buses in West Virginia and the rest of the U.S. The spree covers all of North America, in fact. It's called the International Roadcheck, and it's meant to ensure compliance with both driver- and vehicle-related safety guidelines.

The CVSA has announced that the 2018 International Roadcheck will take place from June 5 to June 7 and that the inspectors will be conducting the most thorough inspections possible on most rigs. These inspections, known as Level I inspections, will uncover any driver- or vehicle-related non-compliance.

Common causes of trucking accidents

Commercial trucks play a vital role in the economy of West Virginia and around the country, delivering around 70 percent of all the nation's products. However, the downside is that many of them are involved in serious accidents every year. Worse, the number of annual truck crashes has increased by 20 percent over the last 10 years.

To learn more about the problem, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration teamed with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to study the most common causes. The agencies studied crash data from 120,000 fatal truck accidents over a nearly three-year period and found that approximately 56 percent of them were caused by the truck driver. They also found that nearly 75 percent of the crashes involved at least one other vehicle.

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