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November 2016 Archives

The Statute of Limitations

Symptoms from an injury can sometimes take longer to appear, regardless of whether the injury was from a motor vehicle accident, a fall from slipping on pavement or from a faulty product. When you suffer an injury due to someone else's negligence, you may have a claim for damages, compensation or both. However, you only have a certain amount of time in which you can make your claim and that time limit may be different depending on the type of injury claimed.

Hazards to watch out for on Thanksgiving

Colder temperatures and the spread of the flu can lead to higher mortality rates during the winter months in West Virginia and throughout the country. However, car accidents are also a key cause of higher mortality rates from Thanksgiving onward. On Thanksgiving Day in 2012, there were 764 crashes that resulted in a fatality while there were 654 such crashes on Christmas Day in 2012.

Marijuana use for truckers prohibited

Although West Virginia has not enacted legislation to permit the legal use of marijuana for medical or recreational reasons, the state could encounter instances in which motorists involved in accidents test positive for THC. This is particularly important because some of West Virginia's bordering states have approved medical marijuana. THC metabolites could stay in a driver's system for extended periods after marijuana use, which could cause positive tests for someone who is not impaired.

Truck drivers to begin using ELDs in 2017

Based on a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, most truck drivers in West Virginia and around the country will be required to begin tracking their duty status using electronic logging devices by Dec. 18, 2017. The rule was published in December 2015 and will require truck drivers to make a switch to the ELDs from a system using paper logs.

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