Schwartz & Schwartz attorney Rob Collins will be part of an esteemed panel of Delaware attorneys presenting on the topic of uninsured motorist / under-insured motorist law as it relates to people injured in Delaware car accident cases. The seminar will be December 14 and 15 at the Doubletree Hotel in Wilmington, DE.
Rob Collins is a personal injury lawyer who sees clients in Schwartz & Schwartz’s Dover, Delaware and Wilmington, Delaware offices. Uninsured motorist law and underinsured motorist law is the body of law that applies when you are injured in a car accident, truck accident, or other traffic accident and the at-fault driver has no insurance, flees the scene and cannot be identified, or has inadequate insurance to pay for your injuries.
FMCSR Commercial Trucking Accident Attorneys – Video 1 of 6
I’m attorney Ben Schwartz and today we’re going to record the first video in a series of (6) video blogs talking about commercial trucking accidents, tractor-trailer accidents, bus accidents, that sort of thing. Commercial trucking accidents, tractor-trailer accidents, are a type of case that I handle, they’re a type of case that the other Attorneys in my law firm handle too, because we are personal injury attorneys, but when you’re talking about personal injury attorneys, you find that many personal injury attorneys handle car accident cases generally, but not every personal injury attorney handles commercial trucking accident cases in particular, because it’s a somewhat specialized area of the law. In addition to the state laws that govern the rules of the road, there’s a federal layer of regulation. The FMCSR, which is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and those rules that are found in the FMCSR govern tractor-trailers, buses and vehicles that are being used commercially and in interstate commerce, so if you have a tractor-trailer accident, or a commercial bus accident, you need to find an attorney that knows the FMCSR and knows how to handle a commercial trucking accident case today.
What I want to talk about is one of the most frequent violations of the FMCSR. Essentially, I got the idea to do this video, because I was reading an article on idealease dot-com and it has the six most common types of FMCSR violations and I found interesting that one of the most common types is a violation where the truck driver can’t speak English. If someone’s driving a commercial truck, or a bus, or tractor trailer in the United States, they need to be able to read, write and communicate in English, under Section 391.11, subsection (B), subsection (2) of the FMCSR safety regulations.
§391.11 General qualifications of drivers.
(a) A person shall not drive a commercial motor vehicle unless he/she is qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle. Except as provided in §391.63, a motor carrier shall not require or permit a person to drive a commercial motor vehicle unless that person is qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle.
(b) Except as provided in subpart G of this part, a person is qualified to drive a motor vehicle if he/she—
(1) Is at least 21 years old;
(2) Can read and speak the English language sufficiently to converse with the general public, to understand highway traffic signs and signals in the English language, to respond to official inquiries, and to make entries on reports and records;
If a bus driver or a truck driver is unable to read and speak English, they’re not qualified to drive a big rig, or a bus, and if they can’t speak English, they certainly pose an unreasonable risk of harm, an unreasonable risk of death, not only to themselves and their passengers, but to other innocent motorists on the roadways. You have to be able to read signs. I mean, can you imagine a trucking case, you know, we see trucking cases, there are cases out there where a company puts a driver behind the wheel and the driver can’t read the sign that says road closed ahead, or right shoulder closed ahead, or roadwork ahead, dangerous curve, wrong way… If you’ve got people behind the wheel of trucks dragging 80,000 pound loads, who can’t understand what the signs say, it is a recipe for disaster. I wanted to just do this video. This is the first in a series of (6) videos where we’re highlighting common FMCSR violations. If you have been involved in a trucking accident, or an accident involving a bus or other commercial motor vehicle, contact us, if you have questions you can email me firstname.lastname@example.org. You can go on our Facebook page, you can send us a message there. Thanks for watching, I hope you found this informative and helpful and keep watching, because we’re going to do a whole series on commercial trucking accidents. Click here to watch part #2.
I’m Attorney Ben Schwartz, and I want to ask you a question: What is the best bumper sticker that you’ve ever seen on a car?
I was driving this past week, and I saw a bumper sticker I’ve never seen before. It said, “BACK OFF, Bumper Humper. My brakes are good. How’s your insurance?” I thought that was hilarious. As anybody who watches these videos knows, my pet peeve is people who tailgate. It drives me up the wall when I get tailgated, so I think that was a hilarious bumper sticker! What’s the best bumper sticker you’ve ever seen?
If you can, take a picture of it and post it to the comments on our Facebook post. If you don’t have a picture of it, just tell us what you saw! Put it in the comment section for this Facebook video; you can also send me an e-mail at: email@example.com and let me know. I’m interested… what’s the best thing you’ve ever seen on somebody’s bumper?
Facebook contest: We are giving away a $100 Visa gift card! Watch the video or read the transcript for details.
Hi, I’m attorney Ben Schwartz and we’re going to do a Facebook contest. On October 1st, 2016, we’re going to pick the best weird driving story from all of the stories that we receive (on our Facebook page) and basically here’s the idea. The idea is that you know I drive a lot, I probably drive 40 or 45 thousand miles going from office-to-office. We’ve got offices from Philadelphia down to Salisbury, Maryland and everywhere in between. I see a lot of crazy stuff, a lot of crazy stuff and I have a lot of crazy car accident stories, and bad drivers stories, and so let me give you a couple of my crazy stories.
I was out to lunch with my friend Henry, he was driving, he’s got a black Mercedes with black, really dark black, tinted windows and so you can’t see in. I’m riding in the shotgun seat and I’m looking out the window at the lady next to us, she is stopped at a red light right next to us, several feet away from us, and she’s smoking a cigarette, she’s got her phone up to her ear, no hands on the wheel, she sits back, puts her foot up on the dash, and starts shaving her legs with a razor! That is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen out on the road; at least so far. I can tell you stories about a time I was in Wilmington, Delaware and I stopped at a red light and a girl came and smashed right into the back of me. She backed-up & went around me and just kept on trucking and thank God I got on 911 and the operator, the dispatcher, calmed me down, because I think I was going to kill her. Watch that video here: https://www.schwartzandschwartz.com/car-accident-attorney-hit-and-run-accident/
There’s all kinds of crazy stuff that happens out there and so in this contest, we want to know, what is the craziest thing you’ve ever seen out on the road? What’s the worst driving episode you’ve ever seen? Tell us your stories! Go on the comment section for this video post on Facebook, leave us a comment and tell us the story of the worst/craziest thing you’ve ever seen out on the road and on October 1st, we’re going to pick the top story. We’re going to pick the winner and we’re going to award the winner a $100 visa gift card and a Schwartz & Schwartz hat. We have blue hats, we have camouflage hats, we have pink hats, take your pick. October 1st, we’re going to pick a winner. Give us your best story, leave your story in the comments below today. I’m attorney Ben Schwartz, thanks for watching this & I look forward to reading your stories.
Personal Injury Attorney, Ben Schwartz, wants to know how you feel about it being illegal to spank your child in Delaware.
Watch the video and leave a comment. Should it be illegal to spank your child?
Should it be illegal to spank your child?
Transcript: Hi, I’m Attorney Ben Schwartz and today I want to interview my special guest right here on the topic of spanking. We’re in the state of Delaware and recently they passed a law to make it illegal to spank your children in the state of Delaware and so, you cannot cause any physical pain to your children by hitting them, or it’s a class A misdemeanor. Today I want to interview my son, Charlie, and find out from him what his views are on this law and then I’d like to ask you, our viewers on Facebook & Twitter and out on YouTube and the Internet. What are your thoughts on whether it should be illegal to spank your children.
Ben: Charlie can you do me a favor? Can you please sit up for a minute? Alright, now Charlie, I want to ask you, What do you think? Is spanking good or bad?
Charlie:Motions with a thumbs-down
Ben: That means bad?
Charlie:Nods his head up and down
Ben: If a kid is really behaving poorly, should their parents be allowed to spank them?
Charlie:Shakes head side-to-side
Ben: No? Well, what kind of things should parents do to keep their kids in line?
Charlie: Uhm, Tell them what to do.
Ben:Nods head – Tell them what to do. What if the kids don’t do what their parents tell them to do?
Charlie: Then they will have to do it twice!
Ben: There you go. So, Charlie’s vote is for no spanking. I understand that some people may have different points of view. I’m interested in knowing what you think. Leave us a comment on our Facebook page or shoot me an email.