What Are Your Rights if Your Employer Does Not Pay You Overtime?

Effective December 1, 2016, new provisions in the Fair Labor Standards Act have gone into effect regarding how overtime is paid. The FSLA now requires all employees covered by the Act, unless exempt, to be paid at least one and one-half times their regular rate of pay for any hours over 40 in a workweek. Exempt workers are those who earn a salary of more than $455 a week, rather than an hourly wage. There is no limit on the number of hours employees 16 or older may work. Read more

Poor Highway Design and Maintenance Leading Cause of Fatalities

You might be surprised to learn that poor highway design and road related conditions are responsible for more than 50% of highway fatalities each year in the US, more than drunk driving or speeding, according to a recent study[1].

State and federal law requires that cities, towns and villages design, build and maintain safe roads. The Federal Highway Administration regularly examine accident scenes of car injuries and fatalities where road design, maintenance or defects may have contributed.  Read more

Injury Claims Arising from When a Motorist Falls Asleep While Driving

Unfortunately, motorists accidentally falling asleep at the wheel is a growing problem. Motorists can fall asleep while driving due to medication or alcohol use, often resulting in a serious accident. A large number of motorists fall asleep while driving due to stress, lack of sleep, being overworked or attempting long trips with little or no sleep. Nationwide, each year there are more than 83,000 accidents reported as a result of the driver falling asleep at the wheel[1]. This doesn’t include the presumably large number of cases where drivers did not report the incident.  Read more

Car Accidents Involving an Uninsured Motorist

What happens when one is involved in an accident with a vehicle that has an uninsured driver? The results can be utterly catastrophic, especially if there are any passengers that have been seriously injured in the crash. Sadly, the number of uninsured drivers has been steadily increasing over the last few years. The IRC (Insurance Research Council) estimates as many as one in six drivers are uninsured[1].

Who are these uninsured drivers? The IRC says that they are predominantly men, and around half are under 21 years old. The reasons given for not having insurance included the high price of insurance premiums.  Read more

Know Your Options after a Car Crash

When things go wrong and you are involved in a traffic accident, the shock can make it very difficult to think clearly.

Going through the experience of being in a car accident can be life altering. Some people never fully recover from their ordeal – either physically, emotionally or financially – so preparing oneself to handle the aftermath of a car accident before the fact can give you an advantage. Having a plan for how to handle such a tough situation beforehand could mean all the difference. Read more