Types of Truck Accidents

Written by Michael Monheit, Esquire, Monheit Law, PC

Here arerepparttar most common types of truck accidents:


Truck Brakes Malfunction

Heavy trucks use air brakes exclusively: Most are drum-like units. Air entersrepparttar 119253 chamber whenrepparttar 119254 brakes are applied,repparttar 119255 push rod moves out turningrepparttar 119256 slack adjuster which rotatesrepparttar 119257 S-cam and forcesrepparttar 119258 shoes intorepparttar 119259 drum.

Brakes are a heat engine, they convert kinetic energy or motion into thermal energy or heat. Suppose a 400-horsepower engine grosses out at 80,000 pounds. The engine can probably get up to 40 mph in 1/4 mile or 1,320 feet. The brakes should be able to stop in about 133 feet with this speed and weight.

A full stop from 60 mph might raiserepparttar 119260 drum temperatures to 600 degrees F. This is aboutrepparttar 119261 limit for safe operation. Ifrepparttar 119262 brakes aren't right orrepparttar 119263 load is not distributed properly, then some drums might go up to 800-1,000 degrees F. The drum will increase in diameter asrepparttar 119264 temperature rises. This is definitely dangerous forrepparttar 119265 truck driver andrepparttar 119266 passenger vehicles aroundrepparttar 119267 truck. Downhill Break Failure

Some truck drivers don't understandrepparttar 119268 severe demands put onrepparttar 119269 brakes by long downhill runs. Brakes had better be right used withrepparttar 119270 correct braking technique for optimum safety torepparttar 119271 bottom. In recent years there had been erroneous information about how to brake on long down hills. It was wrongly suggested that a continuous application ofrepparttar 119272 brakes wasrepparttar 119273 preferred method. However, that is incorrect. Intermittent application or whatrepparttar 119274 trucking industry refers to as snubbing isrepparttar 119275 preferred method.

The key is notrepparttar 119276 speed drop; this will depend on weight, grade, and other factors. The key is air pressure --repparttar 119277 application pressure should be high enough to get allrepparttar 119278 truck brakes working. In practice, unlessrepparttar 119279 brakes are in good condition, tractor-trailer balance is right, andrepparttar 119280 load is ideally located;repparttar 119281 continuous application ofrepparttar 119282 brakes is likely to result in uneven drum and lining temperatures and problems before you get torepparttar 119283 bottom ofrepparttar 119284 hill.

Downhill break failure can be prevented when allrepparttar 119285 brakes are working some ofrepparttar 119286 time instead of some ofrepparttar 119287 brakes working allrepparttar 119288 time. The application pressure must be high enough to ensure that all brake chambers apply and that all linings make solid contact withrepparttar 119289 drums - about 20 psi or higher.

Vioxx Heart Attack and Stroke FAQs

Written by Michael Monheit, Esquire, Monheit Law, PC

== What arerepparttar grounds for Vioxx stroke or Celebrex litigation? == Vioxx and Celebrex were billed as safe alternatives for people who suffer from chronic pain. In reality, they are expensive drugs that for most people provide no better treatment than older, less expensive medications. Far from having no side effects, these drugs share many ofrepparttar 119252 same side effects of older NSAID medications. Despite claims torepparttar 119253 contrary, new research has shown that patients who use these drugs are at risk of Vioxx heart attacks, stroke problems, liver damage, kidney damage, stomach ulcers, and other serious complications. == What has been done so far with regard to Vioxx heart attack and Celebrex litigation? == One class action suit has already been filed. Others are pending.

== What options do I have if Iíve been affected by Vioxx or Celebrex? == You may qualify for future class action litigation against these drug makers. You may also have grounds for an individual suit for specific damages.

== What arerepparttar 119254 treatments forrepparttar 119255 disorders caused by Vioxx and Celebrex? == Check with your doctor first. You may be able to use another pain relief medication. Older NSAIDs such as ibuprofen and naproxen work well for some patients. Other patients may not be able to use these medications.

== What arerepparttar 119256 dangers of Vioxx and Celebrex? Vioxx:Heart Attacks == Stomach ulcers and intestinal bleeding arerepparttar 119257 most common dangers. There is also a risk of Vioxx heart attack and stroke.

== Other side effects of these medications include: == Serious stomach problems, such as stomach and intestinal bleeding, can occur with or without warning symptoms. These problems, if severe, could lead to hospitalization or death. Although this happens rarely, you should watch for signs that you may have these serious side effects and tell your doctor immediately. Serious allergic reactions including swelling of face, lips, tongue, and/or throat which may cause difficulty breathing or swallowing occur rarely but may require treatment right away. Serious kidney problems occur rarely, including acute kidney failure and worsening of chronic kidney failure. Severe liver problems occur rarely in patients taking NSAIDs. Tell your doctor if you develop symptoms of liver problems. These include nausea, tiredness, itching, tenderness inrepparttar 119258 right upper abdomen, and flu-like symptoms.

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