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Have you ever taken a road trip and “counted trucks” with your kids to keep them occupied during the drive? Have you noticed how fascinated small children are by different types of trucks and what they do? We don’t have to look much further than out the car window, or at the package sitting on the front doorstep, to know how vital the trucking industry – and the truck drivers – are to our everyday lives.
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It’s never easy to find yourself in the deponent’s chair. And when you’re the defendant, you can bet that the plaintiff’s attorney has an arsenal of sneaky tricks to gain the upper hand during personal-injury depositions. While some tricks are more obvious and some are more subtle, the ultimate goal is the same: to make you say and do things that will look bad to the jury.
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25Apr

Refuel: 8 Tips for Driving in the Rain

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If you’ve ever driven any distance in the rain, you probably don’t have positive memories of the experience. Whether it’s a light drizzle or a drenching downpour, driving in rainy conditions can be exhausting–both physically and mentally–not to mention dangerous. But sometimes it can’t be avoided. While these tips may not exactly have you “singing in the rain,” they should help you stay safe and get to where you need to go as soon as possible.
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The stereotypical face of a truck driver is changing. In recent years there’s been an uptick in the number of women joining the trucking force. Despite the increasing numbers, however, women comprise less than 8% of the total driver population. Trucking companies are working hard to attract new drivers, but in order to attract more female candidates, changes will be necessary.
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09Apr

Refuel: Left Turns

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Left turns are an important skill for professional drivers that must be studied, practiced, and mastered. When it comes to driving a 73’ long (or longer) rig, space and timing are always factors to consider when maneuvering.
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Published in: 2019 In Transit Volume 22 Issue 1. When you think about it, accidents aren’t all that different from hurricanes. They both cause damage, result in loss, and create chaos for those they affect. They both leave the world a little different from how it was before, no matter how well things are cleaned up afterward. Both are unpredictable yet absolutely certain to occur.
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Spring break is coming…along with the increased risk of traffic incidents. Whether you’re hauling interstate or intrastate, here are 3 important tips for staying safe on the road. 
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Well folks, we made it!  Welcome to Part 10 of our series on plaintiffs' deposition tricks.  For our final article, we're coming full circle and taking you back to the storm and all of its chaos. Except this time, instead of managing the storm, we're going to rise above the whole darn thing. High above the clouds, the sun is shining, the air is smooth, and the perspective is panoramic and perfectly clear.  That's where we'll be taking you today as we offer our final thoughts ...
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Murphy Legal will be speaking at the Texas Trucking Association's Safety Management Council's Spring Seminar in Waco, Texas. Our session will focus on a litigation strategy used by plaintiffs' attorneys to obtain disproportionately large settlements through various forms of psychological manipulation.
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Most commercial trucks are equipped with “black boxes,” also known as electronic control modules (ECMs) or event data recorders (EDMs). Many national and regional carriers also utilize satellite tracking equipment or data recorders to track their fleet. To understand the importance of ECMs and EDRs in relation to litigation, it makes sense to review what data these pieces of equipment record. An EDR device stores data about the physical properties of a vehicle that is involved in an “event,”...
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