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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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In September of 2017, the first “Run on Less” cross-country roadshow began all around the US. Since then, drivers and owners alike have been looking for methods to improve fuel economy by 10 or more gallons per mile. When considering avenues to save on fuel costs, it’s important to understand that the most influential component regarding fuel economy is the driver. Even with advances in trucking technology, ultimately drivers still have 30% influence over fuel economy.
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As we near the end of our 10-part exposé, by now it's probably clear that, in a deposition, the main goal of the plaintiff's attorney is to manipulate a desired outcome.  Thus far, we have focused primarily on emotional and mental manipulation tactics because they are the easiest ways to trick smart, successful, intelligent people into giving unclear, unflattering, and unfavorable testimony in a short period of time.
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For the last two weeks, we have been discussing the dangers presented by the Fog of Confusion and exposing various Confusion tactics plaintiffs' attorneys might use in a deposition.  Until now, however, we have focused on Confusion solely as a path toward Low Road Cognition. Today, we'll look at Confusion from a different angle.
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This week, in Part 2, we're advancing to…mind games. Some Confusion tactics aren't immediately recognizable because, by their very nature, they're meant to be sneaky— which means they're difficult to prepare for. In fact, an effective confusion "sneak attack" is specifically designed to make you feel like you're the only one in the room who doesn't understand what's going on. When that happens, it's time to Proceed with Caution.
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It’s that time of year where a long-haul driver may find themselves in sunny Arizona one day and snowy Utah the next. Regardless of where your load originates or where you’re headed, it’s important to prepare for the effects of the sun. Although a pair of sunglasses is often chosen to make a driver “look cool,” this important eye protection is a major tool of the trade when it comes to driving.
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This week we're moving on to the third and final tactic in our Low Road trifecta: Confusion.   And because Confusion can be induced in many different ways, we’re going to break down the topic of Confusion into multiple parts.  This week we’ll discuss how you can Plan Ahead to avoid some common tricks.
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