Increasing compensation for car accidents a job

Increasing compensation for car accidents  a job

Today’s article is about risk, insurance, trucks and regulation. A metal door stopper that flew off an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 midair last month contributed to my decision to write about these things. The other reason was an event I witnessed. It was absolutely terrifying.

A truck was delivering large amounts of propane to the building on Kingston 8. It was a few days ago in the early afternoon. The vehicle was parked close to other vehicles in the busy shopping plaza parking lot in a manner that did not indicate a dangerous operation was in progress. There was a long rubber hose extending from the truck to the adjacent building. There were no personnel from the supplier or signs about the risks in sight.

An explosion could kill dozens of people and cause millions of dollars in property damage. The process of delivering gas can be likened to delivering bread to supermarkets. Employees mopping floors at these locations post yellow warning signs about slip and fall accidents.

Propane gas, which is stored under pressure, expands by a factor of 270 when exposed to air. Static electricity is a risk when handling this gas, such as in gas stations.

A major fire broke out at a Mandeville gas station nearly four years ago, killing one man and injuring seven people.

Regulatory authorities in the United States imposed a ban on Boeing 737 aircraft in the immediate aftermath of the blown-off door incident even though there were no fatalities. They are now conducting extensive investigations to determine the cause of the event.

In January 2014, a gasoline tank exploded along Mona Road at Kingston 7, causing property damage.

Despite these two incidents, oil industry regulators appear to have done nothing to make public places safer from the risks of fires and explosions when handling highly flammable materials.

None of the rules of the American Propane Education and Research Council (or equivalent) Propane Distribution Safety Training Manual (or equivalent) are adhered to when connecting cooking gas.

A recent report in this newspaper suggests that illicit activities in the petrol trade are raising safety concerns while leaving customers in the dark.

Questions: a) Was the vehicle you saw transporting and distributing bulk propane in and around Kingston and St. Andrew covered by insurance? b) What is the extent of this coverage? c) Has the regulator and/or insurance company imposed specific rules to prevent accidents to members of the public and their property when transporting and distributing gas? d) Has the industry regulator carried out regular audits to ensure compliance with its rules and those of insurers? e) When the Motor Vehicle Insurance (Third Party) Act became law more than 80 years ago, operating vehicles carrying large amounts of propane on public roads was unlikely to be considered. What measures have been taken to ensure that entities practicing this activity obtain adequate insurance?

A tractor trailer, also known as a semi-truck or 18-wheeler, is a large truck with a long trailer attached to the back of it. These and other types of large trucks are now common on the island’s expanding road network. There is no readily available information about what this segment of vehicles represents in the total number of vehicles.

But what is clear is that the 80-year-old law that sets the framework for auto insurance is inappropriate for the semi trucks and 18-wheelers that cross our roads.

Below are some alarming statements from the US National Safety Council, which I recommend to its local counterpart body.

“The National Security Council estimates that in 2021, large trucks were involved in 5,700 fatalities, representing 12 percent of all road fatalities, even though they make up only five percent of registered vehicles and log 10 percent of the miles driven.” vehicles on American roads – despite this, the fact that truck drivers should, in theory, be highly trained drivers with fewer accidents than the general public.

National Road Safety Council Jamaica should learn to walk and chew gum at the same time. Reducing motorcycle injuries and deaths is important. So will increased training for all drivers, including those who transport passengers and drive trucks and other vehicles carrying dangerous goods which have the potential to cause chaos on our roads in the event of accidents.

Councilors should also call for a significant increase in the limits now taken under sections 5(2)(a), (b) and 5(3)(a) and (b) of the Motor Vehicle Insurance (Third Party) Act. Risk law.

Members of Parliament and government ministers were recently given salary increases of more than 200 per cent. Thus there is absolutely no justification for not increasing the any-person-or-any-accident limits that now apply to innocent victims of car accidents to account for the inflation that has occurred over the years.

Finally, the insurance industry also plays an important role in designing and implementing a safer environment.

If you need help managing risk or resolving insurance issues, Cedric E. Stephens offers free advice and advice. For information and advice, please write to The Business Editor at the following email address: Business@gleanerjm.com or contact Mr Stevens directly at: Letters and emails will be edited for clarity and length.

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