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Category: Truck Accident

NHTSA Newsletter Provides Safety Tips for Sharing Road with Large Trucks

|Posted on April 29, 2016 in Car Accident,Truck Accident |

Nearly 4,000 Americans die every year in accidents involving large commercial trucks, the vast majority of whom are the occupants of other vehicles. In a recent Safety in Numbers newsletter (www.nhtsa.gov/nhtsa/Safety1nNum3ers/july2015/S1N-LargeTrucks-July2015_812186.pdf), the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provided some tips for safely maneuvering around large trucks. Pay attention to… read more

FMCSA Redefines “High-Risk” Carrier after Rebuke from NTSB

|Posted on April 19, 2016 in Truck Accident |

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently announced that a deadly truck accident was the result of driver fatigue and a high-risk motor carrier’s deficient safety procedures. The NTSB criticized the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for “inadequate safety oversight of high-­risk carriers.” “High-risk carriers are a threat to all who use our roadways,” said NTSB… read more

Commercial Truck No-Zones

|Posted on April 4, 2016 in News Headlines,Truck Accident |

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) created the “Share the Road” Program to educate the driving public about how to safely share the road with trucks and buses. One goal of that program was to increase awareness of No-Zones, the blind spot areas around large commercial vehicles. No-Zones are the areas where cars are… read more

Electronic Logging Devices Required for Commercial Truck Drivers

|Posted on February 18, 2016 in Truck Accident |

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently adopted a Final Rule requiring the use of electronic logging devices (ELD) instead of hand-recorded on-duty/off-duty logs for commercial truck drivers (https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/sites/fmcsa.dot.gov/files/docs/FMCSA-ELD-Final-Rule_12-10-2015.pdf). The new rule is expected to improve roadway safety by utilizing modern technology to ensure that commercial truck drivers are complying with hours-of-service regulations that… read more

Highway Bill Lowers Minimum Age for Interstate Truckers

|Posted on January 26, 2016 in Truck Accident |

A $305 billion highway bill passed by Congress in December lowered the minimum age for interstate commercial truck drivers from 21 to 18, but only for veterans and current military members and reservists. The bill rejected a proposal to lower the minimum age for all interstate commercial truck drivers. The trucking industry has advocated for… read more

Industry Seeks Relaxed Regulations for Large Commercial Trucks

|Posted on December 22, 2015 in Truck Accident |

An article last month in The Kansas City Star highlighted the trucking industry’s recent efforts to loosen restrictions on trucking companies and their drivers. In Rules for big rigs spark big spending, Brian Joseph of Fair Warning, a nonprofit news organization focusing on public health, safety, and environmental issues, argues that the trucking industry is… read more

Federal Mandate Allowing Larger Commercial Trucks Halted in Senate

|Posted on December 11, 2015 in Truck Accident |

Last month the U.S. Senate approved a bipartisan amendment proposed by Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to prevent a federal mandate that would force states to allow large commercial trucks to pull double 33-foot trailers. The Wicker-Feinstein amendment would require the U.S. Department of Transportation to complete a comprehensive safety study before… read more

Commercial Truck Accidents Have Many Potential Defendants

|Posted on November 25, 2015 in Car Accident,Truck Accident |

Commercial truck accidents generally involve significantly more damage than car accidents. A typical commercial truck, when full of cargo, weighs more than thirty times as much as an average car. When combined with highway speeds, this size disparity often causes catastrophic injuries or fatalities in the event of a truck accident. Despite representing less than… read more

$3.35 Million Settlement from Commercial Truck Accident Caused by Distracted Driver

|Posted on November 6, 2015 in Car Accident,Texting and Driving,Truck Accident |

A Texas man recently reached a $3,350,000 settlement as a result of an accident with a tractor-trailer caused by a distracted commercial truck driver. Thomas East suffered serious back, neck, and head injuries when his pickup truck was rear-ended by an Oakley Trucking 18-wheeler. The driver of the commercial vehicle, David Henefield, was alleged to… read more

Truck Accidents

|Posted on May 28, 2015 in Car Accident,Truck Accident |

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, large (gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds) commercial trucks account for approximately 5% of all accidents, but nearly 12% of fatal accidents. And deadly truck accidents are on the rise. Over the past twenty years, truck accidents have increased by 20%, primarily because of a… read more