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Australian truckers looking at range of new safety features

While my trucking litigation law practice is in Atlanta, Georgia, I know that long haul trucking safety is not just an American issue.  With the long distances between populations centers in Australia, all the challenges facing American truckers are big deals there too.  Driver fatigue, for example, is every bit as big a problem for … Continue Reading

$18 million settlement in four-fatality Missouri truck wreck

As a Georgia trial attorney handling trucking accident cases, I see too many instances of truck driver fatigue and drug usage leading to tragedy.  The pattern is exemplified in a Missouri case.  It has resulted in an $18 million settlement for the deaths of four family members (ages 55, 57, 81 and 94) on the … Continue Reading

Electronic on board recorders may be required for trucking

Does anyone really believe the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has the guts to require Electronic On Board Recording devices that would put an end to “comic book” trucking logs?
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Dump truck hits school bus in Kentucky, kills student

Dump truck – school bus crash in Kentucky highlights safety issues in two realms.
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Motor carrier enforcement targets unsafe tractor trailers and impaired drivers

Trucking enforcement net puts 19% of tractor trailers out of service for safety violations.
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Justice for injured truck drivers too

As an attorney in Atlanta, Georgia, with a practice heavily concentrated on trial of large truck and bus crash cases, I represent injured truck drivers (and their widows) almost as much as occupants of  other vehicles.  Posts about truckers violations of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations sometimes give folks the mistaken impression that I am … Continue Reading

Truck-bus collision in NC injures 50

A Greyhound bus and a tractor-trailer collided Wednesday near Henderson, NC.  The bus plunged down an embankment and overturned, injuring at least 29 people.  The bus was traveling from Richmond, Va., to Raleigh on U.S. 1 when it collided with the tractor-trailer as a tractor-trailer ahead of it made a turn and the bus failed … Continue Reading

Trucking electronic recorders proposed by California Senator

U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., has asked the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to reconsider electronic on-board recorders, citing recent high-profile truck accidents in her state.  Feinstein cited the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which claims that a third of drivers omit hours from log books and that the percentage of truckers asleep at the … Continue Reading

Truck drivers’ drug tests: undercover investigators reveal how easy it is to cheat on truckers’ drug tests

Undercover investigators for the Government Accountint Office have found that it is surprisingly easy to cheat on random drug tests designed to catch truck drivers who use drugs.  Using bogus truck driver’s licenses to gain access to 24 drug-testing sites, the investigators  found that 75 percent “failed to restrict access to  items that could be used … Continue Reading

Overweight tractor trailers pose dangers

Trucking safety experts estimate that about 30 percent of tractor-trailers and dump trucks are overweight.  Studies show that overweight trucks are more likely to be in accidents. They also roll over more easily and need more time and distance to stop. A truck weighing 120,000 pounds needs 50 percent more space and time to stop … Continue Reading