Monthly Archives: August 2011

FMCSA Funds Help Drive Pennsylvania Truck Safety

Last week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration awarded more than $8 million to the state of Pennsylvania and its two largest cities to help bolster Pennsylvania commercial truck and bus safety. The state’s police, Public Utility Commission, and Department … Continue reading

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Court Nixes FMCSA’s EOBR Rule

It’s back to the drawing board for the FMCSA’s proposed rule on EOBRs. On Friday, a federal appeals court vacated the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s 2010 rule requiring repeat hours-of-service-rule violators to use electronic onboard recorders. Saying the proposed … Continue reading

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Truck Accident Weekly Roundup: August 23 – August 29

Trucking litigation is very document intensive and governed by hundreds of regulations. Given this, the need for qualified truck accident attorneys to understand all facets of litigation is important. I have handled numerous truck accidents throughout the United States, many … Continue reading

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NHTSA to Call for Truck Stability Control Systems

I recently wrote about the National Transportation Safety Board’s call for tanker trucks to have rollover/stability systems to prevent truck accidents. Now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is readying a proposal that would require truck tractors to be equipped … Continue reading

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Truck Accident Weekly Roundup: August 16 – August 22

Attorneys handling truck accident cases should be familiar with all the Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations. Of course just being familiar with the regulations is not enough. Attorneys must also conduct thorough discovery in order to apply those regulations to … Continue reading

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FMCSA 5-Year ‘Transportation Life Cycle’ Plan Draws Mixed Comments

Recently, I wrote about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s five-year strategic plan to reduce trucking accidents with a holistic regulatory approach that focuses on safety from “warehouse to boardroom.” FMCSA’s plan calls for it to regulate not just truckers … Continue reading

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Truck Accident Weekly Roundup: August 9 – August 15

It takes a little fire in the belly to fight with truck companies and insurance companies day in and day out. I get personally offended when, for example, an insurance company offers a pittance when one of their insured’s vehicles … Continue reading

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Indiana State Police Pioneer ‘Hot’ Truck Safety Program

Summertime, and the trucking’s steamy. In Indiana, state troopers have partnered with the State Department of Health to stop reefer trucks transporting foods at dangerously high temperatures. The program came about when troopers citing truckers for road violations started noticing … Continue reading

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NTSB Report Calls for Tankers to Have Rollover/Stability Systems

In its report on a disastrous 2009 propane tanker truck rollover, The National Transportation Safety Board is calling on industry and regulators to help reduce the likelihood of such trucking accidents. The rollover in question produced a massive cloud of … Continue reading

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Roadcheck 2011: Hours of Service Caused Half of Out of Service Orders

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has published the results from Roadcheck 2011. The findings: 19.9% of the large trucks were out-of-service (illegal to be on the road) for serious safety violations like malfunctioning brakes. More than half (52.5%) of … Continue reading

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