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“Highway Hypnosis” blamed for deadly New York Commuter Train Derailment

          The New York Times reported yesterday that the engineer operating the Metro-North Railroad train that derailed this past weekend claimed to have been dazed and zoned out in the moments before the derailment, suffering from “Highway Hypnosis”. “Highway Hypnosis” … Continue reading

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Hours of Service Rule Change Faces House Resistance

Republican members of the House Transportation committee have vowed to work “aggressively” to prevent changes in the current Hours-of-Service rules that would lead to shorter road hours for commercial truck drivers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is considering a … Continue reading

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Obama Nominates Anne Ferro to Head FMCSA

On June 4, President Obama nominated Anne Ferro, president of Maryland Motor Truck Association, Inc., to head the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) . Ferro is widely regarded as a skilled and intelligent administrator with a solid record of … Continue reading

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Obesity Linked to Sleep Disorder, Driver Fatigue: New Study

In my work as a truck accident lawyer, I have handled many cases involving driver fatigue and hours-of-service violations. I support efforts to include screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) in FMCSA-mandated, semi-annual driver medical screenings. It’s widely known that … Continue reading

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Newest Challenge to FMSCA Hours of Service Rules

Another battle is brewing over the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) Hours Of Service rule that allows truck drivers to work an 11-hour workday and reset their weekly limit by taking a 34-hour break. The rule in question was … Continue reading

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FMCSA pushes through less-than-recommended safety standards before Obama takes office

The administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued what it called “a new rule” in November, 2008, limiting commercial truck drivers to 11 hours on the road (the “11-hour rule”), even though this rule maintains what has been the … Continue reading

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