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Obama Seeks $330M in Fight Against Distracted Driving

We applaud President Obama and his efforts to combat distracted driving. As part of his proposed 2013 budget, the administration has included $330 million as part of its six-year transportation spending plan to fund programs that target distracted driving. Text … Continue reading

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Federal Laws Ban Texting While Driving for Truck, Bus, and Hazmat Drivers

In an effort to reduce truck accidents, the federal government has implemented strict new anti-texting laws for commercial truck drivers and bus drivers. As a truck accident lawyer, I like to cover all new trucking laws. These anti-texting laws are … Continue reading

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FMCSA Launches Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) Trucking Safety Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently launched a new trucking safety initiative called the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program. The heart of this program is a Safety Measurement System (SMS) that will analyze violations from inspections and crash … Continue reading

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FMCSA Moves Closer to Publishing Pair of Key Trucking Safety Regulations

Last Thursday the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB)  approved a proposed rule by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that would require the use of electronic onboard recorders or EOBRs by certain trucking fleets. According to … Continue reading

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Ban on Texting by Commercial Drivers Announced

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced on Tuesday, January 26th that drivers of commercial vehicles, essentially large trucks and buses, are now formally banned from texting while driving and that drivers caught ignoring the ban could be fined up to … Continue reading

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Chairwoman of NTSB Calls for EOBRs in All Commercial Trucks

In a move I anticipated in my December 16, 2008 post, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) chairwoman Debbie Hersman recently stated that electronic onboard recorders (EOBRs) should be placed in all commercial trucks to monitor driver hours. Hersman made the … Continue reading

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A Follow-up Look at My Predictions for 2009

On December 16, 2008 I predicted some dramatic developments in areas such as truck accident fatality rates, government efforts to improve safety and other aspects of commercial trucking in our country http://blog.truckaccidents.com/my-new-years-transportation-predictions/.   Here is a look back at my … Continue reading

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GPS Helps Track Drivers’ Record of Duty Status and Prevent Truck Accidents

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration currently exercises its full authority under 49 USC 504(c) to include the examination of GPS or other advanced technology records in the normal course of investigations of carrier compliance with its regulations. This helps … Continue reading

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New Rule Aims to Reduce Truck Accidents Involving Intermodal Transport

A new regulation, the Intermodal Equipment Final Rule, will be enforced as of December 17, leaving some companies scrambling to make sure they are in compliance. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the new rule: adopts regulations … Continue reading

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FMCSA Truck Safety Regulations and Repeat Violators

In March, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it would be assessing repeat violators of its regulations with the maximum allowable fines more quickly. The FMCSA stated that under its new policy, “maximum penalties will be applied … Continue reading

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