Truck Accidents News: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Select a Category

Trucking Industry Readies for Unified Registration System

Any effort to get “chameleon” commercial carriers off the road has my support. And because of that, I stand fully behind the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s pending Unified Registration System. The URS aims, in part, to keep better tabs of commercial carriers who are cited as “out-of-service” for repeat violations, only to resurface under …

FMCSA Shuts Down Trucking Company for Repeat Violations

There are numerous ways to promote improved highway safety, from pushing for safer commercial vehicle equipment to demanding that truck drivers be rested and healthy. Getting high-risk drivers and vehicles off the road is at the top of that list. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration strives to do just that, and reminded the trucking …

FMCSA Launches New Pre-Employment Screening Program

At a time when reports indicate there will be a growing need for more truck drivers over the next decade, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced some welcome news. Carriers and trucking companies, charged with having to hire more drivers with proven track records behind the wheel, now have at their disposal the FMCSA’s …

FMCSA Strips Trucking Safety Violators of 10-Day Appeal Extension

If 45 days isn’t enough to show compliance, why allow 10 more? That question has baffled trucking industry watchers for more than two decades, but it was made moot by one stroke of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration pen recently. The FMCSA eliminated 10-day extensions that were commonly given to carriers found to be …

Road Opens to Help Military Vets Find Careers in Trucking

Less than a month before claiming a somewhat more-heralded victory, President Barack Obama announced an important win for U.S. military veterans who aspire to a career as a commercial truck driver. In mid-October, the President signed the Military Commercial Driver’s License Act of 2012, making it easier for veterans of the armed forces to obtain …

CV Inspectors Urged to Seek Patterns of Safety Violations

Our front-line efforts to curb fatal truck crashes rest, in many ways, with commercial vehicle inspectors. The men and women who are charged with identifying safety deficiencies are our first wave of protection in preventing future commercial vehicle fatalities. Those inspectors recently received words of wisdom from industry brass. National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah …

BASIC Changes Coming to FMCSA Safety Ratings Program

The seasons won’t be the only thing changing this December. A new safety ratings program designed to increase safety on our nation’s highways is coming as well, bringing with it changes that will impact the daily travels of truck drivers nationwide. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced earlier this year changes to its Compliance, …

EOBR Saga Hits Another Snag in the US House

The debate over a governmental mandate calling for all commercial trucks to be equipped with Electronic On-Board Recorders ran into another obstacle recently when the House of Representatives approved a bill that would block funding for any such measure. The bill, spearheaded by Rep. Jeff Landry (R-La.), adds more distance between EOBRs and the increased …

FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Probe Leads to Removal of 287 Truck Drivers

I once handled a case against a company that hired a driver to haul gas tankers despite the DOT having pulled the driver off the road for drug use. I also tried a case that involved a company that turned a blind eye to a driver’s previous crystal meth convictions by discontinuing drug testing of …

Sleep Apnea Screenings Aim to Curb Fatigue-Related Truck Crashes

For years, snoring was commonly viewed as a harmless, albeit annoying, sound that people make when they sleep. It turns out that, while the sound itself is just that – a sound – it is often symptomatic of a far more serious condition called sleep apnea. A person who suffers from sleep apnea experiences brief …

Daytime Hazmat Hauling Banned in Boston

The City of Boston and hazardous materials industry officials have been squabbling for years over proposed rules that would limit hazmat hauling in the city during daytime hours, when traffic patterns are heaviest. According to a report in Transport Topics, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation stepped in recently and banned the practice. In doing so, …

FMCSA Eyes Changes in Assessing Truck Crash Accountability

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in an effort to better assess the circumstances that lead to truck accidents, announced that new processes are being studied that will consider more than police accident reports. Transport Topics reported that FMCSA administrator Anne Ferro met recently with trucking industry officials to discuss the reliability of police accident …

Avvo Rating - 10
Super Lawyers
Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
Thomson West Author
National Board of Trial Advocacy
As seen on CNBC
As seen on CBS
As seen on ABC