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Truck Accident of September 8, 2009 in Grandville, Michigan

Sep 09, 2009 - As a truck accident attorney, I deal with the aftermath of tractor-trailer wrecks too often. It’s particularly troubling when accidents happen closer to home. I grew up in Michigan, and have a Michigan office, so it was especially troubling for me to learn of the accident September 8, 2009 on I-196 in Grandville, MI. Just …

Truck Accidents and Out of Service Trucks & Drivers

Sep 09, 2009 - The case that many years ago convinced me to focus my law practice solely on truck accidents involved one tractor trailer with no brakes that swerved and overturned in an attempt to avoid another tractor trailer that had no lights. I was shocked that two semi trucks could both operating while illegal to be on …

FMCSA Truck Safety Regulations and Repeat Violators

Sep 04, 2009 - 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 in cases where an acute violation is discovered during an investigation within six years of …

FMCSA Proposes Proficiency Exam for New Trucking Companies

Sep 01, 2009 - In response to issues raised by the group Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is considering revising federal regulations to require new trucking companies to pass a proficiency exam before being allowed to begin operations. According to Henry Jasny, general counsel for the Advocates, the new exam, announced …

Mandatory Direct Observation Drug Testing to Prevent Truck Accidents begins Today

Aug 31, 2009 - In a move designed to reduce the number of truck accidents linked to drug use by truck drivers, the Department of Transportation now requires any employee in “safety-sensitive” positions to submit to directly observed urination drug testing when taking return-to-duty or follow-up drug tests. Such tests are required of employees who, after completing mandatory substance …

Overloading and Truck Accidents

Aug 30, 2009 - I recently represented a family for the death of their husband and father due to a truck that was overweight and had no brakes. When I think about overloaded trucks, I am also struck by a case that I handled a few years ago in which gasoline tankers were routinely permitted to leave the fuel-up …

New NHTSA Large Truck Braking Standards Announced

Aug 25, 2009 - As a truck accident lawyer, I have sat with too many families over the past years whose loved ones have been killed as a result of a large truck with faulty brakes. I’m pleased to see that NHTSA is taking steps to address this problem. In a move estimated to save 227 lives and prevent …

Obama Nominates Anne Ferro to Head FMCSA

Jun 05, 2009 - 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 advocating for driver safety. In its press release announcing Ferro’s nomination, the White House cited …

Obesity Linked to Sleep Disorder, Driver Fatigue: New Study

Apr 02, 2009 - 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 the obesity epidemic in America is a major contributing factor to the decline in our …

McGovern (D-Mass) Proposes Legislation on Truck Size & Weight Limits

Mar 30, 2009 - In my law practice, I have encountered truck crashes involving overweight tractor-trailers and crashes with double and triple trailers. Recently, Congressman James P. McGovern (D-Massachusetts) reintroduced legislation that would extend truck size and weight limits to the entire national highway system, limits that currently only apply to interstate highways. States can – and often do …

Newest Challenge to FMSCA Hours of Service Rules

Mar 27, 2009 - 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 issued under the Bush administration in 2003. It extended the workday for truck drivers by …

Bendix purchases Eaton’s VORAD collision warning system

Jan 15, 2009 - In a January 5, 2009 press release, Eaton Corp. announced that “…today it has sold its VORAD (Vehicle On-Board RADar) system to Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC, which is based in Elyria, Ohio.” Update: New Trucking Bill Would Reward Purchasers of VORAD Systems. VORAD and SmartCruise are vision and object detection systems that can eliminate blind spots and …

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