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FMCSA Conducts Benefit-Cost Analysis of Onboard Safety Systems Used to Prevent Truck Accidents

Sep 25, 2009 - As part of its goal to reduce the number and severity of large truck crashes, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently conducted a of three commercial motor vehicle onboard safety systems: Forward Collision Warning Systems (FCWS) Lane Departure Warning Systems (LDWS) Roll Stability Control Systems (RSC) The FMCSA conducted their evaluation of these …

Fatal Truck Crash in Miami County, Ohio

Sep 24, 2009 - My condolences to the family of Paul Campbell, another family who has lost somebody in a truck accident. Yesterday in Miami County, Ohio a tractor-trailer struck a car head-on killing the car’s driver instantly. The victim, 50-year old PaulCampbell was travelling on Route 571 between West Milton and Laura when the accident occurred. Initial reports …

EOBRs: An Important Tool For Preventing Truck Accidents

Sep 20, 2009 - EOBRs—electronic onboard recorders—provide for greater safety through accountability by recording data on driver performance, health and behaviors that may help prevent truck accidents. EOBRs may also help truck companies’ bottom line, according to a leading economist. In a speech delivered at the annual conference of the American Trucking Association’s Information Technology & Logistics Council , …

Truck-Train Collisions and Safety Regulations

Sep 14, 2009 - As a truck accident lawyer, I have handled many train/tractor trailer collisions on behalf of injured bystanders and the injured railroad engineer or conductor. In 1877, the U.S. Supreme Court considered a suit, Continental Improvement Co. v. Stead, involving the collision of a train and a wagon in Lima, Indiana. The Court was tasked with …

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 …

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