Add safe truck parking to prevent crashes

A lack of safe truck parking may lead to more truck crashes. Oregon State University researchers looked at truck parking as a public safety issue (PDF). They studied a 290-mile section of Highway 97, a major trucking route that runs along the eastern slope of the Cascades across the whole length of Oregon. Some truck companies use Highway 97 through Oregon [...]

2017-10-17T19:38:30+00:00October 17th, 2017|Roads and Infrastructure|

This is how a 12-ton steel beam just fell off a semi truck

Commercial truck drivers and motor carriers have stringent rules and regulations they must follow; because of the damage that can be caused by their errors, they are subject to greater scrutiny. In the many years I have handled trucking cases, I have seen many careless acts by professional drivers and motor carriers. But mistakes like this one are truly [...]

2017-09-28T18:42:53+00:00September 28th, 2017|Truck Inspections|

Truckers contend with aging infrastructure, roads and bridges

D+. That's the grade our national infrastructure was given by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) this year. While our total infrastructure includes everything from aviation to ports to wastewater, it's the roads and bridges that truck drivers have to contend with every day. Why are roads, bridges in such bad shape? Quite simply, they're old. [...]

2017-09-06T09:30:02+00:00September 6th, 2017|Roads and Infrastructure|

Is this Washington trucking company a Chameleon Carrier?

A motor carrier in Yakima, Diamond Freight, has been tied to another serious truck crash* in Central Washington.  Yakima trucking company involved in second fatal crash, via Yakima Herald The local news outlet reported that "The Washington State Patrol confirmed that both drivers worked for Diamond Freight Systems — which also goes by NW Freight Inc. — based [...]

2017-07-28T20:15:36+00:00July 28th, 2017|Truck and Trailer Owners|

Yes, semi truck crashes are way up in Washington this year … and it’s gotten worse

Update: As of October 16, there has been 798 semi truck crashes*  in Washington State. At the same time last year, there had been 661.   Just in the last few weeks, there's been several major collisions that caused severe injuries—and kept thousands stuck in traffic for hours. June 9: Three semi trucks collided in Blaine, Washington, just south of [...]

2017-06-21T17:38:04+00:00June 21st, 2017|Washington State|

What happens when sleep is a safety issue?

Recently, I reviewed a Police Report where the truck driver admitted he only had 3 hours of sleep the night before he caused a serious crash.* For many of us, losing a couple hours of sleep at night just means we’re a little less productive the next day. When your job is driving—especially if you’re [...]

2017-05-09T17:30:51+00:00May 9th, 2017|Truck driver fatigue|

Everything that’s wrong with this semi-truck dragging a car

Last week, a big truck hauling 50,000 of carrots collided with a Nissan Maxima on a California freeway. The car wedged under the truck. The driver didn't stop, his semi-truck dragging a car down the road. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured. But the resulting video, shot from another vehicle, is incredible. https://youtu.be/9jvycogHJhk What's wrong with this picture? It's [...]

2017-04-25T16:51:12+00:00April 25th, 2017|Trucking Industry News|

Why Safe Truckers are No Accident

Preliminary statistics for 2016 indicated that there was a 7-8% increase in fatalities in crashes involving trucks and buses. It’s easy to focus on the multitude of available safety systems for commercial truck fleets. But, there is much more to safe trucking than an electronic logging device and a crash mitigation system. The key element [...]

2017-03-30T18:50:13+00:00March 30th, 2017|Trucking Safety|