A surprising fact about fatal truck crashes in new FMCSA report

This week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released their Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts for 2016. The annual report is compiled from state-collected data and analyzed by FMCSA. There are many interesting facts in this year's report, but one particular fact stands out to me. More than 60 percent of all fatal truck crashes happened [...]

2018-05-14T10:25:07+00:00May 14th, 2018|Roads and Infrastructure|

Two insanely dangerous trucking companies shut down by FMCSA

In April 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration declared two commercial motor vehicle operations to be "imminent hazards" While that number is not unusual—FMCSA often shutters multiple companies in a month— these two are particularly interesting because they were both so blatantly, criminally dangerous. Hazmat transport trucking company shut down Rock City Stone Company, LLC was ordered to immediately stop [...]

2018-05-03T10:50:27+00:00May 3rd, 2018|Trucking Industry News|

This trucking company is incredibly dangerous, should be permanently closed

Last week, the FMCSA ordered trucking company Evenflo Logistics to "immediately cease all interstate and intrastate operation." A separate "imminent hazard" order was issued to the trucking company's driver, Shawn Roberts. Evenflo Logistics registered as an LLC in Washington State in October 2016. The sheer number of extremely dangerous practices since then is shocking. 1o violations [...]

2017-12-22T08:45:22+00:00December 22nd, 2017|Trucking Industry News|

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|

IIHS: Truck speed limiters will save lives

Adrian Lund, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), wrote an op-ed on Trucks.com this week. Why Lower Speed Limits and Truck Speed Limiters Will Save Lives. Our research at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has found that 33,000 deaths between 1993 and 2013 can be attributed to speed limit increases. Traffic deaths [...]

2017-02-27T21:48:29+00:00February 27th, 2017|Roads and Infrastructure|

Yes, trucking is important. Now make it safer.

For more than 30 years, I have represented those injured or the families of those killed by preventable crashes on our highways. Many of these claims have involved semi-trucks and trucking companies. I read an article in Transport Topics expressing the importance of trucking. This op-ed was written by Garner Berry, a lawyer whose law firm defends [...]

2017-02-22T22:21:24+00:00February 22nd, 2017|Trucking Industry News|

The Trucking Watchdog Explains: What does the FMCSA do?

Right now, there are easily tens of thousands of semi-trucks delivering parts and products all over the United States. It is in the public interest that those trucks—and truck drivers—operate safely on our roads and highways. That's why there's a government agency in charge of setting and enforcing rules for commercial trucks and buses: the [...]

2016-04-26T23:28:11+00:00April 26th, 2016|Federal Agencies and Laws|