Despite federally mandated limits on the number of hours commercial drivers are permitted to work on a daily/weekly basis, impaired driving, including fatigue-related impairment, continues to be a principal cause of serious accidents.  In fact, driver impairment was specifically identified as a factor in more than 15,000 truck/bus crashes in 2012 alone.

Commercial drivers are

Reports issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveal that the number of fatal trucking accidents increased in 2012 from 3,781 to 3,921; a 3.7 percent increase from 2011.  Due to the sheer mass of these vehicles, occupants of the smaller vehicles with which they collide tend to fair worse and suffer the

Ever hear a story and say to yourself “that can’t be true”?  I had that experience recently while reading the news.

Reports out of Jersey City, NJ reveal that five passengers aboard a NJ Transit bus were injured when the bus was struck by a dump truck.  Amazingly, when the bus driver honked at the

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) monitors data concerning truck accidents in the United States and uses that data to determine whether additional safety regulations are warranted.  Unfortunately, recent data show a disturbing trend.

Truck accident data for calendar year 2011 were recently released by the FMCSA.  They show over 3,300 people lost their

Limitations on the number of hours commercial drivers can operate, and the frequency of their driving sessions, have existed for many years.  However, despite these limitations, statistical data continued to demonstrate that driver error – particularly fatigue based errors – remained a major problem in the trucking industry.  As such, in the summer of 2013,

In the United States, trucking operations are subject to regulations imposed by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).  As a watchdog agency, the FMCSA is responsible for developing procedures which will increase public safety and decrease the frequency of trucking accidents.  The agency conducts annual inspections and audits of commercial vehicles, and is

Proposed Changes to the FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Management Information System The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) gathers various data on the trucking industry, including statistical data concerning carrier citations. The citation data is accumulated through the FMCA’s “Motor Carrier Management Information System” (MCMIS). The FMCSA has recently announced that it will be changing the

Reckless behavior by truckers places everyone on the road at great risk.  Data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has revealed that nearly 90% of  all trucking accidents arise from driver error.  In other words, if you are injured by a trucker, it’s a safe bet that the crash did not arise simply

As a trucking lawyer, I have seen the devastation and human tragedy which often results from the errors of commercial truckers.  Due to the differential in the size of these vehicles from most cars on the roadways, tractor-trailers are uniquely positioned to cause massive damage in an accident.  And those unfortunate enough to be caught