Under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Regulations, commercial truckers are required to conduct pre- and post-trip inspections of their vehicles in order to identify and document safety defects and maintenance concerns.  Previously, truckers were required to complete Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (“DVIRs”) documenting the results of their inspections.  Trucking companies were required to retain

The trucking industry is heavily regulated.  Unfortunately, those very regulations, which exist to insure the safety of the motoring public (that’s you, me and everyone else on the road), are frequently ignored by trucking companies, large and small, often with devastating results.  When a person is injured in a crash with a tractor

Despite the American public’s overwhelming opposition to increasing the number of hours that a truck driver can work each week, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) has introduced legislation that would increase truckers’ weekly hours from 70 to 82.  The “Collins Amendment” is currently before the Appropriations Committee.

In a recent poll conducted by Lake Research Partners,

As you may have previously read on this blog, or seen elsewhere in the news, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is currently considering new regulations that would raise the federal minimum insurance requirements for trucks and buses. Approximately 4,000 people die in truck crashes each year.  Studies have revealed that a fatal truck

As a trucking attorney and consumer safety advocate, I am pleased to report that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) has recently announced that it is considering a rulemaking to increase the minimum levels of financial responsibility for interstate motor carriers, as well as rulemaking pertaining to broker and freight forwarders, trip insurance, bus

More than 3 decades ago, air disc brakes were introduced in North America. Air disc brakes offer significant safety advantages over drum brakes. Namely, the use of disc brakes results in shorter stopping distances, increased brake life and decreased maintenance expenses. Furthermore, air disc brakes are inherently self-adjusting, so a trucking company’s concerns over braking

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

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