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,

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

Limited visibility is a factor which all motorists deal with, and blind spots exist with most vehicles. However, due in part to the sheer size of a commercial truck, the hazard of the blind spot is particularly pronounced with tractor trailers.

When turning right, the length of these trucks requires the driver to actually swing

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious, potentially life-threatening breathing-related sleep disorder which causes interruptions in breathing of 10 seconds or more during sleep.  These interruptions may occur as often as 400 times per night.  The disorder produces myriad symptoms, including daytime sleepiness, poor concentration, memory impairment, depression, and irritability.  For reasons which should be

In an effort to reduce distracted driving, a private company based in California, “Telogis, Inc.”,, in partnership with another company called “Cellcontrol”, has reportedly developed a system which blocks driver’s access to apps and text messaging while they are operating their vehicles, and thereby “helps drivers resist the temptation to use mobile phones, laptops or tables while their vehicles are in motion”.  
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Anyone who has read my blogs or those of my colleges who represent people and families who have suffered harm at the hands of negligent truckers and trucking companies, know that there are several reckless behaviors in the industry which arise frequently and place us all at risk.  Examples include driving while excessively fatigued, aggressive driving and distracted driving. 
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