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Trump ignores dangerously low truck insurance limits

Written by Steve Gursten Posted June 22nd, 2017

Despite FMCSA report to Congress that decades-old financial responsibility levels don’t adequately cover many truck wrecks, regulators cling to status quo

Truck insurance limits

For someone who wears an “I ♥ truckers” button, President Trump isn’t acting like it.

On June 2, 2017, his Administration through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) made a decision that will … Read More

How to keep distracted driving truck accidents from happening

Written by Michael Leizerman Posted June 14th, 2017

Tips for avoiding distracted driving truck accidents include no texting, no dispatching devices, no hand-held phones and no eating or drinking while driving

Distracted driving truck accidents

Few – if any – things are more dangerous and potentially deadly than a distracted truck driver barreling along a crowded highway, behind the wheel of a fully loaded 80,000-pound tractor-trailer.

Indeed, … Read More

Webinar: Truck driver deposition strategy

Written by Steve Gursten Posted May 22nd, 2017

Truck Attorney Roundtable Co-Founder Steven Gursten leads national legal webinar on company, truck driver depositions and handling 30(b)(6) matters

truck driver depositions

On May 24, I’ll be part of Stafford Publications’ 90-minute “Deposing Truck Drivers and Trucking Company Representatives in Injury Cases” CLE webinar.

The webinar is designed so that lawyers will be able to interact and ask … Read More

I ♥ safe truckers

Written by Joe Fried Posted May 10th, 2017

‘Sad’ how Trump publicly declared his affection for truckers, but his Administration & FMCSA were diligently working to withdraw a key trucking safety proposal

Trump I Heart Truckers

I ♥ safe truckers.

That’s the pin I wish President Trump had worn when truckers, trucking associations and motor carrier lobbyists descended on the White House on March 23, 2017, for … Read More

Administration leaves proposed trucking safety rules dead on roadside

Written by Michael Leizerman Posted April 14th, 2017

Caving to push back from trucking industry, the President, FMCSA and U.S. DOT Secretary withdraw proposed revisions to ‘Carrier Safety Fitness Determination’

trucking safety rules

Putting the brakes on federal trucking safety rules and protections when truck accident rates — and fatalities — are increasing is a deadly idea.

So why are President Trump and Transportation Secretary Elaine … Read More

Does ‘umbrella’ coverage on trailer extend to tractor?

Written by Steve Gursten Posted March 24th, 2017

Trailer’s umbrella coverage handles tractor damage because insurance policies covering both are applicable when tractor-trailer is involved in truck accident

Umbrella Coverage

One of the hugely important issues in trucking litigation — after liability and damages to the truck accident victims are determined — is figuring out what insurance coverage applies, such as umbrella coverage.

It frequently … Read More

Can trucking company J.B. Hunt keep details of its ‘preventability’ investigation secret?

Written by Joe Fried Posted March 19th, 2017

Indiana Appeals Court rules motor carrier couldn’t use ‘subsequent remedial measures’ rule to hide investigation details about why its truck driver could have prevented a truck accident on I-65 in Indiana

Preventability investigation results, subsequent remedial measures

Trucking company J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., knew its truck driver could have prevented a truck accident that left a young mother with “serious, permanent … Read More

Eliminating left-hand turns for trucks is the right thing to do

Written by Michael Leizerman Posted March 10th, 2017

If trucking companies and truck drivers stopped making ‘left-hand turns,’ they would eliminate a ‘critical pre-crash event’ in 22.2% of motor vehicle accidents; 61% of truck accidents in intersections ‘involve left turns’

Eliminating left turns, preventing truck accidents

Left-hand turns are three times more likely to cause a pedestrian’s death than are right-hand turns.

It’d be nice if UPS’s motivation was … Read More

Can ‘Trooper in a Truck’ safety initiative prevent truck accidents?

Written by Steve Gursten Posted March 3rd, 2017

If Nebraska partnership between State Patrol and Truckers Association works, maybe it can be rolled out nationally to stop increases in fatal truck accidents

Trooper in a Truck, truck accident

Can Nebraska’s “Trooper in a Truck” safety initiative prevent truck accidents?

Could having traffic cops in truckers’ cabs prevent truck accidents?

It’s an idea worth exploring.

In fact, that’s exactly what … Read More

Trucking company involved in fatal truck accident in Preble County, Ohio, has increasingly deadly record

Written by Joe Fried Posted February 25th, 2017

Data from FMCSA’s SAFER system shows fatal truck accidents involving Swift Transportation jumped 71%; injury accidents went up 52%; and overall accidents increased 54%

I litigated my truck injury case with Swift Transportation in 2007. It appears the Ohio trucking company wants to make sure truck wreck attorneys like myself are keeping busy.  Swift Transportation … Read More

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