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As trucker’s firing shows, electronic log devices not a cure-all

Written by Steve Gursten Posted July 19th, 2017

He admitted to using a fake logbook instead of electronic log devices, and racking up dangerous 20-hour road stints. His speaking out exposes the system’s flaws

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Technology will make us more safe. But it will not prevent all truck accidents. As lawyers, we hear and read about people scamming the system to get around the … Read More

Truck crashes drop 73% after speed-limiters made mandatory

Written by Steve Gursten Posted July 7th, 2017

Study shows speed-related truck crashes caused by at-fault truckers slowed dramatically after Ontario required all trucks to have speed-limiter devices

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The naysayers were wrong about speed-limiters preventing truck crashes.

Groups like Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) pedaled doom and gloom predictions about how requiring speed-limiters on trucks would create a dangerous speed differential with cars … Read More

I ♥ safe truckers

Written by Steve Gursten 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

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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 Steve Gursten 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’

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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

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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

Will self driving trucks be used to extend Hours of Service?

Written by Steve Gursten Posted November 3rd, 2016

As Otto teams with Budweiser to deliver its first haul via self driving truck, our truck accident attorneys discuss how new technology will extend HOS for truckers

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Those enjoying a Budweiser in Colorado Springs may have a robotic truck to thank for the cold beer.
Last week, self driving truck start-up Otto teamed with … Read More

Will ‘ELD Mandate’ deliver on ‘promise’ of preventing truck accidents and saving lives? Or be undermined by trucking company abuse?

Written by Steve Gursten Posted August 9th, 2016

In his article for the American Association for Justice’s Trucking Litigation Group’s Journal, Jordan Jones, Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable Executive Director, analyzes the ‘Electronic Logging Device” amendment to the FMCSRs

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Jordan Jones, the Executive Director of the Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable, has published an article about the ELD Mandate (“electronic logging devices” for commercial trucks) … Read More

FMCSA mandates electronic logging devices (ELDs) in newer semi-trucks, buses

Written by Steve Gursten Posted April 20th, 2016

New rule requires commercial motor vehicles to be equipped with ELDs to combat hours of service violations. But attorneys wonder, will rule still accomplish goals when potential for abuses like the “yard move” exist?

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Finally, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released its long-awaited rule, which mandates that all commercial motor vehicles (ie. semi-trucks … Read More

CVSA wants Hours of Service (HOS) and other exemptions scaled back

Written by Steve Gursten Posted April 14th, 2016

Regulatory exemptions are causing roadside inspectors of commercial motor vehicles confusion

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The increasing number of regulatory exemptions approved by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) is causing major confusion in enforcement by roadside inspectors, according to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).

In a letter sent to FMCSA last week, CVSA Executive Director Collin … Read More

FMSCA anti-coercion rule for truckers has gone live!

Written by Steve Gursten Posted April 4th, 2016

Effective January 29, 2016, the much anticipated anti-coercion rule went live in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Now what?

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The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) was passed by Congress in 2012. A portion of the Act required that the regulations which govern the commercial transportation industry (ie. the trucking … Read More

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