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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

Truck crashes

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

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


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

Truck driver coercion rule proposed by FMSCA

Written by Steve Gursten Posted September 4th, 2014

Lawyers forget it’s often the company pressuring its drivers to break rules that leads to many truck accidents

truck driver coercion rule

There is an important new rule that would prevent many truck accidents by taking a new approach. The rule is being proposed by the FMCSA,  and instead of focusing on the crash itself (when someone is already … Read More

FMCSA to target truck companies who coerce truckers to break laws

Written by Steve Gursten Posted June 5th, 2014

FMCSA posts notice for its long-awaited coercion rules against motor carriers that push truckers into breaking safety rules

truck driver coercion

It’s one of trucking industry’s worst kept secrets. And as an attorney who litigates cases involving people who have been injured or killed in terrible truck accidents, it’s now common to see  truckers are influenced, pressured and … Read More

FMCSA to target truck companies that coerce truck drivers into breaking safety laws

Written by Steve Gursten Posted January 20th, 2014

Pursuant to MAP-21 mandate, the FMCSA submits proposal for White House review, addressing trucking companies that pressure truck drivers to break laws

All three founding members of the Truck Attorneys Roundtable are lawyers who primarily help people injured in terrible truck accidents around the country. All three of us have handled countless cases where truck … Read More

FMCSA talks truck industry concerns at Mid-America Trucking Show

Written by Steve Gursten Posted August 29th, 2013

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration covers the Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA)program’s recording driver violations and crash fault

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently attempted to dispel some (un)popular rumors (at least among the trucking industry, NOT among safety advocates and injury lawyers) about its Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) program.

According to … Read More

Update: FMCSA knew of Scapadas Magicas deficiencies yet gave them highest safety rating – before bus accident that left 8 people dead

Written by Steve Gursten Posted May 23rd, 2013

Inspection of Scapadas Magicas bus company one month prior to bus crash that killed 8 revealed failures to comply with federal regulations

Scapadas Magica fatal CA bus crash

You may recall this horrible bus crash from earlier this year in San Bernardino, CA.  The bus was owned and operated by Scapadas Magicas of National City, California. The bus was en route … Read More

FMCSA finally shuts down dangerous truck company with 17 citations in two years

Written by Steve Gursten Posted April 17th, 2013

Highway Star involved in a terrible Kentucky crash that left six dead is ordered to cease operations

Last month, we weighed in on a tragic truck accident in Kentucky that left six people dead.  The crash was caused by a truck driver following too closely behind a Ford SUV.

Astonishingly, the company, Highway Star, had … Read More

FMCSA waives long standing prohibition against hearing impaired people obtaining CDLs

Written by Steve Gursten Posted March 14th, 2013

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration waived the hearing impairment restriction for 40 of 45 applications, allowing hearing impaired drivers to operate commercial vehicles for the first time decades

truckers with hearing impairmentsOn February 1, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) waived, for the first time in decades, the prohibition on deaf drivers operating commercial vehicles.

As Federal … Read More