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New Safety Rules in Effect for Trucks
Thursday, July 25th, 2013

As of July 1, truckers are required to take a 30-minute break in the first 8 hours of driving. Truck drivers’ maximum hours per work-week are reduced from 82 to 70.  They must also take a 34-hour break–known as a “restart”–once in every 7-day period. The goal of the new rules is to reduce the […]

7 Rules for Safe Driving Around Semis
Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Drive safely around semi-trucks and tractor-trailers – a few tips to keep you safe on the roads during holiday travel

Truck inspection sidelines Oregon and Washington drivers
Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Oregon Department of Transportation inspectors joined Washington officials to perform safety checks on truckers along I-5 to see whether they were taking breaks as required by federal law. 26% of the truck drivers pulled over along Interstate 5 in Oregon – Ashland, Woodburn, and Roseburg  - failed the safety inspection. In Washington, about 13% of […]

The crackdown on unsafe trucking companies
Friday, April 13th, 2012

Federal regulators have shut down yet another unsafe trucking company, ordering J&A Transportation out of service on as of April 9. The carrier showed "blatant disregard for safety" by violating Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) laws regarding hours of service for truck drivers and proper vehicle maintenance. This is the third closure of an unsafe […]

National Transportation Safety Board Urges Total Ban on Cellphone Use While Driving
Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Following a rash of deadly accidents caused by drivers distracted by texting and other cellphone use (like the August 2010 multi-truck and car pileup in Missouri that killed two people that investigators now attribute to texting), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has urged states to pass laws imposing a total ban on cellphone use […]

Deadly Truck Accident Highlights Dangers of Texting
Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Federal investigators announced today that a 19-year-old pickup truck driver involved in a deadly highway accident in Missouri in August 2010 sent or received 11 texts in the 11 minutes immediately before his truck crashed into the back of tractor trailer at 55 mph. The driver sent six texts and received five texts, with the […]

The Need for New Trucking Safety Rules
Thursday, December 8th, 2011

3,675 people died in truck-related accidents in the United States in 2010. While other new traffic safety stats from 2010 are encouraging – although distracted driving remains a big problem – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports an increase of more than 8% in fatalities in truck-involved accidents. A new bill has been […]

AAA Concludes Average Cost of Fatal Car Crash is More Than $6 Million
Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

A report recently issued by the AAA analyzed the financial damage of fatal traffic crashes in 99 urban areas, and concluded that the cost of crashes in those cities was $299.5 billion – an average of more than $6 million per fatal motor vehicle crash (far greater than the cost of traffic congestion). In contrast, […]

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Accident Victims
Friday, September 30th, 2011

Although post-traumatic stress disorder is most often associated with soldiers who have been in combat, research by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) found that people who suffered an orthopaedic trauma, like a fracture from a motor vehicle accident, developed symptoms of PTSD. In the original study, AAOS found that more than half of […]

January Inspection Showed Truck to Be Dangerous
Friday, July 1st, 2011

You may have seen some footage of the catastrophic Amtrak train accident from last weekend. At least six people were tragically killed in the fiery truck crash that destroyed two rail cars – one with the semi-truck buried inside it.     How did this happen? Investigators are trying to determine how a truck driver […]