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Semi Truck Crash Risk and Unsafe Driving Violations

As part of the Safety Measurement System (SMS), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) now analyzes unsafe driving of semi trucks and other commercial vehicles for purposes of determining whether there should be intervention in the way of a…

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FMCSA Provides Hours-of-Service Logbook Examples to Help Truck Drivers Understand New Requirements

In December 2011, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a final rule revising the hours-of-service (HOS) safety requirements for commercial truck drivers. The effective date of the Hours of Service of Drivers Final Rule…

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Proposed Rule Prompted by Accidents Caused by Truck Driver Fatigue

Commercial truck drivers in interstate commerce are required to keep a log of the hours of service to ensure compliance with the federal hours-of-service (HOS) regulations that limit the amount of time a driver can be on the road. The…

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Unlicensed Truck Drivers, Overweight Vehicles – Order to Cease Operations

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) ordered U & D Service (DOT#  2157887), Inc. of Indianapolis, Ind., to cease operations after repeated violations of federal law, including the following: Ten citations for exceeding vehicle weight…

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BMW to pay $3 Million for Untimely Reporting of Safety Defects

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that BMW of North America, LLC has agreed to pay $3 million in civil penalties in response to the agency’s assertion that the automaker failed to comply with requirements of the National Traffic…

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Driver Distraction Accidents: Electronic Device Use Prompts DOT Guidelines

An increase in driver distraction accidents has prompted the U.S. Department of Transportation to proposed guidelines to encourage automobile manufacturers to limit the distraction risk for in-vehicle electronic devices. The guidelines are outlined below, and they are a good start.…

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Dump Truck Fatal Accident: Lawsuit May be Only Recourse for Justice

Our lawyers have represented many people injured or killed by dump trucks. In dump truck accident cases, we often file civil lawsuits against dump truck drivers and, in many cases, against their employers, as well.  Our goal is to provide…

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Reporting an Accident with an Unsafe Semi Truck Driver to FMCSA

Accidents involving an unsafe semi driver who violated a federal regulation should be reported to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), an arm of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) that regulates interstate commercial vehicle transportation. If you or…

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Don’t Drink and Drive on Super Bowl Sunday

Like most people, I am a huge football fan. My son plays football for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers and I played football as an undergraduate at Dartmouth College. Also like most people, I love Super Bowl Sunday.  What…

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New FMCSA Rule: Bus and Truck Drivers and Heroin, LSD and Other Drugs

Thankfully, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has recently finalized a rule that clears up an ambiguity that appeared to allow semi truck, bus and other commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers to use Schedule I drugs (heroin, LSD, etc.)…

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When Defects in Automobile Electronics Systems Cause Accidents

Automobile electronics systems are becoming more complex and interconnected, making it more difficult to pinpoint specific defects in design that may lead to accidents. Legally, this means that accident victims will need to find auto accident attorneys with significant product…

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Can a semi truck driver be held responsible for an accident on icy roads?

Yes, just as with any accident involving a semi truck, the truck driver can be held responsible any time he or she was at fault, even in part, for an accident. Semi truck drivers are required to drive for the…