Semi Truck Hits 6 Motorcycles in North Carolina, Kills 1 and Injures 5

The driver of the semi truck that hit 6 motorcycles on Interstate 85 in Guilford County, North Carolina, yesterday has been charged with felony hit and run and misdemeanor death, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. The motorcyclists were…

Tired Drivers Cause Thousands of Deaths, Says Attorney

Tired drivers cause over 7000 fatal accidents in the United States each year.  Sleep-related crashes cause a high proportion of rollover and rear-end and head-on collisions. “When a driver gets behind the wheel and is too tired to have good judgment,…

Lawyer Discusses FMCSA Rule to Prevent Bus and Truck Personal Injury and Wrongful Death

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is proposing a new rule that would require interstate commercial truck and bus companies to use Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) in their vehicles. The goal with the new rule…

Tired Drivers May be Cause of 15 to 33 Percent of Fatal Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2.5% of fatal motor vehicle crashes and 2.0% of all crashes with nonfatal injuries involve tired drivers who should not have been on the road. Some modeling studies have estimated that…

Another Shut Down of a Trucking Company for Safety Violations by FMCSA

This week the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) ordered Alabama-based BM&L Trucking, LLC, affiliated company IDM Transportation, Inc. and its owners to immediately cease all transportation services based on serious safety violations that posed an…

Car Crash Risk Due to Tired Semi Truck Driver and FMCSA Hours of Service Violations

If you or a loved one has been in a crash caused by a tired semi-truck driver, you need a lawyer who has knowledge of the FMCSA “Hours-of-Service” regulations. If these regulations were violated by the semi-trailer driver who hit…

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…

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…

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…

Sleep Apnea Can Cause Semi Truck Drivers to Fall Asleep at the Wheel

More and more often, sleep apnea is a major factor in semi truck crashes across the United States. Sleep apnea is a breathing-related sleep disorder that causes brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. These pauses in breathing can last at…

Hours-of Service Rules for Commercial Truck Drivers Should Be Revised

A year ago, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a regulatory proposal that would revise hours-of-service (HOS) requirements for commercial truck drivers.  This week, Republicans on the House Oversight Committee held a hearing to attempt to block the…