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New Rules Ease Hours of Service Rules for Truck Drivers

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) last week announced final regulations regarding truck drivers’ Hours of Service rules that dictate how long truck drivers can be on the road before taking mandated rest breaks. According to a report on Roll Call, this directive has been in the works since 2018 and is aimed at […]

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Commercial Truck Inspection Effort Postponed Indefinitely

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International Roadcheck, a 72-hour inspection blitz in which thousands of inspectors pull over truck drivers in an attempt to assess them for safety, has been postponed indefinitely. According to a report in Business Insider, the move is a result of the coronavirus pandemic as well as the accompanying spike in demand for goods that requires […]

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Truck Safety Laws Suspended by Trump Administration

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The Trump Administration, in an unprecedented move, has put a hold on an 82-year-old truck safety law because of pressures from retailers and hospitals to maintain cleaning and medical supplies during the coronavirus pandemic. According to a report in Business Insider, the federal hours-of-service laws, which mandate how many hours a truck driver may work, […]

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Trucking Companies Grapple with Surging Truck Insurance Rates

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Truck insurance costs are soaring and it’s taking a toll on the trucking business, according to an article in The Wall Street Journal. The Journal reports that underwriters have been ratcheting up the cost of liability coverage to recoup losses as “nuclear” accident payouts of $10 million or more increase. Trucking companies were hit with […]

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Large Truck Accidents Involving Bicyclists Increase in New York City

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A 21-year-old man was struck and killed in a bicycle accident in the Bronx involving a dump truck early morning on Aug. 29. According to news reports, the victim was on the Cross Bronx Expressway when he was hit by a 2013 Peterbilt dump truck that was traveling east in the center lane. Police found […]

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Trump Administration to Ease Truck Driver Hours of Service Rules

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The Trump administration has taken another crucial step in its push to relax federal rules that govern the length of time truck drivers can spend behind the wheel. According to a report in the Insurance Journal, this was a move that was long sought by the trucking industry but opposed by safety advocates who caution […]

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Trucking Companies Tell Congress Thousands of Truck Drivers Are Illicit Drug Users

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During a significant meeting held between major players in the trucking industry and Congress on June 12, a group representing large carriers told lawmakers they had evidence that thousands of truck drivers were “manipulating” drug-testing protocols and should be removed from the nation’s highways before they caused truck accidents with the potential for major injuries […]

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Top Five Causes of Major Injury or Fatal Truck Accidents in New York

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Accidents involving large trucks have the potential to cause significant damages including gruesome, catastrophic injuries and fatalities. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a vast majority of fatalities in large truck accidents involve those traveling in passenger vehicles. The main issue here is the increased vulnerability of the occupants of smaller vehicles. […]

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Four Common Types of Truck Accidents

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Large truck accidents tend to have devastating consequences. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a majority of deaths in large truck and vehicle accidents are the occupants of the smaller passenger vehicles involved in collisions with the trucks. Commercial trucks often weigh 20 to 30 times as much as passenger cars and […]

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What to Do If You Have Been Rear Ended by a Large Truck

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One of the most common types of truck accidents is when a large truck rear-ends a smaller passenger vehicle. We tend to see these types of collisions because the stopping time for tractor-trailers or big rigs is much greater than for smaller vehicles such as cars or SUVs. Truck drivers who are distracted or fatigued […]

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