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NAFTA AGREEMENT WITH MEXICO UNFAIR TO U.S. TRUCKING COMPANIES

Posted in Safety
Another concern with Mexican trucks coming into the U.S. is the disadvantage it will place on American trucking companies. Currently the methodology in the CSA2010 safety rating process compares fleets with similar numbers of inspections to one another. So in the US, all trucks are subject to inspection and all trucks are used to determine the safety rating.… Continue Reading

Truck Deal WIth Mexico

Posted in Safety
A deal has been announced with Mexico, reportedly allowing Mexican trucks to drive in the US. The new deal has some stricter requirements for these than originally proposed under NAFTA. I have previously posted on safety issues with Mexican trucking companies here, here, and here amongst others. I have not had a chance to digest the current agreement, but will post… Continue Reading

A Personal Thank You for Christmas

Posted in Safety
So tomorrow is Christmas and I have some time to slow down and be thankful. It has been a hard year all in all, but I have much to be grateful for: First, my mother is out of the hospital after some surgery. Home for Christmas with snow on the way. Second my children, two of… Continue Reading

FMCSA PROPOSES BAN ON CELL PHONE USE BY TRUCK DRIVERS

Posted in Safety
This is a good idea. The summary of the Rule, proposed in the Federal Register (here) on December 21st,  states: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposes to restrict the use of hand-held mobile telephones, including hand-held cell phones, by drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) while operating in interstate commerce. The Agency proposes new… Continue Reading

CSA 2010 NOW LIVE!

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CSA (formerly CSA 2010 [which originally stood for Comprehensive Safety Analysis but was changed on Nov 30th to Compliance Safety and Accountability and the 2010 was dropped]) is now live at www.SAFERSYS.org .  This will have a significant impact on litigation involving trucks, buses, and other commercial motor vehicles. FYI, the FMCSA caved to industry… Continue Reading

FMCSA DELAYS PUBLIC ACCESS TO CSA 2010 UNTIL DECEMEBR 12th

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The FMCSA announced on November 30th that it would delay the national rollout of CSA 2010 until at lest December 12th. Specifically the FMCSA stated:  The Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) program’s national rollout will occur no earlier than December 12, 2010, despite reports to the contrary. We appreciate the continued support as the Federal Motor Carrier… Continue Reading

FMCSA CAVES TO TRUCKING INDUSTRY – STATES BOTTOM 1% FOR SAFETY NO LONGER DEFICIENT

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The FMCSA CSA 2010 program has dropped the "deficient" category from SafeStat that found trucking companies, in the bottom 25% for driver, vehicle, or company safety, to be "deficient." The new CSA 2010 rating, announced November 18, 2010 without fanfare, will only be an "alert."  Specifically the old SafeStat system states:  "To obtain a SafeStat score, a carrier must… Continue Reading

Almost 2,000 Trucking Companies Have Unsatisfactory Carrier Safety Ratings

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The FMCSA statistics were compiled Nov 2010 by Carrier411.com: Carriers with deficient Driver Safety (DRSEA) scores:   17,880 Carriers with deficient Vehicle Safety (VHSEA) scores: 19,054 Carriers with deficient Safety Management (SMSEA) scores: 6,421 Carriers with unsatisfactory carrier safety ratings: 1,717 Carriers with conditional carrier safety ratings: 14,614 Carriers with satisfactory carrier safety ratings: 64,222 Active carriers… Continue Reading

Bigger Trucks are a Bigger Problem

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There is a new push to allow bigger trucks on the roads and highways of America. Trucking companies are talking about longer trucks and trucks with double and triple trailers. This is a BAD IDEA. See my earlier blog titled Overloaded Trucks Kill. The Wall Street Journal (8/16/2010 p.B1) indicated the push in congress is coming from… Continue Reading

EXTREME CAUTION REQUIRED UNDER FMCSR 392.14 FOR TRUCK DRIVERS IN BAD WEATHER

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Another difference between driving a car and driving a truck is FMCSR 392.14 which requires truck drivers to use "extreme caution" in weather that effects visibility or traction. Truckers are trained, through the Commercial Drivers License Manual and presumably their company, that they must use extreme caution in bad weather. Those truck drivers that cause a wreck… Continue Reading

CSA 2010 PUSHED BACK

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I have blogged about CSA 2010 before (click here for a general overview) and was looking forward to the new system which, allegedly, will be able to asses more than the 1-2% of trucking companies that under the current system are currently evaluated. Unfortunately the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said it was pushing back… Continue Reading

DISTRACTED DRIVING AS A CAUSE FOR TRUCK ACCIDENTS

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If you or a family member were involved in a wreck with a tractor trailer chances are the professional truck driver was distracted in some manner. Proving that the driver was distracted, and how he was distracted, will likely require a lawyer. The trucking insurance companies hope you sit on your hands as the more time that passes the harder… Continue Reading

TEXTING BANNED FOR TRUCKERS

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The banning of texting, and the use of cell phones in a moving vehicle, is something I predicted would happen in an earlier blog. My prediction has come to pass and the article reporting the complete ban on texting for truck drivers is posted below: The U.S. bans truckers, bus drivers from texting while driving By Ashley… Continue Reading

Donate to the Truck Safety Coalition

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For the last several years my firm has been donating to the Truck Safety Coalition. I would encourage you, and the lawyers that represent you, to donate to this organization. So what is the Truck Safety Coalition and why should you care? The Truck Safety Coalition is a partnership between The Citizens for Reliable and Safe… Continue Reading

EOBR’s TO BE REQUIRED ON ALL TRUCKS?

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Requiring Electric On Board Recorders (EOBR’s) on every truck would be a significant step forward for safety in the trucking industry. EOBR’s keep better track of a drivers hours than the paper log books (frequently referred to as "comic books") that are currently used within the trucking industry. EOBR’s are not perfect, but they are much safer and… Continue Reading

Happy Thanksgiving!

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My best to you and yours for the holidays! While I am thankful for the many people that have entrusted their cases to my office across the country, we don’t need more clients. We want you and yours to stay safe. Remember, don’t text and drive, do use designated drivers, and don’t push getting to Grandma’s house! Stay safe… Continue Reading