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California Trucker Forced to Shut Down after Repeated DUI Violations

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared California-licensed truck driver Yakov Zaverukha to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce. Zaverukha, a commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder, was served the federal order on March 25, …

Semi Driver Flees Scene After Fatal Crash with Pickup Truck

Police in California are actively looking for a trucker accused of fleeing the scene after a deadly crash on the early morning of April 30th. Shortly before 3 a.m., investigators said the driver of the 18-wheeler ran a red light before colliding with a pickup truck that was found lodged underneath the trailer of the …

Police: Big Rig Crashes into House after Brakes Fail

Fatigue, drinking alcohol, and speeding are all major factors in motor vehicle crashes. However, many are also due to mechanical failures—one of the biggest being brake failure. In fact, a recent study sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation found that nearly 30% of all large truck crashes involved brake failure, brakes out of adjustment …

FMCSA: California Truck Driver Tests Positive for Meth, Ordered to Stop Driving

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared California-licensed truck driver Edward Herbert Crane to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce. Crane was served the federal order on February 9, 2016. In May 2015, an …

Train Hits 18-Wheeler Lingering Too Long On Tracks

According to WRAL-TV, an Amtrak train hit a tractor-trailer that stalled on railroad tracks in North Carolina, toppling the engine onto its side Monday and sending 55 of the 212 passengers aboard the train to the hospital. This collision was the third serious commuter train crash in less than two months. The Associated Press reported …

CNBC Series Focuses on Truck Safety

Motivated to look further into the issue of truck safety by the California FedEx crash and the New Jersey crash involving Tracy Morgan and WalMart, CNBC has produced a series of stories focusing on truck safety. One of those stories focuses on “chameleon” carriers, also called reincarnated carriers. These are truck companies whose owners–when faced with fines …

Horse trailer legislation

For the third year in a row, the U.S. Senate is considering legislation to make double-decker transport of horses illegal. The Horse Transportation Safety Act of 2013 bans transportation of horses in trailers with two or more levels, according to bill co-sponsor Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ). Co-sponsor Senator Kirk of Illinois (R) states that it …

New FMCSA Data includes Lack of Seat Belt Use

Last month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released safety data from 2011, including the following: One-third of truck occupant fatalities occurred when occupant was not wearing a seatbelt; 64% of large truck fatal crashes occurred on rural roads; of the 530 fatal crashes in work zones in the country, 27% — or 144 …

California Trucking Group Opposes State Law Mandating Breaks

A representative for the California Trucking Association responded with concern to a court ruling that will require trucking companies in the state to give truck drivers a 30-minute meal period within the first five hours of driving. Michael Shaw, CTA Vice President, External Affairs, told TruckingInfo.com that the ruling by the California Supreme Court will “strait-jacket …

Three Injured in Crash with Tractor Trailer near Pinole, CA

Three people, including a child, who were riding in an SUV were injured when their vehicle collided with a tractor trailer near Pinole, Cal., on Tuesday, April 10. According to FindMyAccident.com, the tractor trailer was traveling east on Interstate 80 in Contra Costa County when it crashed with the SUV. All three injured passengers were …

SUV, Semi Collide Head-On near Lodi, CA

The driver of a sport utility vehicle was killed near Lodi, Calif., on Wednesday, April 4, when the vehicle collided head-on with a tractor trailer. According to Fox40.com, police believe the SUV crossed the center line of Highway 12 in San Joaquin County when it crashed into the oncoming tractor trailer, closing a stretch of …

Semi Triggers Multiple-Vehicle Crash in Bakersfield, CA

A tractor trailer traveling at unsafe speeds is being blamed as the cause of a multiple-vehicle crash on Highway 99 in Bakersfield, Calif., on Sunday, March 25. According to TurnTo23.com, the tractor trailer collided with a passenger vehicle and then a concrete barrier before leaking fuel onto the highway. California Highway Patrol reports that high …

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