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Georgia Officials Propose Semi-Only Lanes In An Effort to Ease Traffic

Truck only lanes for the most pare are a rare sight in the United States; however, with the rapid increase in truck travel in key locations in the U.S., especially near major ports and intermodal centers, truck only lanes are being considered in more locations to facilitate traffic flow and reduce the potential for truck-auto …

Four Bus Companies Shutdown Following Multi-State Strike Force Investigation

Following a four-month, multi-state investigation, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently announced that it has revoked the operating authority registration of four commercial bus companies for “willfully failing to comply with federal safety regulations.” Specifically, each of the four passenger carriers was found to have intentionally provided a misleading …

Georgia Trucker Falsifies Medical Records, Ordered to Stop Driving after Wreck

A Georgia trucker driver has been ordered to shut down after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration declared him to be an imminent hazard to public safety. The driver has been identified as Matthew Jason Boozer. Authorities have demanded that he not operate any commercial vehicle in interstate commerce. According to an FMCSA, an investigation …

Two Tractor Trailers Plunge From Interstate, Create Chaos Down Below

A crash involving two 18 wheelers on a highly traveled Georgia highway turned into a traffic nightmare for Atlanta drivers —and one they’d probably like to quickly forget. Cleanup reportedly took well more than 24 hours, and as you might imagine it created a big mess down below. Several media outlets say the accident involved …

Tractor Trailer Bill Attracts the Attention of Georgia Department of Transportation

A federal bill to make tractor trailers safer has caught the attention of the Georgia Department of Transportation. This piece of legislation comes after five nursing students were killed and three others seriously injured in April when an 18 wheeler failed to stop, plowing into traffic that had stopped on I-16 in Georgia. A few …

NTSB Rules Trucker That Seriously Injured Comedian Tracy Morgan Was Fatigued, Speeding

According to NTSB officials, a truck driver’s deadly crash involving SNL funnyman Tracy Morgan and his good friend, comedian James McNair, was due to extreme fatigue. Kevin Roper, a Wal-Mart truck driver from Georgia, reportedly hadn’t slept in 28 hours when he crashed his 18-wheeler into the limo Morgan and McNair were traveling in. Although, …

FMCSA Shuts Down Trucking Companies in Illinois, Georgia; Considers Them Imminent Hazards to Public Safety

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered Payson, Illinois-based Rhino Displays and Hampton, Georgia-based Prudential Carriers, Inc., to immediately shut down following two separate federal investigations that revealed numerous widespread violations of critical safety regulations. According to officials, in July 2010, Rhino, a fireworks display company, informed FMCSA in writing …

Five Nursing Students Killed, Three Others Injured After 18-Wheeler Fails To Reportedly Slow Down

According to the Georgia State Patrol, five people were killed and three others injured last week after a semi caused a chain-reaction crash along I-16 near Savannah. Authorities stated that the deadly accident occurred after an 18-wheeler failed to slow down and smashed into stop-and-go traffic. The five people killed were nursing students at Georgia …

FMCSA Publicly Calls Out Big Rig Driver For Drugged Driving

There is a growing body of scientific evidence which demonstrates drugged driving to be a leading cause of traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities. It’s no secret that the effects of prescription or illegal drugs on the body can impact motor skills, balance and coordination, perception, attention, reaction time, and judgment. Even small amounts of some drugs …

The OP-1 and MCS-150 forms in truck accident cases

OP-1 is a form motor carriers use to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for operating authority. MCS- 150 is form to register for a USDOT number. Many companies will have filled out both forms. If you are an attorney handling a tractor trailer collision case, make sure you send a Freedom …

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 …

FMCSA Shuts Down 26 East Coast Bus Operations

Citing violations such as hiring drivers who hadn’t received their commercial driver’s license, and employing drivers who didn’t pass drug and alcohol tests, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently idled 26 bus operations that serviced passengers  on Interstate 95 in the eastern United States. According to TruckingInfo.com, the FMCSA, in its largest crackdown ever, …

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