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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 …

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 …

Overturned Tanker Dumps 4,000 Gallons of Fuel near Oakridge, OR

A tanker truck overturned on Highway 58 near Oakridge, Ore., on Monday, March 12, spilling more than 4,000 gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel near the Middle Fork Willamette River. According to a report by the Register-Guard, the accident occurred at a curve in the highway when the truck driver veered onto the shoulder of …

Oregon Jury Awards $5.2M Verdict in Landmark Negligent Hiring Case

Highway safety took a huge step this week when a jury in federal court in Medford, Oregon agreed with us in a negligent driving and hiring case and rendered a $5.2 million verdict. I am proud to have represented the family of Kelly Linhart, who was killed on Sept. 25, 2008, when Daniel Clarey, a …

Two People Killed in Crash with Tow Truck in Oregon

An intersection that annually ranks as one of the most dangerous in Oregon was the site of another fatal collision between a passenger car and a tow truck on Sunday, Feb. 5. According to OregonLive.com, a tow truck driving west on Oregon 211 smashed into the driver’s side door of a pickup truck traveling south …

New Oregon Law Prohibits Excessive Truck Idling; Removes Cell Phone Use Exception

New in the State of Oregon in 2012 is a law that commercial vehicles may not idle more than 5 minute during any one hour period. There are exceptions for maintenance and for heating and cooling in extreme weather. At the same time, Oregon eliminated the “necessary for a person’s job” exception to the state’s …

NTSB: Ban All Cell Phone Use While Driving

Truck drivers who’ve felt singled out by talk of cell phone bans can take heart: It’s not just about trucks anymore. Thanks to a strong correlation between fatality crashes and cell phone usage while driving, on Tuesday the five-person National Transportation Safety Board unanimously recommended a universal ban on talking, texting, and emailing while driving …

Oregon Log Book Inspections Place 22 Percent of Drivers Out of Service

Oregon trucking enforcement officials conducted detailed inspections of commercial drivers’ log books and vehicles last month, resulting in 22 percent of big-rig drivers being placed out of service. Most of the violations involved driving too long without taking a mandatory rest break. Federal and Oregon trucking regulations demand that drivers keep track of the hours …

Oregon Truck-Crash Statistics Show Inspections Improve Safety

Oregon truck accident attorneys and safety advocates have proof that their commitment to safety is paying off. The state’s commitment to trucking safety is working, thanks in large part to regular, intensive inspections. According to an official state report, in 2009 Oregon had not only fewer truck crashes but also fewer fatalities and injuries in …

Map: U.S. States That Ban Cell Phones & Texting While Driving

The Governors Highway Safety Association has compiled a list of which states restrict or forbid cell phone use for talking or texting while driving. A truck accident attorney always welcomes trucking laws like this. No state bans all cell phone use while driving, but the states differ on their rules and on whom they govern …

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