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NTSB Releases Top 10 Safety Concerns for 2013

It’s never too early to begin lining up your New Year’s Resolutions. The National Transportation Safety Board, the federal agency charged with investigating major transportation-related accidents, recently unfurled a list that identifies the major issues it plans to take on in 2013. Not surprisingly, the NTSB plans to slay some big dragons in the coming …

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 …

Federal Rule Bans Hand-Held Cell Phone Use by Commercial Drivers on the Road

Studies show that commercial vehicle operators using hand-held cell phones while driving have a higher risk of getting into truck accidents. Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation made its latest effort to end distracted driving with a final rule banning hand-held cell phone use by all big-rig and bus drivers. Announcing the ban last …

NTSB: No Cellphones for Truck Drivers

As I noted last year in reference to a serious truck crash near Munfordville, Kentucky, multiple fatalities make the job of a truck accident attorney even harder to bear. This week, however, I am heartened by news that that particular crash may yield some benefit. Following its new report on that crash, the National Transportation …

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 …

Federal Laws Ban Texting While Driving for Truck, Bus, and Hazmat Drivers

In an effort to reduce truck accidents, the federal government has implemented strict new anti-texting laws for commercial truck drivers and bus drivers. As a truck accident lawyer, I like to cover all new trucking laws. These anti-texting laws are effective immediately, and fines could reach as high as $2,750. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced …

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