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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 …

CV Inspectors Urged to Seek Patterns of Safety Violations

Our front-line efforts to curb fatal truck crashes rest, in many ways, with commercial vehicle inspectors. The men and women who are charged with identifying safety deficiencies are our first wave of protection in preventing future commercial vehicle fatalities. Those inspectors recently received words of wisdom from industry brass. National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah …

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 …

Fatal Crashes Seven Times Likelier With Curbside Buses

Turns out they don’t just seem more dangerous … they are more dangerous. If this year’s fatal bus crashes in New York, New Jersey, and Virginia weren’t proof enough, a new National Transportation Safety Board study finds that curbside bus lines (aka Chinatown buses) had 1.4 times fatal accidents for every 100 buses, compared to …

NTSB Responds to Kentucky Crash: No Cell Phones for CMV Drivers in All States

Was a Connecticut school bus driver talking on his cell phone just before a fatality crash last year? It’s a timely question, and one that a Connecticut trucking attorney is pressing as he files suit against that bus driver. It’s timely because earlier this month, the National Transportation Safety Board called for all states and …

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 …

NHTSA to Call for Truck Stability Control Systems

I recently wrote about the National Transportation Safety Board’s call for tanker trucks to have rollover/stability systems to prevent truck accidents. Now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is readying a proposal that would require truck tractors to be equipped with stability control systems. In its proposal, slated for publication by year-end, NHTSA is expected …

NTSB Report Calls for Tankers to Have Rollover/Stability Systems

In its report on a disastrous 2009 propane tanker truck rollover, The National Transportation Safety Board is calling on industry and regulators to help reduce the likelihood of such trucking accidents. The rollover in question produced a massive cloud of flame, a displaced bridge pier, and multiple severe injuries near downtown Indianapolis in October 2009. …

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