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Obama Seeks $330M in Fight Against Distracted Driving

We applaud President Obama and his efforts to combat distracted driving. As part of his proposed 2013 budget, the administration has included $330 million as part of its six-year transportation spending plan to fund programs that target distracted driving. Text messaging while driving has drawn the scorn of safe-driving advocates nationwide, and currently 35 states …

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 …

FMCSA Launches Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) Trucking Safety Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently launched a new trucking safety initiative called the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program. The heart of this program is a Safety Measurement System (SMS) that will analyze violations from inspections and crash data. Through these calculations, the FMCSA will be able to identify carriers with a pattern …

FMCSA Moves Closer to Publishing Pair of Key Trucking Safety Regulations

Last Thursday the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB)  approved a proposed rule by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that would require the use of electronic onboard recorders or EOBRs by certain trucking fleets. According to FMCSA officials, this rule will require trucking fleets whose drivers have a history of violating …

Ban on Texting by Commercial Drivers Announced

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced on Tuesday, January 26th that drivers of commercial vehicles, essentially large trucks and buses, are now formally banned from texting while driving and that drivers caught ignoring the ban could be fined up to $2,750. The ban is effective immediately. In a statement announcing the ban, transportation Secretary LaHood …

Chairwoman of NTSB Calls for EOBRs in All Commercial Trucks

In a move I anticipated in my December 16, 2008 post, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) chairwoman Debbie Hersman recently stated that electronic onboard recorders (EOBRs) should be placed in all commercial trucks to monitor driver hours. Hersman made the statement on November 16 in Washington, D.C. at a National Press Club luncheon. In her …

A Follow-up Look at My Predictions for 2009

On December 16, 2008 I predicted some dramatic developments in areas such as truck accident fatality rates, government efforts to improve safety and other aspects of commercial trucking in our country

GPS Helps Track Drivers’ Record of Duty Status and Prevent Truck Accidents

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration currently exercises its full authority under 49 USC 504(c) to include the examination of GPS or other advanced technology records in the normal course of investigations of carrier compliance with its regulations. This helps the agency enforce its safety regulations, prevent truck accidents and keep our roadways safe. However, …

New Rule Aims to Reduce Truck Accidents Involving Intermodal Transport

A new regulation, the Intermodal Equipment Final Rule, will be enforced as of December 17, leaving some companies scrambling to make sure they are in compliance. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the new rule: adopts regulations to implement section 4118 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy …

FMCSA Truck Safety Regulations and Repeat Violators

In March, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it would be assessing repeat violators of its regulations with the maximum allowable fines more quickly. The FMCSA stated that under its new policy, “maximum penalties will be applied in cases where an acute violation is discovered during an investigation within six years of …

FMCSA Proposes Proficiency Exam for New Trucking Companies

In response to issues raised by the group Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is considering revising federal regulations to require new trucking companies to pass a proficiency exam before being allowed to begin operations. According to Henry Jasny, general counsel for the Advocates, the new exam, announced …

New NHTSA Large Truck Braking Standards Announced

As a truck accident lawyer, I have sat with too many families over the past years whose loved ones have been killed as a result of a large truck with faulty brakes. I’m pleased to see that NHTSA is taking steps to address this problem. In a move estimated to save 227 lives and prevent …

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