Trucking News

Federal Regulators Weigh in On Truck Safety, Outdated Insurance Regulations

Brian Nettles, Esq. nettleslawfirm.com The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) is considering raising the federal minimum insurance requirements for trucks and buses. Nationally, truck and bus safety is a big deal for our roads. In a sense, they carry the country: food and other goods, and people–the most precious cargo of all. With this benefit comes serious risk–risk that is too often exacerbated by the motive to make profit. Driving is a dangerous activity made even more treacherous by drowsy driving. Too many companies encourage their drivers to push themselves to make deliveries, and then turn a blind eye …

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Tech Companies Developing Driver Fatigue Monitors

Chris Welsh, Esq. welsh-law.com A silverlining may be appearing for the epidemic of distracted driving. A movement to monitor drivers’ fatigue on the roadways has begun. Specifically, the “Safety Trax|DDM” by Safety Vision, LLC. is a “driver distraction and fatigue monitoring system” for vehicles. Based on mobile and fleet automation systems, the infrared illuminated camera can be placed on the dashboard to film day or night with “intelligent video algorithms.” It works by tracking the driver’s eye lids and pupil dilation, and even warns the driver in with real-time sound alerts when symptoms of fatigue or distraction occur. It can even …

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New Jersey Turnpike still a dangerous highway even after multi-million dollar widening:

Robert Sachs, Esq. It was only a question of time… Just over two weeks after the New Jersey Turnpike opened all six lanes south of “the merge” the northbound truck lanes have been closed due to a fiery, three tractor-trailer collision. Early reports indicate that just after 9 PM Tuesday night, three tractor-trailers heading north were involved in a collision between exit 7 and exit 8. By the time the late news came on, it was clear that the fire involved all three vehicles. Thursday morning, overhead views also showed obvious damage to guard rails. Officials were slow to reopen …

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Berks County Truck Crash Kills Two

Robert Sachs, Esq. It has been a dangerous 24 hour period for tractor-trailer wrecks in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. There was a fatal multi-vehicle crash involving a tractor-trailer in Berks County (outside of Reading) yesterday morning. NBC news has posted video of the scene which shows at least two, and possibly three vehicles pushed up against a Dunkin’ Donuts sign by a tractor-trailer. The collision occurred at approximately 6:30 this morning on Allentown Pike (Route 222) just before its intersection with Route 73 in Blandon, PA. This section of Route 222 is two lanes and visibility is clear in both …

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Law firm accuses Wal-Mart of chiseling its truck drivers

Wal-Mart has been accused of chiseling its drivers in a wage-theft case that might will affect hundreds of truckers. The lawsuit accuses Wal-Mart of violating a number of California labor laws, including failing to pay its drivers minimum wage and failing to give them meal and rest breaks. Wal-Mart contends in court papers that its truck drivers are well-paid and even get paid when they sleep in their cabs.Wagner says Wal-Mart truckers are employees of the company who get paid by the mile. It can add up to about $80,000 or more a year because Wal-Mart drivers are on the …

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