Tractor trailer- FMCSA statistics

There were 8,481,999 registered “large trucks” or tractor trailers traveling the interstate highway system as of 2005. http://tiny.cc/2of2jw  A large truck is defined as a truck with a gross vehicle weight of rating of greater than 10,000 pounds. This information was compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (or “FMCSA”). The typical tractor trailer combination weighs approximately …

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Lawyer tools- Georgia’s law helps injured from tractor trailers

A lawyer seeking to help someone injured by a truck or tractor trailer has some tools to aid settlement or recovery from the trucking company or insurance company.  Under Georgia’s “Direct Action” statute, a lawyer can join or add the insurance company to a lawsuit against a trucking company (otherwise referred to as a “motor carrier”).  In a typical car accident, a lawyer …

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Trucking companies avoid safety

Safety Cannot be Delegated Personal Injury Lawyers in Tractor Trailer Accident Cases often seek documents that motor carriers are required to maintain by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.  Many times, Tractor Trailer Companies delegate the hiring and supervision of drivers to third-party staffing companies.  When litigation commences, motor carriers often attempt to avoid responsibility by claiming they delegated safety compliance …

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Trucking Companies and Trade Secrets

Safety and Training Documents are not Trade Secrets Trucking Accident Lawyers in tractor trailer cases often seek safety budgets, safety documents, training budgets and policy and procedure materials from the defendant trucking company.  Tractor Trailer companies often assert that such documents are protected from disclosure as “trade secrets.”  The first question is whether any of this material is a “trade secret” in …

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Unsafe Truckers

On Tuesday, a tragic accident in Virginia forced the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to fundamentally alter protocol regarding Out-of-Service orders for commercial motor carriers and passenger motorcoach companies. A SkyExpress bus filled with passengers traveling from Charlotte, North Carolina, en route to New York City’s Chinatown, suddenly veered off Interstate 95 in Virgina. The bus hit an embankment, flipped, …

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Trucking crash predictions

A recent study by the American Research Transportation Institute analyzed tractor trailer driver-specific data in order to relate driver behavior to future crashes. The variables used were road inspection violations, driver traffic conviction information, as well as past crash involvement. Data from 587,722 truck drivers over a two-year period showed that specific behaviors and convictions in aggregate raised a driver’s …

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Short Haul and Long Hours

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently published a study regarding short haul commercial truck drivers. Short haul, also called drayage, are trips by commercial drivers that can be completed within a single shift, often within 100 miles of the home base. Researchers chose short haul drivers because most work over 50 hours a week and have more rigorous work …

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