Category archive: General

Overcoming Language Barriers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (49 CFR 391.11) requires that in order to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License, an applicant must be able to “read and speak the English language sufficiently to converse with the general public, to understand highway traffic signs and signals in the English language, to respond to official inquiries, and…

Beware of Fraudulent Letter

Please be on the lookout. There is a fraudulent DOT letter in circulation bearing the signature of Louis James and requesting financial information about your company. If you receive this letter, you should not respond. Click through to see the letter.

The Dollar Value of Life

Damages for the loss of enjoyment of life, including general life activities, familial interaction, hobbies, and similar benefits, are referred to as “hedonic damages.” The term may be new, but the legal concept is not.  Courts have recognized these damages as (i) separately recoverable, (ii) too speculative and not recoverable, or (iii) a component of…

Protecting Post Accident Documents

The best business practices often collide and clash with litigation. As litigators, our job is to work within the structure of our clients’ business practices, not vice versa.  A trucking company confronted with an accident will want to investigate whether its driver was potentially at fault so it can take corrective measures needed to try and ensure similar future…

Texas Supreme Court Tells Driver that He Must be Injured Before Collecting Punitive Damages from his Former Employer

What is a driver to do when they repeatedly discover safety violations in their vehicles but are constantly ordered to drive the trucks anyways? What if the driver receives citations for an improperly secured load but is again asked to drive the truck without the problems being fixed? What can a driver do when they…

Trucking Industry At a Glance

Each year the American Trucking Association releases American Trucking Trends.  The 2012 edition shows that trucking is the driving force behind the improving economy.  Safe, reliable and efficient motor carriers enable businesses throughout the entire supply chain to keep inventories lean, thereby saving the economy billions of dollars each year. Operating Stats Trucking employs 6.8…

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