Category archive: Safety

Should Trucking Companies Ban or Limit Cellphone Use

A controversial topic at many industry functions I have attended is whether trucking companies should ban or limit cellphone use by their drivers while behind the wheel of a commercial motor vehicle. This controversy was further illustrated in a recent article by David Wren entitled Lawsuit Settlement Could Lead to More Cellphone Bans by Trucking…

Transportation Attorney Larry Hall Quoted Extensively in Bloomberg BNA Article Concerning the Recent Eighth Circuit Decision on Testing Obese Drivers for Sleep Apnea

Here is a link to the Bloomberg BNA story. Could Testing Obese Truckers Weigh Down Industry? Below is Hall’s blog on the potential impact from the District Court. FMCSA and Court Target Specific Policies for Drivers with Sleep Apnea On March 10, 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requested comments regarding proposed rulemaking…

Fleets Cite Reduced Claims Costs Through Use of Emerging Technologies

A recent article by Seth Clevenger published in Transport Topics explores ways executives can improve fleet safety. Several fleet executives spoke at the 2016 ALK Transportation Technology Summit about how their investments in technology have significantly increased safety and reduced claims costs at their companies. The installation of onboard video cameras, collision mitigation systems, departure…

FMCSA and Court Target Specific Policies for Drivers with Sleep Apnea

On March 10, 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requested comments regarding proposed rulemaking related to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and its effects on transportation safety. OSA causes restless sleep, which can lead to deficits in attention, concentration, situational awareness, and memory.  While all truck drivers are screened for respiratory issues, FMCSA’s notice…

The Debate Over Inward and Outward Cameras in Trucks

A recent article by Sean Kilcarr published in Fleet Owner explores why one director of safety believes inward and outward facing cameras will be absolutely vital tools for commercial drivers going forward, outweighing any privacy or other concerns drivers and company owners may have. Jeff Wood, director of safety for Martin Transportation System (a 1,000-truck,…

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Proposes Big Changes to Motor Carrier Safety Fitness Determinations

On January 15, 2016, the FMCA released a proposal to change the method for assigning motor carriers’ safety fitness determinations (SFD). Presently, a safety fitness determination (SFD) can only be made following an on-site compliance review. Compliance reviews are extremely labor intensive, and only a very small percentage of motor carriers can be evaluated every…

NHTSA’s Proposal to Upgrade Rear Impact Crash Protection to Have a Significant Impact on Accident Litigation

Earlier this month, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking aimed at upgrading standards for underride protection in trailers and semi-trailers. NHTSA is looking to make the standards more stringent to improve underride protection in higher speed crashes. Although many trailers currently sold would be compatible with this…

Peterbilt Recalls 2,000 Semi-Tractors Due to Speed/Tire Concerns

Peterbilt voluntarily recalled more than 2,000 semi-tractors because they can travel at speeds greater than their tires can safely handle.  The tractor recalls effect 2009-2016 model years because they can travel faster than 75 mph, even though the maximum speed their Michelin tires can handle is 65 mph.  The trucks at issue are primarily used…

Just Say “No” – Legalized Marijuana and the Trucking Industry

An unfortunate reality for businesses of any size is how to detect and handle drug use by employees. In the transportation industry where alertness and quick reflexes are essential to avoid every day hazards faced on America’s highways, appropriate testing policies and procedures are essential to any size company’s ability to survive in an environment…

Insurance Industry Pushes Electronic Logs and Speed Regulators

Driver fatigue received increased attention after comedian Tracy Morgan was critically injured in a January 2014 incident when the limousine he was riding in was struck by a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. tractor trailer whose driver failed to notice traffic slowing ahead. Reports later indicated the truck driver had driven 12-hours to work before starting his…

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