Featuring the most recent summaries and analyses of important legal developments, regulatory changes and issues of general– and often times, vital –importance, Trucking Defense Blog is your home for information impacting those of us involved in the trucking industry and the defense of trucking-related claims and lawsuits.

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…

Video Recording of Pre-Trip Inspection: Will it Increase Potential Liability?

Given the wide availability of video technology, there appears to be a growing contingent of truck drivers who record their pre-trip inspections using their cell phone cameras.  Recently, one of these drivers was pulled over for having a burned-out taillight.  The driver informed the officer that the taillight was working when he started the trip. …

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…

Transportation Safety – There’s an App for that . . .

  From an operations position, safety is always at the forefront of every transportation company’s concerns. Recently, the federal agency charged with ensuring safety on the nation’s roadways, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), developed SaferBus. The first of its kind, SaferBus is a multilingual app that allows commercial bus passengers an unprecedented ability…

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…

Hands-Free Device Ban?

Hands-Free Device Ban?

Last March, Chapel Hill, North Carolina became the first locality in the United States to completely prohibit the use of cell phones, including hands-free devices, while driving. The American Trucking Association released a statement indicating “this move is significant since other local jurisdictions may soon follow, creating an additional challenge for drivers in tracking the…

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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