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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…

New Electronic Logging Device Final Rule is Released

Yesterday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced and released the long awaited electronic logging device (ELD) final rule.  This final rule mandates use of ELDs by interstate drivers of commercial motor vehicles who currently use a driver’s record of duty status (driver’s log) to record their hours of service.  Within two years, motor…

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…

FMCSA Minimum Insurance Requirement Remains Unchanged – For the Time Being

In 1985, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration set a $750,000 minimum insurance requirement for motor vehicle carriers.  Earlier in 2014, there was discussion that a new rule would be promulgated raising the limit above $1 million to reflect inflationary rates.  The new limit was expected to be released this Fall, but has been delayed…

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…

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