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  • Why Truck Accident Cases Are So Complex

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 6-Apr-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel After a wreck involving a tractor-trailer or commercial vehicle, it is important to carefully consider the types of characteristics and qualities to look for when choosing a truck accident lawyer. These qualities include experience handling personal injury and truck cases, and the ability to leverage resources, time, and insight into the trucking industry. Trucking cases demand ...
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  • Electronic Logging Devices & Commercial Truck Safety

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 15-Mar-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Tractor-tailors and other commercial vehicles pose many dangers to the general public. Because these massive machines share the roads and highways with smaller passenger vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians, state and federal governments take many measures to ensure they are as safe as possible and that trucking companies and truck drivers are operating as ...
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  • Side Underride Truck Accidents Could Be Prevented by Mandatory Side Guards

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 23-Feb-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Side underride accidents are among the most disastrous type of collision on our roadways. These wrecks occur when passenger vehicles crash into the side of a tractor-trailer and become forced, lodged, or crumpled underneath the trailer. Often, these crashes result in extensive damage to vehicles and severe injuries to drivers and passengers in them, as well as bicyclists and ...
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  • Thousands of Truckers Across the Country Cleared by Atlanta Chiropractor May Not Be Fit to Drive

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 7-Feb-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Under federal regulations, truck drivers must pass extensive medical examinations in order to obtain and preserve their commercial driver’s licenses. Following the recent arrest of Dr. Anthony Lefteris, a chiropractor who was licensed to perform these exams but who federal authorities say did not actually administer the required tests, the fitness of thousands of truckers ...
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  • 2017 & The Trucking Industry: Top Issues & Concerns

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 24-Jan-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel The New Year is bringing a lot of changes when it comes to Washington. Aside from a new President and administration, many shake-ups are taking place in various government agencies, including those responsible for transportation safety and the regulation of the trucking industry. In addition to new technologies and new ideas, these changes could make for an eventful year when ...
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  • Amazon Developing Uber-like App for Trucking Industry

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 17-Jan-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Amazon has established a significant presence in the commercial transportation industry with its own fleet of tractor-trailers and planes that transport Amazon-purchased products where they need to go. Now, Amazon is looking to revolutionize the $800 billion trucking industry by developing a new app designed to connect truck drivers with shippers. According to reports from ...
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  • New Safety Report Attributes Increased Truck Crash Risks to Vehicle Defects, Long Hours

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 13-Jan-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel New research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has taken a closer look at the factors behind commercial truck accidents. Their findings: vehicle defects and long hours, especially when they result from short-haul exemptions to federal hours-of-service rules, substantially increase crash risks. The IIHs consistently studies crash risks involving ...
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  • Congress Suspends Trucking Safety Rules to Ease Regulations on Driver Fatigue

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 14-Dec-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Lawmakers were recently successful in blocking safety rules designed to keep tired truck drivers off the road. The rules, which were supported by the Obama Administration, concerned mandatory rest periods that require truckers to take two nights off after a work week up to 75 hours. Specifically, the rules mandated that the 35-hour rest period following a work week include two ...
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  • Texas Crash Involving School Bus, Tractor-Trailer Results in Death of Cheer Team Sponsor

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 5-Dec-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel One victim was killed and several others injured in a fatal collision between a school bus and a commercial tractor-trailer in Texas this past Friday. According to authorities, the crash took place Friday evening on Interstate 20 in Big Springs following a football game in Colorado City. Representatives from the Iraan-Sheffield School District report the school bus was carrying ...
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  • Recent Transportation Crashes Highlight Shortcomings of Federal Minimum Insurance Limits

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 14-Nov-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel In the wake of several large transportation accidents, including a fatal bus collision in Baltimore and another fatal crash in California, victim advocates are highlighting the shortfalls of federal minimum insurance limits for commercial vehicles. Low policy limits are often not enough to cover victims’ damages, especially when catastrophic accidents cause large scale ...
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  • Federal Regulators Propose Limiting the Speed of Commercial Trucks

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 15-Sep-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Last month, federal regulators proposed fitting large commercial vehicles with devices that would limit their maximum speed. In a notice issued jointly by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), officials said speed limiters would be a safety measure that could save lives and over $1 billion in ...
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  • Driverless Trucks are Soon to Be a Reality

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 14-Jun-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Driverless trucks may hit the road even sooner than driverless cars. The new technology, pioneered by San Francisco-based company OTTO, among other innovators, is paving the way for the future of trucking – 80,000 pound behemoths piloted by a computer instead of a human. Currently, shipping a load of cargo across the country costs around $4,500, with 75 percent of that ...
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  • Congress Considers Bill to Reform and Roll Back Trucking Regulations

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 10-Jun-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel The House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee recently voted to send a transportation to the House that includes provisions to significantly reform federal trucking regulations. The new bill would roll back certain rules and block other measures intended to make trucks and roadways safer. Proposed changes include: Restoring Hours of Service rules to those in ...
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  • Large Trucks Pose Risk of Deadly Underride Auto Accidents

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 1-Jun-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Makers of modern 18-wheelers and other large trucks are not doing enough to prevent a particularly deadly, but preventable, form of accidents. That was the conclusion reached at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Vehicle Research Center conference on “underride” crashes held last week in Virginia. Almost 90 policymakers, trucking industry ...
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  • The Danger of Untreated Sleep Apnea in Truck Drivers

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 30-Mar-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel New research from the University of Minnesota Morris indicates that truck drivers who fail to maintain their sleep apnea treatments are five times more likely to be involved in a serious truck accident. The study is the largest analysis to date of crash risk among truck drivers with a breathing disorder, and comes as an important part of a debate over whether commercial drivers ...
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  • Truck Inspections Save Thousands of Lives, Says FMCSA Report

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 7-Mar-2016

    According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) annual Roadside Intervention Effectiveness Model (RIEM) analysis, roadside truck safety inspections saved approximately 7,000 lives and prevented more than 9,000 injuries between 2001 and 2012. More than 3.5 million of these inspections are conducted each year in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. ...
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  • Tractor-Trailer Accident Closes Inner & Outer Loop of Beltway

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 22-Feb-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Anyone driving in the DC metropolitan area during rush hour on Friday, February 19, 2016 was frustrated by an overturned tractor-trailer which shut down both sides of the beltway. A man was driving a truck on the outer loop in Maryland when the truck crashed into a concrete jersey barrier and overturned. The man was thrown from the truck and later died. Portions of the concrete ...
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  • NTSB Most Wanted List Highlights Needed Safety Improvements

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 27-Jan-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel The National Transportation Safety Board is an independent federal agency charged with investigating all mass transit accidents that have occurred in the United States, as well as significant accidents occurring in other modes of transportation, including highway, railway, pipeline, and marine. The goal of the Board is to prevent future accidents by identifying how and why ...
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  • Truck Drivers Now Required to Log Hours Electronically

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 14-Jan-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel A new government rule designed to prevent driver fatigue will now require truck and bus drivers to electronically record their hours behind the wheel. The rule, which was released just two weeks ago by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), addresses problems with drivers evading restrictions by manipulating paper logs, or by keeping two separate logs. Now, ...
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  • President Obama Signs $305B FAST Act Highway Bill

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 8-Dec-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, a five year, long-term bill that is slated to be the last highway bill, has just been signed into law by President Obama only hours away from the scheduled expiration of the nation’s road and transit spending. This new law, which will be paid for with tax revenue and approximately $70 billion in offsets of the ...
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  • Texting Truckers: Police Struggling to Crack Down

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 3-Dec-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel Many people are aware that texting and driving is a recipe for disaster, especially when it comes to commercial trucks that can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Because tractor-trailers can cause devastating damage in an accident, commercial drivers are held to a higher standard and face tougher laws. However, many truckers continue to drive with dangerous distractions, and police ...
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  • Jackknifed Tractor-Trailer Clogs Capital Beltway

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 2-Oct-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel On Wednesday morning, a major tractor-trailer accident on the Capital Beltway in Virginia created an large mess and massive traffic delays. If you take this route as part of your commute, it is likely you know how severe the backup was. These delays were caused in part by the extensive damage that resulted from the crash, as well as the sizable efforts required by workers to ...
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  • Despite Need to Tighten Trucking Regulations, Congress Looks to Loosen

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 21-Sep-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel Late last month, the New York Times published an opinion piece on the need for tougher trucking regulations. The article - The Trucks are Killing Us - begins by pointing out some alarming statistics regarding tractor-trailer accidents and the tremendous damage they can cause on U.S roadways. The statistics included: More people in the U.S. will be killed in truck accidents this ...
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  • New Bill Would Lower Tractor-Trailer Driver Age to 18

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 11-Aug-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel At 18 a person can do a lot of things – vote, get married or join the military without parental permission, buy cigarettes or lottery tickets – but one thing they cannot do under federal law is drive a tractor-trailer across state lines. A new bill proposed in Congress seeks to change that. Under current law, a person must be 21 years old before they are allowed to ...
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  • Fatal Tractor-Trailer Crash in Georgia Shows Importance of Underride Protection

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 6-Aug-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel Tractor-trailer crashes can take many forms - from jackknife accidents and head-on collisions to incidents involving vehicles being run off the road with little or no contact. Aside from these common commercial truck accidents, one of the most dangerous and overlooked types of crashes is the underride crash. As evidenced by a recent crash in Chatham County, Georgia, underride ...
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