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  • Trucking Industry Targets Electronic Logging Devices

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 12-Apr-2018

    By: Allan M. Siegel On April 1 st, officials began enforcement of a new trucking industry regulation requiring truck drivers and trucking operators to use electronic logging devices (ELDs). Although that system provides greater oversight of truckers and helps ensure accountability in terms of reducing risks associated with driver fatigue and violations of Hours-of-Service (HOS) rules, not everyone ...
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  • Trucking Industry's Continued Driver Shortage Could Impact Public Safety

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 13-Mar-2018

    By: Allan M. Siegel Over the years, we have discussed many issues related to the trucking industry, including those involving preventable truck accidents, trucking regulations, and the long-standing efforts of the trucking industry to pass or roll back laws that benefit their corporate interests at the expense of public safety. Among those issues is a chronic shortage of available commercial truck ...
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  • Commercial Truck Regulations: Weight Violations

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 13-Feb-2018

    By: Allan M. Siegel Trucking operators, drivers, and any distributors or companies that work with operators to load their fleet have legal obligations to comply with regulations designed to keep others safe from harm that can and should be avoided. This includes regulations regarding vehicle weight limits. When they fail to abide by the law, they create the potential for serious hazards and ...
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  • How Cargo Securement Violations Increase Truck Accident Risks

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 26-Jan-2018

    By: Allan M. Siegel Tractor-trailers travel our roads and highways on a daily basis because they play an important role in transporting our goods and commodities. Not only does the size of commercial trucks alone pose risks to drivers with whom they share the road, the types of commodities they carry, as well as how those goods are loaded and secured, are also public safety risks that must be ...
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  • Proposed Bill Prompted by Deadly Truck Wrecks Calls for Mandatory Side Underride Guards

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 23-Jan-2018

    By: Allan M. Siegel In many of our blog posts, we have discussed the immense dangers commercial trucks and tractor-trailers pose to public safety, as well as the numerous regulations in place designed to reduce those risks. Unfortunately, we have also detailed many shortcomings in the regulatory landscape surrounding commercial trucking, as well as efforts that have pursued and resulted in ...
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  • Drug & Alcohol Testing for Commercial Drivers: Driver & Company Responsibilities

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 14-Dec-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel In a recent blog, we discussed federally mandated medical exams that are designed to ensure truck and bus drivers with Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs) are fit and healthy enough to operate commercial vehicles. As we mentioned, ensuring drivers do not have medical conditions that impact their ability to safely control large vehicles, which can transport both cargo and ...
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  • Trucker Health Certifications: Ensuring Commercial Drivers are Fit for Duty

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 1-Dec-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Ensuring truck drivers are fit and healthy enough to operate commercial trucks and tractor-trailers is a critical part of protecting public safety. Because commercial trucks weigh tens of thousands of pounds, and transport heavy and sometimes dangerous cargo, a trucker with particular health problems can significantly increase the risks of devastating wrecks and put ...
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  • Who Can be Held Liable for a Trucking Accident?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 14-Nov-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Establishing fault and liability is a focal point of any negligence claim, including those involving auto and trucking accidents. By determining the underlying cause of an accident, how it resulted from negligence, and how it caused preventable injuries, victims and their loved ones can seek a financial recovery from the party responsible for their damages, including their ...
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  • Federal Government Will No Longer Pursue Regulations to Address Trucker Sleep Apnea

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 29-Aug-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel On Friday, August 4, 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it will no longer be pursuing regulations to address obstructive sleep apnea in drivers of commercial trucks and tractor-trailers. Prior to the announcement, the agency was considering ways to better diagnose, screen, and regulate drivers with the sleep disorder. As we have ...
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  • Crash Test Shows Truck Collision With and Without Side Underride Guards

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

    By Allan M. Siegel In a previous blog, we discussed side underride guards and how their use on tractor-trailers and other large commercial vehicles can help reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries that can result from truck accidents. While the federal government requires steel safety guards to be mounted to the back of commercial trucks, which can help prevent devastating injuries ...
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  • Trucking Industry to Reignite Efforts to Increase Weight Limits Despite Rise in Tractor-Trailer Deaths

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

    By Allan M. Siegel In a previous blog, we discussed how roadway fatalities throughout the U.S. are on the rise. In fact, statistics show that 2016 was the deadliest year on record since 2007 when it comes to fatalities on our public roads and highways. Despite this surge in fatalities, the trucking industry is continuing its efforts to push Congressional lawmakers into passing legislation that ...
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  • 5 Things to Look for in a Truck Accident Attorney

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 4-May-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel In a previous blog, we discussed some of the factors that make trucking accidents challenging legal endeavors. These cases usually involve large corporate wrongdoers who usually dispute these claims, even if they are clearly at fault. In addition, the trucking industry has many safety regulations which these companies must follow, and knowledge regarding these regulations is ...
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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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