Personal Injury & Truck Accident Blog

  • Lawmakers Block Safety Rules to Tighten Tired Driver Regulations

    Posted By Terry D. Jackson, P.C. || 19-Dec-2016

    Proposed rules to ensure truck drivers get sufficient rest when working long hours were recently blocked by Republican lawmakers. The safety rules were introduced by the Obama administration and were intended to reduce risks associated with tired truck drivers. As many experts and lawmakers believe, the recent congressional block could signal the start of a larger rollback of transportation safety ...
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  • High Profile Bus Crash Calls Attention to Low Federal Minimum Insurance Limits

    Posted By Terry D. Jackson, P.C. || 15-Nov-2016

    A fatal bus crash in Palm Springs, California is drawing national attention to a decades-old insurance requirement for buses and commercial vehicles that often isn’t enough to cover the scope of injuries and losses common in these wrecks. In the California crash, which occurred in late October, a tour bus transporting passengers from a casino collided with a tractor-trailer. Thirteen victims ...
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  • Federal Regulators Declare Georgia Trucking Company an Imminent Safety Hazard

    Posted By Terry D. Jackson, P.C. || 13-Oct-2016

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered a Georgia-based trucking company to cease all operations after determining that it posed an imminent hazard to public safety. Industrial Transit, Inc., based in LaGrange, was ordered to suspend all interstate and intrastate operations as of October 4. Industrial Transit, Inc. operates five commercial big rigs to transport auto ...
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  • 4 Common Reasons Behind Truck Driver Fatigue

    Posted By Terry D. Jackson, P.C. || 23-Sep-2016

    Research has shown that driving tired can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Like alcohol, being fatigued can slow reaction time, reduce awareness, impair decision-making, and increase risks of wrecks. According to NHTSA’s crash causation study, tired drivers involved in crashes are twice as likely to commit driving errors as drivers who are not ...
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  • Speed Limiters or Governors Are Not A New Innovation, or One Likely To Take Hold

    Posted By Terry D. Jackson, P.C. || 29-Aug-2016

    The FMCSA is said to be considering mandatory speed limiters, “… but said the limiters will not be required to be tamper-proof.” Same old story from the trucking industry, and regulators. As Elon Musk would say, speed limiters on big trucks is a solved problem. ECMs have for decades come with “governors” or “speed limiter” functions that can be set or ...
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  • Otto Making Self-Driving Trucks a Reality

    Posted By Terry D. Jackson, P.C. || 4-Aug-2016

    A San Francisco-based company called Otto is currently working on technology that would turn commercial trucks into self-driving freight haulers. The company is made up of former employees of Cruise Automation, Tesla, Apple, and Google, and includes prominent members of Google’s self-driving car and Google Maps teams. So far, the company is entirely self-funded without any external ...
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  • Collecting Truck Wreck Data Will Get Tougher as Verizon Consolidates the Fleet Telematics Business

    Posted By Terry D. Jackson, P.C. || 3-Aug-2016

    In 2012, Verizon acquired Hughes Telematics for $612 million. This June, it acquired Telogis, which makes logistics software mostly for fleet operators, for an undisclosed price. Now, it has paid $2.4 billion for the Fleetmatics Group, which is based in Dublin. Verizon, Omnitracs, and TRW are moving aggressively to acquire smaller companies in the dawn of the Electric On Board Recorder (EOBR) ...
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  • FedEx Settles Driver Classification Lawsuit for $240M for its "Independent Contractors"

    Posted By Terry D. Jackson, P.C. || 11-Jul-2016

    FedEx announced its most recent settlement of $240 million arising out of the misclassification of its truck drivers as independent contractors to avoid employer obligations to its drivers. In 2014 and 2015, FedEx has suffered major judicial opinion setbacks for labeling its drivers in its Home Delivery and Ground divisions as “independent contractors” in the Supreme Court of Kansas, ...
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  • $20 Million Dollar Lawsuit Filed Following Post-Prom Party Sexual Assault & Rape

    Posted By Terry D. Jackson, P.C. || 9-Jun-2016

    Terry D. Jackson, P.C. recently filed a $20 million dollar lawsuit arising out of a brutal sexual assault on a young woman following her high school prom at a North Georgia resort home. The former Calhoun High School student, who was 18 at the time of the rape, said that alcohol and date rape drugs were involved in three former students raping her as another watched. The lawsuit names the three ...
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  • Terry D. Jackson, P.C. Sponsors 13th Annual GALEO Power Breakfast

    Posted By Terry D. Jackson, P.C. || 8-Jun-2016

    Every year for the past 13 years, Terry D. Jackson, P.C. has been a proud sponsor of the annual GALEO Power Breakfast Fundraiser, one of the principle fundraising events for GALEO and the GALEO Latino Community Development fund. Working to increase civic engagement and leadership of the Latino/Hispanic community across the state, GALEO strives for a better Georgia in which the contributions and ...
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  • SCOTUS Sends Strong Statement Against Racial Bias in Jury Selection in Truck Wreck Cases

    Posted By Terry D. Jackson, P.C. || 2-Jun-2016

    Jury selection and fair and impartial jurors in Truck Wreck Cases is important, a biased juror can undo years of work for your truck wreck case. In a 7-1 decision penned by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court of the United States unequivocally re-affirmed the Constitution’s prohibition against racial bias in an American court of law. The decision in Foster v. Chatman, handed down ...
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  • HOS Rules Dumbed Down By Congress, Endangering Motorists Who Share the Road With Tired Truckers

    Posted By Terry D. Jackson, P.C. || 26-May-2016

    Tired and fatigued truckers are killing innocent motorists on our roadways. Five deaths in April of 2015 near Savannah on I-16, another five deaths on I-16 in May of 2015, and three more on I-16 in June of 2015 all by truckers who rear ended slower moving vehicles or stopped vehicles on the roadway without any braking the trucker. Six more deaths across the Georgia border in Chattanooga in June of ...
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  • Survey Says One in Five of Truckers Who Leave The Industry Do So Due to Health Problems Disqualifying Them as Drivers

    Posted By Terry D. Jackson, P.C. || 23-May-2016

    Truckers with health and related fatigue issues is a killer in truck wreck collisions. Unfortunately at Terry D. Jackson, P.C. we see fatigue and related health issues at the bottom of the truck wreck collision all too often. Health and fatigue is a dog chasing its tail in the truck wreck cases. The American Transportation Research Institute says truck driver health problems is No. 7 on its list ...
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  • Outdated FMCSA Minimum Insurance Requirements Limit Justice for Truck Accident Victims

    Posted By Terry D. Jackson, P.C. || 5-May-2016

    In Three Truck Accident Fatalities with Impaired, Fatigued and/or Asleep Truckers Killing Multiple Motorists, Justice Will Come Only to Two of These Wrecks due to FMCSA Minimum Insurance Limits Unchanged Since 1985 Case One In June 2015, Tiffany Watts, her mother Sandra Anderson, and Watts’ two minor daughters were on their way back to Knoxville from an Atlanta airport when a careless truck ...
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  • FMCSA & NHTSA Release Truck Accident Death Statistics

    Posted By Terry D. Jackson, P.C. || 29-Apr-2016

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have released truck and large bus fatality statistics for 2014. Each edition of Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts contains descriptive statistics about property-damage-only, injury, and fatal accidents involving large buses and trucks. The 2014 FMCSA & NHTSA FARS Report reveals ...
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