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  • 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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