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Truck Accidents

A change in the trucking industry’s “Hours of Service” rule, which dictates how long commercial truck drivers can spend behind the wheel without a break, will allow truckers to split mandatory time off without affecting driving time. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which regulates the trucking industry, says…

A $150 light added to the rear of tanker trucks in one company’s fleet cut its rear-end accident rate by more than one third, according to a published report. Could the answer to rear-end accidents among large commercial trucks be that simple? Hitting a truck from the rear is especially…

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which regulates the U.S. trucking industry, has waived rules limiting how many hours long-haul commercial truck drivers may drive while they are delivering emergency supplies or personnel who are helping manage the COVID-19 outbreak. An emergency declaration by the FMCSA suspends safety rules…

When you read or hear about a multi-million-dollar judgment in a truck accident lawsuit, it is likely that the millions awarded the injured party are mostly punitive damages. In Indiana, punitive damages, or exemplary damages, refer to money awarded to punish the at-fault party for outrageous conduct that caused injuries,…

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its “Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements” for 2019-2020. The list addresses changes that the NTSB says can help save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce property damage resulting from transportation accidents. An independent federal agency, the NTSB is charged with promoting…

An accident involving a commercial truck poses a greater risk of serious injuries than a collision between two passenger vehicles. A fully loaded tractor truck may weigh 20 times as much as a typical 4,000-pound car. When a heavy vehicle and a light vehicle collide, the occupants of the smaller,…