Trucking Accident

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Court Nixes Litigation Standards Set by Pathologists

What if a truck drivers' union tried to set standards for when juries could conclude that a driver was negligent in causing a motor vehicle wreck? Or what if a trucking company could defend its driver falling asleep at the...more

Is Wal-Mart Responsible for Tracy Morgan’s Injuries Caused by its Tired Driver?

During the early morning of June 7, comedians Tracy Morgan, James McNair and Ardley Fuqua and passenger Jeffrey Millea were travelling home from a show when a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer plowed into their limo. Mr. Morgan, Mr....more

Vehicular Homicide

Several states have laws referred to as an assault by auto or vehicular homicide as it is considered in Illinois. As the driver of a truck, there is a lot of responsibility; the greatest concern is safety and keeping fatigued...more

New Hampshire Court Dismisses Negligent Hiring and Retention Claims as Redundant of Motor Carrier’s Vicarious Liability

A New Hampshire trial court recently ruled that negligent hiring and retention claims asserted against a motor carrier on behalf of persons seriously injured in a multi-vehicle accident are redundant of the motor carrier’s...more

Rules for Rail Transport of Crude Oil and Ethanol Still a Work in Progress

In response to rail accidents over the past several years involving crude oil and ethanol, the U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) has been working with industry stakeholders and the National Transportation Safety Board...more

Treating Physician Testimony May Establish Reasonable Value of Medical Bills

Joaquin Ochoa, et al. v. Jesus Felipe Dorado, et al. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Three (Shasta) (July 22, 2014) - Joaquin Ochoa and Imelda Moreno (“Plaintiffs”) were traveling in a...more

Capital Thinking: Energy

DOT PUBLISHES NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING FOR NEW RAIL SAFETY STANDARDS - On Wednesday, July 23, the Department of Transportation (DOT) released a proposed rule designed to enhance the transportation safety of oil...more

Auto Accidents Caused by Trucks

Unfortunately for drivers in the San Fernando Valley and their passengers, truck accidents are a fact of life on the 101 -- and elsewhere. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), there are...more

Black Boxes and Their Role in Accident Reconstruction

In addition to being flight recorders, "black boxes" also refer to onboard data recorders used in motor vehicles. A more technical name for a black box is electronic data recorder (EDR)....more

The Court of Appeal’s Most Recent Comment on Jurisdictional Issues

In Tamminga v. Tamminga [2014 ONCA 478], the Court of Appeal considered whether an Ontario resident, who was injured after falling off a truck in Alberta, could maintain a claim in Ontario. Both owners of the truck were...more

Highway Safety: Rules Requiring Rest for Tired Truckers at Risk

A renewed debate about trucker safety is rolling down America’s highways following a vote by the Senate Appropriations Committee that weakens the rest regulations of those who operate 18-wheelers....more

OSHA Supports Drivers Who Refuse to Violate the Law

Hours of service (HOS) regulations are intended to prevent truck drivers from driving while they are dangerously tired. Other Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules require sick leave for ill drivers and...more

Why Trucking Is a Heavily Regulated Industry

The sheer size, weight and momentum of large trucks create tremendous impact in a vehicle collision. Truck accidents are some of the most devastating crashes on the roads today. Consequently, for safety reasons, truck drivers...more

Truck Accident Injuries & Statistics

Truck accidents are all too common in the San Fernando Valley. With the number of semi-trailers, garbage trucks, and crane trucks heading to and from construction jobs, it is hard to travel on our highways without seeing one....more

Florida Truck Drivers Ignoring Safety Regulations A Growing Problem

Recently a jury voted in favor of a mother of 2 and start track and field athlete who's live was forever altered by a truck driver who had not slept in more than 24 hours. While I applaud the jury's decision this case...more

Hours of Service Laws Protect the Public from Fatigued Truck and Bus Drivers

In March 2011, a Chinatown bus carrying passengers from a casino in Connecticut to Manhattan flipped on its side and slammed at high speed into a highway signpost. The post ripped the bus apart, killing 15 passengers and...more

New York Court of Appeals Sustains Delay in Disclaimer Based on Insured’s Lack of Cooperation

Will a New York court excuse an insurer’s delay in disclaiming coverage based on an insured’s failure to cooperate, when the facts confirm that it did so as soon as reasonably possible after it determined that the insured...more

Potentially Liable Parties in a Commercial Truck Accident Lawsuit

Commercial trucks are some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road. In 2011 alone, there were 273,000 large truck accidents, which caused 60,000 injuries and 3,341 fatalities in the United States. If you or a loved one has...more

Trial Court Dismisses Negligent Hiring, Retention Claims Against Motor Carrier

A New Hampshire trial court recently ruled that negligent hiring and retention claims asserted against a motor carrier on behalf of persons seriously injured in a multi-vehicle accident are redundant of the motor carrier's...more

Weekly Law Resume - February 2014: Insurance Coverage – “Mobile Equipment” Exception to Auto Exclusion

American States Insurance Company v. Travelers Property Casualty Company of America - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (January 27, 2014)- Most commercial general liability policies exclude liability for...more

Special Issues to Consider in Truck Accident Cases

For attorneys, no vehicle accident is ever completely straightforward, but accidents involving large commercial vehicles raise a number of special and complicated issues. Getting justice for injured clients in these cases...more

Jury Awards $150 Million in Truck Accident

In the early morning hours of November 22, 2009, Kylie Asam’s life changed forever. A fiery accident with a semi truck killed three members of Kylie’s family. In October of this year, a jury awarded Kylie $150 million in...more

Are Changes in Regulations Governing Truck Drivers Making Our Roads Safer?

Did you know that someone is killed or injured in an accident involving large truck nearly every sixteen minutes? While tractor-trailers and semi-trucks account for less than three percent of the vehicles on U.S. roadways,...more

Special Issues In Truck Accidents

Although they are an essential part of our transportation infrastructure, large cargo trucks can pose a significant hazard to other motorists. Whether through poor maintenance, driver error or improper loading and routing,...more

Truck Accidents Can Get Complicated

Robert Sauer, a resident of Fort Myers, died and his wife Marilyn is in critical condition after the SUV in which they were traveling collided with a dump truck. Mr. Sauer was attempting to make a left turn while traveling...more

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