Trucking Accident

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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

When Tires Fly

When large semitrucks whiz by, the brief slipstream of air that accompanies their passage can create a moment of tension for any driver. But imagine an even scarier situation: as the truck passes you, its tires detach and...more

Sleepy Truck Drivers Create Hazards on the Road

Long-distance trucking can be a very dangerous business for drivers and passengers in nearby vehicles. Trucker Andrew Bokelman recently learned this lesson firsthand in a most tragic way. In November 2013, Bokelman was...more

Determining Liability in Trucking Accidents

If you’re like most people, you are probably more cautious when driving near large trucks and tractor-trailers. Your vigilance is warranted — semi-trucks and flatbeds can cause devastating accidents. If you or someone you...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

Effort To Reduce Truck Accidents

Large truck accidents can cause painful injuries and fatalities. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, large truck accidents have been on the rise, with 74 fatalities and more than 1,900 injuries in 2011....more

Fatal Box Truck Accident in Anthem

On September 12, 2013, a woman was killed when a distracted truck driver failed to stop for stalled traffic on the highway. The driver stated that he reached down for a water bottle and did not see that traffic had come to a...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

Truckers Told To Give It A Rest

“We have got to get to a point where it is unacceptable to allow a fatal crash with a truck or a bus on our roadway with the public traveling around. We've got to get to zero.” So said Ann Ferro, head of the Federal...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

What Damages Am I Entitled To After A Serious Truck Accident?

There are many causes of truck accidents, but a 19-year-old man gave one of the strangest explanations: zombies. Jeremiah Hartline claimed he stole an 18-wheeler truck, with which he sideswiped several cars and caused a...more

When Can You Claim Damages in a Trucking Accident?

According to a recent study by the Automobile Association of America (AAA), car drivers are at fault more often in car-truck crashes than truck drivers are. ...more

Is That Covered? Tanker Fire

On May 9, 2013, a tanker truck carrying thousands of gallons of diesel fuel, overturned and caught on fire on a ramp near Interstate 81 and route 322 in Harrisburg....more

Woman Injured in Chain Reaction Crash on 405

A chain reaction crash between a commercial truck and four cars on the southbound 405 in Seal Beach has injured a woman, according to a news report. ...more

Wilson Elser and NTSB General Counsel Co-Author Guide to NTSB Accident Investigations

In This Guide: - 1 Abstract - 1 The NTSB - 2 Initiation and Nature of NTSB Investigations - 3 On-Scene Organization - 3 NTSB Investigation Groups - 4 Parties to the Investigation - 5...more

Third Circuit Addresses Insured Status for Lessor of Commercial Auto

In its recent decision in Koons v. XL Insurance Company, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 5870 (3d. Cir. Mar. 25, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, applying Pennsylvania law, had occasion to consider...more

Accidents Due to Improperly Maintained Trucks

A recent example of the deadly consequences for failing to properly maintain a vehicle was a truck crash that occurred in Nevada in 2011. A tractor-trailer failed to stop at an active railroad crossing and collided with an...more

Apnea as a Factor of Fatigued Driving

In December we touched on fatigue as a causative factor in trucking accidents and the use of trucking data to show violation of hours of service (HORS) regulations....more

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