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What is the Average Settlement of a Truck Accident Case?

by The Roth Firm on

Commercial Trucks are substantially larger and heavier than regular motor vehicles, therefore when a truck is involved in an accident with a car, the outcome can devastating. Due to the size of the large tractor trailers,...more

Will Fewer Truck Inspections in Illinois Impact Safety?

by Howard Ankin on

According to a new state law that took effect January 1, 2018, trucks that operate solely in Illinois will now only be required to undergo one yearly state safety inspection instead of two, and although annual safety...more

Drive Much? NIOSH Focus On Workplace Safety For Employees Who Drive For Their Job

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently released its results from a study conducted in 2016 and 2017 that looked at safety programs developed to prevent motor vehicle...more

The Hub: Transportation News & Insights - March 2018

by Wilson Elser on

Pre-trip Inspections: Are You Doing Enough? Every driver who earns a commercial driver’s license must demonstrate that he or she knows how to conduct a thorough pre-trip inspection. However, as technology on commercial...more

Supreme Court to Clarify Applicability of Arbitration Act to Transportation Contracts

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Feb. 26, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira, which should provide guidance as to the circumstances in which the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) applies to interstate transportation...more

Truck "Platooning" and the Vehicle to Vehicle Network - A Chance To Glimpse the Future of Vehicle Cybersecurity in Action

According to most in the automotive industry, a world where self-driving cars and fully automated trucks begin to fill our intersections and highways is still at least a decade or so away. Creative theories abound for how...more

Truck safety crackdown on chameleon carriers must continue

by Michigan Auto Law on

Chameleon carriers – dangerous trucking companies using new names to hide history of safety violations – are 3 times more likely to cause a truck accident - Lawyers who specialize in helping people injured in truck...more

The Impact Of Local Minimum Wage And Paid Sick Leave Ordinances On The Transportation Industry

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Over the past few years, cities, counties and local municipalities have been enacting laws and ordinances, increasing the minimum wage, and requiring paid sick leave for employees. While there have been growing pains with how...more

Opioid Epidemic Spurs Increase in Drug Testing, Risks for Employers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Department of Transportation (DOT) recently added four drugs at the heart of the nation's opioid epidemic to its drug testing panels: hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone and oxymorphone—the central ingredients in such...more

DOT Tackles the Opioid Crisis: Agency Issues Guidance on Regulations Adding Semi-Synthetic Opioids to Testing Panel

by Littler on

Effective January 1, 2018, employers with employees subject to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s drug-testing regulations will face new and broader testing obligations based on a Final Rule issued in November 2017....more

DOT Notice Provides Guidance on How the Use of Medical Marijuana Will Affect Drug Testing Results

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

Typically, a drug test cannot be certified as positive until a Medical Review Officer (“MRO”) verifies the result. For drivers subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act, Department of Transportation Regulations state...more

ELD Zero-Hour is Nearing, May Lay Traps for the Unwary

by Benesch on

Many outside of over-the-road motor carriers are taking notice of the looming Electronic Logging Device Mandate (ELD Mandate). We are seeing raised hands with many questions and some confusion at this very moment from a wide...more

InterConnect - Fall 2017

by Benesch on

Many outside of over-the-road motor carriers are taking notice of the looming Electronic Logging Device Mandate (ELD Mandate). We are seeing raised hands with many questions and some confusion at this very moment from a wide...more

Fourth Circuit Says Mixed-Fleet Drivers Entitled to Overtime

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, certain drivers of commercial vehicles in interstate commerce are exempt from the law’s overtime provisions. In 2008, Congress amended the FLSA to apply the overtime requirement to drivers...more

Corporate E-Note - November 2017

by Burr & Forman on

In this Alert, Warren Matthews and Lee Thuston share key takeaways from the “State of the Automotive Industry in the U.S.” presentation during the 2017 Southern Automotive Conference. Thuston shared remarks at the conference,...more

FMCSA ELD Mandate is Here, but Will Have Grace Period

by Burr & Forman on

The December 18, 2017 compliance deadline for the FMCSA’s electronic logging device (ELD) mandate is quickly approaching for the transportation industry. The mandate will require all drivers of commercial motor vehicles who...more

Department of Transportation Adds Four New Drugs to Testing Panel

by FordHarrison on

On November 13, 2017, the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that it is amending its drug-testing program to require testing for synthetic opioids. The new DOT regulations now harmonize with the Department of Health...more

DOT Amends Employee Drug Testing Requirements

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On November 13, 2017, the Department of Transportation amended its drug testing program regulation which, among other things, adds certain semi-synthetic opioids to its drug testing panel. ...more

Autonomous Vehicles Continue to Move Forward

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The U.S. Senate has been debating its version of autonomous vehicle legislation, which for the time being does not include autonomous trucks. • The Senate Commerce Committee's marked-up version of self-driving car draft...more

Más de 20 Años Después, Continúa la Lucha Transfronteriza de Trasportes de Carga Bajo el TLCAN

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Los principales grupos de la industria de transportes de carga están presionando al Representante de Comercio de los Estados Unidos respecto del programa existente que permite que los camiones de carga mexicanos operen en...more

More than 20 Years Later, Cross-Border Trucking Fight under NAFTA Continues

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Major industry groups are lobbying the U.S. Trade Representative with respect to existing program that allows Mexican trucks to operate in the U.S under NAFTA. It is unclear what the cost to the U.S. would be if it were to...more

Liability, Damages, and Negligence: What Victims Need to Know About North Carolina Trucking Accidents

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Commercial trucking is essential to the North Carolina economy. According to one source, over 70% of all freight tonnage in the United States is moved on trucks, and there are 3.6 million heavy-duty commercial trucks on the...more

Aging Truck Drivers Face Medical Conditions that Reduce Roadway Safety

by Howard Ankin on

Aging commercial truck drivers face medical conditions that create safety hazards for themselves and other drivers. The physical and mental exhaustion associated with trucking can negatively impact many age-related...more

Autonomous Commercial Vehicles Closer to Hitting the Road After New Developments

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The release of new federal guidance on autonomous vehicles, as well as the recent consideration of federal autonomous vehicle legislation in Congress, increases the likelihood that the introduction of autonomous commercial...more

The Alarming New Trend of Truck Safety Regulation Reversals

by Howard Ankin on

A recent trend of trucking regulations reversals has raised caused alarm among safety advocates. The rollbacks, which began at the first part of the year, successfully blocked safety regulations passed by the previous...more

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