January 21, 2020 Truck Accident Blog

New California Independent Contractor Law for Truckers The new California independent contractor law regarding the 1099 classification of truck drivers are already having an effect nationwide. An article in the L.A. Times mentioned that out of 13,000 truck drivers serving the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, only a few hundred are currently classified…

January 18, 2020 Truck Accident Blog

Waiting for Your Truck Accident Settlement: Financial Survival Tips Compared to the average vehicle-to-vehicle crash, the average vehicle-to-semi crash is even more severe. According to the Insurance Information Institute, semis weigh 20 to 30 times as much as most passenger vehicles. This means that most vehicle occupants have serious injuries to deal with after a…

January 15, 2020 Truck Accident Blog

2020 Regulatory Changes That Affect the Trucking Industry With the arrival of the new year, it is important for truck drivers to be aware of regulatory changes that will affect how they operate in 2020. There were several changes in 2019, such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s amendment to its hours of service…

December 23, 2019 Truck Accident Blog

Truck Driver Fatigue Still Common Even With the Mandatory Rest Break According to the Accident Analysis and Prevention study conducted in 2017, most truck accidents that involve driver fatigue happen only 20 miles from a truck stop or a rest area. This suggests that the current system for reducing driver fatigue, via the 30-minute mandatory…

December 19, 2019 Truck Accident Blog

Large Truck Blind Spots Can Be Deadly In 2017, there were 450,000 crashes involving large trucks that were reported to law enforcement. Among those collisions, 344,000 were injury accidents and 4,237 were fatal crashes. In its Large Truck Crash Causation Study, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that surveillance problems, which happen when drivers…

December 15, 2019 Truck Accident Blog

Realities of the Road: Truck Driver Fatigue and Federal Regulations Clash The Large Truck Crash Causation Study offers unprecedented details about the events surrounding truck crashes. According to the study, 13% of truckers involved in accidents said they experienced truck driver fatigue before the collisions occurred. The causation study is significant because it highlights the…

December 12, 2019 Truck Accident Blog

How No-Fault Insurance Applies to New Jersey Trucking Accidents In 2017, deaths from truck crashes reached their highest level in 29 years. Of the more than 37,000 people who died in motor vehicle crashes in 2017, nearly 5,000 were involved in truck accidents. These accidents left many victims and their families to deal with no-fault…

November 25, 2019 Truck Accident Blog

Semitruck Blind Spots: Why Avoiding Blind Spots Is Important Collisions involving large trucks are much likelier to result in serious injuries or fatalities than other types of accidents. Data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, shows that 116,000 injury and 4,889 fatality accidents involving large trucks were reported to law enforcement in…

November 22, 2019 Truck Accident Blog

Dispatcher Expectations: How Profit Motives Affect Driver Safety Roughly 15 million commercial trucks will transport more than 70% of the nation’s freight this year. With so many large trucks on the road, fleet owners and drivers must take precautions to limit fatal accidents. Unfortunately, the role of the dispatcher is often overlooked when considering factors…