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Melanie J. VanOverloop

Opioid Epidemic Leads to Increase in Trucking Accidents

Opioids are a class of highly addictive substances which are often prescribed for pain relief.  An individual taking an opioid can have slower reaction times, reduced coordination, blurred vision and drowsiness – all side effects that can impair a person’s ability […]

Thomas Greer

Institute Looking to Keep People Safe when Sharing the Road with Semitrailer Trucks

On June 6th, a careless driver in the Memphis area caused a succession of accidents on I-40 near Austin Peay Highway—one involving a small car that side-impacted a tractor trailer and slid under the truck between the wheels. One adult […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Event Data Recorders in Large Truck Crashes: Helpful Data to Reconstruct the Crash

After an airplane crash, investigators often focus on finding the “black box,” which is an event data recorder (EDR) that can help provide important clues as to what happened right before the plane went down. Many commercial 18-wheeler trucks and […]

Randy Appleton

Georgia Trucker Charged After Killing 2 in Virginia

Virginia State Police charged a Georgia truck driver with reckless driving after a tractor trailer crash on I-81 that killed a father and son.  The accident occurred at 6 am on May 7 as traffic was slowing in Frederick County, […]

Thomas Greer

FedEx: Self-Driving Trucks “Coming Faster than People Think”

You don’t have to look hard to find online stories discussing the future of self-driving vehicles. Whether it’s marveling over Tesla’s first-to-market technology or debates as to liability in the event of a crash, there’s no shortage of news fodder […]

Scott R. Marshall

TORT DEFORM: Tort Reform and the Absurdity of Caps on Damages

I am a trial lawyer. I know our tort system well. I cannot stand frivolous claims, nor can I stand frivolous defenses. They have no place in our Civil Justice System. I also have no patience for disingenuousness. The assault […]

Mark Bello

Search Continues for Tractor-Trailer Driver that Fled the Scene of Deadly Side Underride Crash

One of the most dangerous types of truck accidents is a truck underride collision — when a passenger vehicle strikes a commercial truck and then slides underneath the body of truck. In many cases, these are gruesome collisions that result […]

Thomas Greer

Big Data Could Make Big Strides in Trucker Safety

No one denies that commercial trucking is big business, but more than a few seem to be slow on the uptake in acknowledging that an army of tractor-trailers continually traversing our nation can also cause some big problems. More traffic, […]

Mark Bello

After Tractor-Trailer Loses Brakes and Slams into Church, Local Residents Call for Change

Steep hills are dangerous for tractor trailers. If truckers aren’t mindful of their speed while traveling down a steep grade, they could experience brake failure and/or lose control of the rig. A tractor-trailer hauling steel beams slammed into the side […]

Randy Appleton

Truck Driver Charged in Deadly West Virginia Wreck

A tractor trailer driver is being charged after he left the scene of a fatal accident on I-77 in Jackson County, West Virginia on March 30.  West Virginia State Police reported that the truck driver has been charged with leaving […]