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 […]

Rick Shapiro

Bad Brakes on Big Rigs Mean Bad News for North Carolinians

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently discovered that brake problems raise the risk for serious commercial truck crashes by nearly 400 percent. Researchers who analyzed reports of wrecks involving box trucks and tractor-trailers in North Carolina also discovered […]

T. Thomas Metier

Does An Underinsured Motorist Policy Also Cover Tractors?

State Farm moved to determine as a matter of law that the tractor is not a motor vehicle under the policy’s UIM coverage.

Bryan Pope

Truck Crashes Increasing, Says FMCSA

According to data compiled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the number of crashes involving large trucks or buses decreased steadily from 95,000 in 2004 to 60,000 in 2009, a decline of 37 percent. However, this decline was […]

Thomas Greer

Some Truckers Are Unsafe At Any Speed

On the morning of February 16, the driver of a tractor-trailer traveling on I-44 just outside of Springfield, Missouri failed to slow down for stopping traffic (due to a previous non-fatal accident) and struck the rear of another 18-wheeler—moments before […]

Eric T. Chaffin

NHTSA Rule to Install Speed-Limiting Devices on Trucks May be Stalled

Safety advocates have been trying for years to electronically limit speeds of tractor-trailers on highways. That National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposed a new rule last August that would equip heavy-duty […]