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 […]

Thomas Greer

Is Mandatory DUI-Testing a Good Idea?

For a tight-knit community in Phoenix, Arizona, the answer is yes. So much so that friends and neighbors have marched outside the state capitol, submitted over 4,000 petition signatures, and implored their local congressmen to support what has become known […]

Randy Appleton

6,000 Americans Die Due to Drowsy Driving Annually

A recent study suggests that as many as 6,000 Americans die annually in drowsy driving-related wrecks.  Researchers in the journal Sleep noted that millions of American drivers fall asleep at the wheel every month, and 15% of deadly crashes involve […]

Randy Appleton

Woman Dead in Petersburg, VA Dump Truck Crash

Virginia State Police are investigating a deadly dump truck crash in Petersburg, Virginia on Jan. 30. The police stated that the fatal dump truck crash involved three other vehicles.  The crash happened near Wagner Road in Petersburg. Two dump trucks were […]

Melanie J. VanOverloop

Commercial Trucking Accidents On the Rise Since 2009

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the rate of truck accidents and fatalities has begun to creep up after several years of decline.  The nearly 11 million trucks that travel U.S. roads each year make up only […]

Rick Shapiro

Common Causes of Virginia Truck Accidents

All lanes of Interstate 95 in Hanover, Va. were closed early Thursday morning, caused by the crash of two tractor trailers. According to Virginia State Police, at approximately 4 a.m., an 18-wheel tractor trailer transporting aluminum slowed down as it […]