Eric Miller

Eric Miller

Senior Reporter

@ericdmiller46

Eric Miller has been a reporter and writer at publications nationwide for 40 years. He’s been at Transport Topics the past 11 years, currently on the paper’s government team; worked as a reporter at the Dallas Morning News; reporter, editor and member of the investigative team at The Arizona Republic; reporter at the Tampa Tribune; city editor at the Santa Fe New Mexican; and senior writer for D Magazine in Dallas.


Government, Business, Safety

Plaintiff Attorneys Often Use 'Reptile Theory' to Win Nuclear Trucking Jury Verdicts, Experts Say

Courtroom scene In trucking accident lawsuits, plaintiff attorneys use the tactic to turn attention away from the incident, and focus instead on a carrier’s safety practices and policies. (Pattanaphong Khuankaew/Getty Images)

In trucking accident lawsuits, the "reptile theory" is a method plaintiff lawyers have deployed in pursuit of so-called “nuclear” jury verdicts.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 19, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics, Breaking News

Court Upholds FMCSA Exemption of Trucking From California Rest Break Rules

California highway traffic Traffic on Interstate 80 in Fairfield, Calif. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s determination that motor carriers are exempt from California’s stringent meal-and-rest-break rules.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 15, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Names Members of Its MCSAC Advisory Committee

Trucks on highway John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Jan. 13 announced this year’s members for its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee, which includes a record number of women as well as its first female vice chair.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 13, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Nearly 49% of CMV Drivers Could Be at Risk for Sleep Apnea, Study Says

apnea A man wears a C-Pap machine. (no_limit_pictures/Getty Images)

A new obstructive sleep apnea study of 20,000 drivers using a more comprehensive screening evaluation method estimated that nearly 49% of commercial motor vehicle drivers could be at risk for obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that can cause sleepiness while driving.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 12, 2021
Government, Business

Retrial of Former Pilot President Mark Hazelwood Is Likely, Attorney Says

Hazelwood Jamie Rector/Bloomberg News

Retrial of former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood, convicted of cheating truckers out of diesel fuel rebates, now appears likely, according to Hazelwood’s lead attorney.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 7, 2021
Government, Business, Breaking News

Department of Labor Issues Final Rule on Independent Contractor Status

Trucks on highway John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The U.S. Department of Labor on Jan. 6 issued a final rule revising its interpretation of independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act that it said will “promote certainty for stakeholders, reduce litigation and encourage innovation in the economy.”

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 6, 2021
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

FMCSA Proposes to Add Truck Rear Underride Guards to Safety Checklist

Underride rear guard on Stoughton trailer An underride rear guard installed on a Stoughton trailer. FMCSA said including rear impact guards in the periodic inspection requirements will call additional attention to the critical safety component. (Joseph Terry/Transport Topics)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a proposed rule amending federal safety regulations to specifically add rear impact guards as a required item on the list of annual inspections for motor carriers and roadside inspectors.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 5, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Texas Truckers Fight Inflated Medical Costs in Litigation

Texas billboard Keep Texas Trucking Coalition via YouTube

Trucking officials and tort reform advocates in Texas have introduced legislation seeking to end schemes between plaintiff attorneys and doctors under which medical costs related to truck accidents are overstated in court litigation.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
December 15, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Drug Clearinghouse Records 46,000 Violations in First 10 Months

Technician tests sample A technician test a hair sample at a Quest Diagnostics facility. The leading number of drug test failures — 24,000 — was for marijuana. (DrugTestingTV via YouTube)

Nearly 46,000 driver drug-related violations have been recorded in the federal Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse during its first 10 months of operation.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
December 8, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Truckers Confront Risk Factors for Diabetes

Diabetes equipment About 25% of truck drivers older than 54 are diabetic, according to TrueLifeCare. (Shutterstock)

About nine years ago, California-based longhaul truck driver Richard Hall was in for a big surprise when he got his first Department of Transportation medical exam.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
December 4, 2020

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