Fran Matso Lysiak

Fran Matso Lysiak

Features Editor

@franmatsolysiak

Fran has been an editor or reporter for more than 20 years. Before arriving at Transport Topics, she covered regional business news, legal news and she covered the insurance industry for nearly 13 years.


Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Cyberattacks: The Ever-Rising Threats

Cyberattacks require the right insurance. Getty Images

Cyberattacks represent an ever-increasing risk that motor carriers and fleets are up against — and which may not be insured under the typical coverages they carry, insurance industry experts said.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
September 16, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Insurers Eye Safety Technologies

As the trucking industry grapples with a litigious environment and many motor carriers struggle to manage ever-rising insurance premiums, safety technologies have captured the attention of the insurance industry.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
September 16, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety

‘Safety First’ Is Crucial For Trucking, Insurance

Rising insurance costs for many motor carriers, a focus on safety technologies and regulatory changes on the horizon makes this the ideal time for Transport Topics to publish its first Trucking and Insurance Special Report.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
September 16, 2019
Business

California Trucking Association to Sell Insurance Through a New, For-Profit Agency

Trucks on highway John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The California Trucking Association has partnered with C3 Risk and Insurance Services to offer insurance products to trucking companies through a new, for-profit insurance agency.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
August 20, 2019
Business

The Technician’s Vital Role in Trucking

Technicians take exam at 2018 SuperTech competition Technicians take the written exam at the 2018 SuperTech competition. (ATA Media via YouTube)

A major concern of the trucking industry is the widely reported shortage of professional truck drivers, who of course play a vital role in the U.S. economy by safely transporting the nation’s freight.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
July 19, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

FutureTech Champ Advances Her Career

Bonnie Greenwood Bonnie Greenwood works on a truck. (FedEx Freight)

Bonnie Greenwood, the first female TMC FutureTech champion, is a shop technician with FedEx Freight.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
July 19, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Former Army Mechanic Is Now a Truck Tech

Lindsay Dunham Dunham, a service technician at Truck Center Cos., works on a truck. (Truck Center Cos.)

Former Army mechanic Lindsay Dunham says the “unpredictable nature” of her job and being able to work with her hands are among the things she enjoys most about being a big-truck technician.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
July 19, 2019
Business, Equipment, Safety

Truck Drivers: Employees or Independent Contractors? It Matters for Workers’ Comp

Driver climbs out of back of truck A trucker enters a trailer, one of the risks drivers take often. (Risk Administration Services via YouTube)

Whether truck drivers are classified as employees or independent contractors is becoming an increasingly difficult challenge for many motor carriers when it comes to workers’ compensation and other insurance coverages, industry experts said.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
May 8, 2019
Business, Equipment, Safety

Aging Driver Workforce Increases Workers' Compensation Risks for Fleets, Experts Say

Driver exits his cab A trucker exits his cab. Getting in and out of a truck is one of many ways a driver can get injured on the job. (Quincy Smith via YouTube)

An aging workforce of drivers is elevating the risk of workers’ compensation claims for fleets even as trucking companies are seeing stable or even lower premiums for workers’ compensation insurance, industry experts said.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
May 8, 2019
Business, Equipment

Avoid the Dreaded 'D' Word

Problems with engine exhaust aftertreatment systems have been near the top of the trucking maintenance list in recent years. Those components are often a key cause of the dreaded “D” word: downtime.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
April 26, 2019

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