accidents

Government, Business, Safety

Trucking Targets 'Nuclear' Verdicts

Courtroom scene Plaintiffs attorneys often use emotional arguments with juries when trying to win cases against trucking companies. (Pattanaphong Khuankaew/Getty Images)

The trucking industry is making gains in its fight against the plaintiffs bar and the increasing size of jury verdicts levied against motor carriers, but those in the trenches say the battle is not over.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 16, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

11 More Indicted in Staged Accidents With Trucks in New Orleans

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A federal grand jury in New Orleans has returned a second round of indictments in an ongoing investigation of individuals staging automobile accidents with tractor-trailers, charging 11 people on seven fraud counts in connection with two incidents from 2017.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
August 25, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Ringleader Pleads Guilty in Connection With Staged La. Accidents

Gavel The accidents were staged in the New Orleans area. (Marilyn Nieves/Getty Images)

The ringleader of a New Orleans-area group that staged accidents with unsuspecting tractor-trailer drivers has pleaded guilty for his role in the conspiracy.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
August 7, 2020
Government, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Utah DOT Plans Containment System for Runaway Trucks

A containment system for runaway trucks in Wyoming. A containment system for runaway trucks in Teton Pass in Wyoming. (WYDOTVIDEOS via YouTube)

Utah Department of Transportation officials are exploring a runaway truck containment system after recent incidents in which truckers lost control of their brakes at the same intersection.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 27, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

ATRI’s Updated Crash Predictor Model Sheds Light on Driver Behavior

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Violations for reckless driving and failure to yield right of way are the top two behaviors for predicting future crash involvement, according to analysis yielded from the American Transportation Research Institute’s updated Crash Predictor Model.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 1, 2018
Business, Safety, Perspective

Opinion: Safety Programs Help Protect Fleets, Drivers

According to The National Safety Council, vehicle accidents are among the most costly of injury claims for businesses. The average cost of a loss related to a vehicle accident is nearly twice as much as the average workplace injury.

Nick Oates | Certified Workers’ Compensation Advisor, Knight-Dik Insurance Agency
June 19, 2018
Perspective

Opinion: Follow the Right Protocol in Accident Reporting

When developing accident-response training for drivers, fleets often focus on the wrong thing. They typically start with a list of do’s and don’ts without the proper context. Fleets, and by extension their drivers, must know the importance of following the right protocol. When it comes to accident reporting, it’s crucial.

Mark Murrell | Co-Founder, CarriersEdge
November 26, 2017
Equipment, Safety, TCA

Long Downhill Grades Require Engine Braking, Experts Say

runaway truck ramp Arizona Department of Transportation

Tractor trailer drivers who crest a hill shouldn’t rely solely on brakes to slow them on the way down. Trucking experts say doing so can result in brake failure and preventable accidents, which they say are often caused by young and inexperienced drivers.

Eddie Burkhalter | The Anniston (Ala.) Star
July 13, 2017
TCA

Indiana UPS Driver Marks 25 Years of Accident-Free Deliveries

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John “Randy” Fuller said he learned the rules of the road from his dad when he was just 10 years old driving a pickup truck on his family farm in Anderson, Ind.

Carson Gerber | Kokomo (Ind.) Tribune
April 20, 2017
Business, Safety

Stretch of I-75 Closed Following Deadly Weekend Pileup in Fla.

Florida state police were investigating a huge weekend pileup on Interstate 75 near Gainesville, Fla., that killed 10 people as cars and trucks drove into dense fog and smoke, and a section of the highway remained closed Monday, news services reported.

January 30, 2012

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