Government, Business, Safety

Two More Plead Guilty to Staged Accidents in New Orleans

Getty Image conveying the legal system The two guilty pleas bring the number of staged-accident scammers convicted to 32 in the federal investigation. (BrianAJackson/Getty Images)

Two New Orleans women have pleaded guilty in separate conspiracy schemes to stage accidents — one involving a tractor-trailer and the other a bus.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 30, 2022
Government, Business, Equipment

Louisiana House Takes Action on Staged Accidents Involving Trucks

Interstate 10 sign in Louisiana The Interstate 10 corridor in metro New Orleans has been the site of several staged crashes involving large trucks. (ablokhin/Getty Images)

The Louisiana House has passed a bill that would make staging an accident with a car or truck a serious state crime.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
May 13, 2021

Reduce Your Risk Kit

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Risky driving and fatal crashes surged in 2020. As a result, your drivers are dealing with even more difficult roadways and must stay vigilant with their own safety. But you know that safer driving doesn’t just happen. It takes strategic planning, training, coaching, and proven technology to successfully reduce risk in, and around, your vehicles. 

May 1, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Begins Large-Truck Crash Causal Factors Study

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Federal trucking regulators are progressing on plans for a $30 million Large-Truck Crash Causal Factors study intended to gather new critical information and data in an effort to reduce crashes nationwide.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 18, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Crash Trends a ‘Concern,’ FMCSA Officials Say at Safety Meeting

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Speeding, distracted driving, work zone accidents and a lack of seat belt use in fatal truck-occupant crashes remain “areas of concern” among federal trucking regulators, according to a top official at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 11, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

IG Report Outlines Top Management Challenges for FMCSA

Vehicle traffic Traffic on Interstate 71 in Kentucky. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

A federal oversight report calls on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to provide more “robust oversight” of states’ compliance with commercial driver license and driver medical exam requirements.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
November 12, 2020

Adverse Conditions: Is Your Fleet Ready?

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Studies have shown that 21% of all motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. are weather-related. And while we can’t control the weather, we can control fleet preparedness. Recent research has proven that the number and strength of extreme weather events in the US – from blizzards to floods – have increased over the last fifty years. With that fact in mind, all companies need to take special note of any extreme weather conditions, and take steps to mitigate the risks that come along with them.

April 16, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

FMCSA Announces Plans for March 19 Safety Summit

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is planning a Safety Summit on March 19 for motor carriers, drivers, safety technology developers and users, federal and state partners, and safety advocate groups to share ideas on improving truck safety.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 2, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

CSA Turns 10, but Is It Making Trucking Safer?

Police lights According to Scopelitis Transportation Consulting's presentation of the latest comparable FMCSA data, the truck-involved fatal crash rate per 100 million miles traveled has grown from 1.14 in 2010 to 1.42 in 2017. (Getty Images)

It’s been a decade since the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration kicked off its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program aimed at assessing the safety of the nation’s motor carriers. Yet there are still some concerns about its benefits.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 6, 2020
Government, Business, Equipment

FMCSA Seeks Comments for New Large-Truck Crash Causation Study

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Jan. 14 issued a formal request for public comment on how best to design and conduct a major study to identify factors contributing to all large-truck fatal, injury and tow-away crashes.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 13, 2020