Trucking Accidents

Small Business Trucking Executive Tells Congress of Flaws in Hours Proposal

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In testimony before the House Small Business Committee Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations, James Burg, president of James Burg Trucking Co., said proposed changes to the federal hours-of-service were unwarranted and would harm small businesses nationwide. "These changes, if finalized, would have a profoundly negative impact on small businesses, would restrict productivity and would…

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Trucking Groups Call on NHTSA to Examine Truck Crashworthiness Standards

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American Trucking Associations and the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association together called on the federal government to begin researching standards for crashworthiness for heavy trucks. "NHTSA has continuously developed crashworthiness standards for automobiles and light trucks, but to date has generally not applied crashworthiness standards to commercial trucks," the two groups wrote in a June…

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FMCSA Survey Shows Increase in Safety Belt Use

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New Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration data that shows 78 percent of commercial truck and bus drivers wore safety belts while operating behind the wheel in 2010, compared to 74 percent in 2009. According to FMCSA's Safety Belt Usage by Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers Survey, the number of commercial drivers that are wearing safety belts…

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NTSB Forum on Truck Safety

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The National Transportation Safety Board has come together with federal regulators, safety experts, and the truck and bus industry representative to discuss ways fatal accidents can be prevented, and to examine why past safety recommendations were never enacted. In recent years fatal accidents involving big trucks have dropped, but more needs to be done. According…

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Grocery Spill Closes LA Freeway

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Families traveling for Easter weekend celebrations were delayed after a Vons grocery truck accident caused the shutdown of the 5 freeway last Saturday.  All southbound lanes near Norwalk Boulevard were closed as California Highway Patrol diverted traffic.  At around 10AM, the truck hit the center divider and sent debris flying on the road as it…

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Trucking news in Florida

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The Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner announced that the order relaxing trucking restrictions which was supposed to expire on December 31, 2010, has been extended for one week.  This order allows farmers to transport freeze/vulnerable crops.  The extra week will give them time to continue harvesting and transporting the affected crops to facilities before…

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Tractor-trailer kills mechanic

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Don’t have many details but thought I would share some tragic news.  According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Department, a 28-year old Dade City mechanic working on a tractor-trailer at the trucking company location, died instantly when it fell on top of him. An investigation says the death was accidental. I hope they consult with…

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Disney bus crash turns fatal

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A 68-year old Massachusetts man visiting the Walt Disney World’s Port Orleans resort was hit and killed by a bus recently.  A witness who called 911 said the man walked in front of the bus and “got knocked to the ground pretty hard; his head was bleeding”.  He also said, “The man was breathing, but…

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