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Torrid Rate of Trucking Mergers Pauses, But More Consolidation Expected

The following excerpt is from, originally written by Tiffany Hsu:

The freight trucking industry appears to be shrinking more slowing after a heady few years of company failures, strategy shifts and acquisitions.

But new players – bigger ones, diversified ones and potentially even foreign ones – are increasingly getting into the mix. And analysts believe there’s more merging to come.

“I expect it to heat up again as conditions in the truckload sector improve,” said John G. Larkin, a logistics analyst at Stifel Financial Corp. “And we may start to see conditions improve in 2017.”



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Trucking Companies File for Employee Misclassification Amnesty Protection

The following excerpt is from, originally written by Clarissa Hawes:

While two California-based trucking companies have accepted an amnesty deal for trucking companies that have allegedly misclassified employees, a U.S. agency has ruled that another transportation firm improperly classified its drivers as independent contractors.

The misclassification issue has turned into a bitter legal battle, pitting drivers against trucking companies in courtrooms and on picket lines in California and at ports across the U.S.

Trucking industry executives are alarmed by the mounting number of misclassification cases being waged by port drivers. In May, Gary Schubert, president of Intermodal Bridge Transport, said a number of trucking companies “will go out of business rather than repay the money they owe.”

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Trucker’s Horrific Driving Record an Issue in Death of Manuel Galindo

The following excerpt is from Law Firm Newswire, written by Austin Personal Injury Lawyers – Perlmutter & Schuelke, originally published on September 12:

Manuel Galindo’s family received a jury award of $37.9 million in a wrongful death action filed against O’Reilly Auto Parts. Galindo died in February 2015 after slamming into a big rig stuck on an icy road.

The jury deemed the truck driver 40 percent responsible for Galindo’s death and O’Reilly Auto Parts was found to be 60 percent responsible.

At the time of the fatal accident, Manuel Galindo-Comancho was 37-years-old. He died around 6 a.m. near the Texas town of Burnet after hitting a tractor-trailer unit straddling every lane of State Highway 29. Galindo was from Fredricksburg. The truck driver had lost control of his rig, hit a guardrail, and whipped around so the truck came to rest blocking all traffic headed in either direction.

The visibility was not good that day making the road and the truck hard to see. As the driver tried to move his vehicle, Galindo, unable to see well, crashed his Chevy Astro van into the 18-wheeler. First responders found him dead at the scene.

A subsequent investigation of the accident revealed that the truck driver, 36-year-old David Shoots, had been talking on his cellphone at the time of the accident. He neglected to put reflective warning cones in front of his truck.

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Electric, Driverless Freight Shuttle Might Solve Trucking-Related Problems in Texas

The following excerpt is from, written by Ben Miller.

Trucking has a somewhat outsized effect on the transportation system. Federal regulators have estimated that each tractor-trailer semi does many thousand times more damage to the road than each passenger car. They can cause even more rapid damage in snowy parts of the country as frost melts. And they spew out a disproportionately large amount of greenhouse gas.

Perhaps part of the problem is that they are forced to travel through already-congested corridors.


That’s the premise behind a new technology now officially slated for its first deployment at Houston’s seaport. The freight shuttle system (FSS), technology developed at Texas A&M University, is designed to displace trucks so they can operate in more convenient locations — and it’s an electric, driverless system at that.

“Many [American seaports] stem back to the 1700s. So urban areas have a tendency to grow up around a port, and the port becomes locked in by that urban development. So getting in and out of a port gets increasingly difficult,” said Stephen Roop, inventor of the system and assistant agency director of the Texas Transportation Institute at TAMU.

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