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Baltimore Truck Accident Lawyers: Common Causes Of Semi-Truck Accidents

The following excerpt is from Lawyers.com, written by Paul G. Tolzman:

The following are some of the most common causes of semi-truck accidents:

Poor Maintenance: Federal regulations require all operational semi-trucks to be properly maintained and kept in good condition. If certain parts malfunction, like brakes, tires, or engines, it can result in very serious accidents. Truck companies must comply with federal regulations and perform regular maintenance checks on all trucks.
Distracted Driving: Distracted driving can be dangerous no matter what type of vehicle you are driving, but when truck drivers are distracted, they can cause devastating accidents. Whether it is using a cell phone while driving, changing the radio station, eating, checking the GPS, or talking to another passenger, these are all forms of distracted driving. Due to the nature of the job and the long, tedious hours on the road, this is a common problem among truck drivers.

Driver Inexperience: If a driver has not been properly trained, or has very little experience driving a semi-truck, the risk of causing an accident increases. However, while many companies cover the costs of trucking courses, too often they send new drivers out on the road with little experience because they can pay them less than a more experienced driver.

Improper Loading: When cargo is loaded improperly, uneven weight distribution can lead to jack-knife accidents. This can happen when individuals load the truck too quickly, or if inexperienced packers do not know how to load the cargo so that the weight is evenly distributed.

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Commuter Dude: Trucking company steps forward after driver seen passing school bus

The following video and excerpt is from 11 Alive, article written by Jerry Carnes:

A metro trucking company is disciplining a driver after video aired on 11Alive showing a truck passing the flashing lights of a school bus.

An 11Alive camera captured the driver for Courier Express passing the bus as it was stopped in a turn lane, its lights flashing, a stop sign out alerting drivers not to pass.

“That’s not how our company operates,” says Vinnie Summers, Freight Operations Manager for Courier Express.

Summers was alerted to the video, and immediately reached out to 11Alive for more information. Using data from electric on-board recorders mounted in all Courier Express trucks, Summers was able to identify the driver responsible.

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Why going to the Great American Trucking Show is a healthy thing to do

The following excerpt is from LandLinemag.com, written by Land Line staff:

“I am going for my health” sounds like a tongue-in-cheek reason to attend a truck show, but in the case of the upcoming event in Dallas, Texas, that motive is completely legit.

Driver health and wellness continues to grab top billing at the Great American Trucking Show, a three-day event held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Aug. 25-27. GATS will create a place for drivers to annually receive free screenings, health care education and more.

The Landstar Fit for the Road Health and Wellness Pavilion will provide free health screenings, cooking, fitness and educational demos. The pavilion promises to be bigger and better with some new additions. DOT-certified examiners will be available on all three days of the show to perform exams for $59.

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People, IT security, and trucking

The following excerpt is from Fleet Owner, written by Sean Kilcarr:

That poll found (among other things) that 78% of U.S. small business owners and over half (51%) of “C-Suite” respondents (read as: the chief executives) said they only conduct employee training on their company’s information security procedures once a year – or less.

Furthermore, 28% of U.S. small business owners report they have never trained employees on how to comply with legal requirements or company information security procedures, with 22% admitting that they only conduct training on an ad-hoc basis, noted Andrew Lenardon, the global director for information security firm Shred-it, in this report.

“Successful [information security] programs focus on building organizational knowledge and capacity on the right way to manage, store and destroy physical and digital data,” he explained. “Without good training repeated throughout the year, employees can unintentionally expose their organizations to serious risks including reputational damage, theft, fraud and data loss.”

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Trucking Industry Cautiously Embracing New Federal Standards

The following excerpt is from The Wall Street Journal, written by Amy Harder and Imani Moise:

Major truck manufacturers and operators of large commercial fleets cautiously embraced federal standards released Tuesday requiring cuts in fuel usage of big trucks, one of the last in a long line of regulations President Barack Obama has issued over the past several years seeking to clamp down on greenhouse gas emissions across the U.S. economy.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department jointly announced the final standards for big vehicles ranging from vans to garbage trucks to 18-wheelers that requires up to 25% lower carbon emissions and fuel consumption in certain models over the next decade compared with today.

 

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