Category Archives: Government

What good is positive train control if it's inactive

Positive Train Control: What Use is an Inactive or Absent Safety Feature?

The past few months have certainly not been good for trains. Multiple high-profile wrecks–three in as many months–have brought the public’s gimlet eye down upon Amtrak, one of the most recognizable names in train transportation. For those who don’t follow the news (who could blame you these days?), here’s a quick summary of the most […]

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Crashed 18W OSHA superimposed

Who’s Going to Investigate A Semi Truck Crash? Maybe Not Who You Think.

When an accident happens, who’s the proper authority to investigate? Check the comments sections of news articles about the wreck and you’ll find no shortage of armchair authorities who think they know exactly “who you gonna call.” Their ideas on that are often wrong, but they’ll treat them as the gospel truth when discussing the […]

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Fellowship of the Drink: The Expensive Travels of the TABC

Recent audits of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC), the state regulatory agency that monitors the distribution and service of alcohol in the Lone Star State, have shown that some of the agency’s top brass have been boozing and schmoozing with the liquor industry, paid for by the very industry they are meant to oversee […]

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Regulations for Stopped Commercial Vehicles

A Look at Commercial Truck Emergency Signal Regulations

Just before sunrise, January 9, 2017, Alex A. Ortega was killed in a collision with an 18-wheeler, which was reportedly blocking the intersection of County Road 1160 and Business 20 near Midland, Texas. According to news accounts, the truck stalled, while crossing through the intersection, before being struck by Mr. Ortega’s vehicle. Without knowing more […]

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Should 18-Wheeler U-Turns Be Banned?

Should Semi-Truck U-Turns Be Illegal?

It’s difficult for a truck accident law firm to ask questions about commercial truck safety without those who drive trucks for a living taking offense and thinking we’re “anti-trucker.” I’d like to dispense that notion right off the bat. We have the utmost respect for 99% of professional truck drivers who drive their whole careers […]

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Hello, Operator? FDA Probe Reveals Unreported Medical Device Injuries

The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates is often called “The Father of Western Medicine.” Among his contributions to the medical world are several of its terms and information about how to diagnosed several pulmonary disorders. He is credited as the inspiration for the Hippocratic Corpus (hence its name), which is a series of over sixty lectures, […]

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Vision Zero in America

U.S. Safety Agencies Commit to Eliminating Traffic Fatalities in Next 30 Years…But How?

As I recently learned, several regulatory agencies and private safety firms have pledged to try and eliminate traffic fatalities within the next 30 years. The details of the conference and the proposed initiatives haven’t been made public yet, but it is likely that they will borrow heavily from similar projects taking place across Europe, particularly […]

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Eckert v City of Deming et al: A Study in the Violation of Civil Liberties

It’s sometimes easy to take for granted the freedoms we have as American citizens. I’m not necessarily talking fireworks-and-bald-eagles-grade freedoms, but the more subtle permissions and entitlements we enjoy. Our right to speak our minds is federally protected, as is our right to arm ourselves. Thanks to the Bill of Rights’ guarantees of certain civil […]

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