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...

What Do I Do If I’m in an 18-Wheeler Chain Reaction Accident?

On December 30, 2016, a chain-reaction collision begun by a 2001 Freightliner tractor-trailer led to one fatality and ten injured people on westbound Interstate 40 in St. Francis County, Arkansas. According to the official report filed by the Arkansas state highway patrol, six passenger vehicles were moving slowly in a line as traffic passed by...

Anthony Lefteris and Fraudulent Truck Driver Physicals

While it should have been a shock that federal prosecutors brought charges in early December against an Atlanta chiropractor for falsifying hundreds of truckers' medical exams, it wasn't. Over the years, our truck accident injury attorneys have come across cases where we were left wondering how a driver passed their mandatory bi-annual physical. In some...

Loose Selection and Enforcement Standards Make Some Truckers Fear Their Own Industry.

Have you heard the expression "one bad apple spoils the bunch?" I know it's a little folksy, but most people recognize its meaning without too much strain: Take a generally-benign group and introduce an element that is decidedly less so. Over time, this foreign element will corrupt the larger group, and the more the corruption...

Are Meritor WABCO Air Brake Modulator Valves Dangerous?

This past Friday, a wrongful death suit was filed in Alabama on behalf of Jordan Mays Matson. Ms. Matson lost her life October 20, 2015 in a collision with an 18-wheeler. What makes this lawsuit different from a typical 18-wheeler wrongful death suit is that in addition to the truck driver and trucking company, a...

Viral Social Media Post Falsifies Crash Details, Blames Victims

You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who believes auto accidents are simply an acceptable hazard of driving to and fro. It may be a necessary evil to spend time behind the wheel, but the road holds many dangers. Some of them are environmental, certainly--weather conditions, road quality, loose debris--but drivers themselves are responsible for many...

Despite Court Case: Electronic Truck Logs Very Likely

Earlier this week we chronicled the potential Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) electronically-enforced national truck speed limit, which pitted the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the FMCSA against the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA). That doesn't appear to be the only controversy where the ATA and OOIDA find each other on opposite sides of...

Attention Truckers: You’re Not Always On The Clock When You’re In the Sleeper Berth

When an trucker is injured while in the sleeper berth of his rig, he may have an injury lawsuit on his hands, not a workers' comp claim. In most instances, when an employee is injured on the job, their losses (wages, medical bills, etc.) are covered by a worker's compensation plan, meaning they file a...

Mechanical Failures in Single-Vehicle 18-Wheeler Accidents

Single-vehicle 18-Wheeler Accidents happen far too often. Sometimes, the cause is one for which the truck's driver would be considered at fault: failing to maintain speed, failing to adjust to weather conditions, distracted driving, driving while intoxicated, or some other factor loss of control. These are all common reasons for an 18-Wheeler getting into a...