crashes

Truckers: No to ‘beta’ testing when lives at stake

Truckers polled this month agreed by and large with much of Consumer Reports’ "Too much autonomy too soon" verdict about the 'Autopilot' technology deployed in the Tesla Model S in 'beta' form, recently in use during a fatal crash in Florida.

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Podcast: One driver’s bounce-back after two years lost to ‘suicide by truck’

After the head-on collision, Brian Rudisell needed reconstructive ankle surgery, but the physical rehabilitation wasn't the toughest thing: "The more you talk about the problem, the faster you heal," he says.

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Stoking the log fires, redux: Crash incidence, hours violations and fleet size

Is the owner-operator/small fleet being "nitpicked" or "nickel-and-dimed" into oblivion? Crash data and inspection and hours violation rates, analyzed by fleet size, fuel further discussion following this month's "Stoking the log fires" feature.

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Mailbag: A primary tool in warding off post-crash litigation threats

"You’ve got to keep an eye out for every little detail and pass it on. If you’ve got a good insurance company, they’ll fight it for you.” As in crashes, as in other cases, says owner-operator Wayne VanHooser. “You’d be surprised how many times you can win when you do that.”

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FMCSA announces plan to allow owner-operators to contest non-preventable crashes used against them in CSA scores

The plan floated by FMCSA on July 7 will allow carriers to contest crashes counted against them in CSA and potentially remove those deemed non-preventable by the driver and carrier. The industry has long called for some form of "crash accountability" in CSA.

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Kryptonite and snakes

"Let's talk about fear. Have you ever been so scared that things around you grayed out a little, and you heard a rush of water going the speed of light through your head? ... Some days, the road is scary."

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Dodging the ambulance chasers

Since the advent of CSA, high-dollar jury awards for truck accident victims have been growing. This means higher risk and insurance costs, especially for independents.

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POLL: Post-crash litigation — has it reached into your business?

Trends show awards/activity in the courts have been on the rise: Have you been involved as a defendant in post-crash civil litigation, whether you were at fault in the accident or not?

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Truck crash data collection: Action items for new advisory committee

Report from the first meeting of the MCSAC Post Accident Report Subcommittee, tasked by Congress with identifying areas for improvement in accident data collection, including primary causation factors.

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An upward trend in truck-occupant crash deaths

In the years following FMCSA's 2003 publication of the hours of service rule that first included the 14-hour on-duty window, the percentage of truck-occupant crash deaths among all truck-involved fatalities is on an upward trend.

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