Revisiting Safety Standards in Buses

Many have called for a review of safety standards for both trucks and buses in light of the tragic crash between a Fed Ex truck and a charter bus that killed 10 people in Northern California earlier this month. While the National Traffic and Safety Board (NTSB) has pushed for “seatbelts, emergency exits and fire-safety… Learn More »

Video shows drivers reacting to new highway lane

A new traffic pattern in Portland has resulted in a lot of near-miss collisions. ODOT removed an extra middle lane coming up to the junction of westbound I-84  and  I-5.  Drivers going north on I-5 need to be in the far right lane – but many  are driving as though the lane was still there,… Learn More »

New Safety Rules in Effect for Trucks

As of July 1, truckers are required to take a 30-minute break in the first 8 hours of driving. Truck drivers’ maximum hours per work-week are reduced from 82 to 70.  They must also take a 34-hour break–known as a “restart”–once in every 7-day period. The goal of the new rules is to reduce the… Learn More »

Truck inspection sidelines Oregon and Washington drivers

Oregon Department of Transportation inspectors joined Washington officials to perform safety checks on truckers along I-5 to see whether they were taking breaks as required by federal law. 26% of the truck drivers pulled over along Interstate 5 in Oregon – Ashland, Woodburn, and Roseburg – failed the safety inspection. In Washington, about 13% of… Learn More »

Deadly Truck Accident Highlights Dangers of Texting

Federal investigators announced today that a 19-year-old pickup truck driver involved in a deadly highway accident in Missouri in August 2010 sent or received 11 texts in the 11 minutes immediately before his truck crashed into the back of tractor trailer at 55 mph. The driver sent six texts and received five texts, with the… Learn More »

January Inspection Showed Truck to Be Dangerous

You may have seen some footage of the catastrophic Amtrak train accident from last weekend. At least six people were tragically killed in the fiery truck crash that destroyed two rail cars – one with the semi-truck buried inside it. How did this happen? Investigators are trying to determine how a truck driver who plowed… Learn More »

Frivolous Lawsuits in the News

A few months ago I blogged about the famous McDonald’s coffee case, one of the most recognized personal injury lawsuits in America. This story has been back in the news lately because HBO is airing a documentary called Hot Coffee. It was this case that led to the formation of a collective belief based on… Learn More »