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Category: Commercial Truck Accidents

Tired Eyes: Investigating Commercial Driver Fatigue

Posted on April 23, 2021 in Commercial Truck Accidents

Whether you are investigating a wreck for a client injured by a tractor-trailer or advising a motor carrier client on industry best practices, it would be wise to study the motor carrier’s approach to managing driver fatigue.  Driver fatigue continues to be a growing problem and safety threat to everyone on the roadway.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), driver fatigue or sleep deprivation is a contributing factor in nearly 100,000 motor vehicle wrecks and 1,500 deaths each year in the United States.  The commercial trucking industry largely contributes to this problem. Studies have shown that driver… read more

Do Commercial Truck Drivers Undergo Background Checks?

Posted on October 24, 2018 in Commercial Truck Accidents

Commercial trucking is an enormous industry. Currently, over one million people work in trucking in the U.S. The largest occupation in trucking is truck driving. Yet even with over 900,000 drivers, the trucking industry is experiencing a labor shortage. The number of drivers can’t meet the constantly increasing demand for consumer goods. The pressure to fill empty seats can lead to trucking companies expediting the hiring process – increasing the risk of unsafe and incompetent drivers. Skipping background checks, ignoring drug tests, and illegally hiring certain convicted felons can increase the risk of dangerous truck drivers on the roads. Yet… read more