Recent Posts in Truck Accidents

  • 16-Nov-2016

    Common Causes of 18-Wheeler Accidents

    One of the greatest challenges someone can face after being hurt in a truck accident is proving that they are in no way liable for what happened. Overcoming this obstacle becomes easier once you get an understanding of some of the most common causes ...
  • 18-Dec-2015

    Who Is Responsible for Safe Transfer of Oversize Truck Loads? P.2

    We’ve been looking in our last couple posts at the issues of cargo securement and oversize load transportation. As we’ve pointed out, there are specific regulations in place at the state and federal levels to help ensure that truck ...
  • 11-Dec-2015

    The Issue of Cargo Securement in Trucking

    Truck accidents can occur for all sorts of reasons, and commercial vehicle drivers and their employers have a duty to see to it that they are not only abiding by all state and federal safety regulations, but engaging in business practices which ...
  • 11-Dec-2015

    Who Is Responsible for Safe Transfer of Oversize Truck Loads? P.1

    Last time, we looked a bit at some of the basic principles of cargo securement by which commercial vehicle drivers and their employers must abide. As we noted last time, special permits are required for oversize loads, and each state has different ...
  • 4-Nov-2015

    Proposal to Increase Trucking Weight Limit Struck Down

    When it comes to improving highway safety, no stone should be left unturned. One particularly important stone is trucking safety, and federal regulators, it seems, are continually working to work at improvements in this area. One of the more recent ...
  • 16-Oct-2015

    Should Private Mail Delivery Be Exempt from Fatigue Prevention? P.2

    In our previous post, we began speaking about a request made by an organization representing private mail carriers for an exemption from the 14-hour limit rule. The rule is one of so-called “hours of service” rules under federal law which ...
  • 14-Oct-2015

    Should Private Mail Delivery Be Exempt from Fatigue Prevention? P.1

    As readers may know, truck safety is a topic that is in the news quite a lot, especially the issue of truck driver fatigue. This is good, because trucking safety is something that concerns everybody, and it is in all of our interests that drivers and ...
  • 3-Sep-2015

    NTSB Reports Findings on Tracy Morgan Crash

    Missouri readers may remember that actor-comedian Tracy Morgan was in the news quite a bit last year after a serious highway accident in New Jersey. Initial reports of the accident indicated that the truck driver who was involved in the accident had ...
  • 3-Sep-2015

    Tracy Morgan Crash & the Issue of Seat Belt Use

    In out last post, we began speaking about the findings of the National Transportation Safety Board regarding a crash in which actor-comedian Tracy Morgan was involved last summer in New Jersey. As we noted, one of the findings was that the truck ...
  • 3-Jul-2015

    Trucker Cited for Crash One Day, Causes Another on I-75 the Next

    On June 24, the driver of a semi-truck apparently sideswiped another truck as he was trying to pass. No one was hurt, but he was cited for careless driving. The next day, the same trucker was headed down a stretch of I-75 in Tennessee. Traffic had ...
  • 19-Jun-2015

    One Year Later, Wal-Mart & Morgan Reach Settlement

    Tracy Morgan made so many people laugh on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. he also had a very successful stand-up career, in addition to other film and television commitments. Everything was going great for him -- until last summer. While in a ...
  • 5-Jun-2015

    FMCSA May Emphasize Behind-the-Wheel Training

    Sometimes, there is a clear “correct” way to accomplish a given goal. If a goal is not pursued in this specific way, the goal’s outcome will not be achieved. For example, if one wants to serve beef lasagna to several guests but ...
  • 25-Mar-2015

    Inside Truck Accident Numbers

    If truck accidents involving 18-wheelers and cars were boxing matches, the referee would stop the proceedings before the opening bell. It just wouldn't be a fair fight. The average passenger car weighs about 3,200 pounds, while big rigs can tip ...
  • 30-Jan-2015

    What's the Safest Month for Driving?

    As everyone in Joplin knows, our weather can be brutal and it can be beautiful. Snow can fly in spring and rain can fall in winter. So which month is the safest for driving? Many might assume the safest month would be in summer when there's no ...
  • 22-Jan-2015

    The Most Important Winter Driving Tip for Truckers

    Just an hour northwest of Joplin, you can find the town of Parsons, Kansas. It was recently the scene of a truck accident that began when the driver of an 18-wheeler lost control of his vehicle, which jackknifed and crossed the road’s ...
  • 11-Dec-2014

    Congress May Suspend Trucking Rest Regulations

    Right now, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are busy debating a funding bill that must be passed by midnight in order to avoid a possible government shutdown. While the primary sticking points appear to cover such widely varying issues as immigration and ...
  • 20-Nov-2014

    Being Fully Alert to the Dangers Posed by Drowsy Truckers

    “You know what? I dozed off. Man, I just dozed off." That is reportedly what a trucker recently told a witness to a truck accident that resulted in two deaths and multiple injuries. The drowsy trucker slammed his enormous tractor-trailer ...
  • 24-Sep-2014

    What Causes Truck Accidents?

    Those of us who live in the Joplin area are familiar with the web of highways and interstates that crisscross and surround the city. We depend on the large commercial trucks that make their way in and out of Joplin to carry our products off to others ...
  • 19-Aug-2014

    One Fatal Missouri Truck Accident Causes Another

    It’s nearly 250 miles from Joplin to Missouri’s Boone County, but it’s the kind of hours-long haul truck drivers make routinely. Unfortunately, it’s not always the kind of haul that can be made safely. Earlier this week, a ...
  • 24-Jul-2014

    Truck Accident Leaves 4 Dead & 4 Injured

    Most truck drivers are good people who are concerned with highway safety. But as in all other lines of work, there are some who break the rules and make their peers look bad. One of the most common safety regulations broken in trucking is the rule ...
  • 18-Jun-2014

    Senators to Try to Stop Rollback of Truck Safety Regulations

    As far as the trucking industry is concerned, it’s always a good time to roll back regulations that restrict how long truckers can drive per day. However, in the wake of national headlines generated by the truck accident that killed a man and ...
  • 1-May-2014

    Truck Accident Leaves Family with Devastating Injuries

    If you drive about 30 miles north of Joplin, you come to the town of Frontenac, Kansas. Two weeks ago, an elementary school principal, her son and her assistant were stopped mid-morning in a car at a stoplight. That's when a Kenworth ...
  • 4-Apr-2014

    Overturned Gas Truck Suspected of Traveling Too Fast

    A March 28 truck accident outside of Reeds Spring, Missouri fortunately only resulted in injury to the truck driver. The truck driver was operating a 1997 GMC 7500 truck and was hauling gas at the time that the accident occurred. The Missouri Highway ...
  • 30-Dec-2013

    Joplin Man Dies in Chain Reaction Truck Crash on Interstate 44

    The last days of 2013 were marred by the loss of a 44-year-old Joplin man in a series of crashes on Interstate 44 in Lawrence County. Law enforcement officials said that the chain reaction of collisions began with a truck accident. Afterwards, the ...
  • 12-Dec-2013

    Study: Trucks Involved in Disproportionate Share of Accidents

    There is no doubt that in Joplin, we rely on commercial trucking to bring goods in and out of our city. There's also no doubt that heavy, fast-moving tractor-trailers increase dangers on Missouri's interstate highways and city streets. ...