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Falsifying Logbooks: Risky Business for Truck Drivers and Carriers

  • 15
  • September
    2011

It is a vicious cycle. Consumers expect products to be on store shelves whenever they need them. Retailers expect trucking companies to deliver goods on schedule to meet consumer demand. Trucking companies expect drivers to pick up and to deliver loads as quickly as possible to meet retailers' demands. And truck drivers are expected to meet the demands of their employers if they expect to be paid.

However, truck drivers have additional expectations placed upon them: government safety rules, including Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations.

With the goal of reducing truck crash injuries and fatalities while maintaining transportation efficiency, the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has developed and implemented Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations. These regulations, as well as California trucking regulations, limit when commercial motor vehicle drivers are allowed to drive and for how long.

What Happens When Big Rigs and Cars Collide? Sometimes Very Little

  • 27
  • August
    2010

Early this morning a big rig and two cars crashed on Highway 99 in Sacramento, causing significant delay for other motorists. The California Highway Patrol is currently investigating the cause of the accident.   

Fortunately, it appears no one was seriously injured, but that's not often the case when it comes to big rigs and reckless driving or equipment failures. Simply the difference in the size of the typical commercial truck and a car--when these vehicles collide--is illustrative of the catastrophic injuries that occur in this type of accident.