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On the Road After Dark: Safe-Driving Tips for Truckers

With the sun setting comes additional risks for truckers driving at night. Visibility is reduced, making it more challenging to see the road, other vehicles, and obstacles. Depth perception, color recognition, and peripheral vision can all be compromised in the dark. The glare of headlights from an oncoming vehicle can also temporarily blind a driver. … Continue reading “On the Road After Dark: Safe-Driving Tips for Truckers”

What to Check for Before Moving Through Scales

Commercial truckers should be ready for inspections when approaching a weigh station or scales to guarantee compliance with weight limits and various safety standards. If a vehicle is found to have violated or violates any roadside inspection conducted by an officer, the vehicle will be put out of service (OOS). Certain critical vehicle inspection items … Continue reading “What to Check for Before Moving Through Scales”

Under the FLSA Truckers Are Entitled to Sleeper Berth Compensation

Earlier this month, an appeals court upheld a lower court ruling involving carrier CRST that truck drivers working in teams must be compensated under federal minimum wage laws for time spent in the sleeper cab even if they aren’t sleeping. The question posed in the lower court and on appeal was whether “the time long-haul … Continue reading “Under the FLSA Truckers Are Entitled to Sleeper Berth Compensation”

Driver Safety Tips to Help Mitigate Trucking Accidents

There are more than 168,000 truck accidents every year, with about 32% involving an injury and around 3% resulting in a fatality, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Texas had the most truck accidents in 2022, with California, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Illinois rounding out the top five states. The Centers for Disease … Continue reading “Driver Safety Tips to Help Mitigate Trucking Accidents”

On the Road with Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Accident Injury Insurance

Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Accident Injury Insurance are two distinct types of coverage designed to address different aspects of workplace injuries in the trucking industry. Workers’ Compensation Insurance A statutory form of insurance, Workers’ Compensation insurance provides benefits to employees who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses. It is designed to protect both employees and employers … Continue reading “On the Road with Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Accident Injury Insurance”

Behind the Wheel of Truck Liability Insurance

Truck Liability insurance is the backbone coverage for commercial trucks and their operators. The policy protects truck operators who become legally liable for bodily injury and/or property damage to others related to operating the truck. All truck owners or lessees are required to purchase this coverage and meet state and federal agencies’ regulatory guidelines. The … Continue reading “Behind the Wheel of Truck Liability Insurance”

Comprehensive vs. Specified Perils Coverage in Physical Damage Truck Insurance

Physical Damage Truck insurance is designed to protect commercial trucks and other vehicles used in transporting goods. The Collision portion of the policy provides coverage for damage to the insured truck that occurs as a result of a collision with another vehicle or object. This includes accidents where the insured truck is at fault. The … Continue reading “Comprehensive vs. Specified Perils Coverage in Physical Damage Truck Insurance”

Why Updating FMCSA MCS-150 Form Is Important for Transportation Carriers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandates that, every two years, transportation companies update their Motor Carrier Identification Report (Form MCS-150). Updates may include changes or modifications to contact information (phone number, address, etc.), operating authority changes, ownership and control changes, insurance information, safety data, USDOT number, vehicle and equipment information, and other info. … Continue reading “Why Updating FMCSA MCS-150 Form Is Important for Transportation Carriers”

Down the Road: Electronic Truck Inspections

Truck inspections are expected to change as federal trucking regulators and commercial vehicle enforcement agencies push for wireless roadside inspections. Motor carriers will have to equip their trucks with devices to transmit the identity and condition of trucks and drivers to roadside enforcement. However, according to the North American Transportation Association (NTA), how motor carriers … Continue reading “Down the Road: Electronic Truck Inspections”