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Truck Driver in Deadly Amtrak Crash Had 5 Previous Moving Violations

RENO, NV – Federal authorities began investigating the background Tuesday of the truck driver who plowed into Amtrak’s California Zephyr after last Friday’s train crash that killed six.

Amtrak’s California Zephyr was en route from Chicago to Emeryville, Calif., with some 200 passengers and 14 crew members when the accident occurred late Friday morning about 300 miles east of its destination. ... Read More

High Winds Topple Two 18 Wheeler Trucks Near Palm Springs, CA

PALM SPRINGS, CA – According to the California Highway Patrol, two big rig trucks overturned Thursday morning blocking Highway 111 closing lanes northwest of Palm Springs.

The southbound lanes heading into Palm Springs were closed from Interstate 10 past Overture Drive for about four hours as CHP officers also stopped semi trucks, 18 wheelers and big rigs from using the highway to leave the valley. ... Read More

Fort Worth Truck Accident Kills 1 Injures 5

FT WORTH, TX – A fatal accident occurred last Sunday, May 1, killing 1 person and injuring 5 when a silver 2003 Dodge four-door pickup carrying eight people spun out of control.

The pick up truck was traveling east in the center-left lane in the 2600 block of West Freeway about 8:45 p.m. when it hit standing water and spun out of control, killing 1 and injuring 5, according to police reports. ... Read More

Semi Truck Overturns on Virginia Highway Near Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, VA – A semi trailer truck overturned Saturday, July 24, on a highway in Augusta County, Virginia. The truck accident occurred just north of the Blue Ridge Mountains at the juncture of Interstate 64 and Virginia State Route 340 near the city of Waynesboro. The accident area is in the central west section of the state about 62 miles north of Lynchburg, VA and about 140 miles southwest of Washington, DC.

Police shut down a section of the southbound lanes of State Route 340 as well as the entrance ramp to I-64 while highway crews worked to clear the debris and other material from the interstate

On Saturday morning truck driver Edgar Morales was driving a semi trailer truck south on Interstate 64 in Augusta County, VA. The semi was hauling a full load of building lumber in the trailer of the truck. It is not known where Mr. Morales was headed or the trucking company that owns the tractor trailer. ... Read More

Sleeping Driver Crashes Semi Truck on a Virginia Highway

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – A driver reportedly fell asleep at the wheel and crashed his semi trailer truck on a highway in Virginia early Tuesday morning, June 15. The truck accident occurred near Newport News, VA on Interstate 64 where it intersects with J. Clyde Morris Boulevard. The accident area is the far southeast corner of the state across the bay from the Norfolk-Portsmouth-Virginia Beach metro region, about 80 miles southeast of Richmond, VA and about 57 miles north of Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

Local emergency personnel and law enforcement officers responded to the scene of the truck accident. Police immediately shut down at least one of the northbound traffic lanes on the interstate.

At around 5:00 a.m. Tuesday morning Wilbert Reynolds of Baltimore, Maryland was driving a semi trailer truck north on Interstate 64 in Virginia. As the driver traveled through Newport News where the interstate passes over J. Clyde Morris Blvd. he apparently fell asleep and lost control of the 18 wheeler truck. ... Read More

Tractor Trailer Trucks Collide in Accident on New York Thruway

SCHUYLER, NY – Two tractor trailer trucks collided Tuesday night on the New York State Thruway, injuring two people. The truck accident happened near Schuyler, New York, to the north of the city of Utica. The area is in the northeast section of the state, 62 miles east of Syracuse, NY and 236 miles northwest of New York City.

Tractor trailers collide in truck accident near Utica New York

At around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night, 53 year old Gerald Miller of Lockport, NY was traveling eastbound on the New York State Thruway. He was driving a 2004 International tractor truck, with two trailers attached… ... Read More

Truck Accident Causes: Driver Fatigue Cited As Major Problem By NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

According to Deborah A.P. Hersman, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, fatigue “is one of the most insidious issues in the transportation industry,” and more must be done to fight it, she said.

“We establish a 72-hour prior history in every NTSB investigation,” Hersman said at the National Press Club in Washington Nov. 16. “Unfortunately, we find fatigue in more incidents and accidents than you would think.”

She said the NTSB has recommended the Federal Aviation Administration set hours of service rules for flight crews, aviation mechanics and air traffic controllers, stating it took Congress to change century-old rail employee hours of service rules.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which has issued truck driver hours of service rules three times since 2003, plans to propose a new HOS rule early next year. Read more.

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San Francisco CA – Truck Accident Lawyer Discusses Improper Loads

SAN FRANCISCO CA – Since the recent truck accident at the S-curve on the Bay Bridge in San Francisco, we feel it is important to show this video on truck safety. The speaker is Steve Gordon,  a nationwide semi  truck accident lawyer, from the law firm of Gordon & Elias.  The video shows how improper loads can cause big rig and semi truck accidents.


Watch video explaining truck safety regarding improper loads

STEVEN GORDON:  I’ve been asked to speak about improper loading or stacking of the cargo.  This is a problem that happens quite a bit.  There are various kids of loads.  There are pipes, there are boxes, containers, fluids, so obviously in each given instance of what the load is you have to look at was it improperly loaded or maintained or latched, lashed down.

Load issues can actually be dangerous for the trucker as well.  There was a trucker out in California recently killed because he had to stop and the load shifted and came right through the cab and killed him.

So, what you need to understand here when a load issue is a cause of an accident, it’s not just the trucker and the truck company, but it’s the loading company who loaded this that also could be at fault and if so should be sued.  So you may have more defendants to understand so the jury can assess where the fault lies.

But loading and improper loading cause many different accidents.  For instance, a trucker when he’s turning, it shifts, causes the truck to turn over and lands on somebody.  This often times results in an accident.

Improper lashing down of loads can cause you losing a load.  We’ve all seen on the interstate where when you’re driving along all of the sudden, you know, something is right there and it causes an accident.

That’s the fault of the trucker and the truck company and the loading company.

So improper loading can cause quite an extensive array of accidents, and your truck accident lawyer needs to understand this and assess the situation properly

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