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Michael Leizerman

Senate Lawmakers OK 73-Hour Work Week For Truckers

Driver fatigue is a leading factor in truck crashes that kill about 4,000 Americans and injure 100,000 more each year. Of course, that’s why it’ so crucial that truckers take time to rest and recover. Otherwise, they risk putting themselves […]

Michael Leizerman

FMCSA Releases Latest Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts Report

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today released “Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts, 2014.” This recurring annual report contains descriptive statistics about crashes involving large trucks and buses that caused fatalities, injuries, or property damage. For comparative purposes, […]

Michael Leizerman

FMCSA: Roadside Inspections and Traffic Enforcement Activities Saved Nearly 500 Lives in 2012

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently released an annual analysis that claims to demonstrate the effectiveness of roadside safety inspection and traffic enforcement programs. “Over the last several decades, we’ve made tremendous strides in reducing […]

Michael Leizerman

Volvo Recalls Over 15,000 Trucks with Faulty Steering

Volvo trucks that were subject to a recall two weeks ago are now in worse shape—the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration declared today that they are so unsafe that they must be taken off the road immediately. Volvo is recalling […]

Michael Leizerman

CVSA Wants Hours of Service and Other Exemptions Scaled Back

CVSA Wants HOS and Other Exemptions Scaled Back According to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the increasing number of regulatory exemptions approved by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is causing major confusion in enforcement by roadside inspectors. In a […]

Michael Leizerman

NTSB Faults FMCSA for Deadly Semi Crash

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was publicly criticized by the National Transportation Safety Board recently for “inadequate safety oversight of high­risk carriers” after an investigation of a fatal crash in Illinois in which fatigue was blamed. The criticism comes […]

Michael Leizerman

Trailer Side Guards Make Difference Between Life and Death for Cyclists and Pedestrians

There’s a growing movement in U.S. cities to adopt a simple truck retrofit, one already in use in much of the world, which could potentially save the lives of thousands of bicyclists and pedestrians who share the roads with tractor […]

Michael Leizerman

Federal Study: Pedestrians, Bicyclists, and Large Trucks Don’t Mix

Fatalities among pedestrians and bicyclists in collisions with large trucks increased at a faster rate than the overall truck-related crash fatalities recorded from 2009 to 2013, according to a federal study.  From the report, pedestrian fatalities in crashes with large […]

Michael Leizerman

Trucking Companies Use Specialized Equipment to Remove Snow, Ice From Trailer Tops

I have been called numerous times about collisions that occur when a large block of snow or ice is blown from the top of a trailer and causes a crash. The laws in several states, along with available technology, show that […]

Michael Leizerman

Hours-of-Service Restart Suspension to Likely Last Until February 2016

A law that went into effect in December 2014 suspended FMCSA’s rule requiring truck drivers to take off two consecutive periods of 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. during a 34-hour restart.