Limousine Accidents

In October, 20 people were killed in a limo crash in upstate New York. They were enjoying a birthday celebration when tragedy struck, and the limousine lost control, ran through an intersection and struck a parked car. All 18 occupants of the limo and 2 pedestrians were killed. A whole host of issues were found with regard to the limousine, including an improperly licensed driver, multiple failed inspections, and a limousine that was deemed unsafe. The limousine involved in the accident had failed a recent inspection and was not supposed to be on the road. Read more

Should Trucking Companies Screen Drivers for Sleep Apnea?

In a studysponsored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA), University of Pennsylvania researchers found that 28% of truck drivers have mild to severe sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can lead to drowsiness and fatigue which can be deadly for drivers of large trucks. Should trucking companies be screening for this condition before allowing drivers on the road? Read more

FMCSA Looks to Revise Hours of Service Regulations for Truckers

Driving a truck is dangerous and not something that should be done while the driver is tired or overworked. Drowsy driving is a major factor in motor vehicle accidents. To prevent commercial truck drivers from being pressured into driving for long hours or driving while drowsy, hours of service regulations were put into place. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is now seeking public comment on proposed changes to these regulations. Read more

NYPD Cracks Down on Dangerous Private Garbage Trucks

Private garbage trucking companies in New York City have been the source of a slew of serious accidents and unsafe practices over the years. A number of reasons have been cited for private garbage truck accidents, including reckless drivers, negligent hiring, and drivers who are overworked. In addition, poorly maintained trucks are on the road across the city. A report prepared by Transform Don’t Trash NYC found that over the past 2 years 55% of the trucks operated by the city’s top garbage truck companies failed inspections by the federal Department of Transportation.  New Yorkers have been calling for stricter regulations, Read more