WHY TRUCKING COMPANIES HIRE UNSAFE DRIVERS

In case after case, we see truck drivers with bad driving records cause yet another crash. Given that trucking companies are required by law to check their drivers’ records, I wondered why they would keep hiring unsafe drivers. I did a little digging, and learned the answer was painfully obvious: to make more money. Trucking companies make money by hauling loads. An empty truck makes no money. In fact, an empty truck costs the company money because the company still has to pay insurance, make the truck payment, etc. A typical over-the-road or regional truck generates $800 to $1,000 per day in...

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TTLA CAR WRECKS CLE SEMINAR

This week attorney Michael Cowen presented at the TTLA Car Wrecks CLE Seminar in Dallas, Texas. The full day seminar included attorney speakers and attendees from all over the state Texas. In his presentation "Maximizing CMV Cases," attorney Cowen spoke to his colleagues on the major differences between a car wreck and a trucking wreck case. Topics included how quickly an attorney must act in order to preserve evidence, the different ways trucking companies can be at fault by focusing on profit before safety and resourceful places to find documentation to prove your case without spending as much money on an...

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PROVING CORPORATE NEGLIGENCE IN COMPANY VEHICLE CRASH CASES

Proving corporate misconduct is a proven path to a big verdict. Juries are more likely to have a “reptilian” response and render a verdict that protects their community when the evidence shows a corporation made choices that endangered the public. In trucking cases, we have the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations as a guide for what companies are supposed to do. But how do we set the standard for business other than trucking companies? One answer is ANSI Standard Z15.1: Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operations. ANSI, the American National Standards Institute, is a non-profit company that sets out consensus safety...

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