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Bad Driver Causes Tractor-Trailer To Plummet Off Texas Overpass

A tractor-trailer that was struck by a careless driver plummeted off a highway overpass in Sugar Land, Texas, and landed on top of a Toyota sedan Jan. 11. A spokesman for the Sugar Land Police Department told Houston’s KPRC Channel 2 that it’s a “miracle” nobody was seriously injured or killed in the crash. According to KPRC, authorities said it was raining heavily when a gold-color SUV was spotted driving erratically and weaving in and out of lanes on Highway 59 southbound.  The SUV collided with the tractor-trailer, causing the tractor-trailer to crash into another car. The truck then hydroplaned, ... Read More

Trailer Manufacturer Wins Award for Rear Underride Safety Guards

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded Chicago-based trailer designer and manufacturer Great Dane with its Toughguard award, which recognizes rear underride guards that serve to prevent deadly underride crashes in which a car or other passenger vehicle rear-ends a trailer and runs under it, often shearing the roof off the vehicle and killing its occupants. The dangers of underride crashes became national news when actress Jayne Mansfield collided with the back of a tractor-trailer on a Slidell, Louisiana, highway in 1967. The horrific nature of the crash, which decapitated Ms. Mansfield, triggered the very first calls for ... Read More

First Lawsuits Filed in Wake of Deadly Biloxi Bus Crash

Four lawsuits have been filed as of March 14 in connection to the collision of a tour bus and freight train in Biloxi, Mississippi, the Austin Statesman reports. Two of the lawsuits were filed by family members of Peggy Hoffman and Kenneth Hoffman, a couple who died at the scene of the March 7 crash. Two additional lawsuits have been filed by five surviving passengers of the collision. The crash happened when a tour bus carrying mostly seniors from the Bastrop Senior Center near Austin became stuck on the tracks at a railroad crossing in downtown Biloxi. By the time ... Read More

Trucking company In Deadly Ohio Crash Had 65 Fatal Crashes in Last Two Years

A Missouri commercial truck driver who was killed Feb. 13 when he failed to stop for stalled traffic and collided with three other tractor-trailers on an Ohio highway worked for a commercial trucking company with a substantial record of violations and crashes. Theodore Stocker III was driving a tractor-trailer for Swift Transportation, a large trucking company headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, along Interstate 70. About two miles inside Preble County, Ohio, Mr. Stocker’s truck slammed into the back of a flatbed trailer and two other semi-trucks. A fourth commercial semi-truck was also involved in the collision, but the vehicle sustained only ... Read More

NHTSA Releases Guidelines For Electronics Manufacturers Addressing Driver Distraction

Addressing an historic surge in deadly traffic crashes nationwide, federal transportation regulators have proposed guidelines for developers of portable and aftermarket electronics that aim to reduce driver distraction and promote better safety on roads. The proposed voluntary guidelines encourage electronics manufacturers and developers to implement features such as pairing, where a portable device is automatically linked to a vehicle’s infotainment system, and Driver Mode – a simplified user interface. Both pairing and a Driver Mode interface would reduce the potential for unsafe driver distraction by reducing the time a driver’s eyes are off the road while at the same time ... Read More

California Man, Son, Reach $10 Million Settlement Over Guardrail Injuries

A California man and his 3-year-old son reached a $10-million settlement with California DOT for extensive, traumatic injuries they sustained in 2012 when an allegedly improperly installed guardrail manufactured by Trinity Highway Products that their vehicle struck did not perform as it was designed to do. According to Verdict Search, plaintiffs Mark Pappakostas, 47, and Liam Pappakostas, 3 at the time of the crash, filed the lawsuit in Santa Clara County Superior Court for personal injuries they suffered on Dec. 16, 2012. Named as defendants in the suit are the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans); guardrail installer Midstate Barrier, and ... Read More

Bus Crash In California Desert Kills 13, Injures 31

Thirteen people are dead and dozens of others injured after a tour bus collided with a tractor-trailer near Palm Springs, Calif., Sunday morning on its return to Los Angeles from a casino run. The 1996 MCI bus, registered to USA Holiday, was traveling at an excessive rate of speed when it rammed the back of a tractor trailer, California Highway Patrol division Chief Jim Abele told CNN. The collision occurred on Interstate 10 westbound at 5:17 a.m. “The speed of the bus was so significant that when it hit the back of the big rig … the trailer itself entered ... Read More

Commercial Driver Shortage Means More Seniors Behind The Wheel

Faced with a severe shortage of commercial drivers, many U.S. companies and commercial driving schools are actively recruiting seniors in their 70s, 80s, and even 90s. But along with the increasing number of senior commercial drivers comes an uptick in the number of crashes involving commercial tractor trailers. A CBS News analysis of crash data found that there has been a 19 percent increase in the number of commercial truck crashes involving seniors in the last three years. According to CBS, there were nearly 7,000 commercial truck crashes between 2013 and 2015 in 12 states alone. The issue of seniors ... Read More

Bus Driver In Deadly Louisiana Crash Says Employer Knew He Was Unlicensed

The driver who lost control of a bus near New Orleans last month, slamming into a fire truck and two other vehicles, told investigators his employer knew that he was unlicensed. Denis Yasmir Amaya Amaya-Rodriguez, a 37-year-old undocumented immigrant from Honduras, told Jambalaya News Louisiana that he didn’t want to drive a commercial bus on the morning of Aug. 28 because he was unlicensed and unqualified. Mr. Amaya-Rodriguez departed from the Target in Metairie with two dozen passengers headed to Baton Rouge.  About 20 miles later, his bus plowed into two passenger vehicles and a fire truck stopped at the ... Read More

California Bars Use Of Trinity Guardrails Statewide Amid Safety Concerns

California transportation officials said they will stop using ET-Plus guardrails made by Trinity Industries on all highways and roads throughout the state and will replace the existing rails “as needed” amid concerns the guardrails can malfunction and cause serious injury or death. “If there is a section of roadway under construction or an incident, they will be replaced with another type of guardrail,” Matt Rocco, Media Relations Manager the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) told NBC 7 Investigates. Trinity’s ET-Plus guardrails fell under scrutiny after whistleblower Josh Harman took Trinity to Court under the False Claims Act, alleging the company ... Read More