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School Bus Operations

By Jeffrey A. Boesger
Expert Article

School bus drivers have specific responsibilities for protecting the safety of students and the public. In this article, Jeffrey Boesger discusses the standard of care for school bus operators as it…

Falling Cargo: Injuries When Opening Trailer Doors

By Mark Respass
Expert Article

Cargo that shifts during transit presents a potentially serious struck-by hazard when the trailer doors are opened. The danger of falling freight is well recognized in the commercial trucking industry…

Delivery Driver Incident Investigations

By Michael O’Dell, CDS
Expert Article

A large segment of the truck driving population is composed of drivers who work locally and are home most nights. In this article, Commercial Trucking Expert Michael O’Dell explores the unique…

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR)

By Brooks Rugemer
Expert Overview

The trucking industry often uses the vernacular “DOT Regulations,” when in fact they are referring to the FMCSA regulations. The 39 sections of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations…

Truck U-Turn Accident Investigations

By Timothy M. Bussard, CDS, ASC, TSSP, WSO-CSSD
Expert Article

Illegal maneuvers such as U-turns are among the top 10 causes of crashes involving trucks and cars each year. Trucking industry standards state that it’s almost never acceptable for a truck or…

Crashes Involving Trucks Parked on the Shoulder

By Brooks Rugemer
Expert Article

Parking or stopping a tractor trailer on the shoulder of a roadway creates a hazard for the motoring public, and is generally prohibited by trucking company safety policies. In this article, trucking…

Injuries & Fatalities Involving Non-CDL Commercial Drivers

By Timothy M. Bussard, CDS, ASC, TSSP, WSO-CSSD
Expert Article

In today’s economy there are many companies that provide transportation vehicles to their employees, or utilize an employee’s personal vehicle to provide various services to the public,…

Injuries & Fatalities Involving Flatbed Trailers

By Brooks Rugemer
Expert Article

The flatbed segment of the trucking industry has a unique set of challenges and hazards that, if not properly managed, can lead to worker injuries or deaths. In this article, commercial trucking…

Charter Bus Safety - Expert Interviewed Following Crash Incident

By Brooks Rugemer
Expert Article

Commercial transportation expert, Brooks Rugemer was interviewed on NPR’s Houston Matters to discuss the fatal bus crash involving Houston high school students. Brooks discusses the early stages…

Heavy Truck Event Data Recorders

By Marcus A. Mazza, P.E.
Expert Article

Many of the systems and components that record incident and crash data on heavy trucks are different than those found on conventional passenger vehicles. In this article, vehicle engineer Marcus…

Sleep Deprivation and Fatigue in Commercial Trucking

By Brooks Rugemer
Expert Article

Studies suggest that fatigue and/or sleep deprivation may be a contributing factor in at least 30 to 40 percent of all heavy truck crashes. This article explores the effects of sleep deprivation and…

Forklift Maintenance and Repair

By Stanley Jaworski, P.E., C.F.E.I., C.V.F.I.
Expert Article

In this article, Mechanical Engineer, Stanley Jaworski, P.E., provides an introduction to industrial truck inspection and repair, including some of the relevant standards. Industrial Truck (Forklift)…

Trailer Collapse - Expert Investigates Semi Trailer that Collapsed Under Weight of Forklift

By Robson Forensic
Expert Article

In this investigation, a heavy vehicle engineer at Robson Forensic constructed a cardboard analog to prove her theory of how and why a semi-trailer collapsed under the weight of a forklift. Simple…

Falls From Trucks

By Robson Forensic
Expert Article

In this article, one of our automotive engineering experts explains some of the engineering solutions that are used to improve safety for those entering and exiting large trucks. This includes a…

Fatal Tractor-Trailer Accident Results in $3.5M Verdict

By Brooks Rugemer
Expert Article

Commercial trucking expert, Brooks Rugemer, was retained on behalf of the plaintiff in a case where a federal jury awarded nearly $3.5 million related to a fatal tractor-trailer accident. The victim…