The Trucking Industry: Rolling Over Safety Concerns

A trucking industry lobbying group is suing the Department of Transportation in an effort to force the agency to issue regulations related to limitations on truckers’ driving time.

If the American Trucking Associations prevails, the federal department would be compelled to issue rules describing the documents trucking companies would need to maintain in order to prove that employees are complying with federal rules limiting driving time.


Insurer compiles list of top 10 distractions for drivers

For as long as cars have been on the road, drivers have been plagued by distractions – and motorists here in Austin are no exception. Sadly, according to statistics recently reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an alarming 3,331 people were killed nationwide in motor vehicle accidents involving distracted drivers in 2011 – with 387,000 more injured. Also, 17 percent of all injury-causing accidents were reported as “distraction-effected” accidents during the same period.