Trucking companies have a duty to keep our economy moving while ensuring the safety of those who share the road with large commercial trucks. The demand for essential goods and services due to COVID-19 recently led to a temporary suspension of the federal hours-of-service laws for some truck drivers. As a result, we could see...Read More
Federal HOS regulations lifted for the first time in history due to COVID-19
It's not uncommon for federal, state, or local governments to lift some safety regulations during a state of emergency. For the first time in history, the federal hours-of-service (HOS) laws for truck drivers (enacted in 1938) have been temporarily suspended due to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), according to a statement issued by the Federal Motor...Read More
How exactly are truck crashes more complex than car accidents?
The aftermath of a two-car crash can be complex and frustrating enough for most people. The financial uncertainty of costly medical bills and days away from work can be overwhelming. If you think that a two-car crash is complicated, a truck crash can be far worse. Large commercial trucks often wreak havoc on Texas roadways,...Read More
The Herrera Law Firm is still serving clients amid the coronavirus pandemic
The Herrera Law Firm’s utmost priority is the health and safety of our clients, legal team and the community-at-large. We have carefully monitored the concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and have taken the necessary precautions within the office to maintain a healthy and safe environment. The Herrera Law Firm will continue to operate, but is...Read More
Federal government conducting first large commercial truck accident study in over 15 years
With fatalities increasing, the federal government is beginning its first large truck accident study in over 15 years. Jim Mullen, the acting administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), announced the study on January 14. The agency is collecting information, including public comments. The goal of the study is “to lead to significant...Read More
Electronic Logging Devices Now Officially Required For Fleets Using Automatic On-board Recording Devices
Prior to the federal rule mandating electronic logging devices (ELDs), some trucking fleets were equipped with automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRDs). According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), AOBRDs function similarly to ELDs in some aspects. Both devices record: Date and time Engine hours Miles driven Hours driven Locations On-duty and off-duty status...Read More
Is the Trucking Industry Behind the Curve on Safety Technology?
According to recent data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic fatalities involving large commercial trucks are continuing to rise. In 2018, approximately 4,678 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks – up 1 percent from 4,369 in 2107. What’s even more shocking, truck crash fatalities have increased for four consecutive...Read More
Here’s How to Stay Safe Around Erratic Truck Drivers
Have you ever been traveling down Interstate 10 or Interstate 35 and felt nervous when a large truck was in your proximity? Perhaps you were worried about being rear-ended by a big rig or sideswiped while passing one. The unease you feel around large trucks is also felt by many other drivers, and for legitimate...Read More
New App May Help Prevent Distracted Driving Crashes in San Antonio
It's every parent's worst nightmare: losing their child, especially by something that could have been prevented. With the advent of tech-savvy smartphones and other handheld devices, distracted driving has become a growing concern for road safety. After losing her daughter to a distracted driving crash in 2017, one San Antonio mother has advocated for a...Read More
Can Automatic Emergency Braking Prevent Fatal Truck Crashes?
Large commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 lbs., making it difficult to stop when traveling at a high speed. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), approximately 4,657 large commercial trucks were involved in fatal crashes in 2017. That's why lawmakers are currently pushing for automatic emergency braking (AEB) technology to become standard on all...Read More