Commercial Auto News

Road Rules Would Ease for Farm Equipment Under Nebraska Bill

Tractors, combines and fertilizer spreaders would have a little more freedom on Nebraska’s roadways under a bill that has won first-round approval from lawmakers. Senators advanced a bill, 39-0, that would relax weight and load restrictions for farm equipment on …

NTSB Blames Poor Oversight in Deadly Illinois Truck Crash

Failed safety oversight was partly to blame for a deadly crash near Chicago in which a truck driver for a company already flagged as high-risk fell asleep and plowed into emergency vehicles, a federal accident investigations board said. The panel …

Bus Hits Bridge in Arkansas; 6 Migrant Farmworkers Killed

A bus ferrying migrant farmworkers from Michigan to Texas ran off a highway and hit an overpass in Arkansas on Nov. 6, ripping off the roof and ejecting passengers onto the interstate. Six people were killed and six injured; the …

Improved Safety Goal of Minnesota Truck Dealer with Truck-Swap

Ask truck drivers about the most important aspect of their job and chances are you will get the same answer: safety. Last year, about 78,000 total crashes were reported to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Of those reported, just …

General Star Launches Online Excess Auto Program

General Star Management Co. has enhanced its automated excess auto quoting capabilities with its new web-based Excess Auto Instant Quote (EAIQ) platform. The new platform is available to all appointed casualty wholesale brokers on a nationwide basis. The former EAQQ …

Bad Companies Feel Shake Out in Energy Sector the Most

While the per barrel oil price has rebounded somewhat after it plunged to under $45 per barrel in March 2015, the energy industry — and by extension the energy-focused insurance sector — continues to adjust to the impact of the …

Unsafe Megabus Stopped, Taken Out of Service in Indiana

A Megabus carrying 67 passengers was taken out of service on Dec. 31 after an Indiana trooper spotted it leaning to one side and an inspection found other problems, state police said. After an officer stopped the double-decker coach for …

The Hartford Offers Safety Rewards, Discounts for Commercial Auto

The Hartford is offering small and midsize businesses the opportunity to receive commercial auto insurance premium discounts and rewards for safety. The company has also expanded its quoting system for agents and brokers to include small commercial auto coverage. The …

Road Damage from Oil Field Trucks Concerns Louisiana Parish

Complaints about trucks tearing up parish roads have prompted the St. Landry Parish Council in Louisiana to re-examine how road-use permits are issued and how the parish can force those causing the damage to pay for repairs. Council member Pam …

Tour Bus Crashes in Indiana, Passengers Injured

A double-decker passenger bus flipped onto its side on a highway in suburban Indianapolis, Ind., on Oct. 14 after apparently swerving to avoid an earlier crash, badly injuring one person and hurting more than a dozen others, officials said. The …