truck safety News

Mississippi Officials Want U.S. Long-Haul Truck Proposal Squashed

Mississippi’s transportation commissioners are urging U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran to help squash a proposal that would force the state to allow larger double-trailer trucks on its roads. “I don’t like Congress mandating that states do this,” said Central District Transportation …

Georgia Announces $10 Million Truck Safety Campaign

Georgia will spend $10 million to add officers to the state law-enforcement division focused on watching and inspecting commercial trucks, Gov. Deal announced June 11 along a stretch of interstate where tractor-trailers recently caused a pair of crashes that killed …

Wal-Mart Settles With Tracy Morgan Over Turnpike Crash Suit

Tracy Morgan and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. settled the actor-comedian’s lawsuit over a New Jersey Turnpike crash that had left him in a coma for days and killed another comedian. Morgan was riding in a van that was struck from behind …

Alabama Lawmakers Dismiss Bill Barring Teens from Riding in Truck Beds

Alabama lawmakers won’t bar teens from riding in the back of pickup trucks after most acknowledged they’ve ridden back there too. The Alabama House of Representatives refused to debate a bill last week that would prohibit kids under 19 from …

Exit Ramp Rollovers Kill Hundreds of Truckers a Year

It was almost midnight when Walter Price eased his 18-wheeler into the right lane on Interstate 75 near Atlanta. As he began to bank onto the exit ramp he’d been taking for the past 10 years, Price had no idea …

Wal-Mart Driver Appeals in Bid to Delay Morgan Crash Suit

A Wal-Mart driver involved in a highway crash that killed a comic and severely injured actor-comedian Tracy Morgan has asked a judge to reconsider her decision not to delay Morgan’s lawsuit against the company. Truck driver Kevin Roper isn’t a …

Wal-Mart Settles With Family of Comedian Who Died in N.J. Turnpike Crash

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reached a confidential legal settlement with the family of comedian James McNair, who died in a June 7 accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that also seriously injured actor-comedian Tracy Morgan. The settlement followed months of “often …

Large-Truck Crash Deaths Increase for Fourth Year

The number of people killed in large-truck crashes increased for the fourth straight year, bucking a trend of overall improvement in U.S. highway safety. Fatalities rose to 3,964 people last year, which includes truckers, pedestrians and the occupants of vehicles …

Federal Judge Rejects Bid to Delay Morgan Lawsuit

Tracy Morgan has won the latest round in his effort to sue Wal-Mart and others over a fatal crash in New Jersey. A federal judge on Dec. 12 refused to delay the lawsuit. The ruling came on a motion by …

Lawyer: Morgan Sustained ‘Traumatic Brain Injury’ in N.J. Turnpike Crash

Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan was in a coma for days with a traumatic brain injury after a highway crash in which his van was struck from behind by a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. truck five months ago, according to his lawyer. Morgan, …