Commercial Auto News

Investigators: Driver Fatigue Contributed to Deadly 2016 Texas Bus Crash

A bus driver with “acute sleep deficit” failed to stay in his lane and caused his vehicle to careen out of control, resulting in a wreck that killed nine people and injured nearly 40 others in 2016, federal safety investigators …

Can Commercial Auto Insurers Get to Profit Before Autonomous Vehicles Arrive?

Commercial auto insurance hasn’t produced an industrywide combined ratio below 105 in the United States since 2010, according to a Guy Carpenter analysis, which says the line’s poor performance is a key factor in overall property/casualty underwriting results. “It is …

10 Students, Driver Injured in Central Texas School Bus Crash

Investigators say 10 students and their school bus driver were injured when the vehicle was broadsided by an 18-wheeler on a Central Texas highway. The Texas Department of Public Safety says nobody was seriously hurt in the accident involving a …

South Texas Sees Resurgence in Eagle Ford Shale Drilling

Three years ago, Allen Startz found himself in an unwanted kinship with thousands of other oilfield workers in South Texas’ Eagle Ford shale — laid off with few prospects nearby. The Houston Chronicle reports he left his home in Bryan …

Iowa Supreme Court: IDOT Officers Can Only Ticket Commercial Vehicles

The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that Iowa Department of Transportation officers do not have authority to issue speeding tickets to or arrest drivers outside of the regulation of commercial vehicles. The finding came Friday in separate 2016 cases in …

Oklahoma Students Injured When Bus Rolls Over in Central Texas

Multiple injuries were reported Saturday when a school bus carrying students from Oklahoma rolled over along a central Texas highway. Lampasas Police Department Assistant Chief Jody Cummings said the crash occurred about 3:18 p.m. near Lampasas, about 61 miles (98 …

Kansas City Star: Changes Urged After Spike in Deadly Big Truck Crashes

Tractor-trailers and other large trucks aren’t required to have crash-avoidance technology, despite thousands of crashes annually and repeated calls for it to be mandated. Federal data shows that more than 4,300 people were killed in accidents involving semis and other …

Charter Bus Runs Off West Texas Road, Injuring 20

Twenty people have been taken to El Paso hospitals for treatment after a charter bus ran off a road southeast of the city. Texas Department of Public Safety Lt. Elizabeth Carter says the accident happened along an Interstate 10 frontage …

AF Group Drives into Commercial Auto with Fundamental Underwriters

Lansing, Michigan-based AF Group is branching out from its traditional base in workers’ compensation into the specialty commercial auto insurance niche, driven by a new operating company — Fundamental Underwriters. With a focus on commercial trucking, Fundamental had a soft …

7 Dump Trucks Worth $1M Destroyed in Indianapolis Fire

Fire has destroyed seven 20-ton dump trucks in Indianapolis valued at more than $1 million. The Indianapolis Star reports that Indianapolis Fire Department crews were dispatched about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday to an east-side trucking business. Battalion Chief Rita Reith reported …