Month: November 2016

Obstacles to automated trucking

On behalf of The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, LLC posted in Truck Accidents on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

Colorado residents may have read about the ongoing development of autonomous trucks. In a report released in November, the American Transportation Research Institute indicated that these technological advances will have a dramatic impact on the trucking industry. While the wide-scale introduction of automation may be a reason of concern for workers in the industry, the ATRI stresses that truck drivers will continue to have a major role. In fact, humans will still be required in truck cabs for a ...

You can drive more safely in snowy conditions, but will others?

On behalf of The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, LLC posted in Car Accidents Truck Accidents on Friday, November 18, 2016.

Welcome to blizzard and black ice season! We've just been slammed with our first big storm, resulting in numerous traffic accidents and at least two deaths. There was a 15-vehicle pileup on I-70, which sadly isn't that unusual in a major snowstorm. Cars slide off the road, large trucks can't brake in time and whether you have all-wheel drive or not, you can easily end up in a crash. We know this is typical for Colorado, yet no matter how many watches and warnings are issued, road conditions c...

DOT says truckers still can’t use marijuana

On behalf of The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, LLC posted in Truck Accidents on Monday, November 14, 2016.

Truckers in Colorado and elsewhere will have to abstain from using marijuana according to a statement from the Department of Transportation. The DOT said that truck drivers would be forbidden from using the substance as long as it remained a Schedule I drug under federal law. On Nov. 8, four more states voted to make marijuana legal. The DOT would not be able to make changes to drug testing until the Office of National Drug Control Policy takes action. That was according to a statement from t...

Government requires electronic monitoring of semi trucks

On behalf of The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, LLC posted in Truck Accidents on Friday, November 4, 2016.

Many Denver-area residents commute to work on interstate highways, which makes preventing semi truck accidents a primary safety priority. A federal mandate will require most big rigs to have electronic logging devices installed by December 2017, but it has received a lot of criticism from the trucking industry. For decades, federal trucking regulations required that commercial truck drivers keep written logs of how many hours they were behind the wheel. However, rampant problems with falsifie...