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Are Semi Dealership Shops Different from Car Dealership Shops?

By |2019-10-29T16:05:32-05:00November 1st, 2019|Downtime|

Several years back, I served as a service manager at a Chevrolet dealership and a Chrysler/ Dodge/Jeep/Indian/Suzuki dealership, and a service advisor before that at a Chevrolet dealer.  You may recognize the typical methods and practices in most dealerships, regardless of brand.  You call ahead or go online to schedule an appointment for your car, [...]

5 Ways to Expedite Your Downtime Claim after an Accident

By |2019-07-17T16:17:09-05:00July 17th, 2019|Downtime|

It happens.  You can’t avoid every traffic accident.  Even the most professional truck driver is bound to get hit at some point because of the extensive time spent on the road.  Statistics show most accidents involving commercial trucks and private vehicles are caused by private vehicles.  Even though you take great care, not everyone does [...]

7 Deadly Sins: Failing to Mitigate After a Traffic Accident

By |2019-06-18T15:43:37-05:00June 18th, 2019|Downtime, Firm News|

As seen in Movin' Out Magazine May 2019 Issue According to the UMTRI, more than 71% of truck driving accidents are caused by passenger vehicle drivers. Only 16% of all truck driving accidents are the truck driver’s fault. If you’re in a traffic accident, the guy that hit you should have to pay to fix [...]

Auto Haulers: Protect Your Business

By |2019-06-25T12:42:02-05:00June 17th, 2019|Downtime, Insurance|

Most business require a variety of insurance coverage.  Truckers face the added expense of downtime coverage, bob-tail coverage, and more.  Auto haulers often need even more cargo insurance due to the potential liability to the individual cars being transported.  Meet with your insurance broker on a regular basis to make sure you have adequate insurance.  [...]

Motor Carriers: Qualification of Commercial Drivers

By |2019-04-30T13:33:22-05:00May 15th, 2019|Trucking Safety|

One of the many obligations required of motor carriers is to ensure drivers are qualified to operate the commercial motor vehicle they operate.  The purpose of commercial drivers' qualification is to protect the traveling community which shares the roads with professional drivers. The Driver Qualification File serves as the foundation of proof of qualification of [...]

Commercial Lemon Law or Breach of Warranty

By |2019-11-13T16:53:33-05:00May 1st, 2019|Trucking News|

There is no “lemon law” for commercial vehicles, but there is a remedy using the Magnusson Moss Warranty Improvement Act of 1974, which addresses everything with a warranty, from cars to toasters.  And commercial vehicles fit in that grouping. This is an area of passion and career work for me.  I have been involved with [...]

Secrets about Insurance Claims: What They Don’t Want You to Know

By |2019-04-11T16:58:44-05:00April 15th, 2019|Downtime|

After an accident that’s not your fault, you should file a claim with the bad driver’s insurance company. When you file a claim with this insurance company, your claim will be assigned to an insurance adjuster (the adverse adjuster).  That adjuster’s main goal involves saving their company money.  You should be aware of how they [...]

The Myth of Rear-End Accidents

By |2019-03-06T14:05:19-05:00March 15th, 2019|Downtime|

The Myth Have you heard that when you rear-end another vehicle, it’s automatically your fault?  Many people believe this to be true. In fact, many of our trucking clients think there is nothing that can be done if they rear-end another vehicle.  However, truckers should know there’s more to the matter. The Facts In many [...]

Our Visit to Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Cecil Campus

By |2018-06-06T07:03:31-05:00August 11th, 2017|Downtime|

Our Staff and Joe Lackey of CDL Program Florida State College at Jacksonville The staff of Eckert & Associates, P.A. visited the CDL training program at Florida State College at Jacksonville, Cecil Campus, this week.  We had the wonderful opportunity to meet Joe Lackey, the Instructional Program Manager. He gave us a guided [...]