Commercial Lemon Law or Breach of Warranty

By |2019-04-27T15:31:22-04:00May 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 |2019-04-11T16:58:44-04:00April 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 [...]

Auto Haulers: Special Considerations for Accident Claims

By |2019-03-25T17:26:48-04:00April 1st, 2019|Downtime|

A teenage driver is playing on his phone while speeding down the highway.  He swerves into your auto hauling trailer as well as the expensive Mercedes loaded on the back. Not only do you have to get your trailer fixed, you have to handle the damage to the Mercedes. Auto haulers face this added stress.  [...]

Self-Insured Fleets: Your Claims Department Can Effectively Recover from Other Parties

By |2019-03-25T16:01:07-04:00March 25th, 2019|Fleets|

Is your fleet considering becoming self-insured? If already self-insured, is your claims department successfully recovering from at-fault parties? Many trucking fleets become self-insured to lower insurance costs.  The self-insured retention (amount of loss the company covers directly) plays an important part of a fleet’s risk management plan. However, not every fleet handling their own subrogation [...]

The Myth of Rear-End Accidents

By |2019-03-06T14:05:19-04:00March 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 [...]

Will Platooning Get a Chance?

By |2019-01-24T11:25:01-04:00February 1st, 2019|Trucking News|

There certainly was a lot of buzz regarding truck platooning and truck automation in 2018, with the industry facing strong headwinds from a variety of sources.  The lack of driver capacity increased governmental regulations and a pent-up demand for freight all conspired to drive trucking rates up. For the first time in recent history, these [...]

What Makes a Truck DOT Drivable?

By |2019-01-02T16:53:21-04:00January 3rd, 2019|Trucking Safety|

Many people say the easiest part of being a professional driver is the actual driving of the truck.  Some may believe that holding the steering wheel as you survey the countryside, listening to your favorite song is the perfect way to pass the day. And even though many romanticize the open road and wide open [...]

Watch the Fine Print on Mechanic Estimates and Invoices!

By |2018-06-06T07:03:31-04:00July 10th, 2017|Downtime|

When you go to a mechanic shop to have repairs made to your equipment, the shop typically gives you an estimate, an invoice, or both.  What happens if they mess up on the repairs?  The fine print on the front and back of these documents may affect your rights. Watch the fine print on any [...]

Have You Heard of the MCS-90 Endorsement?

By |2018-06-06T07:03:31-04:00July 10th, 2017|Downtime|

Sometimes a client is hit by a truck with no insurance coverage.  While it is often difficult to get paid in this situation, there may be a viable "deep pocket" option through the MCS-90 Endorsement. Have you heard of the MCS-90 Endorsement? What is the MCS-90 Endorsement? The MCS-90 is an endorsement on an insurance [...]