Motor Carriers: Qualification of Commercial Drivers

By |2019-04-30T13:33:22-04:00May 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 [...]

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.  [...]

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 [...]

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

By |2018-06-06T07:03:31-04:00August 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 [...]

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 [...]

What If the Other Side Doesn’t Believe They’re at Fault and Won’t Fix Your Truck?

By |2018-06-06T07:03:31-04:00June 21st, 2017|Downtime|

Every Case has two steps: 1 - Proving liability (the other side is a fault), and 2 - Proving damages (your losses). If the other side doesn't believe they are responsible, they aren't going to pay for your repairs. In order to get rolling again, you might consider paying for your own repairs or filing [...]

Downtime Claims for the Owner Operator- Don’t Leave Money on the Table After an Accident

By |2018-06-06T07:03:32-04:00June 20th, 2017|Downtime|

You're properly parked at a rest stop and WHAM! Some new driver takes out the front of your cab while trying to park his rig.  With a sick feeling in your stomach, you know you're going to be down for quite a while and it's gong to cost you a lot of money. Everything starts [...]