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Michael Phelan

Wal-Mart Refuses to Accept Responsibility in Tracy Morgan Case

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and Wal-Mart Transportation were sued in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey by Tracy Morgan and others in connection with the deadly tractor trailer truck crash last summer on the New Jersey […]

Michael Phelan

Trucking Industry Opposes Safety Rules

The trucking industry's main trade group, the American Trucking Association (ATA), opposes new driver hours of service (HOS) rules, which were published in December 2011 and would…

Michael Phelan

Inattentive Tractor Trailer Truck Driver Kills Woman on Virginia Beltway

The duty while driving to maintain a proper look out is an important safety requirement for all drivers, but is even more important for tractor trailer truck drivers. Tractor trailer truck crashes…

Michael Phelan

U.S. Bans Texting While Driving Trucks and Buses

In an effort to reduce the number of truck and bus crashes caused by distracted drivers, the federal government formally barred truckers and bus drivers from sending text messages while behind the…

Michael Phelan

NTSB Recognizes Need to Better Monitor Truck Driver Fatigue

Last month, Deborah Hersman , Chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, spoke in Washington to the National Press Club and stated that every day over 100 Americans die in…

Michael Phelan

Traps and Pitfalls in Representing Truck Accident Victims

Truck accident insurance investigation teams and defense lawyers are some of the most competent adversaries a plaintiff lawyer will encounter. The truck company investigators are often at the scene…

Michael Phelan

Fredericksburg Tractor Trailer Crash Yields Jail Time for Truck Driver

On February 2, 2009, a tractor trailer truck loaded with 83,000 pounds of sand ran a red light on U.S. 17 and killed a Stafford, Va. woman. The truck driver told police he thought the light was…

Michael Phelan

If You Thought Texting While Driving Was Dangerous…

What could possibly be more dangerous than a teenager texting while driving? how about the driver of an 18 wheeler tractor trailer truck using a computer keyboard on his lap while driving. Hundreds…

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Motor Carrier Broker Liable for Negligent Hiring of Tractor Trailer Truck Driver

Virginia law recognizes a claim for the negligent hiring of an employee or an independent contractor. With respect to independent contractors, the Virginia Supreme Court recognized a rule of…

Michael Phelan

Retroreflective tape: How Visible are Heavy Trailers at Night?

The term "heavy trailers" means trailers that are at least 80 inches wide and have Gross Vehicle Weight Rating over 10,000 pounds. I once handled a case in which a tractor trailer driver attempted…