Deerfield Advisors Transportation – Risk & Intelligence

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Welcome to the DF Transportation Risk & Intelligence Blog. Our aim with the articles in this section of the Deerfield Advisor Knowledge Base blog is to provide relevant and helpful information for businesses involved in transportation to minimize their exposure to risk & be in the know about important Transportation related issues. It’s a risky world out there so it helps to be well informed about all the things that can cause loss. The Deerfield Transportation practice team is always just a phone call or email away so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or comments.

The Deerfield Team


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Texas Supreme Court allows loss-of-use damages for total loss cases

On January 8, 2016, the Texas Supreme Court released a decision that reversed a 60-year trend in Texas auto insurance litigation. In J&D Towing, LLC vs. American Alternative Insurance Corp. (AAIC), the Court reversed a confusing trend of prohibiting the recovery of loss-of-use damages in total loss cases. Continue reading…


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FMCSA Basics: Driver Regulations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates interstate trucking and bus transportation. The agency’s regulations and methodologies are ever always in flux, with changes proposed as recently as January 15, 2016. The medical qualifications and regulations for drivers are no exception, though general requirements have remained relatively consistent. Learn more about what you need to know about general requirements and recent changes in the regulations. Continue reading…


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FMCSA Essentials: Compliance, Safety, Accountability

The Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program is the cornerstone of the compliance and enforcement efforts of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). CSA collects data on carriers’ safety performance nationwide and targets the FMCSA’s enforcement intervention resources at the most noncompliant and unsafe companies.

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It’s Official: The FMCSA Has Published Its Final ELD Rule, to General Acclaim

Adopting electronic logging devices is no longer an option for most interstate CMV operations. On December 16, 2015, the Federal Register published the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s final rule on Electronic Logging Devices and Hours of Service Supporting Documents. Proposed in early 2014 and revealed on December 10th by the FMCSA, the rule requires model year 2000 and newer trucks involved in interstate travel to start using ELDs by December 2017.

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Key FMCSA Resources & Definitions for Carriers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is a federal agency under the U.S. Department of Transportation whose primary mission is “to prevent crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses”. This mission translates into a large range of programs and thousands of pages of regulations and resources for carriers, drivers, and consumers. In this section of our FMCSA series, we’ll look at key resources and terms for truck and bus companies looking to comply with federal standards.

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Cargo Theft — Security and Responsibility

Cargo Theft is a common crime; a crime of opportunity. Cargo goods are easy to access and abundant across the country.  Statistics estimate that cargo theft cost the shipping industry about $25 billion a year. Cargo theft happens frequently in terminals, truck stops, warehouses, parking lots, and most commonly in trucks parked on the street. This is a problem that occurs all around the country.

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DF-trucking-blog-banner-jan18Let’s Talk About Driving 

Are you a good driver? Do you know that the Safety Measurement System Results from the FMCSA website could affect your insurance rating? The SMS is a recompilation of public information of your trucking business to evaluate your safety compliance with regulation. This information includes driving violations, crash history, fatigue, driver fitness, drugs and alcohol Cargo and maintenance. You can also find your OOS ( out of service).

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DF-trucking-blog-banner-jan18How Important is Cargo Securement?

How many times have you witnessed a truck/trailer (small or large), with loose or improperly secured cargo? A piece of loose cargo can easily bounce off the vehicle and present a hazard to other motorists or pedestrians. As truck operators, you are expected to safeguard the product transported.

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DF-trucking-blog-banner-jan18FMCSA Overview

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates the safety of Commercial Motor Vehicles, or CMVs. It is a federal agency under the U.S. Department of Transportation whose primary mission is “to prevent crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses,” according to its Facebook page.

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