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PR Newswire distributes search for semi crash-chasing lawyers

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As if the trucking industry wasn’t already being harangued enough … .

PR Newswire was founded in 1954 to provide public relations agencies and in-house public relations departments a worldwide platform for distribution of news releases.

In 2017, it was integrated into Cision Communications Cloud, which, according to its website “is the only platform that empowers you to manage, execute and measure your earned media campaigns — all in a single integrated solution.”

Cision has 35 offices in 18 countries, including 10 in the United States.

It’s obviously a powerful player in the communications business.

But, in our opinion at least, the credibility of both the PR Newswire and Cision wavers when it sends out releases such as the one that crossed our desk recently.

It was from the Semi Truck Accident Victims Center and started like this:

“About a week ago we started a national initiative intended to identify the most skilled and qualified local law firm for innocent victims of a semi-truck accident in the top 100 U.S. metropolitan areas. We thought no problem. Unfortunately, what we soon discovered was either there are not extremely capable semi-truck law firms in every single top 100 U.S. metro area, or these law firms have some serious work to do on their websites.

“What we did discover is dog bite attorneys, slip and fall attorneys or Social Security disability attorneys listing on their website’s assistance for truck accident victims with no supporting proof they know what they are doing. We (the Semi Truck Accident Victims Center) are the top-ranked semi-truck accident victims advocate in the United States and if you are a partner in a law firm that specializes in assisting innocent victims of a serious semi-truck accident in a major metro area, please call us at (866) 714-6466 and please let us know who you are, and we’ll provide you with information about our initiative.

“If we can’t find a competent local law firm to represent an innocent victim of a catastrophic accident involving a semi-truck or commercial vehicle in the state or local metro where the accident occurred, we seriously doubt an innocent victim, or their family members, will be able to find them either, as we would like to discuss.”

We didn’t call the number to express our displeasure at anyone trying to recruit lawyers to go after victims of accidents involving a big rig, but we are recommending a few changes to the organization’s website where it lists reasons why a big rig might be involved in an accident.

What the organization listed is in lightface type; our recommendations for changes to the release are in boldface type.

  • The truck was traveling too fast.
  • The passenger car was traveling too fast.
  • The truck was involved in an improper lane change.
  • The passenger car was involved in an improper lane change.
  • The truck driver had highway or roadway unfamiliarity.
  • The passenger car driver had highway or roadway unfamiliarity.
  • The semi truck or commercial truck driver was distracted or talking on a cell phone.
  • The passenger car or passenger vehicle driver was distracted or talking on a cell phone.
  • The semi truck, or commercial vehicle was involved in illegal maneuvers.
  • The passenger car was involved in illegal maneuvers.
  • The semi truck, or commercial truck driver was driving too aggressively.
  • The passenger car or passenger car driver was driving too aggressively.
  • The semi truck, or commercial vehicle driver had alcohol/drug/prescription drug issues.
  • The passenger car or passenger car driver had alcohol/drug/drug prescription issues.
  • The semi truck, or commercial vehicle driver was overdriving for current weather conditions.
  • The passenger car or passenger car driver was overdriving for current weather conditions.

The list could go on, but you get the point: The Semi Truck Accident Victims Center is trying to find more lawyers to plaster on those billboards that show the smiling, dental-veneered lawyer along with a car smashed by a tractor-trailer (and there is a 75 percent change the car ran underneath the tractor-trailer).

The news releases continued: “The reason this service is so vital is because if you have been innocently involved in an accident with a semi-truck or commercial vehicle and you do not retain the services of the most skilled and experienced truck accident attorneys, you or your loved one will probably not receive the best possible compensation results.”

Yet, who out there is trying to recruit lawyers who will help the small trucking company owners and independent contractors who can get wiped out with a single jury decision?

The PR Newswire ought to be ashamed of itself for sending out this “fake news,” to paraphrase the man who lives in the White House.

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Big rig causes 100-year-old bridge to collapse in North Dakota

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This undated photo provided by Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department shows the overweight semi that caused the collapse of a small, historic bridge near Northwood, N.D. Authorities say the semi, with a trailer load of dry beans, was traveling on the 56-foot-long, restricted-weight bridge over the Goose River Monday. (Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department via AP)

NORTHWOOD, N.D. — Sheriff’s officials say an overweight semitrailer loaded with dried beans caused a more-than-century-old bridge to collapse in North Dakota.

Grand Forks County sheriff’s officials say the bridge over the Goose River near Northwood collapsed Monday afternoon. Photos show the wooden and iron span buckling under the weight of the vehicle. The bridge is partly submerged in the water.

Police said a 2005 Peterbilt semi-truck was driving on the bridge when the structure reportedly crumpled beneath it, causing the trailer to hangover the west abutment.

The 56-foot-long bridge was built in 1906 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

It has a 14 ton weight restriction. Sheriff’s officials say the semitrailer was 29 tons over that limit.

The driver, who was not injured, faces an $11,400 overload fine.

Officials say it will cost up to $1 million to replace the bridge.

It was not immediately clear if weight-limit signs were posted, and police said the incident was still under investigation

Northwood is about 200 miles northeast of Bismarck.

 

 

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Women In Trucking names its 2019 top woman-owned businesses

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Angela Eliacostas is the founder and owner of AGT Global Logistics, one of the companies the Women In Trucking Association has named its 2019 Top Women-Owned Businesses in Transportation. (Courtesy: Women in Trucking)

PLOVER, Wisc. —  The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) has announced its annual list of the “Top Woman-Owned Businesses in Transportation.”

The names of the companies being recognized in 2019 were released in the latest edition of Redefining the Road, the official magazine of WIT.

WIT created the list was created to recognize women in leadership and encourage more women to become proactive leaders in their organizations and even start their own businesses, WIT president and CEO Ellen Voie said. The program supports WIT’s overall mission “To encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments, and minimize the obstacles they face.”

Entrepreneurship is a viable means of economic self-sufficiency, and many women are choosing an enterprise connected to transportation to be part of their career aspirations, according to Brian Everett, publisher of Redefining the Road.

Companies considered for the recognition must meet criteria that includes majority ownership by a woman, financial stability and growth, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. Each company was nominated and chosen based upon business success and accomplishments, including those related to gender diversity.

This year’s list includes companies from a diverse range of business sectors in the commercial freight transportation marketplace, including motor carriers, third-party logistics companies and original equipment manufacturers.

Companies named to the 2019 “Top Woman-Owned Businesses” list and their primary female business owners are:

  • Bennett International Group; Marcia G. Taylor, CEO
  • Kenco Logistics; Jane Kennedy Greene, chairwoman
  • London Auto Truck Center; Donna Childers, vice president
  • Rihm Family Companies; Kari Rihm, president and CEO
  • Veriha Trucking, Inc.; Karen Smerchek, president
  • Rush Trucking Corp.; Andra Rush, CEO
  • Aria Logistics; Arelis Gutierrez, CEO
  • Lodgewood Enterprises; Arlene Gagne, president
  • S-2international, LLC; Jennifer Mead, CEO
  • International Express Trucking; Karen Duff, president and CEO
  • Brenny Transportation, Inc.; Joyce Brenny, CEO and founder
  • Knichel Logistics; Kristy Knichel, CEO
  • Garner Trucking; Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, CEO
  • LYNC Logistics; Cindy Lee, president
  • Ontario Truck Training Academy; Yvette Lagrois, president
  • AGT Global Logistics; Angela Eliacostas, owner and founder
  • Powersource Transportation; (Barb Bakos, president
  • LaunchIt Public Relations; Susan Fall, president
  • United Federal Logistics, Inc.; Jennifer Behnke, president
  • BCP Transportation; Nancy Spelsberg, Ardis Jourdan, Kristie Rozinski
  • Ladybird Logistics Ltd.; Felicia Payin Marfo, managing director
  • DGT Trucking; Donna G. Sleasman, owner
  • RFX Inc.; Kimberly Welby, president and CEO)

These companies will be recognized during a special program at the Women In Trucking Accelerate! Conference & Expo, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 in Dallas. For more information, visit WomenInTrucking.org.

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Can you say oversized load!

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