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Jun 232020
 

Highlights Multi-faceted Approach to Controlling Litigation Losses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dan Murray
(651) 641-6162
June 23, 2020

Arlington, VA – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released comprehensive research that confirms that large verdicts against trucking fleets are increasing dramatically, both in number and in size of awards.  ATRI’s research is partially based on a newly created trucking litigation database that provides detailed information on 600 cases between 2006 and 2019.  In the first five years of the data, there were 26 cases over $1 million, and in the last five years of the data, there were nearly 300 cases.  

This study was identified as the highest research priority for the industry by ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee in 2019.

In response to arguments that nuclear verdicts reflect real-world cost increases, the research documents that from 2010 to 2018, the size of verdict awards grew 51.7 percent annually at the same time that standard inflation grew 1.7 percent and healthcare costs grew 2.9 percent.

The research also surveyed and interviewed dozens of defense and plaintiff attorneys as well as insurance and motor carrier experts, and generated a qualitative analysis for why the litigation landscape has changed, recommendations for modifying pre-trial preparations, litigation strategies and mediation approaches, and how large verdict awards impact both safety and insurance.

“This issue has had a stifling impact on motor carriers and industry stakeholders – well beyond those involved in a truck crash”, said Rob Moseley, Founding Partner with Mosely Marcinak Law Group.  “ATRI’s research on litigation provides important guidance on leveling the playing field between truckers and trial lawyers, both in and outside of the court room.”

“Runaway verdicts are increasing in both size and numbers.  This study documents a frequency in excessive awards that, while not surprising, tells us that the trial system has gotten off track.  Foundational changes are needed in the way we determine non-economic and punitive damages,” said Clay Porter, Partner at Porter Rennie Woodard and Kendall.

The report – Understanding the Impact of Nuclear Verdicts on the Trucking Industry – is available for download on ATRI’s website by clicking here.

ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501c3 not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.

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Jun 232020
 

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Jun 152020
 

If your company is interested in participating in ATRI’s Operational Costs data collection, you can download the form here: https://truckingresearch.org/2020/06/02/2020-operational-costs-data-collection/.

Jun 032020
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rebecca Brewster
(404) 247-8787
June 3, 2020

The American Transportation Research Institute today issued a call for motor carriers to participate in ATRI’s annual update to its Operational Costs of Trucking report.

Now in its 12th year, ATRI’s annual Operational Costs of Trucking collects cost information derived directly from trucking fleets and owner-operators, and is among the most requested ATRI research studies. ATRI’s annual analysis is used as a key benchmarking tool by motor carriers of all sizes. Public sector agencies also utilize ATRI’s real-world data analysis to make better-informed transportation planning and infrastructure investment decisions.

Among the for-hire fleet metrics being requested by ATRI are driver pay, fuel costs, insurance premiums and lease or purchase payments. Carriers and owner-operators are asked to provide full-year 2019 cost per mile and/or cost per hour data using the easy-to-use online data entry form. 

“We constantly strive to improve. In our quest for competitive excellence, one of our most valuable resources is ATRI’s annual report,” said Cari Baylor, Baylor Trucking President. “ATRI provides us with the detail to understand how our operations and costs compare to our industry peers.”

For-hire motor carriers are encouraged to provide operational cost data to ATRI by Friday, August 21, 2020. ATRI’s data collection form, which protects all confidential information, is available for download here. Participating motor carriers will receive an advance copy of the full report.

ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501c3 not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.

Jun 022020
 

For-hire motor carriers are encouraged to provide operational cost data to ATRI by Friday, August 21, 2020. Participating motor carriers will receive an advance copy of the full report.

  • Click here to download the interactive pdf form that you may save to your computer and type your responses into.  (Please note that you can not enter the data into the interactive form from a cell phone.)
  • Click here to download a pdf of the survey that you may write in your responses and fax to (770) 432-0638 or email to nwilliams@trucking.org.
May 122020
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rebecca Brewster
(404) 247-8787
May 12, 2020

Arlington, Virginia – The American Transportation Research Institute Board of Directors has approved the 2020 Top Research Priorities as identified by ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee. ATRI’s RAC developed the list of recommended research topics at its meeting held in Atlanta in March, and the ATRI Board reviewed and approved the list of recommended topics at its recent meeting.

ATRI’s RAC selected research topics that examine workforce, infrastructure, legal, and operational issues, which align with multiple top concerns identified in ATRI’s annual Top Industry Issues Survey.

The 2020 ATRI top research priorities are:

  • Impact of Small Settlements on the Trucking Industry – as a follow-on to ATRI’s work on nuclear verdicts, this study will focus on those legal settlements of less than $1 million, including their frequency, fleet responses, and the consideration of verdicts versus settlements.
  • Rethinking Mileage-Based Safety Metrics – given the growth in E-commerce and other changing industry trends that have changed fleet business models, trip lengths and route locations, this research will examine the potential new metrics for evaluating safety performance beyond traditional rates per million vehicle miles traveled.
  • Owner-Operators/Independent Contractors in the Supply Chain – Owner-Operators and Independent Contractors play a critical role in the supply chain yet there have been legislative and policy actions at the state-level to dramatically change the independent contractor model.  This research would assess the role of O/O and ICs including the type and extent of use, and financial and operational differences to better inform policy decisions.
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis of Vehicle Miles Traveled Taxes – ATRI’s earlier highway funding analyses identified barriers to implementing a Vehicle Miles Traveled tax.  For this research, ATRI would coalesce and examine multiple data sets associated with VMT tax deployment including implementation and enforcement costs, potential evasion, and the challenges of implementing at the state and local levels.
  • Impacts of Rising Insurance Costs on Industry Operational Costs – ATRI’s annual Operational Costs of Trucking research has documented continual increases in the industry’s insurance costs; up 12 percent from 2017-2018.  This research would dissect fleet resources and business decision-making processes to better understand what fleets are doing to cover these cost increases, from reprioritizing technology investments to cannibalizing other cost centers, such as safety.  

ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501c3 not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.

May 052020
 

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May 052020
 

           ATRI, OOIDA Identify Industry Impacts and Recommendations

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Contact: Dan Murray
(651) 641-6162
May 5, 2020

The American Transportation Research Institute and the Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association Foundation today released important research on impacts that the Covid pandemic is having on all aspects of trucking operations, including deliveries, travel times, detention and truck parking. Most importantly, the research provides recommendations and guidance on future strategies should another national disaster strike.
 
“The trucking industry has weathered national disasters in the past, and is doing so again through the current COVID crisis,” said ATRI President and COO Rebecca Brewster. “However, this latest data quantifies the challenges motor carriers and drivers are facing during this pandemic to keep essential goods moving.”
 
Key findings include:
  • Long-haul trips are down considerably as container imports at ports dried up. At the same time, local trips under 100 miles increased by more than 100 percent.

  • While certain segments of the industry, such as medical devices, perishable foods and paper products, saw solid Covid-related increases in truck traffic – nearly 50 percent of respondents described freight levels as “somewhat” to “much” lower due to Covid. 
  • Nearly 70 percent of specialized and tank truck operations were negatively impacted. In nearly every instance, smaller fleets reported greater negative impacts than larger fleets.
  • More than 40 percent of respondents said that truck parking was not any worse due to the Covid pandemic, but by fleet size, the larger fleets did describe truck parking as more difficult to find during the pandemic.
  • The research confirmed that driver detention generally did not change due to Covid; however, owner-operators and small fleets experienced much worse detention delays relative to larger fleets.
  • In terms of disaster planning, almost 80 percent of owner-operators and small fleets do not have any plan in place for managing operations during natural disasters.
  • The trucking industry generally has a favorable attitude towards state and federal responses, policies and programs set up to address the pandemic, with the federal response viewed as more favorable than the state responses.
  • The trucking industry’s perceptions about the country’s economic situation over the next several months leans slightly pessimistic – both in terms of freight movement and consumer spending.
“This research puts solid numbers to what we otherwise only suspected,” said Andrew King, Research Analyst for the OOIDA Foundation. “While we may be turning the corner on the Covid pandemic, we’re not out of the economic woods yet.” 
 
You can download the full report by clicking here.

ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.

OOFI is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. It was established to provide research and education for all truckers focusing on the small carriers and owner-operators. OOFI is an affiliate of OOIDA and its 160,000 members from all 50 states.

Apr 222020
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dan Murray
(651) 641-6162
April 22, 2020

Atlanta – Today, the American Transportation Research Institute is releasing new data that quantifies the continued impacts of COVID-19 business disruptions on the trucking industry. 

ATRI’s latest analysis looked at truck activity across six states from February 9 through the most recent week ending April 18, by converting its real-time truck GPS dataset into a truck activity index. 

“The GPS data we use is a valuable tool into what is going on in the economy and the trucking industry right now,” said ATRI President and COO Rebecca Brewster. “We knew from talking to drivers and carrier executives that there were significant impacts on operations as a result of COVID-19, but now, by analyzing this data we are able to put numbers and data to feelings and anecdotes.”

From early February into March, the data shows a spike in initial truck activity in the analyzed states – documenting the response to high consumer demand for items such as non-perishable food and paper products, as well as the much-needed emergency medical supplies. 

The analysis further documents the impacts of the stay-at-home orders that shut down major segments of the economy, with a resulting decline in April trucking operations. 

  • Of the six states analyzed, California had the earliest stay-at-home order issued on March 19.  California also experienced the earliest upward spike in truck activity, occurring during the week of March 1.  However, truck activity in California is now down 8.3 percent from early February.
  • In Florida, Illinois and New York, truck activity spiked the week of March 8 but is now down on average by over 10 percent from February 9.
  • In Pennsylvania and Washington, truck activity spiked during the week of March 15, but is now down by an average of nearly nine percent from February 9.

There are initial signs of a return to normal, however.  In New York, one of the earliest states to experience high numbers of cases, truck activity started a positive uptick during the week of April 12. 

“In these unprecedented times, we need to rely on science and facts, not anecdotes and speculation.  This ATRI research is able to tell us in near-real-time what the pandemic is really doing to the trucking industry,” said American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello.

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