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The Daily Dash: $411 million nuclear verdict; holiday shipping delays

A Florida jury has handed down a $411 million judgement against a single-truck motor carrier that is alleged to have caused a 45-vehicle pileup in 2018. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The Daily Dash is a quick look at what is happening in the freight ecosystem. In today’s edition, a Florida jury has awarded an injury victim $411 million in a judgment against a single-truck operation. Plus, a lack of freight capacity has some worrying about holiday shipping delays and Toyota and Hino will bring a Class 8 fuel-cell electric truck to the U.S. next year.

Florida jury makes a statement

A Florida jury has handed down a $411 million judgment against a single-truck motor carrier that is alleged to have caused a 45-vehicle pileup in 2018. The award is believed to be the largest single verdict against a single-truck company in U.S. history.

John Kingston has more on what led to the verdict: Whopping $411 million nuclear verdict in Florida said to be biggest ever and tough to collect

Dude, where’s my truck?

A lack of capacity? Check. A new survey has found that transportation capacity is at record lows, and for those companies closest to the end consumer, it is setting up for a difficult peak season.

Todd Maiden has details on what to expect in Q4: Transportation capacity hits new lows, ‘no relief in sight’ for pricing

More fuel cell fun

Another fuel-cell electric truck is coming to the U.S., and this one is between two of the world’s biggest transportation entities. Toyota and Hino plan to test a Class 8 fuel cell truck next year.

Brian Straight has the details: Hino, Toyota bringing Class 8 fuel-cell truck to North America next year

Weather and trucking

Accurate weather forecasts have become a critical tool for the trucking industry as it moves freight around the country. The National Weather Service has become an indispensable tool for this purpose.

Nick Austin tells the story: Trucking and the National Weather Service

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How long is peak shipping season? According to one analyst, the way peak is defined is changing, and it’s all thanks to Amazon.

Mark Solomon explains how Prime Day is playing a role: Amazon ‘creating the 75-day peak season,’ analyst says

Hammer down, everyone,

Brian Straight

Managing Editor

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Brian Straight

Brian Straight leads FreightWaves' Modern Shipper brand as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler. You can reach him at [email protected]