Posts by Seattle Truck Law, PLLC.

Trucking Industry Pushes for Teen Drivers to Address Shortage

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To solve the legitimate problem of the shortage of experienced truck drivers, the trucking industry is pushing for a new solution that could put many ordinary drivers at risk: teenaged truckers behind the wheel. But with fatal truck wrecks occurring at the highest rate in 29 years according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is it wise to throw fuel on an already-growing fire by adding teen truck drivers into the mix?

In this article, we’ll talk about the potential implications of hiring teenagers to drive these massive, unpredictable vehicles and explain what you can do if you’ve been injured by an inexperienced or negligent truck driver.

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How Trucking Companies Cause Deadly Truck Accidents

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How Trucking Companies Cause Deadly Truck Accidents When a deadly truck wreck occurs, suspicious eyes usually fall on the truck driver. Were they speeding? Driving while drunk or high? Playing with their cell phone in the cab? Too often, truck drivers simply act as the “fall guys” in these cases. Yes, the truck driver may…

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After I Get Home from the Hospital, What Happens Next?

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When your truck wreck-related injuries require a lengthy hospitalization, you’ll probably yearn for the comforts of home throughout your hospital stay. When the hospital finally discharges you, it’s an important milestone in your recovery, but there’s still plenty of work to do.

Keep reading for information and advice that can help you successfully transition home and navigate the many challenges that follow a devastating truck crash and hospitalization.

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Can Technology Help Curb Distracted Truck Driving?

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A distracted truck driver’s vehicle can travel more than a football field in the time it takes to read a text. When the vehicle in question weighs up to 80,000 pounds, any inattention on the part of the driver poses an enormous hazard. And while there’s technology that can reduce the impact of distracted driving, trucking companies keep dragging their feet when it comes to implementation. Continue reading to learn more about these advances and find out ways you can protect yourself after a truck crash.

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Truck Driver Sleep Apnea Remains a Threat to Public Safety


The past two years have been somewhat of a rollercoaster ride when it comes to sleep apnea testing for truck drivers. Right now, lawmakers who say they’re out to pass testing requirements which could reduce deadly truck crashes continue to fight against trucking industry lobbyists and even their own colleagues, who argue that mandatory sleep apnea testing for truck drivers constitutes a “witch hunt” that invades drivers’ privacy. 

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Why Do Trucks Jackknife? And What Should Victims Do?

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There are few things more terrifying than being in a crash with an 18-wheel semi-truck. The statistics are just as scary: one out of every ten deaths that occur in crashes on U.S. highways involves a large truck, and a total of 3,986 people died in truck wrecks in 2016. Only 17% of those killed were truck occupants; 66% were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, and 16% were pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists.

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My Spouse Was Injured in a Truck Accident — What Can I Do?

If your husband or wife recently suffered serious injuries in a devastating truck accident, you’re probably struggling to collect your thoughts and get your bearings. While contacting a lawyer and filing a lawsuit might seem like one stress too many, it’s important to learn about your rights and legal options quickly because the insurance company won’t wait to start gathering evidence and building a defense against any potential claim or lawsuit.

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