Posts by Seattle Truck Law, PLLC.

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

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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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Why You Can’t Trust the Insurance Company After a Truck Accident

After a crash with a tractor-trailer or other large truck, you might get a call from the insurance company that’s representing the truck driver or trucking company. This call may seem innocent at first, and the representative for the insurance company will probably say something like, “We’re sorry you got hurt, and we’d like to send you a check for the value of your car.”

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Truckers Often Keep Driving After Drug Arrests

TRUCKERS OFTEN KEEP DRIVING AFTER DRUG ARRESTS

Given how many trucks are on our highways and the devastation they can cause when they crash, you might assume that preventing drug use among truck drivers is a priority for government agencies. You’d probably also hope that a trucking company gets an immediate alert when one of its drivers is arrested for drug abuse or drugged driving.

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