For years, the team at Seattle Truck Law has advocated for stricter safety regulations that reduce crashes and put drivers’ lives first. In July, the House of Representatives passed the Moving Forward Act, an initiative designed to protect the lives of truckers and motorists alike.
Keep reading to learn how this bill affects trucking companies, the changes you can expect to see, and what to do if you or someone you love is hurt in a crash.
New Safety Technology Can Save Lives on the Road
The Moving Forward Act is an initiative that invests in safe trucking solutions designed to reduce crashes, prevent injury, and ultimately save truckers’ and motorists’ lives. These initiatives include technology aids like automatic braking and underride guards on the side of trucks. The new law successfully passed in part because of the dedicated advocacy of truck crash victims and surviving family members.
Changes like these are part of a larger movement toward improving safety in the trucking industry. In 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration required new commercial trucks to include electronic stability control systems. These systems alert drivers when there’s a potential crash situation on the road. According to the agency, these mandates could prevent at least 1,700 crashes every year.
Many reputable trucking companies are complying with the new mandates and reporting success. Penske, the moving truck rental company, was an early adapter of the technology. The company has vocally backed the mandates and plans to implement collision avoidance systems and automatic emergency braking as standard equipment 2022. It’s this kind of trucking industry leadership that will continue to save lives every year.
Hurt in a Crash? A Truck Crash Lawyer Can Help Victims and Families Recover
Even with the best safety measures in place, devastating truck accidents can still happen. When they do, victims and their families need support and financial compensation to get their lives back on track.
Unfortunately, getting the kinds of settlements that are enough to take care of victims for the duration of their recovery or lives can be extremely difficult. In these challenging circumstances, it’s time to consider working with an experienced truck crash lawyer who has the strength and industry knowledge to fight for you.
When you work with our team, we will:
- Investigate all the causes of the crash to determine liability and find hidden evidence
- Determine how much your case is worth
- Negotiate with the insurance companies and observe all filing deadlines and legal requirements to keep your case moving forward
- Fight aggressively to get you the compensation you deserve
The experienced attorneys at Seattle Truck Law use a combination of deep industry experience and an aggressive approach that has already helped truck wreck victims recover millions of dollars in compensation.
Need Help After a Crash? Contact Seattle Truck Law Today
At Seattle Truck Law, we help recover compensation for victims who suffer when negligent trucking companies cause devastating crashes. Our founding attorney Morgan Adams is board certified in truck accident law, and every lawyer in our office has driven a tractor-trailer. With more than 20 years of experience handling truck crash cases, we know the trucking industry on a level that very few law firms in the country can match.
To learn more about your options after a crash, get in touch with us today. We can speak with you in a confidential, no-risk initial consultation. During your consultation, we’ll listen to your story, answer questions about your case, and offer advice about what to do next.
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