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As trucking accident attorneys who have a passion for helping injured victims and making the highways safer for all drivers, we at Seattle Truck Law like to keep our prospective clients and the general public informed about important topics and recent news in trucking safety and truck accident law.

The trucking industry forms the backbone of America’s shipping infrastructure and is vital to our economy. However, it is also an industry that faces many challenges and concerns in terms of safe fleet operation, and regulations are constantly evolving. Some trucking companies and industry groups continue to lobby against important safety regulations in the interest of short-term profits and at the expense of highway safety. We maintain our trucking safety blog in the interest of informing the public about some of these activities, as well as providing general helpful information about the trucking industry and personal injury law as it relates to large truck and bus crashes.

Please remember that the content on this blog is provided by Seattle Truck Law for informational purposes only. Our blog does not constitute legal advice, and reading it does not form an attorney-client relationship.

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Why Do Trucks Jackknife? And What Should Victims Do?

By Seattle Truck Law, PLLC.

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?

By Seattle Truck Law, PLLC.

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

By Seattle Truck Law, PLLC.

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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Here’s How You Can Report an Unsafe Trucking Company

Here’s How You Can Report an Unsafe Trucking Company

By Seattle Truck Law, PLLC.

There’s almost nothing more terrifying than seeing a semi truck driving recklessly. Fortunately, when you witness negligent behavior from a truck driver or trucking company, you have the power to report it to the authorities.

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TRUCKERS OFTEN KEEP DRIVING AFTER DRUG ARRESTS

Truckers Often Keep Driving After Drug Arrests

By Seattle Truck Law, PLLC.

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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Trucking Company Coercion Frequently Leads to Driver Fatigue

By Seattle Truck Law, PLLC.

Imagine driving a tractor-trailer for 20 hours over a long, boring stretch of highway. You were supposed to stop for sleep hours ago, but the company threatened to fire you if you didn’t keep driving. Despite your best efforts, your eyelids feel like lead, and you start to doze off. Suddenly, there are brake lights ahead. Would you be able to stop in time?

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How Safety Regulations Will Affect Your Trucking Accident Case

By Seattle Truck Law, PLLC.

If you or someone you love suffered injuries in a crash that involved a tractor-trailer or other large truck, you’ll soon realize (if you haven’t already) that the legal cases that arise from these accidents are much more complicated than an ordinary car accident case.

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Truckers Have Higher Fatal Injury Rates Than Any Other Job

Truckers Have Higher Fatal Injury Rates Than Any Other Job

By Seattle Truck Law, PLLC.

At Seattle Truck Law, we know that a single negligent truck driver or trucking company can put countless dedicated and responsible truckers in danger. Read on to learn more about why truck drivers face such high rates of injuries and how the Seattle Truck Law team can help if you’ve been injured while driving a truck. 

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Destroying Evidence

Why Trucking Companies Destroy Evidence and How You Can Stop Them

By Seattle Truck Law, PLLC.

Unfortunately, evidence can be difficult to gather after a trucking accident. That’s due in part to the fact that truck crashes — which are much more destructive than a typical wreck and often involve multiple vehicles — create very complex accident scenes that involve massive amounts of evidence to sift through. 

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5-Year Exemption Would Cripple Electronic Logging Rule for Trucks

5-Year Exemption Would Cripple Electronic Logging Rule for Trucks

By Seattle Truck Law, PLLC.

After losing a lawsuit that would have overturned a federal mandate requiring electronic logging devices (ELDs) on all commercial trucks, the trucking industry is fighting against this important safety regulation in a different way: by trying to delay it to death.

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About Seattle Truck Law, PLLC

Seattle Truck Law is a personal injury law firm that fights for clients who have been hurt in collisions with large trucks and buses. We also represent the families of victims who have lost their lives in these deadly wrecks. The firm serves clients in areas throughout Washington state, including Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Spokane, and more. We also handle cases nationwide by working with the best local counsel.

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