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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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Trucking Industry Pushes to Use Dangerous “Twin 33” Trucks

By Seattle Truck Law, PLLC.

Trucking industry lobbyists continue to push for nationwide legalization of massive, super-long combination trucks despite significant data showing that they’re unsafe and would create a negative impact on highway safety. 

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Trucking Companies Need to Invest in Life-Saving Technology

By Seattle Truck Law, PLLC.

Existing truck safety technology could prevent tens of thousands of devastating truck crashes each year, but many trucking companies are slow to adopt these innovations, citing short-term cost concerns. 

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Chameleon Carriers

“Chameleon Carriers” Create Higher Risk of Truck Crashes

By Seattle Truck Law, PLLC.

Drivers of passenger cars and large trucks alike are being put at risk for a deadly trucking accident thanks to trucking companies that change their names to dodge inspections and avoid being held accountable for safety and maintenance violations. 

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Truck Inspection Exemptions Could Lead to More Crashes

By Seattle Truck Law, PLLC.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the government agency responsible for regulating the trucking industry and protecting the public from unsafe trucks and trucking companies. Recently, though, the FMCSA has been granting more exemptions from vital truck inspections, which could undermine the agency’s mission and lead to more truck wrecks on our highways. 

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Trucking Accidents Spike During the Holidays

By Seattle Truck Law, PLLC.

In general, the holidays are one of the most dangerous times to travel on the road: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s all tend to have a far greater number of fatal traffic accidents compared to an average day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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Illegal Truck Stops Can Cause Accidents and Endanger Lives

By Seattle Truck Law, PLLC.

If you’ve ever seen a truck parked for the night in the emergency shoulder area of a highway, you might have wondered what special law exists that gives truckers the right to park there and rest. 

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CVSA BRAKE SAFETY

1 in 5 Trucks Placed Out of Service During CVSA Brake Safety Day

By Seattle Truck Law, PLLC.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) recently released data from its unannounced brake safety enforcement event, Brake Safety Day, and as usual, the results aren’t reassuring for the public. 

On May 3, 2017, CVSA enforcement personnel inspected more than 9,500 commercial trucks and buses to identify out-of-adjustment brakes as well as brake-system and antilock braking system (ABS) violations. More than one in five vehicles were placed out of service with critical violations during the event, which was part of the CVSA’s Operation Airbrake safety initiative. 

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The Dangers of Oversize Truck Loads

By Seattle Truck Law, PLLC.

At some point, every driver has seen a truck bearing the bright yellow and black “oversize load” banner and carrying an extra-large payload: industrial equipment, a pre-built house, or perhaps a steel shipping container.

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Seattle Truck Accident

Hit by a Truck Driver? They May Have Broken Rules and Regulations

By Seattle Truck Law, PLLC.

When someone is injured or passes away as a result of a tractor-trailer accident, victims can pursue compensation for physical, financial, and emotional hardships they suffered. Below, we will take a look at some of the rules and regulations for truck drivers and trucking companies — and discuss what you should do if you’ve been injured in a trucking crash. 

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deadly truck crashes

Why Deadly Truck Crashes Happen

By Seattle Truck Law, PLLC.

Deadly truck crashes are an all-too-common occurrence in the United States. The competing priorities of truckers, shipping companies, trucking industry lobbyists, and legislators can cause friction and confusion, and these agendas often overshadow the number one priority: getting a cargo load from point A to point B safely and without incident. 

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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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