How a plaintiff’s lawyer can use the motor carrier Safety Director as an expert witness

The following information is an excerpt of a presentation given to the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys by plaintiff's lawyer Kevin Coluccio. I have taken the depositions of many motor carrier Safety Directors.  As I became more experienced and knowledgeable,  I developed the skill of questioning defendant witnesses in such a manner as to make [...]

Court holds trucking companies 100% responsible for Skagit Bridge collapse

Last week, the Washington Supreme Court issued a ruling in the ongoing litigation between the State and trucking companies regarding the collapse of the I-5 Skagit River Bridge in 2013. Washington Supreme Court tells trucking companies, not WSDOT, to pay for I-5 Skagit bridge collapse While Judge Steven Gonzalez’ reasoning was not completely sound and [...]

Seattle dump truck crash was no accident

On Monday, August 19, 2019, a dump truck owned and operated by Barrett Services, lost its brakes. It sped downhill through the streets of Seattle, hitting a pedestrian and then several cars causing injuries to 5 people. It could have been worse. U.S. Department of Transportation records show that Barrett Services of Mill Creek, Washington, [...]

Dangerous weather is predictable, and must be considered

Last week, I was in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The weather was mostly nice and comfortable, but one day, a thunder storm warning was issued. The warning stated that 70 mph winds were expected, with hail the size of marbles and both lighting and thunder. Sure enough, the storm came through as predicted. As I watched the [...]

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Deaths, injuries involving recycling and garbage trucks on the rise

There has been an "unprecedented uptick in fatalities" associated with recycling and garbage trucks in 2019, according to the Solid Waste Association of North America. That's alarming, even as a preliminary number, because garbage trucks are already among the most dangerous heavy trucks. They are often out very early in the morning, when the streets [...]