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 from recycling and garbage truck accidents on the rise

There has been an "unprecedented uptick in fatalities" associated with recycling and garbage truck accidents crashes 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 [...]

Truckers must fight inattentional blindness

Since the 1990s, scientific studies on visual perception have demonstrated that people's expectations, and their ability to focus, affects what they see. It's called "inattentional blindness", and it's important for drivers to be aware of it - particularly professional drivers like truckers. Distracted driving means that a driver is not paying full attention to the single task [...]