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 [...]

Technology could prevent many rear-end semi truck crashes – but many don’t use it

Recently, I read about the truck driver that ran into several stopped vehicles in Colorado. People described the crash scene, where 4 people were killed, as “true carnage.” Many were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The descriptions reminded me of a 2017 rear-end semi crash in Illinois, where 1 man was killed 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, [...]

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 [...]

Oregon jury sends a multi-million-dollar message about truck driver training

It could be one of the largest jury verdicts in the U.S. for this type of case—a wrongful death caused by truck driver negligence. 30-year-old Sara Allison of Boise was hit head-on and killed by a semi-truck on Highway 20 near Burns, Oregon. Her husband Matthew Allison suffered life-threatening and permanent injuries. The semi-truck driver had been [...]

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