Why was there 62% more semi crashes in Washington last year?

Have you wondered if there's been more semi truck crashes than usual in Washington State? In 2017, after a spate of high-profile semi crashes in Washington that resulted in serious injuries and/or closed major highways for hours, we looked into this question. The Washington State Patrol's Collision Analysis Tool shows 1087 semi crashes met the damage threshold for reporting in 2017. [...]

2018-01-22T14:52:50+00:00January 22nd, 2018|Washington State|

This trucking company is incredibly dangerous, should be permanently closed

Last week, the FMCSA ordered trucking company Evenflo Logistics to "immediately cease all interstate and intrastate operation." A separate "imminent hazard" order was issued to the trucking company's driver, Shawn Roberts. Evenflo Logistics registered as an LLC in Washington State in October 2016. The sheer number of extremely dangerous practices since then is shocking. 1o violations [...]

2017-12-22T08:45:22+00:00December 22nd, 2017|Trucking Industry News|

Seattle makes a big safety improvement to city trucks

Sharp-eyed Seattle residents may notice something different about SDOT trucks. Earlier this month, the Seattle Department of Transportation started installing side guard panels on city-owned heavy trucks. Seattle's Department of Transportation has started installing the side guards on the city-owned fleet. (Photo: Seattle DOT) Why truck side guards matter This may not seem like [...]

2017-11-22T18:36:01+00:00November 22nd, 2017|Trucking Safety|

Add safe truck parking to prevent crashes

A lack of safe truck parking may lead to more truck crashes. Oregon State University researchers looked at truck parking as a public safety issue (PDF). They studied a 290-mile section of Highway 97, a major trucking route that runs along the eastern slope of the Cascades across the whole length of Oregon. Some truck companies use Highway 97 through Oregon [...]

2018-11-26T18:11:53+00:00October 17th, 2017|Roads and Infrastructure|

This is how a 12-ton steel beam just fell off a semi truck

Commercial truck drivers and motor carriers have stringent rules and regulations they must follow; because of the damage that can be caused by their errors, they are subject to greater scrutiny. In the many years I have handled trucking cases, I have seen many careless acts by professional drivers and motor carriers. But mistakes like this one are truly [...]

2017-09-28T18:42:53+00:00September 28th, 2017|Truck Inspections|

Truckers contend with aging infrastructure, roads and bridges

D+. That's the grade our national infrastructure was given by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) this year. While our total infrastructure includes everything from aviation to ports to wastewater, it's the roads and bridges that truck drivers have to contend with every day. Why are roads, bridges in such bad shape? Quite simply, they're old. [...]

2017-09-06T09:30:02+00:00September 6th, 2017|Roads and Infrastructure|