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Protecting Drivers by Enforcing the Rules of the Road for Long Haul Truck Drivers

Spokane Truck Accident Attorney

Did you know that one out of every eight automotive accident fatalities involves a large truck such as a big rig or tractor trailer? Every 16 minutes, a crash or collision occurs. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, roughly 500‚000 trucking accidents (involving trucks at least 10‚000 pounds) occur every year. Between 4,000 to 5,000 people lose their lives as a result of these accidents. The majority of trucking accidents occur on weekends when friends and family are more likely to be traveling together. Trucking safety precautions matter.

Sweetser Law Office and our trucking accident attorneys are well-versed in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR), which are promulgated and enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and published primarily in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations.

Formerly elected Spokane prosecutor James R. Sweetser has concentrated on protecting our roads from negligent long haul truck drivers for over 30 years. If you have been injured due to a negligent truck driver, our Spokane truck accident lawyer can offer guidance on how best to proceed with your case.

Big Rigs: 18-Wheeler Trucks and the Law

Federal regulations apply to trucking companies and drivers who operate in interstate commerce and cover such things as vehicle safety, vehicle inspections, trucking company and driver negligence, and the hiring, training and supervising of drivers. A significant part of the FMCSR is devoted to Hours of Service (HOS) Regulations, which are designed to prevent truck accidents caused by driver fatigue. Any violation of one of these regulations by a trucking company or driver could be grounds to recover damages for a truck accident victim’s injuries or death due to the company’s and/or driver’s negligence.

Because Spokane is the largest city between Seattle and Minneapolis, it is a hub for trucking activity involving many businesses and industries. Truck companies usually get paid by the mile, so truck drivers have an incentive to deliver their loads as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, the trucking industries financial motives can encourage driving for long hours and unsafe activities on our roads including truck driver fatigue from overstressed or overworked drivers, defective equipment, distracted driving, improperly secured trailers or overloaded trucks.

Truck Drivers Are Required To Take Extra Precautions

The accident scene, authority’s findings in the investigation, the condition of the big rig, and federal regulations compliance should all be investigated as early as possible after an accident. Important evidence after a serious truck accident can include logbooks, black box or computer event data, documents evidencing the load and prior deliveries, inspection of the tractor-trailer, inspection of the accident scene, or poor Training Policies.

James R. Sweetser has experience handling complex litigation as a truck accident attorney and understands how to hold those responsible accountable for the injuries caused. To help determine liability, our attorneys may investigate by reviewing:

  • Driving logs and records, including weigh-ins
  • Camera footage, if available
  • Collecting from bankrupt or insolvent motor carriers
  • Driving history of the vehicle and trailer
  • Inspection, repair, and maintenance records
  • Potential violations of federal and state laws regarding driving regulations
  • Past violations of state and federal trucking laws
  • Past criminal convictions
  • Potential manufacturing defects
  • Screening, hiring, training, and supervision of commercial truck drivers
  • Witnesses at the scene
  • The extent of injuries and fatalities when a truck and passenger vehicle collide, due to disparity in size and weight

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a trucking collision, do not delay by immediately contacting Sweetser Law Office.

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