Spokane Truck Accident Attorney
Protecting Drivers by Enforcing the Rules of the Road for Semi-Truck Drivers
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 Spoke trucking accident attorney 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
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.
Long Haul 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
- 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