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Truck safety administered by state of Washington

Truck accidents are no laughing matter. This 50,000 pound machine is bearing down on you and you have nowhere to go to get away from it. The authorities in Washington take this safety issue very seriously. The classification system that the state has set up, the Washington State Freight and Goods Transportation System, regulates the freight volume of all trucks and other modes of transporting goods. The Washington Department of Transportation uses this and other scales and methods to determine and designate freight economic corridors that is called the "Freight Mobility Plan."

WSDOT uses the data that it gets from the Association of Washington Cities and the County Road Administration Board to update the FGTS periodically. The legislature has mandated the schedule so that the maximum usage of the roadways are monitored for safety and for effective commercial use. The data can actually change the FGTS if the numbers skew one way or the other.

In June of 2015 the WSDOT asked for data from various agencies around the state so that an analysis could be undertaken to ensure safety and good commerce. The deadline was August and most were able to submit their data on time and accurately. The data was reviewed and in January or February of 2016, the FGTS will be updated to reflect the new numbers.

Sometimes, though, even the best intentions of the authorities in Washington are not working on your behalf. Although freight limits are imposed and other legislation is there to protect you from harm, what if a truck manages to sideswipe you and you are injured. What are your next steps?

You need to be aware that there are law offices that can help if you find yourself in this situation.

Source: Washington State Department of Transportation, "Freight and Goods Transportation," accessed Jan. 11, 2016

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