A motorist suffered serious injuries when a tractor-trailer operator ran a red light at a Kennewick intersection, crashing into the motorist's vehicle on the evening of Dec. 22. The violent crash occurred just before 5:49 p.m. that fateful day at the intersection of Highway 395 and Hildebrand Boulevard.
The trucking log is an important tool for not just truck drivers, but also for investigators and attorneys. This electronic log records the driving time, the sleep time and the out-of-service hours of the driver. There is a paper log that the driver can complete as a backup to the electronic log. It is to be filled out honestly, which does not always happen. The truck log helps investigators and attorneys understand the hours of service for a driver if he or she is involved in a truck accident.
Driving a semitruck is an enormous responsibility from a safety perspective. These massive vehicles carry unimaginable amounts of tonnage and when a normal passenger vehicle collides with a semitruck, there's a high likelihood of catastrophic injuries and fatalities. For this reason, the drivers of 18-wheelers -- in addition to the transportation companies that employ them and maintain their trucks -- must take all possible precautions to avoid the following two common semitruck accident scenarios:
Semitrucks are so large that they can't always navigate traffic in the way that normal automobiles do. For example, sometimes when a semitruck makes a turn through an intersection, it needs to swing out wide into a neighboring lane of traffic in order to successfully complete the maneuver. In this article, we will take a look at several possible scenarios that could result in an unintentional wide-turn trucking accident.
Have you ever fallen asleep on the job? It might be embarrassing to admit, but maybe after a long, sleepless night -- or a late night of partying -- you found yourself nodding off at the office. It's human nature to fall asleep when we're tired, no matter what we're doing, but if the activity we're engaged in happens to driving, falling asleep is the worst possible thing that anyone can do.
Benton boating enthusiasts commonly pair boating with beer and other alcoholic beverages. One might even suspect that boating is just an excuse for getting drunk for some people. Such an attitude is extremely irresponsible and dangerous -- in fact, it's criminal. Boaters who cause the death or severe injury of others due to irresponsible boating under the influence may end up in jail and financially liable for the damages they cause.
If you're a semitruck driver, you know that you carry a heavy responsibility every time you get on the roadway. Your vehicle is hundreds of times heavier than the average car. It's also exponentially slower, harder to maneuver and more difficult to slow it down. In fact, a semitruck at the hands of an irresponsible truck driver is a fatal and catastrophic accident waiting to happen.
The law that applies to semitruck accident claims is different from the law that applies to normal car crash claims. That's because semitruck drivers and transportation companies must adhere to an array of different rules and regulations that apply to the commercial trucking industry and their drivers. When a semitruck driver violates one of these many laws, an injurious or fatal auto collision results, the driver and his or her employer will likely be liable for any related financial damages.
A semitruck full of potatoes struck a transit bus late last month injuring five people. According to first responders, the semitruck driver went through a red light on State Route 395 at approximately 3 p.m., on a recent Tuesday, then crashed into a transit bus in Kennewick.
Have you ever been driving down a three-lane highway and found yourself sandwiched between two semitrucks? It's frightening to get stuck between two 18-wheelers like that, and you probably drove as quickly out of that hole as you possibly could -- and with good reason. Collisions are often catastrophic and fatal when they happen between a passenger car and a big rig.