As home one
of the country's busiest international crossings, Washington invites a steady
stream of truck traffic every day. Highways that include Interstate 5,
Interstate 82 and Interstate 90, as well as urban centers such as Seattle,
Spokane and Tacoma attract tractor-trailers, buses and other commercial
vehicles in large numbers. Unfortunately, that traffic volume leads to more
than 1,300 commercial vehicle-related accidents every year, leaving hundreds of
Washington residents suffering from injury or loss of a family member. If
you've suffered from an accident with a commercial vehicle and believe the
truck driver or trucking company's negligence is responsible, contact Michael
and speak with an attorney who will fight to hold the responsible parties
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (Title 49, Parts 350-399) govern all vehicles engaged in interstate traffic.
There are some situations where a tractor-trailer or other commercial motor vehicle is involved in only intrastate travel. For example, an appliance store in Seattle may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.
The Washington Department of Public Safety has adopted Title 49, Parts 382, 383, 384, 390, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, and 399 of the federal regulations.
For an overview of laws that affect trucks operating only in Washington, visit our Washington Trucking Laws page.
Your truck accident case may be larger than you think. My experience often enables me to maximize awards, well beyond what the co-counsel originally expected. My book Litigating Truck Accident Cases, published by West Publishing, is considered the definitive work on handling truck accident cases. Contact me if you are seeking co-counsel on your case.
Fatal Truck Accidents: 39 per year
Non-Fatal Truck Accidents: 1,364 per year
Accident Locales: 69%(Rural), 31%(Urban)
Carrier Fact: 21% of Washington's truck accidents involve carriers whose principle place of business is not Washington.
In 92% of Washington's truck accidents, weather conditions were NOT a factor.
Interstate 5: Stretching from the Mexican border in the south to the Canadian border in the north, I-5 and its 1,400 miles are instrumental in providing access to much of America's Pacific Coast. The 277 miles of I-5 within Washington include passage through Seattle.
Interstate 82: Travelling from Hermiston, Oregon to Ellenburg, Washington, I-82 spends 133 miles in Washington.
Interstate 90: The longest highway in America, I-90 links points from Seattle to Boston. 300 of its 3,100+ miles are within Washington State limits and include a stretch between Spokane and Seattle.