Just like every other state in the U.S., Washington has its own regulations that every driver (truckers included) should respect and obey. Many trucking companies organize their trucks to go through Seattle and other Washington state cities, as they are essential parts of America’s economy.
Before you take your truck to Washington, you should be aware of the following trucking industry regulations.
Understanding The Risks
The risk of getting involved in a truck accident is always present. It is generated by the three components of the Highway Transportation System:
- The driver
- The vehicle
- The roadway environment
The only way to reduce the risk is to drive safely and with extreme caution.
As a driver, it is in your duty of care to do everything in your power to reduce the risk of getting caught in a truck accident. This means obeying the traffic laws (if disobeyed, you will face penalties, fees and even getting your driver’s license suspended or revoked), respecting other vehicles on the roads and paying attention to the road ahead.
Every year, around 500 people die in Wahington’s roadways. The most common factors that are present in fatal crashes are:
- Driver impairment
- Young and inexperienced driver
- Running off the roadway
- Driver distraction
- Unrestrained occupants
- Errors at intersections
Almost 75 percent of all traffic fatalities have at least one of the top three factors involved.
If you happen to drive through Washington state and end up in a truck accident for any of the above-mentioned reasons, be sure to contact Seattle truck accident attorneys and schedule your free initial consultation. Perhaps it was someone else’s negligence that caused the accident (Not all truck accidents are “Truck accidents”), in which case you will be eligible to obtain compensation for all the damages you suffered.
Extreme Weather Conditions
Washing is known for being extremely difficult to travel through during winter. Before you take your truck for a ride up north, be sure that you have equipped your truck according to the state’s regulations. Other safety notices include:
- Securing your load
- Having the right equipment on your tires
- Have the right type of tires equipped (studded tires are legal during winter months. Tires that have retractable studs may be used year-round, but the studs can only be used between November the 1st and March the 31st)
- Avoid driving over icy roads
- If it is rainy, the pavements can be extremely slippery
- If the temperature is close to freezing, the pavements become wet
As you can see, there are plenty of things that you should take care of before driving up north. Rest assured that if you do everything correctly, you will reduce the chances of getting involved in a truck accident.
If you do find yourself in a truck accident, whether or not it was your fault, do not accept any blame or guilt. Call truck accident attorneys in Seattle and do not speak with anyone until they arrive. If it was not your fault, their attorneys will help prove it and while doing it, secure you the compensation you deserve.
Remember to drive slowly, and to always keep your eyes on the road. If possible, minimize distractions and do not eat or drink while driving.