Huge multi-vehicle semi-truck collision in eastern Washington brush fire

Every driver has a basic duty to respond to a road hazard on a public road or highway. Professional drivers are held to an even higher standard. A truck driver who fails to take necessary and appropriate action can cause a lot of pain and damage. That is what happened to Constance, a client of attorney Kevin Coluccio. Driving through fire causes massive semi-truck collision The high desert in the eastern part of Washington is subject to brush fires. On the day of Constance’s crash, an area of a major highway was covered with black smoke from a brush fire. Constance was driving down the highway. Seeing the black smoke and poor visibility conditions ahead, she slowed down. She pulled

Here’s why semi-trucks jackknife …

“Jackknife” is the term for a semi-truck trailer coming to an acute angle with the truck cab, like a small folding knife. In the last year, I have been looking the causes of semi-truck jackknifes on Washington highways, as I was working on a truck crash case in which fatal injuries were caused by a semi-truck jackknife. Semi-trucks are designed to carry huge loads on a frequent basis. These trucks and their trailers have a unique balance of weight and structure that makes them prone to instability. In a jackknife, either the tires on the cab lose traction, and the trailer pushes the cab into a fold; or, the trailer tires lose traction and the trailer swings around onto the

Preventing rear-end collisions with proper stopping distance

Most rear-end collisions are entirely preventable with proper training and safe driving. So why does this type of crash happen so often?  It is my experience that rear-end collisions are often a failure of truck drivers to: maintain a safe following distance; operate their trucks at a proper speed for the traffic, road and weather conditions; and/or, consider stopping distances. In order to avoid rear-end collisions, truck drivers need to understand stopping distances. Stopping distance” is simply the distance necessary to bring a heavy truck to a complete stop. The distance it takes to stop an 80,000-pound tractor-trailer at 65 mph is much greater than the distance needed to stop a passenger car at the same speed. A fully loaded truck traveling in


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