Because of all the large trucks on freeways in Washington State, the number of accidents is increasing over the years. At any given moment, you can see delivery trucks, commercial big-rigs, semis, 18-wheelers and other types of trucks on the roadways. Washington has specific rules that all truck drivers must abide by. Most importantly, drivers must take breaks after a certain amount of time in order to prevent fatigue.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that the speed limit in the State of Washington is 60 miles per hour for all vehicles. On rural roads, however, the speed limit for vehicles, except trucks, is 70 miles per hour. Truck speed limits remain at 60 miles per hour. A negligent driver trying to keep up with the flow of traffic may disregard this rule. Since the weather in Washington is always changing, causing the roads to be slick or icy at times with little or no visibility, truck drivers are required to adhere to the slower speed limit.
It is not always easy for a driver of a big-rig or other large commercial vehicle to abide by the speed limit. If you are a truck driver and you are involved in an accident where you were speeding, please contact a local experienced Trucking Accident attorney for help.