The driver of a passenger car was killed this morning when he crashed into the back of a semi that was parked on the side of the highway. The accident occurred on southbound Highway 167 near Auburn when the 29-year-old driver smashed into the rear end of the parked tractor-trailer. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the truck was not injured in the crash. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
Large trucks often have to stop on the side of the road because of mechanical problems or shifted loads, or even to get some rest in order to comply with hours of service obligations for commercial drivers. However, truck drivers are required under federal law to immediately activate the truck's hazard lights and place warning devices on the traffic side of the truck at distances of 10 feet and 100 feet from the disabled commercial vehicle. Failure to follow these safety precautions may make it difficult for other motorists to see the disabled vehicle.
If you were injured or someone you love was killed in a crash involving a large truck, contact the experienced Seattle accident lawyers at Peizer, Richards & Ziontz at (206) 682-7700 to discuss your case. The Seattle accident lawyers at Peizer, Richards & Ziontz handle personal injury and auto accident cases in Seattle, Alki, Ballard, Beacon Hill, Bellevue, Bothell, Brighton, Broadmor, Broadway, Fauntleroy, Fremont, Georgetown, Green Lakes, Hazelwood, Kenmore, Kirkland, Laurelhurst, Madrona, Medina, Mercer Island, Metum, Midlakes, Queen Anne, Rainier Beach, Redmond, Renton, Richmond Beach, Shoreline, Wallingford, and Yarrow Point. Our Seattle car accident lawyers offer a free, no-obligation consultation in all personal injury and auto accident cases.