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Washington, D.C. conference brings up fears of truck safety

If you've even been involved in a truck accident, you know how dangerous it is. The weight of the vehicle can crush smaller cars and trucks, causing serious and fatal injuries. Your situation may require a claim that you file with the help of your attorney to get the compensation you need, but others have taken another step. They want to protect people from these accidents by advocating for truck safety in Washington, D.C.

A news report from Oct. 17 discussed the dozens of families who have been victims of truck accidents. They came together to share stories and hopes for safer truck usage at the Truck Safety Coalition Sorrow to Strength conference.

One woman who volunteers with the organization started to do so after her family was impacted by a truck accident. Her stepfather and mother were both killed in an accident that involved at least eight vehicles.

The crash was what you could only describe as a worst-case scenario. The double-trailer truck swerved to avoid a crash, but in doing so, its second trailer ended up in a second lane of traffic, causing the woman's mother's vehicle to collide with it. Then, as she spun, another tractor-trailer hit her vehicle again. The vehicle was cut in half.

This conference helps victims speak up and discuss what they'd like to see happen in the area. For instance, new legislation could increase the trailer size on these vehicles to 33 feet instead of 28, which could potentially be even more deadly on the roads. That could also increase the weight of the vehicle, allowing it even more potential for damage.

Source: KOMU 8, "Local truck crash victim advocates for truck safety at U.S. Capitol," Haley Hughes, Oct. 17, 2015

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