According to The Seattle Times, a new study commissioned after Seattle’s slow response in March to a toppled truckload of fish on Highway 99, knocks the city for a lack of coordination and training, and failing to get tow trucks to crash scenes quickly enough.

A truck hauling a load of salmon overturned on the southbound lane of Highway 99 tuesday afternoon, casuing major traffic delays. March 24, 2015 fish

A truck hauling a load of salmon overturned on the southbound lane of Highway 99 tuesday afternoon, casuing major traffic delays. March 24, 2015
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Image courtesy of http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/transportation/traffic-experts-tell-seattle-to-fix-car-wreck-response/ (Seattle Police Department).

When it comes to clearing car accidents, Seattle lags behind other cities.

In the recent report, national experts say that the city should get tow trucks to crash scenes fasters, establish a clear chain of command and boost enforcement against unsafe commercial vehicles — to avoid a repeat of the March 24th incident in which a toppled fish truck blocked traffic on southbound Highway 99 for nine hours.

Seattle can take lessons from Los Angeles, New York City, even the Washington State Department of Transportation, which deploys one of the nation’s most emulated incident response teams a mile away on Interstate 5, the study noted.

The city’s transportation director, Scott Kubly, said his agency will shirt its philosophy from the old model of “safety, property, traffic” toward “safety, traffic, property” so that clearing the road takes a higher priority.

If you were injured or a family member suffered wrongful death or were injured in an accident, please consult the DARYL GRAVES LAW, PLLCWe are available 24/7 on our on-call attorney line at 253-691-4453.

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