On October 4th, 2005, Tony Qamar, a leading University of Washington seismologist, and Daniel Johnson, a University of Puget Sound geophysics professor, were killed by the driver of a Logging Truck. At the time of the crash, the Truck driver was high on methamphetamine. The Truck driver was also speeding and his Truck was overloaded. In addition, the Truck involved in the crash had not been properly maintained and repaired. I, along with one of my partners, represented Tony’s surviving wife and daughter.
Following his death, Tony’s wife took up the cause of changing the law to prevent this type of incident from injurying or killing another incident person and to make our public highways safer. Through her crusade, the Washington State Legislature passed a bill which put into effect stricter rules and regulations for the operation of Trucks upon Washington State’s roadways.
It is the hope that with this bill and continuing efforts to push for Truck safety that Washington State roadways and roadways across our country will become safer.