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Even with the strong Loonie (or maybe because of the strong Loonie) there’s a tremendous amount of trade between the United States and Canada. A lot of the goods traded between the countries are transported by trucks. There are a lot of Canadian truck drivers in Canada. Many of them lack the training or experience of American truck drivers and a sizable minority can’t speak English.

A recent story in the Wenatchee World highlighted the dangers posed by Canadian truck drivers:

A 21-year-old Leavenworth woman was in serious condition after a two-vehicle accident early Wednesday morning near Dryden.

Bernadette R. Paul was in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle Friday morning, a hospital spokeswoman said. She suffered injuries to the right side of her body and to her head in the accident, according to a State Patrol report.

The accident happened about 5:30 a.m. on Highway 2 at Alice Avenue when an eastbound car driven by Paul collided with a westbound semi tractor that did not have a trailer connected.

The driver of the semi tractor, Vasilry Konevitchenko, 57, Abbotsford, B.C., complained of a sore back but refused medical treatment, according to the report.

Under Washington law suit can be filed in one of two places: where the driver lives or where the accident happened. Even if a Canadian truck driver lives in Newfoundland he can still be sued in Chelan County Superior Court if the accident happened in Dryden.

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