Big rigs, semi-trucks, and 18-wheelers when mishandled are rolling disasters waiting to happen. These vehicles are a force on the road. Truck accidents cause serious injuries or death to occupants of passenger vehicles, pedestrians, and bike riders. The cause of the accident is almost always somebody’s negligence. Persons who have suffered injuries in a trucking crash, or lost a loved one in a truck accident, may be entitled to compensation.
Driver negligence is the main cause of truck crashes. The sheer weight and size of big trucks is the reason that truck accidents are deadly. A truck takes a lot longer to stop. An out of control truck can cause mayhem. The mistakes of truck drivers come in many different forms, including:
There can be other causes for a truck crash as well:
Often multiple parties are legally liable in a truck crash. In that case, compensation may be available from one or more of the following:
Figuring out all the persons and companies who are responsible for a truck accident can be complicated. Companies may be located out-of-state. More than one big insurance company may be involved. Medical payers want to get repaid via subrogation. Multiple issues can arise and delay or prevent you from getting a fair recovery.
Government regulation is also very important in these matters. The federal and Washington State governments regulate the trucking industry. Many of the regulations are safety-related. If a trucker or trucking company violates any regulation, that violation can provide the basis for liability. Violations are determined through detailed investigation and analysis of the circumstances of the accident. Working with the Department of Transportation and knowing applicable regulations is helpful.
Insurance companies are big players in almost all trucking injuries.
If you received serious injuries in a truck crash, and that crash was the trucker’s fault, you may be entitled to compensation for both economic and non-economic damages to include:
If you lost a family member in a trucking accident caused by negligence, the personal representative of the estate may be able to file a wrongful death action. These lawsuits provide compensation for specific beneficiaries of the deceased person. Money can be recovered for:
Securing fair payment for a truck crash can be a challenge. Trucker’s insurance companies are full of seasoned investigators and aggressive lawyers. They have no plans to pay you what you deserve. If an adjuster calls you, choose your words carefully or tell that person to talk with your Seattle truck accident lawyer.
The Statute of Limitations is a deadline by which you must settle or file a lawsuit. Miss the deadline and you lose your claim. Washington State has a three year Statute of Limitations for negligence. There are other deadlines for other situations. Consult with a truck accident lawyer about your deadlines. File or settle your case before it’s too late.
Truck accidents are more complicated than passenger vehicle accidents. You will benefit if you have a Washington truck accident lawyer to pursue your claim for compensation. Here’s what your Washington truck accident attorney can do for you:
Truck accidents occur every day. The large volume and weight of trucks account for the seriousness of injuries.
The types of trucking accidents are described by the cause of the accident or the way the collision occurred. Examples include head-on, rear-end, underride, side-impact, jackknife, rollovers, tire blowout, wide turn, blind spot, and lost load.
90% of trucking accidents are truck and truck driver error – FMCSA. The most common causes of trucking accidents are mechanical and driver error. Mechanical causes of trucking accidents are malfunctioning brakes, rollovers, blind spot accidents, swinging turns, tire blowout, overloaded cargo, falling debris. Driver error causes of trucking accidents are driver fatigue distracted driving, alcohol and drugs, speeding and overtaking, poor training and maintenance.