Trucks are large, powerful vehicles that are extremely useful when it comes to transporting large amounts of materials from one place to another
However, with such convenience comes a greatly increased degree of danger that presents itself whenever accidents occur. The sheer size of a commercial truck puts all other motorists at great risk of injury in the event of a collision.
Trucks are sophisticated machines that require regular maintenance to prevent engine problems and brake failure. In addition, trailer hitches must be regularly inspected to avoid runaway trailer accidents. Brake lights and side reflectors must all be functioning properly. Failure to see a large truck at night could result in either a rear collision or an under-ride collision, in which a passenger vehicle becomes wedged underneath the truck and is dragged.
Truck drivers themselves pose another danger to motorists. According to national guidelines, drivers are not allowed to stay behind the wheel for more than 11 hours straight, and must take daily 10 hour breaks. Unfortunately, many drivers, try to up their earnings by taking on more loads and delivering them faster. It is common for these drivers to take over-the-counter and even illegal stimulants to keep themselves alert and awake.
Not only do these drugs have a tendency to make the user jittery and short-tempered, but users tend to experience deep and crushing fatigue when the substances wear off. These ups and downs coupled with chronic sleep deprivation make a real recipe for disaster.
Negligence can be attributed to truck drivers, trucking companies, and/or the owner of the involved truck when accidents occur. If mechanical failure caused the incident, then the truck’s owner can be held liable for damages. If a driver loses control of his rig for any reason, he should be held liable for damages. If dangerous road conditions, such as poorly paved surfaces or obscured street signs/traffic signals are the cause of the accident, then even the city/governing body of the location in which the accident occurred may be responsible for monetary damages.
In any event, it is important to have someone on your side that can sort through the details of your accident and determine the identity of the negligent party at fault. At the Bernard Law Group, our lawyers will help you to receive monetary compensation to help cover medical bills, physical therapy costs, and possibly even lost wages.
Please call us today for a free consultation, and a knowledgeable Seattle truck accident attorney will examine every aspect of your case to ensure that your rights are upheld in a court of law, and negligent parties are rightfully held accountable for their actions.
Listed below are some of the Bernard Law Group’s significant case settlements and verdicts in cases of this nature:
Automobile accident involving a truck and motorcycle. Plaintiff sustained severe injuries to foot requiring multiple surgeries.
Trucking accident involving truck and automobile. Plaintiff was hit by a truck and required extensive surgery. Disputed liability.
The Bernard Law Group can assist anyone involved in an accident with a truck in Washington state. Contact our office as soon after the accident as possible for a free, no-obligation consultation.
If you have been seriously injured in a trucking accident in any of the following areas, the Bernard Law Group can help you!