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Washington Truck Accident Attorneys
An experienced truck accident lawyer is necessary to work on the unique challenges of dealing with truck accidents whether they are truck rollovers, big rig accidents, log truck accident or a jackknife truck. 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.
Unique Truck Accident Challenges
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.
Who's At Fault In A Truck Accident?
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! You will have a knowledgeable truck accident attorney 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.
Truck Accident Settlements and Verdicts
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.
What Injuries Can A Truck Accident Victim Suffer?
Truck and semi truck accident lawyers know that collisions involving large vehicles are very different from passenger vehicle accidents.
While many injuries can be associated with both types of accidents, truck accidents often lead to more severe levels of injury.
Some common truck accident injuries include:
- Broken or Fractured Bones
- Spinal Cord Damage
- Brain Damage
Truck accident victims who seek the help of our truck accident lawyers should rest assured that their case will be in good hands.
To help you understand why attorneys can file lawsuits to recover compensation for truck accident injuries, we put together a list of factors that help to prove that parties involved in the collision may have been negligent.
- Overloaded trucks
- Lack of trucking experience
- Ignoring speed limits
- Ignoring traffic laws
- Drowsy driving
- Distracted driving
- Operating oversized trucks on narrow roads
- Failure to adjust to truck’s blind spots
- Lack of proper truck and trailer maintenance
- Lack of proper truck driver supervision
- Hiring unqualified drivers
- Lack of proper training
- Driving a truck for long periods of time
- Failure to take required breaks
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When pursuing legal action against a negligent party in a truck accident, our truck accident attorneys will work to establish that the accident was caused due to negligence.
They will work to establish what should be considered part of the truck driver’s duty of care, demonstrating that there was a breach of that duty that led to the crash.
That includes checking whether the driver and the truck company involved in the accident adhere to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations.
According to the FMCSA, truck drivers must maintain a logbook of hours driven and document hours of service as well as rest breaks.
They must also meet legally-mandated maintenance requirements, load truck cargo according to federal rules, and must never use alcohol or controlled substances. Drivers should also not drive more than ten hours per work day.
What Are Some Of The Leading Causes Of Semi Truck Accidents?
Many victims of truck accidents suffer tremendous injuries. What’s worse, many of the accidents exposing residents to risks are preventable.
Below is a list of some of the most common causes of truck accidents.
- Poor truck maintenance — Trucks that aren’t maintained correctly become dangerous as parts fail to function properly due to wear and exposure to dust or humidity.
- Driver error — Many drivers ignore traffic laws, drive longer hours than they should, and will act recklessly. Drowsy and distracted driving are also major issues.
- Cargo-related issues — Commercial trucks are often loaded improperly as companies face pressure to deliver greater contents at a fast rate. Unfortunately, contents may end up spilling out onto the road, increasing the risk of crashes.