Injured in a Rollover Crash With an Overturned Tractor-trailer?
Protect your rights with Kent truck accident lawyer Zach Herschensohn
When you’ve been injured in a rollover crash with an 18-wheeler, Kent truck accident attorney Zach Herschensohn can help you maximize the value of your claim so that you don’t have to pay out of pocket for someone else’s mistake. The Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC has earned millions in settlements and verdicts for injury victims throughout the Seattle metro area and takes pride in helping you get the compensation you need and deserve. Learn how an experienced Kent truck accident lawyer can help you. Contact us today for your free consultation.
Getting hurt in a rollover accident with an overturned semi-truck or tractor-trailer can have life-altering consequences. You’ve been badly injured and you’re in pain. Your car’s been totaled. You can’t work. Your bills are starting to pile up and you’re beginning to worry you’ll never be able to move on from your crash.
Give yourself some peace of mind. Kent truck accident attorney Zach Herschensohn is powerful advocate who will take an aggressive approach toward investigating your crash and building a strong case on your behalf. Whether it’s through settlement negotiations or by way of a personal injury lawsuit, you can count on getting real results.
What causes a truck to roll over?
Any time a truck driver loses control of a tractor-trailer or semi-truck, there’s a chance its wheels can lose contact with the road and the whole truck can overturn in a rollover accident. Due to their high center of gravity, 18-wheelers are more prone to rollover crashes – especially if the truck driver or trucking company has been acting negligently. Some of the most common causes of rollover truck accidents are:
- Trucker negligence: The majority of rollover truck accidents can be traced back to preventable mistakes made by the truck driver due to negligence. This can include:
- Speeding or driving too fast for conditions
- Going through a curve or bend too fast
- Fatigued driving
- Distracted driving, such as reading or sending a text
- Braking too quickly
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Improper cargo load: A tractor-trailer’s cargo is supposed to meet certain weight requirements and be evenly distributed so it doesn’t throw off the semi-truck’s balance. If cargo isn’t loaded properly, it can contribute to a rollover accident. Tanker trucks are also vulnerable to sloshing, where the liquid being transported inside the truck’s cargo tank sloshes in different directions and can cause the semi-truck to overturn.
- Dangerous weather conditions: Hazardous weather such as snow, sleet, ice, heavy rain and high winds can wreak havoc on an 18-wheeler, and if the truck driver doesn’t adjust for these dangerous conditions, it can lead to the tractor-trailer overturning.
- Inadequate truck maintenance: Trucking companies should routinely inspect and maintain all the commercial vehicles in their fleet, but some employers cut corners to save money and end up putting dangerous trucks out on the road. Whether it’s worn out brakes or tires without enough tread, failure to properly maintain an 18-wheeler can result in a rollover crash.
- Defective truck parts: If a semi-truck overturned due to engine failure, faulty brakes, defective tires or any other issue that can be traced back to the truck manufacturer, that company could potentially be held responsible for damages.
Let Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC explain your legal options
If you’ve been injured in a rollover accident with an overturned semi-truck or 18-wheeler, you probably have a lot of questions. You may not know who’s responsible for the crash, but you do know someone needs to be held accountable. There could be multiple parties involved – including the truck driver, trucking company, shipping company, broker or truck manufacturer – and you may be having trouble trying to navigate the whole process. Or worse yet, someone’s insurance company could be trying to blame you for the accident.
Let our law firm protect your rights. Kent truck accident attorney Zach Herschensohn will leave no stone unturned to get you the compensation you’re entitled to. He isn’t intimated by big trucking companies and he knows how to handle insurance companies. He will listen to you, answer your questions, lay out your legal options, and give you honest advice on whether or not he thinks you have a case worth pursuing. Best of all, we’ll tackle your case on a contingency fee basis. That means you don’t pay anything unless we win. See what Herschensohn Law can do for you. Contact us today for your free consultation.