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Trucks are easily the largest and heaviest vehicles you could come across while driving. Did you know that a fully loaded commercial truck can weigh more than 25 times as much as a typical car? That’s right – a fully loaded 18-wheeler can weigh up to 80,000 pounds.
When these large vehicles hit other vehicles, the damage is often catastrophic. This is true even for collisions that occur at low speeds. Many truck accident victims suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries. In both cases, survivors or their grieving family members are saddled with unaffordable expenses. Survivors and their family members may have options to recover compensation for their damages by filing a truck accident lawsuit.
If you suffered injuries or lost a loved one due to a truck accident, then contact a Seattle truck accident lawyer. You can call Herschensohn Law PLLC for a free consultation to discuss your situation. We can explain your possible legal options to recover compensation. We also have a contact form on our site that you can use to describe your situation.
Why Commercial Trucks Are Dangerous
A commercial truck accident can be far more dangerous than an accident between two passenger vehicles. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, large truck crashes accounted for nearly 5,000 fatalities and over 100,000 injuries in 2006 alone.
These accidents are not always caused by negligent truck drivers. Sometimes, they are caused by unforeseen hazards on the roadway or the negligence of other drivers. Truck accidents can also be made more dangerous by the substances the truck is carrying.
In either case, it is important to seek legal assistance right after a truck crash, as evidence from the scene of an accident can quickly disappear. Accidents involving commercial trucks are likely to cause extensive damages, so you want to give yourself the best possible chance of recovering compensation.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Common causes of truck accidents include:
- Fatigued and overworked truck drivers. Drivers typically drive long distances for many hours with very little rest. Even though there are laws in place to protect from fatigue-related accidents, they continue to happen at an alarming rate. Certain health conditions, such as untreated obstructive sleep apnea, may also cause a fatigued driving accident.
- Alcohol and drug use by truck drivers. This includes prescription medications that can cause vision-related side effects.
- Poor driver training and truck maintenance. In these cases, the company responsible for employing the driver could be held responsible — in addition to the driver.
- Distracted drivers. When driving for many hours at a time, it’s natural to become bored and look for other forms of entertainment. With a truck driver, this urge can lead to fatal accidents.
Common Truck Accident Injuries
Common injuries caused by truck accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries. The impact force of colliding with another vehicle can result in serious injury to the brain. This type of injury may not be immediately evident following an accident but could be caught during a medical evaluation.
- Broken bones. This may occur due to the blunt force trauma suffered during an accident. With bigger trucks at faster speeds, bones could be completely shattered, which could lead to a life-long deformity.
- These are frequently found in collisions between commercial and passenger vehicles. There’s always a chance the fuel tank could rupture, or a vehicle could catch on fire, which may lead to serious or fatal burns.
- After a truck accident, limbs and extremities may need to be amputated. This is considered a life-altering injury and could have significant consequences for your personal injury claim.
- Spinal cord injuries. You could suffer a spinal cord injury after a truck accident. The impact forces involved with a truck crash could damage your spinal cord, resulting in permanent paralysis.
If you have suffered any of these injuries, our Seattle truck accident lawyer can help you determine what types of compensation you may be eligible to receive.
Proving Your Truck Accident Case
In order to win a personal injury lawsuit following a severe truck accident, you’ll need to prove the following:
- First, you must prove the defendant — whether the driver, the trucking company, or someone else — owed you a duty of care. All drivers on the roadway owe a legal duty of care to other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.
- Second, you must prove the defendant failed to exercise a reasonable level of care, thus breaching his or her duty of care to others on the roadway.
- Third, you must prove the defendant’s failure to exercise a reasonable level of care directly caused the injury suffered by you, the plaintiff.
Contact Our Seattle Truck Accident Attorney for Representation
Have you or a loved one been injured in a truck accident? We can help you determine if it would be possible to recover compensation by filing a lawsuit. Depending on the circumstances, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the driver or other parties.