On the freeway or on a country road, a car is no match for a huge commercial truck. Just because of their size and weight, large trucks are much more difficult to maneuver than cars. They take longer to stop and cause much more damage to the other vehicle during a collision. With deliveries of goods increasing, there are more trucks on the road these days than ever, and they’re in a hurry to get big loads to their destinations. If you commute every day to work or school, there’s no way to avoid them, so it’s important to learn how to be safe around them. However, if you’re injured in a collision with a truck, you need an experienced Seattle truck accident lawyer to help you get the compensation you need to cover your injuries, income loss, and disability.
More Truck Accidents Than Ever
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, is a federal agency that regulates commercial vehicles and that does research on their operation and safety. According to the FMCSA, between the years of 2009 and 2017, the number of trucks and buses that have been involved in fatal accidents has increased by 42%. Even accidents that are not fatal usually mean that the driver of the car has sustained a serious injury, often one that causes long-term or permanent disability. This type of injury means a lifetime of medical expenses and lost opportunities, with decreased earning capacity.
Causes of Truck Accidents
There are a number of factors that lead to truck accidents. Truck drivers are under pressure from their managers to reach their destinations quickly, and often become overly fatigued from driving for many hours. A driver may be inexperienced or may have loaded the truck improperly, causing weight imbalance on the road. A truck may be poorly maintained and may malfunction during a trip, causing an accident. Sometimes, even drug or alcohol abuse may be involved. Even though agencies like the FMCSA have extensive rules in place to ensure the safe operation of trucks, accidents still happen.
Call to Schedule a Free Consultation With a Seattle Truck Accident Lawyer Today
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, call to schedule a free consultation with a Seattle truck accident lawyer today. The professional legal staff at the law offices of Gosanko, O’Halloran, Lepore PLLC serve the Seattle, Washington area and beyond. You can rely on our experience and dedication to help you maximize the compensation allowed by law when you’ve been injured by a truck. Check out our web page at gosankoohalloran.com or give us a call at 206-275-0700 and let us give you legal advice you can trust. We are always open for safe and free consultations by appointment.