According to a June 2017 article in Patch, Seattle police are looking for a semi-truck driver involved in an accident that injured a driver.
The accident happened early on a Thursday morning along I-5 and near Seneca Street. A 60-year-old man was driving a minivan and clipped the rear of the semi-truck as he tried to change lanes. As a result, the car flipped onto its hood.
Police say the driver of the semi continued driving after the minivan flipped onto its hood. Police consider the car accident a “hit and run” because the semi-driver did not stop after the accident. The minivan driver was taken to the hospital where he was treated for his injuries. One of the injuries the minivan driver suffered was a broken arm.
It is not known whether the minivan driver will sue the semi-truck driver for his injuries once the driver is located. Negligence is a factor in all car accidents. In accidents where the plaintiff is at fault, recovering damages is still a legal option.
Understanding Negligence in a Seattle Accident
Negligence is the failure to protect an individual or property from harm while completing a task. Whether a person is operating a motor vehicle or treating a patient, they have the responsibility of protecting them from harm.
When an individual causes an accident, they may be negligent. They did something wrong that caused the accident. However, not all negligent actions actually led to harm. For instance, a driver could hit a pedestrian, but not injure them. In this case, the pedestrian may have a hard time proving they deserve damages.
Connecting an Injury to a Defendant’s Negligence in a Seattle Accident
To win a personal injury claim, an injured victim must establish they were actually injured by the defendant. Washington personal injury law often assumes a victim of an accident was not injured or was already injured at the time of the accident.
That is why the burden of connecting an injury to the defendant’s negligence is so important. One way to prove negligence is by showing the victim would not have been injured if it wasn’t for the defendant. The victim can also show that the defendant was the indirect cause of their injury. This means the defendant did not directly cause the accident, but their actions led to the victim’s injury.
It is only after connecting an injury to the defendant’s negligence that the injured victim can present damages. Damages are bills connected to the injury like:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
Contact Gosanko & O’Halloran for Help with Your Seattle Truck Accident
You were involved in a Seattle accident that was not your fault. Maybe you shared partial blame forth accident. It does not matter. You have been injured and need financial help to recover from your bills related to the truck accident. Contact us today for help.