Anyone who has been involved in a car accident knows how scary it can be. Now, imagine adding thousands of pounds and dangerous cargo to the mix and you can get a good idea of how bad a trucking accident can be in terms of injury and damage. In Seattle, particularly, the congestion of our highways can make driving on the road with huge commercial trucks extremely dangerous.
According to the state of Washington, all truck accidents must be reported to the Washington State Department of Transportation if the accident resulted in $1,000 or more in property damage or a person was killed or injured.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a truck accident, be sure to keep the evidence surrounding the crash preserved and have the crash properly investigated. Be wary in conversations with a trucking company’s insurer, as their job is to minimize their costs, NOT provide you with the compensation you deserve. Instead, get in touch with a personal injury attorney that can inform you of your rights and fight for you to get the compensation that you need and deserve.
Whether it is an 18-wheeler or other kind of commercial truck, there are added risks with driving such large vehicles. Knowing this, the federal and state government have enacted safety regulations that owners and operators of these large commercial vehicles follow. These include, but are not limited to:
- Driver qualifications
- Rules regarding truck size, weight, load distribution, etc.
- Safety inspections
- Repair standards
- Drive fatigue prevention requirements
- Drug and alcohol testing
- Logs, records, and certifications on their persons
- Specialized driving training and standards (such as slower speed limits)
When a trucking accident occurs, it is often the smaller motorist that suffers the most damages, even if the motorist was not at fault. If you would like to file a lawsuit against the trucking company, either for negligence or other reason, then know that you have three years to do so before your statute of limitations runs out.
Be sure to reach out to an experienced attorney that has specialized in dealing with truck accidents and have them inform you of your rights and the best next step. You can get a free consultation with our legal experts here at Gosanko, O’Halloran, Lepore PLLC when you give us a call at 206-275-0700.