Semi-truck accidents often result in devastating or fatal injuries. Victims of these traumatic accidents have to deal with long-term emotional, physical and financial repercussions. Fortunately, Washington statutes provide a legal remedy: By diligently pursuing a claim, victims can recover damages and receive financial compensation for their losses.
Trucking Companies Must Meet Legal Mandates
To protect everyone on the road, the law imposes additional regulations on commercial semi-truck drivers and trucking companies. Trucking companies have specific state and/or federal rules and requirements with which they must comply that don’t apply to regular, non-commercial drivers. When trucking companies violate these rules, they may be negligent and legally responsible for victims’ damages should an accident occur.
Interstate trucking companies must comply with dozens of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules, which dictate everything from allotted working hours and time behind the wheel to using electronic devices. For instance, some of the FMCSA laws state that trucking companies and truck drivers:
- cannot drive while fatigued or ill (§ 392.3);
- cannot text or use a hand-held mobile telephone while driving a commercial truck (§ 392.82);
- must meet all licensing requirements and be able to produce proof thereof (§ 380.113); and
- cannot work for more than 14 hours straight and must have 10 hours off duty in between shifts (§ 395.3).
Uncovering Negligence in Your Case
Should a driver or company be in violation of one of the FMCSA’s laws, the truck accident victim’s attorney can use that as evidence to support the victim’s claim.
If you were involved in a truck accident, find a local attorney who specifically handles semi-truck accidents. A good lawyer will be well-versed in all the FMCSA laws, able to ascertain whether the truck driver was in violation of any of them and can use these findings to substantiate your case.
If your attorney investigates your case and discovers that the driver or trucking company was, in fact, in violation of a federal or state law, he or she then can use that evidence to negotiate with the company or its insurer for a fair settlement.
Ensure You Get Fully Compensated
Truck accident victims often sustain severe injuries and must contend with exorbitant physical and psychological damages. If there was negligence or carelessness involved, victims can recover monetary compensation for:
- medical bills;
- future treatments;
- physical therapy and rehabilitation;
- transportation costs for medical appointments;
- prescriptions and medical devices;
- lost wages;
- reduced working capacity;
- temporary or permanent disability;
- mental anguish;
- counseling and psychological treatments;
- loss of enjoyment in life; and
- pain and suffering.
It’s important that victims acquire legal counsel before filing a claim. This is because an attorney will be able to advocate for your best interests and will have the wherewithal to fight the big trucking companies so you are fully compensated for your damages.
Free Consult with an Attorney in Bellevue
To speak to a truck accident attorney who handles cases in Bellevue and the surrounding areas, contact Max Meyers Law PLLC. Call today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation – or visit our contact page.