In 2012, there were nearly 4,500 accidents involving commercial vehicles or heavy trucks in Washington, according to the 2012 Washington State Annual Collision Summary. These accidents resulted in more than 950 injuries and 43 fatalities. When a semi-truck accident is caused by negligence, victims have a form of legal recourse in which they can file claim against the responsible party for restitution.
Truck Accidents Have Disastrous Consequences
The size and weight of a semi-truck turns it into a potentially deadly force when involved in an accident. Victims of truck accidents often sustain extremely severe injuries with lifelong consequences. Common injuries include:
- head trauma and brain injuries;
- broken and crushed bones;
- internal bleeding and organ damage;
- spinal cord injuries and paralysis;
- amputations; and
- severe burn injuries.
Many Semi-Truck Accidents Are Preventable
When victims are seriously wounded in a semi-truck accident, the question “Why did this happen?” often replays in their minds. Sadly, most semi-truck accidents have preventable causes, making the subsequent pain and suffering of an accident all the more difficult to bear.
Some truck drivers may work more hours than the law allows. They don’t get the rest and recuperation they need, operate while fatigued and tired, and put others on the road in danger.
The other primary cause of truck accidents is distraction. Distractions include eating, grooming and texting. Using handheld cell phones and texting while driving are both illegal in Washington – not to mention against federal trucking regulations – but that doesn’t mean drivers obey the rules. This is very disheartening, considering the fact that using an electronic device while driving triples the risk of crashing, according to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI).
Other causes of truck accidents include:
- poor weather conditions;
- driving under the influence;
- failing to obey traffic laws;
- speeding; and
- driving aggressively.
Calculating the Value of Your Claim
If you or a loved one was involved in a truck accident, you may be able to file a claim for compensation. Compensable damages include medical bills (both current and future), lost wages, loss of working capacity, pain and suffering, and mental anguish, among others.
There isn’t an exact formula for calculating the value of a claim. Rather, the extent of your damages, the degree of fault for all the involved parties, and the circumstances surrounding your accident will determine its value. You can discuss your case with an attorney who will be able to go over the facts of your accident, estimate how much your claim is worth, and help you chart a plan to pursue financial restitution for your injuries.
Hire an Attorney after a Semi-Truck Accident in Seattle
If you or a family member were injured in a semi-truck accident in or near Seattle, feel free to call Max Meyers Law PPC to discuss your case. Contact us to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today at 855-502-7960.