Semi Truck Accidents
Washington Semi Truck Accident -- Personal Injury Attorney Provides Legal Representation for Seriously Injured Victims of Semi Truck Accidents in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
Legal Help for Washington Semi Truck Accident Victims
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident involving a semi truck in Washington, Idaho or Oregon, the semi truck lawyers at The Farber Law Group may be of assistance to you.
Motor vehicle accidents involving large trucks including semi trucks, 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, big rig, single-unit trucks and cargo van weight more than 10,000 pounds, have a higher fatal accident rate per mile travelled than passenger cars and trucks. When a car and a truck collide, more than likely, the occupant of the car will be the one who suffers serious injuries, disability, or death. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, in 98% of the accident cases in which there is a death when a semi-truck and a passenger vehicle collide, the person killed is an occupant of the passenger vehicle.
Washington state has a great deal of trucking traffic travelling the major corridors of I-5, I-90, US-2, I-84 and I-405 and we read about semi truck accidents occurring on a frequent basis. In 2009, there were a total of 3,380 deaths due to semi truck collisions in the United States and 453 of them were in Washington State. 58% of these crashes occurred on major roads, 31% on interstate highways and freeways and 11% on minor roads. Accidents involving semi trucks are more likely to occur between 6am to 3pm.
Trucking is a hard job and drivers have to contend with icy and snowy roads, weather and the maintenance of their vehicle. However, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the most common factors in large truck accidents are:
- Driver fatigue
- Legal drugs
- Driving too fast for prevailing road conditions
- Failing to provide a proper look out
- Road unfamiliarity
- Feeling pressure caused by the trucking company.
If you have been involved in an accident caused by a semi truck company, the semi truck attorneys at The Farber Law Group advise you to speak with an attorney before speaking to the trucking company's insurance adjuster. Because trucking companies are large companies, they have a lot of resources and attorneys to minimize their damages and dispute fault. We recommend that you do not sign anything until you consult an attorney.Your Rights
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or a loved one killed due to an accident involving a semi truck due to the trucker's negligence, you have a right to compensation for your damages including medical costs, loss of wages, and pain and suffering. Hiring an experienced truck accident lawyer can insure that your rights are protected and that you receive the full amount of damages to which you are entitled. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney will fight for you and represent the interests of you and your family.Semi Truck Accident Cases
Semi truck accident claims are typically more complicated than your run-of-the-mill car accident cases. This is because there are multiple parties involved. Some truckers are independent contractors and drive their own rig while others lease their rig or drive a truck owned by a trucking company. Bringing an injury accident claim against those liable for your injury may be difficult because there may be multiple insurance companies involved. A knowledgeable trucking accident attorney will request the driver's log, fuel receipts, drug testing and any black box data or evidence to use in your case.Your Damages
Often those who have been injured in semi truck accidents have serious or devastating injuries which require multiple surgeries, lengthy hospital stays, therapy and rehab. Some accident victims are left with a permanent disability. You may have many questions including: "Who will pay for my treatment?" "Who will pay to replace my car?" "How will I handle my bills and claims adjusters?" Your personal injury attorney can help you with all aspects of your claim. No question is too small. Answers to other Common Motor Vehicle Accident Questions can be found here.The Farber Law Group is Here to Help
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or permanently disabled in a Washington semi truck accident, the Farber Law Group is here to help. Call us TOLL FREE at (800) 244-9087 or through our Contact Form. We will provide you with a Free, Confidential, No Pressure consultation and begin to answer your questions.