Seattle Truck Accident Attorney
Representation for 18-Wheeler or Tractor-Trailer Accident Related Injuries.
Motor vehicle accidents involving passenger vehicles and large commercial trucks or vans can be devastating. The sheer mass of the larger commercial truck or van often results in catastrophic injuries to the occupants of the passenger vehicle. Whether it is a commercial van, an 18-wheeler, a tractor-trailer, a tanker truck, a flatbed truck, or a dump truck, the truck’s greater weight and mass can total any car it hits and seriously injure the occupants. If you have been seriously injured as a result of an 18-wheeler or tractor-trailer accident, or if you have lost a loved one as a result of such an accident, you should consult with an experienced Seattle personal injury lawyer who can help you through this challenging and emotional process. For a free initial consultation and case evaluation with an experienced attorney in Seattle who handles 18-wheeler and tractor-trailer personal injury claims in the greater Seattle area, please contact me.
Injuries arising from a collision with an 18-wheeler or tractor-trailer are often severe, permanent and disabling. Receiving fair compensation for these injuries can make an enormous difference as you build your future dealing with a disability and the medical expenses and life changes that lie ahead. I can help you through this process. I will provide you with compassionate and effective representation designed to maximize your recovery under the circumstances. If we have to proceed to trial, I am an experienced litigator, and I know how to tell your story effectively, so that the jury will understand the devastating effects that the collision had on you or your loved one’s life. For a free initial consultation and case evaluation with an experienced Seattle truck accident attorney who handles 18-wheeler and tractor-trailer personal injury claims, please contact me.
What Causes Semi-Truck / 18-Wheeler Accidents?
One reason for such horrific accidents is that truck drivers often have blind spots and are not able to see other vehicles that may be behind or adjacent to the tractor trailer. 18 wheeler drivers often spend long hours on the road and fatigue can often lead to carelessness or inattentive driving – with serious consequences. When a tractor trailer loses control in an accident, split second decisions can make the difference between life or death for the unfortunate occupants of nearby passenger vehicles. Many truck drivers also fail to follow the speed limits and rules of the road because they are in a hurry to deliver their cargo.
Some truck drivers may also drive while under the influence of stimulants or other drugs in an effort to stay alert during long hauls. Many truck drivers are not properly trained on how to operate such their tractor trailers safely.
As an experienced 18 wheeler accident lawyer I can help you handle claims arising from the negligence of a truck driver or a trucking company. I will help you pursue your case to ensure that you receive full and fair compensation for your injuries.
Beyond trucking insurance companies, as an attorney experienced in dealing with claims arising out of accidents with 18 wheelers and large commercial trucks, I will help you hold responsible those who caused the accident, including the truck driver, the trucking company and the manufacturer of the truck – if there is any evidence of a defective product or improper maintenance.
The Most Common Causes of 18 Wheeler accidents:
- Failure to properly to accommodate blindspots
- Brake failure
- Exhaustion/fatigue on the part of the driver
- Excessive speed
- Failure to follow rules of the road
- Tire failure or separation
- Driving under influence of drugs or alcohol
- Unsecured cargo or freight shifting in the payload section
- Unsafe driving practices
- Improper or inadequate maintenance on the vehicle
Large trucks consistently break the speed limit in order to deliver goods quickly - adding fuel to an already dangerous fire. The sheer size of an 18-wheeler makes for a massive impact and hinders the ability of the truck to make sudden stops. The results are too often tragic, with severe injuries and even fatalities.
As an experienced Seattle truck accident attorney, I have a thorough understanding of the laws governing commercial trucking at the state and federal level and will work hard to ensure that you are treated fairly by the insurance companies and that you received full compensation for your losses through negotiation or litigation.