Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Handling Personal Injury Claims in the Seattle Area and Throughout Washington Since 1995

My name is Chris Thayer and I am a personal injury attorney practicing in downtown Seattle. I handle personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death claims throughout the greater Seattle area, including Issaquah, Mercer Island and Kirkland.

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What Causes Truck Crashes in Washington?

Posted Friday, September 2, 2022 by Chris Thayer

Since 2009, the number of large truck wrecks has increased by a staggering 47%. When these cases go to court, they are incredibly complex. Truck crash victims usually sustain severe burns, head injuries, internal wounds, and other catastrophic injuries. As a result, the medical bills often exceed $100,000. Additionally, most truckers have licenses in several different states. That makes evidence collection difficult. Finally, the shipping or transportation firm that owns the truck, usually an out-of-state conglomerate, is financially responsible for damages, at least in most cases.

A Burien personal injury attorney helps victims get through this trying experience. Attorneys immediately connect victims with doctors and other providers who usually charge nothing upfront for their services. Then, our team does the dirty work and collects evidence that supports your claim and refutes insurance company defenses. Much of this evidence, like electronic evidence, is unavailable at the scene. Finally, when the case goes to court, we never stop fighting for you. The long and winding road that leads to fair compensation begins with determining the cause of the wreck.

*Driver Impairment* Driver error causes about 98 percent of the truck wrecks in Washington. Some specific driver errors include:

The Safety Maintenance Report, which is a multistate driving record, helps a Burien personal injury attorney obtain valuable information about these impairments and their underlying problems, like sleep apnea (fatigue) and a history of alcohol use (drugs).

*Aggressive Driving in Burien* Trucks are so large and so heavy, and the driver’s line of sight is usually so poor that almost any aggressive driving violates the duty of care. That’s especially true in Washington, where common carriers, like truckers, usually have a higher duty of care. As a result, almost any driving error constitutes negligence, or a lack of care.

Excessive speed may be the most common form of aggressive driving. Velocity multiplies the risk of a wreck as well as the force in a collision.

Other kinds of aggressive driving include tailgating, making an unsafe lane change, and failing to obey a traffic control device. Aggressive truck driving is especially common on surface streets. Many truckers aren’t used to sharing the road.

Connect With a Dedicated King County Attorney

Injury victims are entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in Burien, contact Pivotal Law Group, PLLC. Attorneys can connect victims with doctors, even if they don’t have any money or insurance.