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

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What Causes Truck Wrecks in Renton?

Posted Friday, October 7, 2022 by Chris Thayer

In one way or another, vehicle size causes most large truck wrecks in Renton. A fully-loaded large truck weighs over 80,000 pounds. This size magnifies aggressive driving and other errors. Little mistakes that noncommercial drivers get away with are usually negligence, or a lack of care. That is especially true since the duty of care is so high in truck wreck cases. Additionally, large trucks are so big that these drivers must bring every bit of their experience and skill to bear in every moment of every trip.

Vehicle size also complicates these claims. Truck crashes often cause catastrophic injuries, like spine injuries. The lifetime medical bills in such instances often exceed $5 million. Additionally, trucks are loaded with goods from another company. The company that owned these goods, or the shipping or transportation company which employed the driver, is financially responsible for damages, in most cases. Because of these additional dimensions, only the most experienced Renton truck wreck lawyer should handle these cases.

*Aggressive Driving* We mentioned aggressive driving above. Most companies pay most drivers by the trip and not by the hour. So, the faster they finish trips, the more money they make. Some examples of aggressive driving include:

As mentioned, Washington truck drivers have a higher duty of care. Therefore, there’s usually no such thing as an aggressive driving “accident.” Pretty much any excess velocity, tailgating, or anything else is negligence, or a lack of care.

*Impaired Driving* Some truck crashes start before the trucker gets behind the wheel. The aforementioned duty of care requires truckers to be at their best, mentally, physically, and otherwise, when they hit the road. Some kinds of impaired driving include:

Compensation in a truck crash case usually includes money for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering. A Renton personal injury lawyer can obtain additional punitive damages as well, in some extreme cases.

*Reach Out to a Thorough King County Attorney* Injury victims are entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in Renton, contact Pivotal Law Group, PLLC. Virtual, home, and hospital visits are available.