As with any vehicle, accidents can happen at any time and in any place. Various factors contribute to these accidents, such as poor road conditions, inclement weather, and low visibility, to name a few. However, some factors are within our control, and if the driver is not staying properly informed or using extra caution can cause disastrous outcomes.
Those unfortunate enough to be involved in a truck accident will no doubt see not only their life change in an instant but those around them, like family and friends, and the same goes for other parties in the accident too. The most common causes of a Bothell truck accident, within the control of the drivers, are:
To help eliminate some of these causes, the FMCSA limits how long a truck driver can operate without a break. Should the driver violate this rule, they can potentially fall asleep at the wheel, thus putting their lives and others on the road at risk. We see this all too often in today’s technologically advanced world: distractions like drivers using their cell phones or GPS systems while driving.
Even if for only a quick look, it doesn’t matter. An accident can still happen the moment you take your eyes off the road. Drivers are prohibited from driving while distracted or under the influence of any drugs or alcohol. In regards to proper maintenance, truck companies regularly inspect and repair the vehicles. Any company that is negligent or lackadaisical to follow maintenance protocol endangers the drivers and everyone else on the road.
It may seem obvious that the bigger the truck, the greater chance for significant damages. For example, an 18 wheeler or tractor-trailer involved in an accident will likely be much more severe than, say, two smaller-scaled trucks. Truck accident injuries range in severity and include:
Driving a commercial truck is a pretty big responsibility. You have to be aware of your surroundings at all times and stay focused on the road while driving. Truck drivers are also mandated to follow a strict set of guidelines from the Federal Motor Vehicle Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA). If truckers do not stay focused, you are likely to become involved in an accident, and truck accidents are anything but small. The damages done in a truck accident are harmful to all parties involved, no matter who is at fault.
If you were injured in a Bothell truck accident, to protect your rights, you need to consult a professional Bothell truck accident attorney from the Russell & Hill, PLLC as soon as possible. Call our office at 800-529-0842 to schedule a consultation with a member of our team.