Most commercial trucking accidents leave a devastating trail of injuries and destruction in their wake. It’s easy to see why. Trucks are huge. They’re made with tons of steel and pack a deadly punch against anything that is unlucky enough to get in their way as they make their way down the freeways and interstates in Washington State and elsewhere. If you are in a passenger car that collides with a commercial truck, you are likely to sustain life-altering injuries that will change your life in profound ways. Unfortunately, most commercial trucking accidents are preventable if not for the negligence of operators behind the wheel. The aftermath of a trucking accident can leave those involved nursing injuries for the rest of their lives.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a commercial trucking accident, you likely have a slew of questions about how to lodge your claim against the negligent party. There may be more than one person who is liable for your injuries. These types of cases can be quite complicated and require expert representation. Russell and Hill is standing ready to review your case. We have been helping accident victims recoup their losses and receive the compensation they deserve for years and have the negotiating and litigating power to help you.
Simple driver error is often the cause of a trucking accident. However, in some instances, the at-fault operator of the truck may be in violation of federal safety standards, such as when he fails to take a required rest break or is hauling an overloaded trailer. In some cases, the at-fault party is not only the driver of the truck, but also the trucking company who hired him. This is particularly true if the driver in question has a history of negligent driving or drunk driving. Trucking companies must also practice due diligence to ensure that drivers do not alter their log books and that they are sufficiently rested before getting behind the wheel; if they don’t, they can be held directly liable for the injuries that drivers cause.
Compensation in a trucking accident depends largely on the severity of your injuries and whether or not you are left with any temporary or permanent disabilities. Most awards of compensation include money for:
If you are the family member of a person who was killed during a trucking accident, then you may be able to file a wrongful death claim to recoup financial loss and non-economic loss that resulted from the person’s premature death.
Don’t delay in getting your case into court. Washington State set the statute of limitations in personal injury cases like this at three years. After that time, you cannot be assured of collecting anything for your injuries. Call our Bremerton commercial trucking accident attorney now to schedule your free consultation today.