We are learning of a recent crash near Burien that highlights the dangers of accidents with large trucks. The crash happened at the intersection of South 96th Street and Eighth Avenue in an unincorporated area of the county. The incident involved a semi truck and two passenger vehicles and two patients were taken to the hospital in serious condition.
We looked at some of the photographs if the damage done to the passenger vehicles involved in the crash. The were totaled, but the truck did not seem to have any damage at all. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we are here to help if you need a Seattle truck accident attorney for a crash caused by someone else’s negligence. We know that you need compensation for all of your medical expenses.
Trucks Present Challenges
In the story discussed above, it is evident that passengers in regular vehicles are at risk of major harm when involved in large truck collisions. When fully loaded, large trucks weigh tens of thousands of pounds. These are large vehicles with respect to both weight and overall size. They can affect large areas around them. It is not uncommon for us to see the following injuries as a result of crashes with large trucks:
- Spinal cord trauma
- Head injuries/traumatic brain injuries
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or amputations
- Major internal bleeding
These injuries require extensive and often ongoing medical treatment that can become expensive. For many households, if an income earner is critically injured, then the entire family will be put into financial jeopardy.
When it comes to large truck crashes, one of the biggest problems is vehicle failure, which is almost always preventable. If truck owners or operators perform regular inspections and maintenance on their vehicles, they lower the chances of one of the following systems failing at high speeds:
If a company does not regularly maintain their vehicles, they should be held liable for any damages and injuries they cause.
It is also important that truck drivers operate their vehicles responsibly. This includes following the posted speed limits, not carrying more weight than allowed, and operating within the specified number of hours daily. Fatigued driving is dangerous when it comes to such large vehicles. Under no circumstances should a truck driver be impaired by drugs or alcohol or while distracted by their phones or other devices.
What Happens Now?
You do not have to handle the aftermath of a truck crash alone. If you or a loved one have been injured due to another person’s negligence, please seek legal assistance. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to investigate your case so we can recover the compensation you deserve. This can include:
- Compensation for your medical expenses
- Lost income if you cannot work
- Coverage for pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages