Truck Accident Causes
If you have ever driven behind or beside a tractor trailer or other commercial truck, you have no doubt had your nerves tested. Trucks have larger blind spots than cars, and they often carry excessive loads which make them top-heavy. In addition, drivers of big rigs and 18-wheelers are often tired, many having traveled hundreds or thousands of miles within a short time. These are just some of the factors that can lead to a personal injury from a truck accident.
Additional causes include the following:
- Poor truck maintenance leading to failed brakes or safety systems
- Inadequate driver training
- Driving at excessive speeds for weather conditions or curves
- Driving under the influence
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Poor visibility
- Oversized loads
Truck Crash Statistics
Because trucks are so heavy and large, frequently carrying more than 70,000 pounds, the damage caused by a truck accident is often extreme. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Large Truck Crash Overview, in 2010 there were more than 20 million personal injury accidents involving large trucks. These crashes resulted in 80,000 people injured and 3,675 killed.
Here in Washington State, we have our fair share of truck accidents. According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, in 2011 there were 3,160 truck accidents, 74 of which resulted in serious injuries or deaths. If you have been in a trucking accident and are looking for a trucking accident lawyer, consider contacting Anderson Law, PLLC, in Bonney Lake, for your free consultation.
Insurance Claims for Trucking Accidents
If you have been involved in a semi-truck accident, a crash with a big rig, or an incident with any other commercial truck, the crash may be the fault of the truck driver or company. In this case, the party at fault should be held accountable. Filing a insurance claim with an experienced attorney can help you recover damages to your vehicle as well as pay your medical bills. Moreover, it will allow you to focus on recovering your health while we deal with the insurance companies.
Contact Anderson Law, PLLC
Anderson Law, PLLC is devoted to holding those at fault for our client’s injuries accountable. Our involvement with your case will help allow you to concentrate on your recovery with peace of mind. Call today for a free consultation: (253) 862-1811 or toll free at (855) 754-7282.