Truck accidents can affect a large number of people. Those injured in the accident, the family members of those injured in the accident, and the drivers who cause the accident are all a part of mishap whenever a large truck collides with any other type of vehicle. Truck accidents can be caused by driver negligence, truck malfunction, or dangerous road conditions that render safe driving practice ineffective. Regardless of what caused the accident, it is always important to have a Washington State trucking accident attorney on your side to ensure that your rights as a motorist are upheld in a court of law.
Truck accidents can result when a truck is not properly maintained. Faulty brakes are a major cause for any motor vehicle accident, and truck accidents are no exception. Braking too hard too quickly can result in rollover accidents, another danger that is characteristic of truck accidents. Similarly, a truck may jackknife. That is, the truck’s trailer may pivot at the trailer hitch and begin to travel up towards the cab of truck, ultimately forming a “V” shape and wreaking havoc on all nearby motorists. Worn trailer hitches are also a problem that can lead to accidents, particularly when hitches fail and the trailers they were latching onto runaway from the traveling truck and into traffic.
Driver negligence is another cause of truck accidents. As reported by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the speed limit in the state of Washington is 60 miles per hour for all vehicles driving on all types of roads. However, the one exception is that on rural interstates, the speed limit for all vehicles, except for trucks, is 70 miles per hour. On rural interstates, the speed limit for trucks remains 60 miles per hour, but reckless driving habits, or simply keeping up with the flow of traffic, can cause a negligent driver to lose control of his truck and cause an accident. In addition to driver inattention, drivers being under the influence of illicit substances and stimulants can also cause truck accidents on Washington’s roads and highways.
If you or a loved one has been a victim in a trucking accident, don’t hesitate to contact the skilled Seattle big rig accident attorneys at the Bernard Law Group. We will fully investigate every detail of your case, from the truck involved to the truck driver, the road conditions, the trucking company involved and their history, and law enforcement reports. Call us today for a free case evaluation.
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