If you were injured in a truck accident in the Seattle metro region or anywhere in northwest Washington, call the Quick Law Group, PLLC, in Kirkland, WA. Seattle truck accident lawyer Elizabeth Quick and Matthew Quick have been successfully representing clients in truck and commercial vehicle accident litigation. She is an experienced trial attorney with a network of independent resources available to investigate and prepare a strong case in an effort to obtain a fair settlement or, if necessary, aggressively take the case to trial.
Fighting the Big National Insurance Companies for You
Fighting a truck company and its insurance carrier for full and fair compensation for your injuries resulting from a truck accident means going against the largest corporate interests in America. Make sure your attorney has the experience and trial skills to win.
Why does experience matter in truck accident injury and wrongful death cases? Because truck accident injury cases require an in-depth understanding of common types of truck accidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations, and the strategies truck companies use to defend themselves against damages. Having the right personal injury lawyer on your side can mean the difference between accepting what the insurance company offers and recovering the full and just payment you will need for a lifetime of financial costs.
We will use every resource at our disposal to fight aggressively to help you recover maximum money damages from the trucking company, its insurer and other parties who may be held liable for negligence. Quick Law Group
Protecting Your Rights
Truck companies know they are exposed to heavy liability if a motor vehicle accident is caused because of negligence by their driver or their truck is unsafe for the road. Because of the massive size of the trucks, physics often prevents the driver from making a safe driving maneuver or stopping in time to prevent a serious accident.
Truck accidents in Washington roadways, particularly on I-405 or I-90 or State Highway 519, Highway 520 or Highway 523, can result in multiple car wrecks. Truck companies may have one of their own investigators on the scene within minutes, looking for evidence that will point blame at a car accident victim, and away from themselves.
We Never Represent Insurance Companies or Truck Companies
Some common truck company insurance defense bad faith strategies include:
- Offering a quick settlement before the injury victim has a chance to speak to a lawyer
- Delays in processing the claim until the plaintiff gives up and accepts a low settlement
- Covering up violations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations (FMCSA regulations)
- Requiring excessive and frustrating amounts of medical records and police reports
- Blaming the plaintiff for causing the accident
- Blaming a third party such as a contracted maintenance company or freight loader
- Removing or changing evidence from the scene of the wreck
- Destroying damaging evidence and records
Overcoming these aggressive strategies means knowing the regulations and pursuing an intelligent, effective case, backed by hard evidence of truck company or truck driver negligence. We will use every resource at our disposal to fight aggressively to help you recover maximum money damages from the trucking company, its insurer and other parties who may be held liable for negligence.
How Blind Spots Lead to Crashes
Blind spots often play a role in truck accidents. When truck drivers are not able to see cars in their blind spot, the driver may attempt a lane change and come into contact with the vehicle. Due to their sheer size and because most trucks travel at high rates of speed, this type of impact causes serious damage. In addition to being impacted by the truck, the car might be forced off the road or into other vehicles.
All types of truck accidents can cause back and neck injuries, brain injuries, and broken bones which require serious medical care, both immediate and ongoing. Quick Law Group
An Explanation of Accident Types and Possible Injuries
Operating a semi-truck requires specialized training and knowledge. When a driver is inexperienced, distracted, or has been on the road longer than is legally allowed, an accident is likely.
One of the most common types of incidents is a jackknifing accident. When a truck jackknifes, the trailer of the semi swings out from behind the cab as the truck skids along the roadway. This is catastrophic for any vehicles in the path of the truck. In most jackknife accidents, cars that are in the way will be swept aside or carried along with the truck until it comes to a stop.
This type of impact is extremely serious. Victims can suffer broken bones, whiplash, damage to the spinal cord, traumatic brain injuries, damage to internal organs, and other devastating injuries.
Many times, a jackknifing incident will lead to a rollover. When a truck jackknifes and is unable to stop after skidding along the highway, the next possibility is that the truck will roll over and damage any other vehicles in its way. Rollover accidents have a higher rate of fatality than other types of trucking accidents.
The length and width of a semi-truck mean these vehicles require more space to navigate turns. In order for a truck to make most turns, the driver first has to swing out wide and then cut back. Doing so puts cars in the oncoming lane of traffic at risk. This type of accident is also referred to as a squeeze play accident, because unless the passenger vehicle is able to squeeze past the semi, the car will be struck.
The injuries are similar to those in a jackknife or rollover accident, and can be even more severe if the car is struck head-on by the semi. A large semi barreling down on the front end of a car will result in blunt force trauma to those in the front seats and can cause significant head injuries and brain damage.
Some of the Most Dangerous Highways in Washington
Anytime semi-trucks or other large commercial vehicles share the road with passenger cars, the chance of a devastating trucking accident is high. Some of the most dangerous highways in Washington include:
- Interstate 5: I-5 runs the length of the state, from north to south. As the most heavily traveled highway in Washington, there is a higher likelihood cars will encounter large trucks. Problem areas along this highway are often in construction zones, which are usually populated by large vehicles.
- State Route 522: This route is about 25 miles long and connects Seattle to the suburbs and other interchanges. Anytime one highway intersects with another, there is an increased risk of an accident. When traffic containing large trucks merges with that of a more heavily traveled roadway, such as I-5, wrecks are more likely.
- Interstate 90: This major roadway has been the scene of several fatal accidents involving cars and large trucks.
When large trucks, tractors, and commercial vehicles come into contact with smaller passenger cars, the injuries can be extremely serious. The sheer size of these vehicles can cause total property damage loss and severe personal injuries, ranging from spinal cord and brain injuries to wrongful death.
Factors That Contribute to Trucking Accidents
A trucking accident can be caused by many of the same scenarios that cause car accidents, such as an inattentive driver. Other factors may include:
This is a leading cause of trucking accidents. The equipment needed for a construction job is large and overbearing, and can be difficult for a passenger driver to maneuver or see around.
Poor weather conditions, such as rain, fog, or snow may contribute to a trucking accident. When roads become slick or visibility is low, it is difficult to stop a heavy and fast-moving truck.
Congestion and heavy traffic make it difficult to leave the necessary room between vehicles and may also contribute to a trucking accident.
Increasing Areas of Concern
Past data can shed light on how often trucking accidents occur, the type of injuries that are likely, and the cause and where most accidents of this kind take place:
- Flipped or rolled semis have occurred on I-405 in Bellevue. The injuries which are likely with these accidents include broken bones, head and neck injuries, and organ damage.
- I-5 in Chehalis is a common spot for semi-truck accidents and these wrecks often involve collisions with the guardrail.
- I-90 near Cle Elum sees a fair share of semi-truck accidents.
In the first 75 days of 2017, there were 136 accidents involving trucks in the state of Washington. This is a dramatic increase from 85 trucking accidents in the first 75 days of 2016.
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Our personal injury attorneys represent clients throughout King County, Snohomish, and the communities throughout the Seattle metro and Puget Sound region. If you, a family member, or loved one has been injured as a result of a trucking accident, please send us a message online, or contact us by calling us directly at (425) 576-8150 to set up a consultation.Contact Us