Our state has thousands of miles of highways in which semi-trucks and commercial trucking vehicles travel. According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, there were 3,940 reported accidents involving large trucks in 2016, resulting in 39 fatalities. Seeking compensation for Washington trucking accidents often requires expertise in both state and federal laws. Liz Quick and Matt Quick are personal injury attorneys in Kirkland, WA, who have the compassion and knowledge to meet your needs during this difficult time. Our team can aggressively pursue repayment for all damages and suffering you have incurred. Email us or call (425) 576-8150 today to learn more.
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.
Why Choose Us?
The attorneys at Quick Law Group, PLLC, take on all types of accident cases and work with specialists so you can receive the best care for your injuries. We strive to obtain full compensation rather than getting a partial payout or settlement. We do not shy away from trial, and will not accept anything less than what you deserve.
An accident involving a truck is likely to cause catastrophic damage. Victims involved in trucking accidents frequently face long-term rehabilitation and care needs.
In addition, trucking accidents can include claims that certain federal regulations were not followed, which is a unique area of the law and one that we are familiar with. Our thorough approach can discover details which could make all the difference in your case.
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An accident involving a truck is likely to cause catastrophic damage. Victims involved in trucking accidents frequently face long-term rehabilitation and care needs but our team can help. If you have been in an accident, schedule a consultation with Liz and Matt Quick. Contact us using our online form or call us at (425) 576-8150.