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How Does Trucking Company Negligence Impact Seattle Accident Cases?

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Commercial vehicle accidents are some of the deadliest accidents on Seattle roadways. Due to their overall size and weight difference, smaller passenger vehicles are no match for semi-trucks.

Large truck accidents can sometimes be attributed to adverse weather conditions. However, in many instances, the accident can be attributed to driver error or negligence on the part of the trucking company.

Sadly, trucking companies often focus on profits rather than vehicle safety, creating dangerous situations for other motorists.

If you have been injured in a collision with an 18-wheeler, you must hire an experienced attorney who can determine who is responsible for the accident.

Our truck accident lawyers have in-depth experience helping injured victims seeking compensation for their injuries and pain and suffering. Contact our Seattle law office to schedule a free case evaluation today.

What are the Most Common Examples of Trucking Company Negligence?

When individuals are involved in commercial vehicle accidents, it is natural to blame the driver. The general public perceives driver error alone as the most frequent cause of trucking accidents.

Although driver errors such as speeding, distracted driving, or driving under the influence are frequently cited in accident reports, many trucking companies share liability for accidents.

Some examples of trucking company negligence include:

  • Hiring unqualified drivers
  • Poor vehicle maintenance
  • Lack of driver training
  • Negligent loading policies

Because of the high turnover in truck driving jobs, many companies do not scrutinize new drivers as thoroughly as they should. As a result, many drivers need more skills and training to operate commercial vehicles safely.

However, one of the most frequent examples of trucking company negligence is when dispatchers push drivers to operate over their legal Hours of Service (HOS). Trucking companies are often more concerned with drivers delivering their loads early so they can go on to their next load.

Our well-trained attorneys have comprehensive experience in determining negligence in commercial vehicle accidents. Our legal professionals are happy to evaluate your case to determine what negligent actions led to the accident.

How Do Commercial Vehicle Accident Victims Prove Negligence?

Washington state law dictates that specific legal criteria must be met for accident victims to be able to claim their injuries were caused by negligence. State law defines negligence as failure to use ordinary care or reasonable care a reasonable person would use under similar circumstances.

The injured party bringing the claim is the plaintiff, and the negligent party is the defendant.

The plaintiff must be able to demonstrate the defendant was negligent by using legal standards established by Washington state law.

  • The defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care.
  • The defendant failed to exercise their duty of care properly.
  • The plaintiff suffered damages.
  • The defendant’s actions directly led to the damages incurred by the plaintiff.
  • Finally, the injuries were predictable based on the defendant’s actions.

Proving negligence in an 18-wheeler case can be challenging because most trucking companies have legal teams whose only task is finding loopholes to deny or undervalue claims.

However, our well-trained personal injury lawyers are familiar with trucking companies’ unscrupulous methods and will fight aggressively to prove negligence and obtain the compensation you deserve.

How Can Your Personal Injury Law Firm Help Me if I Have Been Injured in a Trucking Accident?

If you have been injured in an accident with a large truck, you will need time to rest and recover from your injuries.

Our personal injury law firm is dedicated to helping accident victims recover fair compensation for their injuries. When you come to us for help, we will meticulously evaluate your case and determine who should be liable for the negligence that contributed to your accident.

Our legal team can assist you with completing the confusing claim form and ensuring it is turned in on time. Additionally, our truck accident lawyers will act as your legal advocate with the insurance company to negotiate a settlement that meets your needs.

Unlike other firms that focus on profits, we are client-centered and will work to ensure that you receive a financial recovery that will pay for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Contact Buckley and Associates in Seattle, Washington, at 206-558-8441 and ask to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your legal options.

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