Pickup Truck Accidents
Pickup trucks are everywhere in Seattle, Kirkland, Olympia, Bellingham, and all across Washington State for that matter. A pickup truck is used for two primary purposes: either personal use or business use, such as for a construction company needing the truck to haul items. The use of the truck has important consequences for how legal cases can be brought against the owners of trucks.
The most common trucks in the USA today are:
- Ford F-150
- GMC Sierra
- Dodge Ram
- Honda Ridgeline
- Chevrolet Colorado
If you have been in an accident with these trucks, you have the legal right to bring a claim against the owner of the truck or the company owner of the truck.Reasons for Washington State Pickup Truck Accidents
If you have been injured by a pickup truck in Washington State, you have the right to bring a claim against the truck’s owner. It’s important to understand who owned the truck that was involved in the accident with you. The owner could be a person or a business. If it is a person, you must make a claim against the truck owner’s insurance company.
For these kinds of cases, there is just a normal insurance policy involved. In Washington State, to be on the road, a car must have at least $25,000 in insurance. A driver could pay to have more, but that is legally all they have to have.
However, if the truck is owned by a business and the truck was being driven for business purposes at the time of the accident, then you have the option to bring a claim against the business that owned the truck. For these kinds of cases, there is what is called a commercial insurance policy. A commercial insurance policy is normally much larger than a normal insurance policy. The commercial insurance policy could be more than one million dollars in value.
If the truck is being used for business purposes, here are common reasons the truck is being used for business purposes:
- Lawn services
- Hauling equipment
- Hauling dirt and garbage
- Moving household goods, such as beds and couches
In situations where the pickup truck is being used for business purposes, there are two possibilities. There are two sources of fault when there is an accident with a truck that is not your fault. It is either the driver’s fault or the pickup truck company’s fault. On some rare occasions, there can be a combination of both.
Common reasons for pickup truck accidents when the driver is at fault:
- Driver fatigue
- Driver inexperience
- Driver inattention
- Driver distraction
In order for a commercial driver to be on the road in Washington State, operating a pickup truck, they need to have what is called a CDL or a commercial driver’s license. This kind of license is not easy to obtain. A driver must pass a background check and pass several fitness tests as well. In addition, responsible companies should also have internal background and fitness checks with which they screen their applicants. However, as you can imagine, companies do not always do their due diligence in hiring a trucker for their company.
While the majority of pickup truck accidents are the result of driver error, there can also be instances when the pickup truck company is at fault. Common reasons for pickup truck accidents when the company is at fault:
- Tire blowouts
- Brake problems
- Vehicle maintenance issues
- Failing to properly screen or vet drivers
Sometimes pickup truck companies fail to properly maintain their vehicles and they put their drivers in pickup trucks that are not safe, for a variety of reasons, ranging from brakes that are aging and faulty, tires that are bald and need replacing, and other mechanical issues that need addressed and fixed. If this is the case, the pickup truck company shares responsibility for the accident they caused.
There are times, however, the insurance company for the pickup truck company will attempt to conceal internal company documents that show how neglectful the company has been in properly and safely maintaining their pickup truck.Common Pickup Truck Accident Injuries
If you have been in an accident with a pickup truck, chances are you facing serious injuries. These vehicles are usually quite large, larger than normal cars or SUVs most commonly on the road. The most common injuries associated with pickup truck injuries are:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- ACL or MCL tears
- Broken bones
If you have suffered any of these injuries, the likelihood is not good that these injuries will resolve on their own. In most instances, you will have to see a medical professional to help you recover. Aside from primary care doctors, the most common kinds of healthcare providers to treat people who have been in accidents with pickup trucks are osteopaths, physiatrists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and physical therapists.
Any of these healthcare providers can render quality care to you and they likely know the appropriate specialist who can treat you if you have been injured by a truck.How The Jackman Law Firm can Help
If you have been injured by a pickup truck, then you are likely in one of the more difficult times of your life. You are likely facing phone calls from insurance companies, medical appointments, you may be losing money from work since you are unable to work, and many phone calls from insurance companies. If this is the case, why go through this process alone? The Jackman Law Firm can help you recover:
- Money for lost wages
- Money for pain and suffering
- Money for medical bills
- Money for lost wages
The Jackman Law Firm can assist you with all of these things. In addition, we can stand between you and the insurance company for the pickup truck. While it is not common, there are also instances when the pickup truck company’s insurance company may allege that you were either partly or completely at fault for the accident. If this unfortunate and untrue allegation is brought against you, then you need an attorney who can help you.
The Jackman Law Firm can assist you by sending subpoenas for any video footage that may have captured the accident, interviewing witnesses and bystanders, and speaking to the police, assuming an investigation was done. If it is clear that the vehicle was not properly maintained, then the Jackman Law Firm has the resources and experience to investigate the company internally and find out if the company was failing to properly maintain their vehicle, such as not checking and fixing their brakes, making sure the tires are properly maintained and inflated, and making sure the vehicle is safe to be on the road.
If you have questions about your pickup truck accident, feel free to call for a free consultation to discuss your case.