Speeding Semi-Truck Accidents
Semi-trucks and 18-wheelers are a common fixture on the roads in Washington State, including Kirkland, Seattle, Olympia, and Bellingham. The majority of the time trucks are perfectly safe and they do not cause any damage or problems. However, there are occasions when semi-trucks cause serious accidents. The number one reason for accidents, should there be one, is because of a semi-truck or 18-wheeler speeding too fast.Speeding Semi-Truck Accident Laws
When accidents with semi-trucks or 18-wheelers occur, the primary reason is the driver is simply driving too fast. Another term for this is a semi-truck that has driven too fast for conditions. If you are struck by a semi-truck or 18-wheeler truck who is traveling too fast for the road, then you may have a claim against the owner of the 18-wheeler or truck.
There are two sources of fault when there is an accident with a speeding semi-truck that is not your fault. It is either the driver’s fault or the company’s fault who employed the driver. On some rare occasions, there can be a combination of both.
Common reasons for truck accidents when the driver is at fault:
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Driver inexperience
- Driver inattention
- Driver distraction
In order for a commercial driver to be on the road in Washington State, operating a semi truck or 18-wheeler, the driver needs to have what is called a CDL or a commercial driver’s license. To get this license, 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 truck accidents are the result of driver error, there can also be instances when the truck company is at fault. Common reasons for ruck accidents when the company is at fault:
- Brake problems
- Vehicle maintenance issues
- Tire blowouts
- Hiring a driver who has a history of speeding
Sometimes truck companies fail to properly maintain their vehicles and they put their drivers in trucks that are not safe. There could be a variety of reasons for this. These range 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 company shares responsibility for the accident they caused.
There are times, however, the insurance company for the truck company will attempt to conceal internal company documents that show how neglectful the company has been in properly and safely maintaining their semi-truck or 18-wheeler.Common Speeding Truck Accident Injuries
If you have been in an accident with a speeding truck, chances are you are facing serious Injuries or even life-threatening injuries. Semi-trucks or 18-wheelers are enormous vehicles that can cause significant damage if the truck is speeding and crashes with a normal-sized vehicle.
The most common injuries associated with speeding truck injuries are:
- Hurt necks
- Shoulder and back pain
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
If you have suffered any of these injuries because of being hit by a speeding truck, 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.
The most common kinds of healthcare providers to treat people who have been in accidents with 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 truck that has been speeding too fast for conditions, 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 truck. While it is not common, there are also instances when the truck company’s insurance company may allege that you were either partly or completely at fault for the accident, even if it is obvious the truck was speeding much too fast for conditions. 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 speeding truck accident, feel free to call for a free consultation to discuss your case.