Because trucks are many times the size and weight of regular passenger vehicles, the chances of severe injury or death are many times greater than in other kinds of motor vehicle accidents. Although truck accidents are less common than other kinds of motor vehicle accidents, they’re far more catastrophic. In the last year for which data is available, 51,000 of the 286,000 truck accidents recorded caused injury, and nearly 3,000 led to deaths.
Truck drivers cause serious accidents through negligent behavior involving:
- Distracted driving
- Exceeding federally mandated hours of service restrictions
Trucking companies can also carry liability in truck accident cases through such careless behavior as:
- Overweight trucks
- Unrealistic schedules
- Poor equipment maintenance
- Failure to provide adequate training
- Failure to properly screen truck drivers during the hiring process
Proving fault in truck accident cases can be very difficult because of the many factors involved and the need to identify specific types of negligence from multiple parties. Both trucking companies and their drivers are subject to myriad federal and state regulations in place to promote safety, and successful claims require extensive knowledge of these laws.
The Seattle truck accident lawyers at the Hornbuckle Firm have decades of experience handling these complex cases, and we understand the issues involved. We will work with a team of accident reconstruction experts who will carefully investigate your case to uncover signs of negligence. This will give you the edge you need when seeking compensation for your damages.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, please contact The Hornbuckle Firm today to schedule your free consultation. We proudly serve clients in Seattle and Bellevue, Washington, and we accept cases from all states across the country.
Bellevue, Washington 98007
Phone: (425) 679-0742