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Common causes of truck accidents

Just like any other vehicle accident, the actions of passenger vehicle drivers can lead to commercial truck crashes. However, when we investigate these cases, we often discover that the negligence of semi-truck drivers or trucking companies plays a role. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and various state agencies are responsible for regulating truck driver in truck company activity. We often find that drivers and companies violate these regulations. It is not uncommon for us to discover a commercial or semi-truck collision was caused by a driver:

  • Failing to abide by the hours of service requirements
  • Operating while impaired by alcohol or drugs
  • Operating while distracted by a phone or another device
  • Purposely overloading the truck
  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Failing to abide by traffic laws

Additionally, we also find that truck company and operators cause accidents by:

  • Failing to provide adequate training to new drivers
  • Failing to conduct background checks on new hires
  • Not properly inspecting or maintaining their vehicles
  • Encouraging drivers to ignore safety regulations such as weight requirements or hours of service requirements

Most common truck accident injuries

Large truck collisions involving 18-wheelers and tractor-trailers often result in severe injuries. According to data available from the FMCSA, we can see that there were nearly 500,000 police-reported truck accidents across the country during the latest reporting year. Out of these incidents, there were approximately 107,000 injury crashes and 4,415 fatal crashes. The attorneys at Russell & Hill, PLLC regularly help clients who have sustained a wide range of injuries caused by truck crashes. This includes the following:

  • Broken and dislocated bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Concussions
  • Open head wounds
  • Spinal cord trauma with paralysis
  • Whiplash
  • Other severe back and neck injuries
  • Crush injuries
  • Amputations
  • Internal organ damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Severe lacerations or puncture wounds

Contact a Pacific Northwest truck accident lawyer today

If you or somebody you care about has been injured due to the careless or negligent actions of a truck driver or trucking company, the attorneys at Russell & Hill, PLLC are ready to step in and help you today. We have the resources and legal expertise necessary to conduct a complete investigation into the case, determine liability, and secure the compensation you need. This can include:

  • Full coverage of your medical expenses
  • Property damage expenses
  • Household out-of-pocket expenses
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Possible punitive damages against the truck driver or trucking company

When you need a truck accident attorney in Washington, Idaho, or Oregon, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 425-212-9165.

Accidents involving large commercial trucks can be devastating for victims. Unfortunately, the size and weight of these trucks often mean that passengers and drivers inside traditional vehicles sustain severe injuries when a collision occurs. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, our team is standing by to help if you need a Washington truck accident attorney at your side. We have the resources necessary to conduct a full investigation into the incident, determine liability, and secure the compensation to which you are entitled.

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