If you're a semitruck driver, you know that you carry a heavy responsibility every time you get on the roadway. Your vehicle is hundreds of times heavier than the average car. It's also exponentially slower, harder to maneuver and more difficult to slow it down. In fact, a semitruck at the hands of an irresponsible truck driver is a fatal and catastrophic accident waiting to happen.
The law that applies to semitruck accident claims is different from the law that applies to normal car crash claims. That's because semitruck drivers and transportation companies must adhere to an array of different rules and regulations that apply to the commercial trucking industry and their drivers. When a semitruck driver violates one of these many laws, an injurious or fatal auto collision results, the driver and his or her employer will likely be liable for any related financial damages.
A semitruck full of potatoes struck a transit bus late last month injuring five people. According to first responders, the semitruck driver went through a red light on State Route 395 at approximately 3 p.m., on a recent Tuesday, then crashed into a transit bus in Kennewick.
Have you ever been driving down a three-lane highway and found yourself sandwiched between two semitrucks? It's frightening to get stuck between two 18-wheelers like that, and you probably drove as quickly out of that hole as you possibly could -- and with good reason. Collisions are often catastrophic and fatal when they happen between a passenger car and a big rig.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), truck drivers who suffer from sleep apnea represent a serious national concern. There are numerous commercial truck drivers on our nation's highways being forced to drive through the night, skip sleep and drive their vehicles while they're extremely fatigued. When this situation is combined with a driver who suffers from sleep apnea, the driver will be even more fatigued, and more likely to fall asleep at the wheel.
Commercial truck drivers need to be careful not to hit the smaller, lighter and more nimble vehicles that surround them on Washington's highways. The drivers of small vehicles also need to take precautions, which can prevent an injurious or fatal crash.
Washington residents hurt in truck crashes caused by negligent drivers will be able to pursue financial damages in civil court. However, just because you file a claim for compensation does not mean that you will succeed in getting an award in your favor. You will therefore want to handle the preparation for filing your personal injury lawsuit carefully with a close attention to detail.
Common sense will tell you that a semi-truck versus car accident usually causes far greater damage than an accident between two passenger vehicles. However, what you may not realize is that personal injury claims involving commercial trucks have different elements to consider than normal crashes.
Car accidents claimed the life of one teenager and seriously injured another person last week. The first accident involved a 15-year-old girl who died running across Interstate 5. The second accident involved a semi-truck collision that left one person seriously injured.
Semi trucks are big, heavy, slow-moving and extremely difficult to stop. That is why their tires need to be in the absolute best possible shape at all times. Indeed, a good set of tires could provide the ability to stop and maneuver to avoid a potentially fatal or injurious car accident.