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.
The National Transportation Safety Board found that the tragic duck boat crash in 2015 in Seattle, Washington, was caused by improper maintenance and mechanical failure. Five people died in the crash and 69 people were injured. The NTSB also blamed loopholes in federal oversight for the accident, and further noted that passengers lacked sufficient protection like seatbelts and that the seats they sat on were severely deformed, all of which caused the crash to be more severe than it should have been.
The widely popular Pokémon Go smartphone game is taking the world by storm. Fifteen million Pokémon players have downloaded the application, and according to some experts, they are putting themselves — and others — in danger, and thereby creating a serious liability hazard. Many Pokémon players have walked or driven straight into peril, and suffered or caused car accidents, truck accidents, bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents and injuries as a result.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident involving a semi or large commercial truck in the state of Washington, you probably already know how devastating the injuries can be. Victims often understand they may be entitled to take legal action if the accident occurred due to negligence, but many do not understand how important it is to hire an attorney. Unfortunately, you cannot simply sit and wait to be compensated for the damages you have suffered, even when it is clear that the accident was not your fault.