In the state of Washington, there are many causes of commercial vehicle accidents, including speeding, DUI, and improperly loaded trailers. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a truck accident, please contact our experienced Edmonds personal injury lawyers today to arrange a free consultation. We will help you recover full compensation.
Causes of Commercial Vehicle Accidents | Speeding
If there’s one very important factor about semi-trucks and heavy trucks you should know, it is that they cannot stop as fast as a passenger vehicle or truck. Since they’re heavier, it takes them longer to stop. Speeding truck drivers may not have adequate time to react if they run into a traffic jam or if another vehicle suddenly pulls out or swerves in front of them. Speeding is one of the main causes of these types of accidents.
Causes of Commercial Vehicle Accidents | DUI
As a professional driver with a CDL, truck drivers have a different standard when it comes to driving while under the influence. Someone who gets behind the wheel of a passenger vehicle isn’t considered to be driving while under the influence unless their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level is .08% or higher. Someone with a CDL may not have a BAC higher than .04%. Also, many prescription drugs and OTC drugs may also cause impairment.
Causes of Commercial Vehicle Accidents | Improperly Loaded Trailer
Drivers aren’t always responsible for loading and securing the trailer. When a trailer isn’t properly loaded and secured, the load may shift when the driver takes a turn or even when the driver accelerates or brakes. When the load shifts, the trailer may roll, jack knife, or propel the cab of the truck to continue to move forward causing an accident.
Whatever the cause of your accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical expenses, future medical care, rehabilitative care, missed time from work, permanent disfigurement, disability, pain and suffering, and more. Families who lost a loved one may also be entitled emotional damages. If you want to learn more, schedule your free consultation with an Edmonds truck accident lawyer right away.