As most Washingtonians know while out driving on Western Washington's busy roadways, sharing the roads with large trucks can be challenging. Unfortunately, commercial vehicle accidents with large trucks can result in serious injuries to victims which is why they should be familiar with the legal resources to help protect them when they have been injured by a negligent truck driver or trucking company.
Depending on the circumstances and relationship between the parties in some instances, a negligent truck driver, negligent truck company or both may be liable for the damages and harm suffered by the victim. The trucking industry is heavily regulated and any violation of those regulations that results in serious or catastrophic injuries to victims may be the basis for liability and demonstrate trucking company negligence or truck driver negligence.
Truck drivers and trucking companies may be considered negligent if a truck accident results from an improperly loaded truck that is over the legal limit or has an improperly secured load; if the truck is poorly maintained; if the truck driver is fatigued and driving beyond mandated limits requiring rest and other breaks; if the truck driving is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol; or if the truck driver is driving while distracted. All of these behaviors may be considered negligence and can result in truck accidents, leaving victims with catastrophic injuries as a result.
Negligent truck drivers and trucking companies can be a danger to passenger vehicles sharing the roadways with semi-trucks that greatly outweigh them in size. As a result, truck accident victims should understand the legal resources available that can hold a negligent truck driver or trucking company responsible for the physical, financial and emotional damages they have suffered in an unexpected truck accident.