As with passenger car accidents, a major cause of commercial vehicle accidents is distracted driving. In today's digital age, the cell phone may be the most common and dangerous distraction while driving.
Commercial vehicles play an important role in the movement of goods and products throughout Washington State and the rest of the country. They are practically everywhere - from major highways and interstates as they travel long distances, and in local neighborhoods and business districts as they deliver goods to stores and private homes. Because commercial vehicles can be found almost anywhere and at any time of day, it should be expected that some of them will be involved in collisions and crashes with other types of automobiles.
Drunk and drugged driving are dangerous practices because alcohol and certain pharmaceutical and illegal substances can cause drivers to experience changes in the ways they react and perceive their surroundings. When a motorist causes an accident and exhibits signs of intoxication or drug use, Washington law enforcement officials may have them tested to see if they were impaired at the time they caused their crash. Drug or alcohol use while driving can support legal claims based on recklessness and negligence for the recovery of victims' accident-related losses.
In the not-so-distant past, a driver who was unable to get home on their own might call a taxicab to take them from a party or bar back to their residence. While taxis are still in operation in Washington state it is now more common for individuals to use ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft to locate drivers near them who may get them where they want to go.
It is important for vehicle owners to perform regular and necessary maintenance on their cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles in order to ensure that those automobiles remain in safe and working condition. A vehicle that is poorly maintained can put its driver, passengers and others in danger if it fails to respond as it should. Just as private drivers are required to perform upkeep on their personal vehicles, so too must truck and commercial vehicle owners make repairs to the large automobiles that they send out onto the roads.
Seeking legal assistance after a commercial vehicle accident can be an important step in the financial recovery of a victim. In Washington, individuals who suffer harm at the hands of commercial drivers may have rights to pursue their losses through civil claims based on negligence and other causes of action. However, their opportunities to seek recovery may not be limited to just the drivers who were involved in their collisions; other parties may hold responsibility for their losses and suffering.
Drowsy driving is a dangerous form of distracted driving because it may cause a motor vehicle operator to lose control of the automobile when they fall asleep while behind the wheel. Exhaustion plagues all drivers at some point in their lives, but for most individuals who simply drive to get to where they want to go it is not an issue that could threaten their livelihood. However, for long distance truckers and other commercial vehicle drivers, resting and taking sleep breaks can put them off of their schedules and can cause them to lose money.
Fender-benders and minor collisions happen every day on the roads throughout Bellevue, and most of the parties who are involved in these accidents are able to go about their days after working through the details of their crashes. However, as our readers know, more serious accidents also occur that can cause victims to suffer serious bodily injuries and even deaths. One type of accident that can be particularly devastating to victims is a commercial vehicle collision.
Thankfully, aviation accidents happen far less often than car accidents. Nonetheless, they are just as serious, if not more so. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a press release on October 24, 2017 detailing aviation crash statistics in fiscal year 2017 and identifying preventative measures currently being taken to improve those numbers.