If you have driven on any of the Washington State Highways, you must have noticed many large trucks including 18 wheelers on the roads. Most of these trucks pose no risk to the general vehicle, especially in Seattle, but in case of an accident, there are serious consequences. One of the common reasons for such almost fatal accidents is the truck being overridden or under-ride.
In case you don’t understand the term, it means the scenario when a vehicle (usually a car) is run over by a semi truck or an 18 wheeler. These accidents are mostly fatal, as the car gets stuck under the truck, further complicating things.
The common situations for truck overriding accidents to occur are when the driver loses control of the truck due to the following:
- The truck is speeding
- Truck is not maintaining a proper distance from the vehicle ahead.
- The road is slippery, due to snow, rain, etc
- Low visibility, due to weather conditions, like rain, fog, etc.
- The driver is sleepy, or exhausted
- An inexperienced, incompetent or inattentive driver
- Mechanical faults in the truck, like faulty brakes or old tires
- The truck suddenly changes lane
Washington State Override and Underride Trucking Accident Laws
Commercial vehicles like semi trucks and 18 wheelers have to follow more government policies and regulations than other vehicles. For instance, unlike the noncommercial vehicles, commercial ones are restricted from entering the residential areas. Moreover, these are also insured by larger insurance policies.
Causes of Override and Underride Truck Accidents
If the accident with a commercial vehicle happened without your fault, it could be the fault of the driver or that of the truck company.
In the event of the driver being at fault, one or more of the following might be a reason.
- The driver is tired or sleepy
- Driver’s inexperience
- Inattentive or distracted driver
Moreover, the driver needs to have a CDL, which stands for a Commercial Drivers License. To obtain this type of license, a person has to go through a series of tests including fitness and driving tests, in addition to a complete background check.
However, some companies aren’t responsible or diligent while hiring drivers. And some are even lax on maintaining their vehicle properly. For example, they don’t replace tires on time or service their vehicles on required intervals. As a result, even an experienced driver is unable to retain control of such vehicles. In fact, it is the responsibility of the company that the truck is completely safe and sound before it gets on the road. So, if one of the following is the reason for the accident, it is considered to be the company’s liability.
- Tire blowouts
- Jammed or faulty brakes
- Vehicle maintenance
- Hiring irregularities.
However, despite being at fault, most companies prefer fixing the blame on the driver of another vehicle damaged in the accident.
Common Override or Underride Truck Accident Injuries
Some common injuries for those surviving such an accident are listed below.
- Neck injuries, due to jerk, sprain, etc.
- Head injuries, including bleeding, concussions, trauma, etc.
- Spinal injuries
- Muscular pains and ligament tears
- Bone fractures
It’s nothing short of a miracle if you have survived a truck overriding accident. But nevertheless, you are still going through a lot of pain. As to treat injuries like those mentioned above, you’ll need assistance from experienced medical practitioners.
How The Jackman Law Firm Can Help
Apart from the injuries and pain you sustain, another cause of worry are the constant calls that you receive from the truck company’s insurance team. Not to mention, increased expenditure on medical treatment, despite losing the regular wage. If you are going through such severe situations, don’t worry. Jackman Law Firm will help you get compensated for the following.
- Recover money lost in wages.
- Get compensation for the medical bills
- Compensation for the pain and suffering
Additionally, there might be a scenario, as in most cases, where the truck company tries to blame you for the accident. In that case, the Jackman Law Firm will stand between you and the trucking company to prove your innocence. And for that, we can arrange video footages, eye witness accounts, etc. Besides, we can also investigate the company internally to find out if they were regular in maintaining their vehicles or hiring drivers.
For any doubts or queries about an override trucking accident, feel free to call us for a free consultation.