Runaway Truck Accidents

There are many trucks and trailers on roads nowadays. Many times, these lose truck lose control and their inability to stop causes an accident. These are called runaway truck accidents. There can be various causes of such an accident. These include speeding trucks, brake-failure or an inattentive driver, etc.

State Runaway Truck Laws in Washington

In Washington, semi-trucks fall in the commercial vehicle category. Therefore, there are stricter guidelines for insurance and also more government regulations.  Those of the semi-trucks which do not fall in the category of the commercial vehicles do not conform to the strict guidelines by the government. The rules are somewhat lenient for them and they can enter streets and the neighboring areas, while the commercial vehicles cannot enter them.

In a runaway truck accident, either the driver or the truck manufacturer is at fault. It’s a rarity that both can be at fault, but there’s a chance that it may be so.

Reasons for a runaway truck accident when the truck driver is at fault –

  • The driver is overworked
  • Inexperienced
  • Inattentive
  • Misled by distractions

The driver of the commercial truck needs to have a commercial driver license to drive in Washington.  It is generally difficult to obtain this license as there are tedious tests that one is supposed to pass. To get this type of license, the commercial driver has to pass various fitness tests and also a check is done for his background. Also, the companies ought to have these checks done when somebody applies for a CDL. But in most of the cases, these checks are omitted.

As per the past instances, it has been found that it is mostly the driver’s fault when it comes to runaway truck accidents. However, the chances of the truck manufacturer being at fault cannot be overlooked.


Causes of runaway truck accident when the truck manufacturing company is at fault –

  • Tire blowouts
  • A defect in the brakes
  • Improper maintenance of the truck.

Below are some of the reasons for truck accidents due to improper maintenance by the truck manufacturing company.

  • Old and defective brakes
  • Old tires
  • Mechanical issues that need checking

In the above-mentioned cases, the truck company is responsible for the accident. Also, there are chances that the insurance company of the truck manufacturers will hide the facts and the documents supporting the cause of the accident and the negligence of the company.

If you have been involved in a runaway truck accident, you may have had the following injuries which are common in these cases:

  • Brain injury
  • Whiplash
  • Breaking of bones
  • Displacement of disc

Such injuries may have a lifelong impact. These require medical treatments for complete recovery. The types of medical professionals usually contacted for such injuries are chiropractors, osteopaths, physiatrists, massage therapists and physical therapists.

How The Jackman Law Firm Can Help

Also, it is very likely that you had to take leave from work because of the physical injuries. Hence both work and wages suffer. You may lose months of wages and suffer financially. But you do not have to go through this all alone. The Jackman Law Firm can help you to claim money for the various mental and physical injuries you had to face after this accident. You can rely on the professional guidance and years of expertise of our firm. We can collect all possible evidence that makes the odds of you winning the case heavier. Any video footages of the accident can be collected by us along with the police statements etc. We will make sure that you get your much-deserved claim for your suffering and injuries.