Kent Truck Accident Attorney
Helping the Victims of Semi-Truck & Tractor-Trailer Collisions
Were you injured in a collision with a large semi-truck? Was your loved one killed in an accident with a commercial truck or vehicle? Dore Law Group, PLLC can help you take legal action to hold the liable party accountable and recover the fair compensation you are owed.
With over 25 years of experience, Kent truck accident lawyer Jim Dore understands the challenges you are facing. He also understands what you are up against—trucking companies and their insurance providers will often do everything they can to devalue or deny your claim. It’s important that you work with a personal injury lawyer who knows how to thoroughly prepare your case in order to set you up for the best possible chance of success.
How Trucking Accidents Differ from Other Types of Motor Vehicle Accidents
Commercial trucking accidents are different than other motor vehicle accidents in a variety of ways:
- First, commercial truck drivers must adhere to specific guidelines that govern their conduct, such as how many hours they may drive within a specified time period. These rules are designed to ensure that drivers get sufficient rest and to protect the public from fatigued commercial truck drivers who may be tempted to drive without adequate sleep in order to make more money.
- Second, commercial drivers are subject to various standards governing transportation. In some cases, an accident may have been caused by a load that weighed in excess of permissible requirements or that was not properly secured. In a commercial trucking accident, we often hire independent trucking accident investigators to determine whether these or other factors caused the accident.
- Third, if the driver is employed by a company, the company will usually be responsible for the driver’s activities. This is important because the trucking company may also be responsible for the accident, in addition to the driver.
Trucking companies also have a responsibility to employ safe drivers. In some instances, companies might employ drivers who have significant driving incidents (such as driving-while-intoxicated convictions or numerous driving accidents), or a driver may continue to drive for a company even after his or her license is revoked.
Who Is Liable for a Truck Accident?
In most car accident claims, the involved parties are the two drivers. In a truck accident, however, there is a much larger number of parties who may carry at least partial responsibility for the collision, complicating the claims process and making it far more important to work with an experienced attorney. Potentially liable parties may include:
- The truck driver
- The trucking company
- A truck part manufacturer
- A shipping or loading company
- A third driver
Trucking Accident Injuries Can Be Devastating
Commercial trucks and 18-wheelers have a massive size and weight advantage over cars, motorcycles, and other passenger vehicles on the roadways. As such, a truck can cause life-changing or even fatal injuries to other motorists in the event of a collision, both during the initial impact and in the immediate aftermath.
Some of the most common injuries suffered in trucking accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries / paralysis
- Amputation / limb loss
- Severe burn injuries
- Broken bones
- Back and neck injuries
- Internal organ damage
NHTSA Truck Accident Statistics
More trucks are on US roadways now than ever before, causing the risk of being involved in a truck accident to rise with each passing year. These risks can be seen in the following nationwide truck accident statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's most recent study of 2017 data released in early 2019:
- In 2017 alone, 4,761 were killed in crashes involving large trucks. This is a 9% increase over 2016's total of 4,369 truck accident fatalities.
- 72% of people killed in collisions with large trucks were occupants of other vehicles.
- 78% of fatal crashes involving large trucks occur on weekdays
- Large truck drivers involved in fatal crashes have a higher percentage of previously recorded crashes compared to drivers of other vehicles.
We Thoroughly Examine Commercial Trucking Accidents
When commercial truck driving accidents occur, we conduct a thorough investigation of the accident to determine the cause or causes of the accident. In many instances, there is more than one factor or cause involved. We also frequently use accident reconstructionists and other experts to help identify all likely causes of the accident and, at trial, to help prove liability.
If you or a loved one has suffered from an accident involving a commercial truck, semi-truck, or bus, call our Kent truck accident lawyer. There is no obligation to use our firm, and the initial consultation is free. If you choose to work with us, we will fight tirelessly for you.
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