Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association these deadly crashes were in addition to 385,000 injury crashes involving large trucks or buses. In Washington State, the safety data is also troubling; between 2010 and 2013 the number of fatal crashes involving large trucks increased by nearly one-third.
Because of the size difference between a large truck and a passenger car, when collisions occur, the chance that the driver of the smaller car will be seriously injured or killed is significantly increased. While only rarely does the driver of the big rig get hurt.
Even though commercial truck drivers and the trucking companies they work for are expected to receive and follow more rigorous safety standards than automobile drivers, the rules that are meant to keep us all safe on the roadways do not always get followed. In nearly every case, we handle for victims of commercial truck crashes, we discover safety violations on the part of the trucking company. We work closely with top accident investigators – experts with years of experience investigating large truck collisions for the Washington State Patrol, the Washington State Department of Transportation and other respected institutions, in order to gather and analyze evidence from these collisions. Our goal is not just to find out what happened to our client, but to dig deeper and find out why it happened. In most cases, this is the only way we can motivate the people with the power to prevent the same thing happening to someone else to change their ways. Safety must always be a top concern and the culture of safety begins at the top.
If you or someone close to you has been involved in crash with a large truck or other commercial vehicle, you should not be deceived into believing that the insurance company representatives are looking out for your interests. Do not sign any paperwork, or even give any statements, to insurance company people before talking with a lawyer experienced in handling trucking injury cases.
Philip N. Bastian has successfully litigated cases involving serious injury and death resulting from incidents caused by semi’s, commercial trucks, heavy equipment trailers, and 18-wheelers. If you or someone close to you has been involved in a crash with a large truck or other type of commercial vehicle, please give us a call at 425-259-4151 for a free consultation.