Eagle Systems Inc. is a leading intermodal trucking company based in Wenatchee, Washington. Their fleet of 380 vehicles covers all 48 continental states and is known for hauling everything from general freight to hazardous material.
No matter how much experience a trucking company has, deadly truck accidents can still happen. If you or someone you love suffered serious injuries or died in a crash involving an Eagle Systems Inc. truck, don’t wait to start fighting for the compensation and justice you deserve. In this blog article, we’ll outline Eagle System Inc.’s history of crashes and the steps to take if you were hurt in a crash yourself.
Eagle Systems Inc. Has a History of Crashes
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Eagle Systems Inc. has had 27 crashes in the past two years. Seven of these wrecks involved injures.
Getting in a collision with a fully loaded semi-truck is extremely dangerous; trucks and trailers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds at-capacity, about 40 times the weight of an average passenger car. These crashes can be devastating to people and families. Victims often have to deal with the repercussions for the rest of their lives. And the process of getting answers, compensation, and justice can be challenging too.
What Truck Crash Victims Should Know About Truck Crash Liability
After a crash, injured people and their families have options. If someone else’s negligence caused the crash, you could be entitled to financial compensation. However, the process of determining liability — who is ultimately responsible for your injuries, damages, and suffering — may not be simple. Here’s what every victim needs to know.
Document the Accident and How You’ve Been Hurt
The first step in getting compensation for your losses and suffering (which can include your injuries, damaged property, emotional trauma, and more) is documenting the crash’s circumstances and the extent of the injuries. Victims and their families can help this process by:
- Getting a police report, which outlines what happened in the crash
- Receiving medical attention, which not only protects your health but documents the extent of your injuries
- Taking photos of any injuries and documenting physical effects, mental health consequences, and effects on the victim’s ability to work and perform activities
- Documenting the damage to property, including totaled vehicles or other property that was damaged in the crash
It’s also essential to understand the total financial impact the crash had on your life. To get the full picture, you’ll need to add up all your medical bills, lost wages, any modifications you need to make to your home so it’s more accessible, and more. This seemingly straightforward task can actually be extremely complicated; it’s best to work with an attorney who can accurately determine the sum of your damages and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Investigate the Crash and Preserve the Evidence
The process of determining fault can be complicated; often, there is more than one cause or determining factor in a truck wreck. So, it’s best to have an experienced attorney on your side to conduct a thorough investigation. The investigation process will include analyzing the factors that may have caused the crash and asking questions like:
- Was the truck driver driving distracted, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or without enough sleep?
- Was the driver navigating safely based on the conditions?
- Was the truck improperly loaded?
- Was the trucking company pressuring the driver to meet deadlines and slack on safety precautions?
- Were any of the truck parts or equipment improperly maintained?
- Were there any defective parts that may have impacted the truck’s failure?
By understanding the factors that caused the crash, you and your legal team can understand who is responsible and begin working to prove their negligence.
Hold the Responsible Parties Accountable
After a crash, most people file a claim with the responsible party’s insurance company. Usually, the insurance company will not accept your first demand. You’ll most likely go back and forth in negotiations in an attempt to settle on a fair amount. When you can’t agree, your case may go to trial.
Why You Need a Lawyer to Fight for You After a Crash With Eagle Systems Inc.
Unfortunately, you can’t expect the insurance company to take care of you after a wreck. The insurance adjuster’s job is to serve the company’s goal, which is to pay you as little as possible.
Most truck accident victims need to build a legal case and get ready for trial before the insurance company will make them a fair offer. Sometimes, the insurance company never makes a fair offer, and the only way to get fair compensation is to take the case all the way to a trial. The process of building a strong truck accident claim and getting ready for a trial can be extremely complicated, which is why working with an experienced truck accident attorney will make the difference for your case.
A dedicated truck accident lawyer will know how to handle a complex case involving a large truck, and they’ll have the resources required. Your attorney should know where to look for evidence and have the experience to preserve it. Video footage from nearby businesses, the truck’s electronic logs (also called a “black box’), physical records, and more can all be critical for building your case.
At Seattle Truck Law, our experienced team of attorneys has a reputation for success. We know how to fight for victims like you and aren’t afraid to do what it takes to hold these companies responsible.
Hurt in a Wreck? Don’t Wait to Call Seattle Truck Law
If you or someone you love has been hurt by an Eagle Systems Inc. vehicle or any other large truck, Morgan Adams and the experienced truck accident team at Seattle Truck Law are ready to meet with you and hear your story. To schedule your free, private consultation, contact us at (866) 580-HURT or complete our quick and easy online contact form.
Company Snapshot: Eagle Systems Inc. (2020, November 5). Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Retrieved from https://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/query.asp?searchtype=ANY&query_type=queryCarrierSnapshot&query_param=MC_MX&query_string=157824
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