Yakima-based Haney Truck Line is one of the largest heavy-haul trucking companies in Washington State and along the West Coast, with more than 450 trucks and 1,500 trailers that can haul at least 63,000 pounds. Haney was recently purchased by Wilson Logistics based in Springfield, Missouri, which ships general freight nationwide.
Haney Truck Line was involved in a few crashes in the years before their acquisition, although all of the wrecks were nonfatal. But, truck crashes don’t have to be fatal to leave a lifelong impact. Semi-truck crashes are some of the most devastating events that anyone can go through, and victims’ lives are often changed forever.
If you or someone you love has been hurt by a Wilson Logistics or Haney Truck Line semi-truck, you should know what to do next to protect your case, your family, and your future. In this blog, we’ll discuss how liability works in truck crash cases, what to do after a crash, and how an experienced legal team can help you recover.
Hurt in a Crash With a Haney Truck Lines or Wilson Logistics Truck? Here’s How Liability Works
Part of what makes semi-truck crashes so challenging for victims and survivors is the complex nature of the crash itself. There can be multiple causes of the crash, and it’s not always easy to identify some of them before the evidence disappears or gets erased.
Some common causes of big truck crashes include:
- Driving while distracted, including texting, messaging, eating, or talking on the phone
- Poor weather conditions
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Reckless driving, including speeding or driving over the maximum number of driving hours
- Improper loading
- Lack of proper truck maintenance
- Defective or faulty parts
- A combination of other factors
Some of these factors are easy to prove; if the road is covered in snow or slush, the police officer that responds to the crash will note it in the police report.
But other factors like speeding or the number of hours the driver has spent behind the wheel are recorded in the truck’s electronic log, or “black box.” After a crash, this data can help victims uncover a driver or company’s negligent action and hold them accountable. However, companies can legally erase or write over the files with new information. The only way to protect this data is by filing an insurance claim or lawsuit and letting the trucking company know that the black box’s data is considered evidence and must remain intact.
If you or someone you love has been harmed in a crash with Haney Truck Lines, Wilson Logistics, or any other semi-truck company, it’s in your best interest to work with an experienced truck crash lawyer to uncover negligence, establish liability, and preserve evidence after a crash.
How a Truck Crash Attorney Can Protect Your Case and Your Future
The time after a crash is filled with uncertainty and stress. You’re probably dealing with life-changing injuries, the stress of being unable to work or care for your family, and the possibility of filing an insurance claim or even a lawsuit.
When you’re in this difficult position, it’s critical to have an attorney on your side who understands truck crashes and the complex legal procedures that come afterward. An experienced truck accident lawyer can help you organize your medical bills, collect and protect evidence, identify causes of the crash, hold the responsible parties accountable, support you throughout the process, and more. And when you work with an attorney, you’re more likely to have a successful outcome in your truck crash claim or suit.
Ready to Get Help After a Truck Crash? The Team at Seattle Truck Law Is Here to Help
If you or someone you love has been injured in a crash with a truck from Haney Truck Line or Wilson Logistics, or by any other semi-truck, don’t wait to contact the experienced team at Seattle Truck Law. We will meet with you in a free, confidential consultation so we can hear your story, help you understand the value of your case, and do what it takes to protect your future.
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The content provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject.