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Truck Crashes Are Common — and Deadly

Washington’s truck drivers are an indispensable part of the state’s freight industry and economy. In 2011 alone, trucks in Washington delivered 43 tons of goods per person and moved $42 million of freight every hour of every day. 

But every load, driver, and company must focus on safety to prevent tragedy. When a large truck collides with a passenger vehicle or another semi, it results in the most destructive type of wreck that can occur on public roadways. A semi truck, which can often weigh as much as 20 cars put together, generates incredible impact force in a crash, and the victims of these deadly accidents often live with severe injuries like traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), paralysis, or amputations — if they survive at all. 

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Consider the following truck accident statistics for a sobering perspective on how these crashes affect our highways every day: 

In 2015, a total of 3,852 people died in large truck crashes nationwide, and more than 30 died in Washington alone.

The number of people who are killed in large truck crashes across the United States has risen every year since 2009. In 2015, it was 22 percent higher than in 2009.

Based on the most recent statewide data, one person dies about every 10 days in a fatal truck crash in the state of Washington. Most of these victims are occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles.

For every person killed in a truck crash, another 27 are injured — many of them catastrophically.

Washington’s Most Dangerous Truck Routes

Listed below are some of the high-traffic areas in Washington where a truck crash might be most likely to occur. We represent clients in all the following areas as well as the rest of the state and across the country.

In and around Seattle, highways I-5, I-90, and I-405 are some of the most heavily-traveled routes in the Pacific Northwest. Dense traffic, inclement weather, and steep climbs all increase the risk for a crash on these routes.

Spokane along I-90 is the preferred route for most trucks to access the Tri-Cities area (Richland-Kennewick-Pasco) as well as the nearby urban hub of Portland, Oregon.

I-5 through Tacoma and Olympia (the Washington state capital) also experiences a large amount of freight traffic. This route also sees a significant number of logging trucks, which present their own special set of dangers for other drivers on the road.

The northern stretch of I-5 leading to Vancouver often sees heavy congestion, especially in wet weather, and logging trucks are also a common sight.

Car and truck drivers along these routes should exercise special caution. Even for the most cautious drivers, though, a life-altering truck wreck can come out of the blue with no regard for rhyme or reason — especially if someone else’s negligence played a role in the crash.

When A Truck “Accident” Isn’t an Accident

Because trucks are so common on our roads, even the most careful driver can become the victim of a devastating truck wreck. At Seattle Truck Law, PLLC, we know from experience that most large truck crashes are not just “accidents.” Too often, a thorough investigation reveals that tragic truck wrecks are caused by some type of negligence, including:

  • Poor driver performance, often due to inadequate driver training
  • Distracted driving
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Speeding or other reckless driving, frequently fueled by strenuous scheduling demands and deadlines
  • Driving while drowsy or even falling asleep at the wheel, often due to violating hours-of-service and rest break regulations
  • Poor truck maintenance, including worn brake systems, deflated tires, and shoddy repairs
  • Load-shift accidents due to improper loading and securing of goods

When a truck driver or trucking company’s negligence leads to life-altering injuries for you or a loved one — or even the tragic death of someone you love — you can’t count on justice from the insurance company, whose only goal is to make your case go away as quickly and cheaply as possible.

You need an experienced trucking accident attorney who will stand up to the insurance companies and hold the negligent parties accountable. You need a legal advocate who not only understands the complex legal details of truck wreck cases, but also knows how to help families come together and heal in the aftermath of a tragedy.

Seattle Truck Law Attorney Morgan Adams is that advocate for victims in Washington state.

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"When I called Morgan I was lost… When Morgan laid our case out in front of us, I knew I had made a very wise choice in attorneys. My wife is 100% disabled, but thanks to Morgan Adams she has an income and investments to take care of her needs. I would recommend Morgan Adams to my best friend."
- Kenneth Floyd Boyles — November 6, 2008

“Morgan helped me with a lawsuit against a trucking company. He handled my case with the utmost professionalism. I was very impressed with the outcome as well as his attentiveness to my needs.”
- Joshua Granger — October 11, 2009

“[Morgan] explained everything to me, he was always helpful, and his staff was very professional, friendly, and nice. He was clearly respected by the mediator and the trucking company’s lawyer. He wanted to go to trial but listened to me when I wanted to settle.”
- Mary (last name withheld) — May 13, 2010

Contact the Seattle Truck Law Team Today

If a devastating trucking accident has changed your life forever, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and the pain and suffering you or a loved one has experienced. Because of the complex nature of truck wreck cases, you need a dedicated and experienced trucking lawyer, and Morgan Adams is here to help.

Please call Seattle Truck Law at (866) 580-4878 or fill out our online contact form to set up your free, no-risk initial consultation with us today. We handle personal injury and wrongful death cases on a contingent-fee basis, which means that you won’t have to pay any attorney’s fees unless we’re able to get you financial compensation. (Washington state law requires clients to be responsible for case expenses at all times.)

Remember that time is of the essence in a personal injury case. The sooner you contact our attorneys, the better we can serve you. Don’t wait — call our offices now.

About Seattle Truck Law, PLLC

Seattle Truck Law is a personal injury law firm that fights for clients who have been hurt in collisions with large trucks and buses. We also represent the families of victims who have lost their lives in these deadly wrecks. The firm serves clients in areas throughout Washington state, including Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Spokane, and more. We also handle cases nationwide by working with the best local counsel.


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