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Malfunctioning Tractor-Trailer Cause Multi-Vehicle Pileup on I-5

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on August 18, 2011

A tractor-trailer that was unable to stop in time set off a chain reaction that resulted in a seven-vehicle pile-up on Interstate 5 in King County recently, according to a news article by The Gig Harbor Patch. Four people involved in the accident were injured, but police say the injuries may have been much worse if everyone involved had not been wearing a seat belt at the time.

The Washington truck accident began when a fully-loaded truck traveling south on I-5 during rush hour tried to stop for a traffic incident ahead, but found that the brakes would not slow the truck. The semi crashed into the back of an SUV traveling just ahead of it, pushing the passenger vehicle into another car ahead of it, and setting off a chain reaction that left seven cars damaged and four people injured. Surprisingly, the driver of the smallest car, a Mini Cooper, was not injured, even though his car was damaged on both the front and back ends.

Several of the cars involved in the pileup, including the SUV that sustained the first collision, caught fire, but luckily no one was burned. One driver was taken to Tacoma General Hospital for treatment, and three others suffered moderate injuries.

Large trucks can cause serious damage in collisions with passenger vehicles, and a truck accident can have many causes, including defective or improperly maintained brakes. If you have been injured in a truck crash or pileup, please don’t hesitate to let the experienced truck accident lawyers in Seattle at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. help you. We will fight for any compensation you may deserve while you can focus on rest and recovery. To learn more, call us today at 888- 228-3860 for a free consultation.

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