Seattle Overloaded Truck Accident Lawyers
What Should I Do After an Accident with an Overloaded Truck?
Trucks are designed to carry heavier loads than any other vehicle, but even these massive vehicles can be overloaded with cargo. When a truck is carrying more than its maximum capacity, serious accidents can result at any time on the roads of Washington.
Unfortunately, due to truckers and companies wanting to make the most money out of their trips, truck of all sizes are consistently overloaded every day. While you may not know it immediately, a truck crash that has harmed you or a loved one may have been because of this negligent behavior.
After a crash, you may be struggling to cope with your injuries and scared of how your life may be harmed for years to come. However, through a free consultation with a Seattle truck accident lawyer at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., you can gain the legal insight needed to protect your rights and wellbeing. By calling (888) 228-3860, you'll be able to make the right choices, even as you're coping with your trauma.
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- $230,000 recovery for a woman who suffered lacerations and broken ribs when the truck she was a passenger in overturned as a result of an improperly secured load in Sumas.
What are Overloaded Truck Accidents?
An overloaded truck can be the cause of accidents that commonly occur on roads throughout Washington or lead to crashes that are solely caused by overloading. In either case, victims are commonly innocent motorists.
Overloaded truck accidents include:
- Vehicle Breakdown – Trucks are designed to carry thousands of pounds of cargo, but when subjected to weight that is greater than their capacity, their parts may malfunction and break down. Should an instance of mechanical failure, such as a blown tire or failed engine, occur, the vehicle can easily create a dangerous situation in the middle of the road.
- Rollover Accidents – Being overloaded means that the vehicle will have a higher center of gravity than normal. Trucks already have a high center of gravity, so this increase makes rollovers even more likely to happen. In these events, any vehicle nearby can be severely damaged.
- Loss of Control – Even experienced truck drivers may not be able to properly handle a truck that is carrying an oversized load. Drivers may not be able to anticipate how the truck will brake, turn, and accelerate, leading to bad handling and resulting in devastating crashes that would never happen under normal circumstances.
- Cargo Spills – Overloaded cargo is nearly impossible to properly load into a truck, so it is more likely that these items will come loose during transport. Whether they are being carried in a trailer or in an open bed, if they come loose, they can spill across the roadway. This can create sudden and serious hazards on the road that can lead to crashes. Dangerous materials like flammable liquid and chemicals may cause even more issues.
In any of these cases, survivors or the families of deceased victims can force truckers and companies to pay for their losses by proving fault and loss through evidence.
Fighting Back Against Truck Companies
Whether a truck was overloaded by a sole truck driver or through the decision of a company, you will need to file a claim against the responsible party in order to be paid for your losses.
However, truckers, trucking companies, and their insurance providers will fight back in order to prevent financial losses on their parts. No matter how obvious the incident was or how severe your injuries are, expect the at-fault party and insurance company to put up a fight. By employing their own evidence and testimony, they will try to dispute your claim and give you the least amount of compensation possible or not pay at all, no matter how it may harm you in the future.
Through the help of an experienced Seattle personal injury attorney, you can create a claim that properly incorporates testimony and evidence that will prove how the crash happened, who caused it, and how much you should be paid to cope with past and future losses. This compensation will help you move forward from your devastating crash to the best of your abilities.
How Can You Recover from a Truck Accident in Seattle?
In the wake of a truck crash, whether it involved a pickup truck or large tractor trailer, you may be coping with severe injuries and financial damage. While it is vital that you seek out medical care as soon as possible, do not neglect protecting your legal rights. Call the Seattle overloaded truck accident attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. for a free consultation that gives you answers to your truck accident questions and insight into your rights and legal options. Contact us at (888) 228-3860 and get the help you need as soon as possible.
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