Discuss Your Case with a Washington Cargo Van Accident Attorney
Get Help After a Crash Involving a Van
Cargo vans: they are oversized, imbalanced, and too powerful for their bulky frame. In short, they are an accident just waiting to happen. If you, or a loved, one has been injured by one of these vehicles, please don't hesitate – contact the dedicated WA personal injury lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. We know the kind of damage these vehicles are capable of and are prepared to take on whoever is responsible.
You may be thinking – "But what can a lawyer do for me? The damage is already done"
This is true - there is no undoing the past. And you might even be thinking that your insurance company will get you all the reimbursement you need. However, this is not always the case and you could actually be entitled to significantly more for your losses – but you'll have to act quickly. State law allows you to file a claim within a limited amount of time, so time is of the essence. Call Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S and let's get started on your personal injury case today.
Contact our office at (888) 228-3860, or use our online form to schedule a free and comprehensive consultation with a Seattle cargo van accident attorney.
What Causes Van Accidents?
Design Issues - Generally speaking, most commercial vehicles are built with the driver's and passenger's safety in mind. Unlike trucks of the past, most of today's passenger trucks are built within designated guidelines - wide wheel bases, a low center of gravity and an engine strength that matches their dimensions.
Cargo vans on the other hand fall outside of this trend. While straddling the line between commercial hauling and personal transport, auto makers created a dangerous blend – and have done so for decades. These amalgamations are industrial trucks, designed for hauling, but outfitted as a passenger vans. As a result, their popularity continues despite genuine design issues and a dangerous track record.
User Error – This is where the real problems come into play. Auto makers build cargo vans to fall just under the regulated commercial dimensions, thereby making them accessible to anyone. So despite their weight, awkward handling, and considerable strength, drivers are only required to have a Class-A, standard driver's license to pilot them. Unfortunately, it only takes one rainy day and a sudden change in the road for an inexperienced and undertrained driver, to lose control of a cargo van.
I've Been Involved In a Cargo Van Accident in Seattle – What Should I Do?
First and foremost, you'll want to visit a hospital, assuming you haven't been taken to one already. Not only will a doctor be able to treat whatever wounds you may have, they will be able to provide much needed evidence of your injuries, should you pursue legal action at a later date.
Secondly, if the accident was not your fault and you were injured because of a driver's poor performance, the vehicle's design features, or a combination of the two, be sure to give the Seattle van accident attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. a call. We've dealt with these types of accidents many times and know the best method to secure your case. Call today to set up a free consultation at (888) 228-3860.
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