Accident claims after a car vs. semi truck accident

If you have been in a car accident involving a semi truck, you may be seeking help in filing a claim against the driver that caused your accident and possibly a third party such as the trucking company for whom the driver was working for.

You may wonder, “How dangerous are semi trucks?” According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) who keeps track of trucking accident data, in 2009, 74,000 large truck drivers were injured and 3,000 people were killed in accidents involving semi trucks. When compared with other types of motor vehicle accidents, mile-for mile, three times as many people are injured or killed in accidents involving semi trucks per 100 million vehicle miles.

When a passenger car is involved in an accident with a semi truck, the occupants of the passenger vehicle are likely the losers with the passengers suffering serious injuries. Victims may be eligible to seek compensation for loss of income, hospital bills and for pain and suffering.

Frequent Causes of Truck Accidents

When we represent trucking accident cases we find that most accidents are caused by one of the following:

  1. Driver error — including driver fatigue, driver distraction, driving too fast for road conditions, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving without adequate rest or making an unsafe lane change.
  2. Trucking company negligence — including overloading or failing to maintain trucks, lax hiring and screen policies including driving record and background checks.
  3. Mechanical failure — including brake or tire failure, defective seatbelts or gas tanks.

In filing a claim after an accident involving a semi truck, your claim may be against not only the truck driver but also their employer based upon the evidence. Sometimes, a product liability claim against a manufacturer can also be made if faulty parts contributed to the accident.

Wrongful Death Claims after a Fatal Truck Accident

If a loved one has been killed in an auto accident involving a large truck, Washington state’s wrongful death statute allows the family or estate of the victim to seek compensation on behalf of their deceased loved one. Wrongful death suit can seek compensation for medical expenses, funeral bills and lost wages on behalf of a deceased loved one but it can also seek compensation for loss of consortium.

Evidence in a Truck Accident

When we file a truck accident claim we seek evidence including the driver’s log. The FMCSA requires drivers to document their driving time and rest. As an experienced truck accident lawyer, we can recognize any inconsistent data provided by the trucking company during litigation.

About The Farber Law Group

Attorney Herbert G. Farber has been practicing injury law in Bellevue, Washington for more than 40 years. Herb Farber has been recognized by MARTINDALE-HUBBELL® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™ as an AV Preeminent attorney which is the highest rating an attorney can receive. Contact him at using the Contact Form on the web-site of by calling TOLL FREE at 1-800-244-9087. Read about his firm, The Farber Law Group.

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