Vancouver Truck Accident Attorneys
An average passenger car weighs about 4000 pounds; a fully loaded tractor trailer upwards of 80,000 pounds. In other words, you don’t have to be an expert to predict which vehicle will sustain greater damage in the event of a crash. In addition, other factors are specific to truck accidents, which require the representation of experienced Vancouver Truck Accident Lawyers.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) have established guidelines for the operation of commercial trucks and cover a wide range of topics, including:
- Driver qualification, training and ongoing eligibility
- Vehicle maintenance
- Vehicle operation
- Insurance requirements
- Accident reporting
Washington has a similar set of regulations that operate exclusively within the state. Part of the complexity Vancouver Truck Accident Lawyers face is determining which regulations may apply. In addition, part of the FMCSR requires each carrier to be given a safety rating based on its history of inspections, violations and crashes.
Multiple Parties Involved
More so than most vehicle accident cases, truck accidents involve many players. The driver, the trucking company, the manufacturer of the truck, the company shipping the cargo and in some instances the municipality the controls maintenance of the road where the accident occurred may be individually negligent or share liability. Each party has competing interests and their own insurance companies who will do their best to place responsibility anywhere other than their insured.
The trucking industry is a very big business with a lot at stake. The truck driver will in all likelihood have been trained to begin his or her own report at once. Accident investigators dispatch immediately and sometimes arrive on the scene before removal of the wreckage. It is imperative to avoid an accident investigator before talking to a Vancouver truck accident attorney.
Contact Vancouver Truck Accident lawyers for Legal Advice
The complexity of a truck accident case requires knowledgeable advocacy. For this reason, call Vancouver truck accident lawyers at the Law Office of Loren Scott Etengoff at (360) 693-2919.