9-Year Old Girl Critically Injured In Trucking Accident
Trucking Accident Date: July 20, 2011
A truck owned by AP Transport in Blaine, WA caused an semi truck accident that included a collision with a logging truck and 15 other vehicles in much six people were wounded and a 9-year old girl was critically injured.
It has been reported that the driver of the truck was traveling at a high rate of speed when he tried to stop, jack-knifed he semi and then hit the logging truck.
Although investigators won't comment on the crash since the investigation is ongoing, they have reported that AP Transport has a poor safety history. Apparently inspection records for the company showed a relatively high record of defective vehicles--42 percent of pulled from service for safety issues.
Washington State safety inspection records demonstrate that Washington State Patrol has conducted 52 random inspections on AP vehicles. AP had 24 maintenance violations, seven problems with the brakes and four tire violations all serious enough that the WSP felt that it was prudent to take an AP truck out of service 24 separate times (42 percent of the time). In addition, the U.S. Department of Transportation has given AP Transport an 84.7 percent overall safety rating.
Seattle trucking accident attorney Chris Davis, who has handled a number of trucking collision cases, says that the trucking companies and their insurance companies vigorously defend these kinds of cases in order to minimize the amounts that they must pay in settlements and/or jury verdicts. Seeking legal advice early in the process will help to preserve evidence and maximize the value of the claim. Truckiing accident victims are entitled to financial compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, future medical needs, pain and suffering and more.