Updated on: 2/15/2019
Image source: Woodinville Fire Department
Three people were injured in Woodinville, Washington today in a crash involving two cars and a semi truck. At least one car rolled over during the crash. Two people were transported to Harborview Hospital in Seattle with serious injuries, and a third with less severe injuries received treatment at EvergreenHealth.
NE 195th St was closed surrounding the scene of the accident for two hours while emergency responders investigated and cleared debris from the road. The cause of the crash is still under investigation, and police have not told reporters whether or not they believe drugs or alcohol were a factor in the collision.
Legal questions after a crash involving a semi truck
The initial investigation period is crucial after a crash involving a semi truck, especially when severe injuries are involved. Trucking companies may send private investigators or attorneys to the scene of the accident to conduct their own inquiry into the facts of the accident. Because damages can be so high in these cases, trucking companies have a strong incentive to fiercely defend claims.
If someone has been injured in a trucking accident and the truck driver was at fault, they need to start collecting information early. Questions an investigator working on behalf of an injured plaintiff might ask include:
- Who was at fault in the accident?
- Was the truck properly maintained?
- Do the driver’s logs show that he or she was on the road without rest for too many hours before the accident?
- Was the truck traveling too fast for conditions at the time of the crash?
- Was the truck driver distracted by anything happening in the cab at the time of the crash?
- Were any of the drivers involved in the crash suffering from impairment caused by illegal drugs, alcohol, prescription drugs, or other intoxicants?
- Did the truck driver have a history of violations on the road?
- Did the company that hired the truck driver have a history of negligence in the hiring process?
- Was the truck marked properly? Were other drivers on the road able to see the truck clearly during the early morning hours?