Updated on: 3/9/2020
A collision between a dump truck and car occurred on State Route 167 on Thursday morning in Tacoma, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Police said that at 9 a.m. both lanes of southbound SR 157 were blocked due to the crash just north of Pioneer Way.
A photo from the scene shows a dump truck on top of a red car. Only minor injuries were reported.
It was not immediately clear what caused the crash.
The incident remains under investigation.
Why do Dump Truck Accidents Happen?
Much like semi trucks and other commercial vehicles, dump trucks pose a safety risk to passenger vehicle drivers on the road. Dump trucks have a massive size advantage and put themselves in sticky situations, which can lead to serious and fatal accidents.
Unfortunately, the smaller vehicles and their passengers often pay the price for these catastrophic incidents.
The hydraulic mechanisms on dump trucks means there is an increased risk that a vehicle, pedestrian, or bicyclist will be in the path of the dump truck. Additionally, dump trucks with an open bed can easily lose their load, causing debris to spill out and hit windshields, people, etc.
The frustrating thing is that many of these accidents are entirely preventable. Negligent behavior by drivers and trucking companies is far too common.
Reckless or negligent behavior by dump truck drivers can lead to injury. Some common examples of negligent acts by drivers and their employer include:
- Speeding or reckless driving
- Disregard of traffic signals
- Improper mirror positions
- Distracted driving
- Oversized loads
- Improperly secured cargo
- Fatigued drivers
- Improper backing
If you’ve been injured in a dump truck accident, consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney with a background handling commercial vehicle accidents is key.
Contact a Dump Truck Accident Lawyer
Attorney Chris Davis and the Washington state trucking accident lawyers at Davis Law Group, P.S., are standing by to take your call at (206) 727-4000.
We operate on a contingency fee basis. That’s the “you don’t pay until we win your case” structure, and means we take on all of your costs for investigation and legal expenses. When we recover a financial settlement for you, only then do we get paid a percentage out of what is recovered. If we do not collect a settlement for your case, you pay nothing for our services.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a dump truck or other commercial vehicle, begin your case today by scheduling a free case evaluation.