A woman is dead and three others are injured after a multi-car crash involving a semi-truck on Interstate 90 near Cle Elum on Monday, according to the Washington State Patrol.
State Patrol said the semi-truck was hauling a trailer and was trying to switch lanes to avoid slowing traffic ahead just after 3 p.m. The semi rear-ended a car, which then spun and hit another vehicle in front of it. Both cars were forced off the road.
A Quincy woman died at the scene of the crash. Three others were injured, including one critically. The driver of the semi-truck was not injured.
Legal Questions After A Semi-Truck Crash
Because damages can be so high in cases such as the one above, trucking companies have a strong incentive to fiercely defend claims. If the truck driver was at fault, it’s important that information be collected quickly and the right questions be asked.
These are just a few of the questions that a semi-truck accident lawyer would ask while investigating a case like Monday’s accident:
- Who was at fault in the accident?
- Was the truck properly maintained?
- Do the driver’s logs show that he or she had the proper amount of rest before the accident?
- Was the truck traveling too fast or driving recklessly 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?
- Does the driver have any history of violations on the road?
- Were drugs or alcohol involved in the crash?
- Did the company that hired the truck driver have a history of negligence in the hiring process?
A personal injury lawyer would have the knowledge to check the trucker’s log book and see if there are any discrepancies. The lawyer might also check the GPS to see if the log book is accurate, as well as look into the driver’s history to see if there are any previous incidents of tampering with the log book.
Why Semi-Truck Accident Victims Hire Davis Law Group
Despite the horrific and sometimes tragic nature of semi-truck crashes, it is vital that those involved and their family members understand their legal rights. Trucking companies waste no time sending a team of investigators to the scene of the crash to interview witnesses and injured victims. Those who consult with an attorney after a crash are much less likely to be taken advantage of.
Instead of attempting to settle quickly with the trucking company’s insurance, at Davis Law Group, P.S., we fight for the best possible results for our clients. While these cases can be nuanced and difficult for some law firms, Attorney Chris Davis and his legal team have the necessary experience to go up against the trucking company and its high-pressure defense lawyers.
You may be entitled to thousands of dollars for your injuries, wage loss, pain and suffering and long-term care. Davis Law Group can help get you the compensation you deserve while you recover from your injuries.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a semi-truck accident in Washington State, contact Mr. Davis and the team at Davis Law Group at (206) 727-4000, use the chat feature below or fill out the form on this page to schedule your free legal consultation.
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