Updated on: 2/18/2019
One person was killed Thursday morning in a commercial truck accident involving a septic truck and a passenger vehicle on Highway 2 near Monroe, according to the Washington State Patrol.
The incident occurred around 8:10 a.m. at the intersection of Fryelands Boulevard and Roosevelt Road.
First responders discovered a septic truck had collided with a passenger vehicle. One victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
All lanes of traffic on Highway 2 are closed.
The circumstances leading up to the collision remain under investigation. Further details were not immediately available.
Location of the Collision
How a Commercial Vehicle Accident is Different
The term “commercial vehicle” can have a lot of different definitions. Technically, a commercial vehicle could be someone’s company car, a taxi cab, a lyft or Uber vehicle, a delivery van, a semi truck, or even a piece of construction equipment. As it applies to the accident above, a septic truck is most certainly a commercial vehicle.
Commercial vehicles do not have to be operated by someone with a commercial driver’s license, but many times they are. Usually a commercial vehicle is used for business purposes and is covered by a commercial liability insurance policy.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle, the process of investigating the crash and filing the lawsuit is essentially the same as a crash with a personal vehicle. Where things become complicated is when it comes to determining who should be responsible for the damages you or your loved one incurred.
In a crash with someone’s personal vehicle, you would pursue a claim against the at-fault driver. In a commercial vehicle accident, the claim may be against the driver, the driver’s employer, the contractor, or against the company that owns the vehicle if that entity is different.
If you had to pursue a claim against a driver who only had the minimum insurance coverage required in Washington state, you could be in a tough spot in terms of financial recovery. However, commercial liability policies often have much higher limits. If you are successful in making a claim against a commercial policy, the odds of being fully compensated are better.
Damages available in a commercial vehicle accident include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of normal life
- Disability or disfigurement
- Funeral expense
Commercial Vehicle Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been injured or someone you know has passed away in an accident involving a commercial vehicle, you may have a right to recover money for your medical costs and other losses. The truck accident attorneys at Seattle-based Davis Law Group, P.S., represent commercial vehicle accident victims across Washington state.
Contact us now, we’ll discuss your legal options for obtaining money for the losses you have suffered in an accident. Call (206) 727-4000, use the chat feature below or fill out the form on this page.