Truckers who hit pedestrians can cause serious injuries or death. Here, learn the main causes of these accidents and your right to compensation as a pedestrian.

How Commercial Drivers Cause Devastating Pedestrian Accidents

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Any accident involving a semi-truck or box truck can be serious, but one where the trucker hits a pedestrian can be catastrophic. Did you or a loved one suffer injuries as a pedestrian in a truck accident in Seattle? You may be able to hold the truck driver and trucking company responsible for compensating you for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

How Do Truck v Pedestrian Accidents Occur?

Truck drivers, like all drivers, are required to follow Washington State and Seattle-area traffic laws that have been enacted to protect pedestrians. Unfortunately, some truckers not only ignore traffic laws but also engage in other unsafe driving practices that endanger others. Some negligent behaviors that lead to pedestrian injuries and deaths include:

  • Not maintaining headlights. Pedestrians are less visible to truckers in general. If a truck’s headlights are broken or dirty, it can make it impossible for a truck driver to see a pedestrian. Truckers are required to conduct inspections at the beginning and end of their trips to check for headlight problems and have repairs made if necessary.
  • Distracted driving. When a truck driver’s eyes and mind are on texting, talking on his cellphone, or looking at his GPS, he can easily miss a pedestrian in his path.
  • Drowsy driving. A truck driver who is drowsy or falls asleep does not have the concentration or quick reaction times necessary to avoid causing a tragic pedestrian accident.
  • Drunk driving. An intoxicated truck driver’s vision, reaction time, and judgment are impaired—all necessary to drive safely near a hard-to-see pedestrian.
  • Speeding. If a truck driver is speeding, he will need longer to stop and can more easily lose control of his truck, making it impossible to avoid hitting a pedestrian who has the right of way.
  • Failure to obey traffic rules. Failing to yield right of way, running a red light, and not using a turn signal are just a few of the ways that failing to obey traffic laws leads to truck and pedestrian accidents.

If you or a family member was injured by a truck while on foot, the value of your claim could be larger due to the catastrophic nature of the injuries. Our experienced legal team is here to build your claim of negligence against the truck driver and trucking company. Fill out our convenient online form to schedule your free consultation today.

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