Here, our experienced attorneys discuss the causes of t-bone truck accidents in Seattle and who may be responsible for compensating your for your injuries.

Side Impact Truck Crashes: Why They Happen and What Parties May Be Liable for Compensating You

T-bone truck accidents—also referred to as side impact collisions—often occur at intersections when truck drivers engage in negligent driving practices. The injuries that victims in passenger vehicles sustain can be catastrophic due to the sheer weight and size of the truck. This is especially true for the occupant on the side of the vehicle that is hit. In Washington State, victims may be able to receive compensation for their injuries from the at-fault trucker and other liable parties.

How Do Truckers Cause T-Bone Accidents?

A side impact truck collision occurs when the front of a truck hits the side of another vehicle. The truck driver’s failure to obey traffic laws and otherwise drive safely are often the cause of these avoidable crashes. Common reasons that they occur include:

  • Failure to stop at a stop sign or rolling through it
  • Failure to yield right-of-way at a four-way stop
  • Running a red light
  • Not judging distances correctly when making a turn
  • Making a too-wide turn
  • Making unsafe lane changes
  • Distracted driving
  • Not driving for weather conditions
  • Maintenance problems or lack of inspections
  • Manufacture defects in truck parts, such as the brakes, tires, or steering

Liable Parties in Side Impact Truck Accidents

Identifying the party that caused your side impact truck collision is critical to obtaining the compensation you deserve. In some cases, there is more than one cause of the crash and more than one liable party. Here are some parties that may have been to blame for your accident:

  • Trucker. A truck driver’s negligence is often the sole or contributing cause of a t-bone truck accident. If this was the cause of your injuries, you would have a claim against the trucker.
  • Trucking company. Negligent hiring, violation of federal rules on truck maintenance and inspections, and violations of hours of service rules are a few of the claims you may have against the trucking company. In addition, they may be held responsible for the trucker’s negligent actions under vicarious liability laws in Washington State.
  • Maintenance facility. Many commercial trucking companies hire a truck maintenance facility to take care of routine inspections, maintenance and repairs. When lack of maintenance is the cause of a t-bone truck accident, this company may also face liability as well as the trucker and trucking company.
  • Manufacturer. If a defect in the design or manufacture of a truck part caused your wreck, you may need to seek compensation from the truck and parts manufacturer in a products liability lawsuit.

Let our experienced truck accident attorneys determine the cause of your accident and pursue claims against all responsible parties on your behalf. Call our Bellevue office today to schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled lawyers.