You are entitled to compensation for your injuries if a trucker caused your rear-end collision. Learn the main ways truck drivers cause these wrecks.

Common Ways Negligent Truck Drivers Cause Rear-End Truck Accidents in Washington

While a rear-end collision between any two vehicles can cause victims to suffer long-term injuries, these accidents are more likely to cause catastrophic injuries or death if a truck is involved. Unfortunately, rear-end collisions caused by negligent truck drivers are more common than people may think. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), rear-end collisions were the second leading cause of injuries and deaths in truck accidents in 2016—causing 759 deaths and 24,000 injuries. If you or a loved one was the victim of one of these accidents in the Seattle area, our experienced truck accident attorneys are here to fight for the compensation you deserve.

Trucker Actions That Cause Rear-End Collisions

Like passenger vehicle drivers, a trucker is required to maintain a safe distance behind the vehicle in front of him so that he has sufficient time to slow down or stop if this becomes necessary. Because it takes a truck longer to stop due to its weight and size, this means that a truck driver should leave more distance between a car in front and his truck. When he fails to do so and engages in other unsafe practices, he will be considered negligent in causing a rear-end collision. Here are common reasons for these frightening wrecks:

  • Drowsy driving. When a trucker is drowsy, he can fail to be alert enough to notice the vehicle in front slowing down or stopping before he crashes into its rear-end. In some cases, a driver is fatigued because he is driving more than allowed under the federal hours of service regulations.
  • Drunk driving. If a trucker is intoxicated, his vision, reaction time, ability to judge distances, and judgment are impaired. These are all necessary driving skills to avoid causing a rear-end collision.
  • Speeding. As discussed above, it takes longer for a truck to stop and slow down. When a trucker is speeding, a rear-end collision can turn into an even more tragic underride wreck where the car becomes trapped under the truck and is crushed, with its occupants suffering catastrophic injuries or death.
  • Distracted driving. When a truck driver is texting, talking on his cellphone, looking at his GPS, or engaging in other distracted driving practices, he may not realize that he is about to cause a rear-end collision until it is too late.
  • Faulty brakes. When truckers and trucking companies fail to maintain and replace the truck’s brakes, the brakes may malfunction and cause a trucker to be unable to avoid a crash. In some cases, the trucking company deliberately depowers the front brakes to save on repair costs, increasing the likelihood that faulty brakes will be the cause of a tragic rear-end crash.

Under Washington State laws, you are entitled to be compensated for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering if you are the victim of a rear-end collision caused by a truck driver. Our experienced truck accident attorneys are here to fight for the compensation you deserve from the trucker and trucking company. To learn more about your legal options, call our office today to schedule your free initial consultation.