Trucking accidents are very dangerous especially for smaller vehicles on the road, however it is also extremely dangerous for the driver of the truck as well. As a Seattle commercial vehicle collision attorney, I understand how dangerous big commercial trucks can be when they are involved in a traffic accident. King 5 News reported about a semi-truck that burst into flames after rear-ending a SUV and then colliding with a tree. The fatal accident occurred on Thursday morning along I-5 in Tumwater. The commercial truck initially hit a Honda SUV from behind which forced the SUV into a light pole. The force from the collision spun the truck off of the road and into a tree on the side of the road. The passengers of the SUV suffered minor injuries but the driver of the truck was killed when the cab of the semi-truck immediately caught on fire. Emergency officials arrived on scene and blocked one lane of traffic for several hours while they investigated the scene. Even though this tragic accident happened in Tumwater, many commercial vehicle accidents are likely to occur in neighboring streets of Kent as well.
Trucking accidents often occur because of the hours that many commercial truck drivers must accomplish in order to make a deadline. Distracted driving or fatigued driving can contribute to many highway traffic collisions. Because large commercial trucks often carry hazardous materials, being in a collision with another vehicle or object may increase the chances of a fire. Truck drivers and others nearby have to be careful after a truck involved collision.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a dangerous accident due to the negligent driving of another, then contact an experienced Kent commercial vehicle collision lawyer to further discuss your options. Commercial trucks and semis are extremely dangerous vehicles due to their heavy weights and diesel engines. Paying attention while driving and to the others around you is important. If you have been injured in a truck accident that was someone else’s fault, you may need legal representation to ensure that it does not become a financial burden to your or your family. For more information and a free consultation, call me at Premier Law Group at (206)285-1743.