When a semi-truck with its tremendous size and weight is involved in a traffic accident, the potential for injury and property damage is incredible. As a Seattle commercial vehicle accident lawyer, I know the havoc that can be wreaked by these enormous vehicles, and sometimes the residual effects can be unexpected. Roughly 17,000 consumers in Pierce and Thurston Counties south of Seattle lost electrical power early Monday morning when a semi-truck hit a power pole, knocking out four substations, according to King5.com. Fortunately, no one appears to have been directly injured, but with loss of power to 17,000 customers it would be very difficult to say positively that no one was injured as a result of the power outage.
Still, the damage was much less severe than it could have been. Every year, there are around 300,000 commercial vehicle accidents resulting in several thousand deaths, 60,000 injuries or more, and about $50 billion dollars in property damage around the country and right here in Bellevue, WA. The vast majority of professional commercial vehicle drivers are outstanding, careful drivers, but as with any profession there are always a few people who do not take the care that they should. When it comes to driving big trucks, carelessness is extremely dangerous.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a commercial vehicle accident, your health and safety is the number one priority. However, you also need to speak with a Bellevue personal injury attorney. Jason Epstein is a dedicated, dynamic attorney who can help you in several ways after your accident: he can work with your insurance company to ensure quality health care, help file disability claims, and take legal action against the trucking company if appropriate. Remember, if a commercial driver’s negligence caused your injury, the trucking company will certainly have an attorney, so you need one as well to protect your rights. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact Jason at Premier Law Group at (206)285-1743.