By Pendergast Law on December 13, 2013
The Washington State Patrol is looking for witnesses in a crash involving two big rigs that killed a man north of Cusick in Pend Oreille County. According to a KREM news report, a 51-year-old man was driving a truck south on Highway 20 when he crossed the centerline. He lost control of the semi, which tipped over onto its side. At the time, another semi crashed into the tipped-over truck. The driver of the first truck was killed while the other driver was uninjured. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. Officials are still seeking witnesses who may have seen the crash or the events leading to it.
Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Fatigued Drivers: Sleepy truck drivers cause a significant number of crashes on Washington’s highways. Truck drivers are required under the law to take adequate breaks and maintain logs that show how long they were on the road.
- Impaired Drivers: Drivers who are operating under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can cause devastating crashes.
- Distractions: Any type of distraction can cause a catastrophic truck crash.
- Poor Vehicle Maintenance: When a trucking company fails to properly maintain parts such as brakes and tires, accidents are more likely to occur.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Washington truck accident, an experienced personal injury lawyer can provide you with more information about your legal rights and options. You may be able to file a claim against the truck driver and the trucking firm to seek compensation for your injuries and damages.