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Did an Unwinterized Vehicle Cause Your Truck Crash?


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12/26/2013
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Truck accidents rarely occur “out of the blue.” For instance, maybe the driver who hit you was under the influence of alcohol or methamphetamines. However, there is often more to a case than meets the eye. For instance, maybe the trucking company failed to screen out drivers at risk for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If so, the trucking company could be liable for hiring the person who hit you.

Around this time of year, frenetic winter weather wallops Vancouver. Most trucks require special inspections and tune-ups to be “road ready” for snow, ice and slick roads. The truck that caused your calamity at the Knight Street and Southeast Marine Drive interchange may have been poorly outfitted for the road or for weather conditions.

As a victim, you have no idea whether the truck was appropriately outfitted for winter. However, if it was not—and you can prove it—you may be able to win compensation from a variety of surprising sources. For instance, these might include:

  • The driver who ignored a supervisor’s orders to get his tires rotated and winterized.
  • The trucking company, for failing to supervise its drivers and ensure that all trucks were ready for winter.
  • A local municipal body for failing to put up signage to warn truckers not to drive on certain roads during the winter.
  • A mechanic who failed to do an adequate job of winterizing the truck.
  • The owner or engineer of the part that failed or malfunctioned during your collision.

There is no way to tell in advance whether bad winterization (or lack of winterization) played a pivotal role in your crash. However, if you fail to investigate swiftly after a wreck, you may miss your chance to have that conversation.

That is why it is so important for victims to connect with a truck accident law firm, like McComb Witten, as soon as possible. Our attorneys can immediately launch an investigation into the truck’s road readiness—and prevent liable parties from hiding or destroying evidence.



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