Federal Way Truck Accident Lawyer

Federal Way’s proximity to the Port of Tacoma as well as easy access to I-5, Highway 18, and Pacific Highway mean many large trucks in the area. While most commercial truck drivers are safe, sometimes collisions happen. If you’ve been a victim, we encourage you to reach out a Federal Way truck accident lawyer for help.

There are often special considerations when filing a personal injury claim after a truck accident. It’s possible you could be dealing with multiple at-fault parties. Plus, it’s not uncommon for victims to have sustained severe injuries requiring substantial medical care. A well-versed lawyer will fight to ensure you receive a fair settlement that more than covers your costs.

How do Accidents with Large Trucks Happen?

While there are many ways that accidents can happen, here are some common scenarios:

  • Driver inexperience. A driver who lacks sufficient training or experience may struggle in a panic situation.
  • Speeding. Speeding is dangerous no matter the vehicle, but more so when you’re dealing with the heft of a large truck.
  • Truck defects. Examples might include brake failure, problems with tires, or engine troubles.
  • Weather. Poor weather such as wet or icy roads can contribute to or trigger crashes. However, this doesn’t mean that a truck driver can’t be held responsible.
  • Load problems. An improperly loaded truck can be dangerous and cause steering issues or tipping. Spilled cargo can be injurious to other road users. We’ve also written on our blog about the dangers of unsecured loads.

Of course, it’s not always the truck driver’s fault. Drivers may not give trucks enough room to make a turn, change lanes, or come to a stop. If you’re unsure about who’s at fault, an experienced attorney can help review the facts of what happened.

Injuries in a Truck Accident

There are many ways that victims can be harmed in a collision with a large truck, including:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Broken bones
  • Internal organ damage
  • Soft tissue damage

It’s important to get assessed by a doctor as soon as possible following an accident. Often, with adrenaline pumping you might not realize the extent of your injuries until days after. Incidentally, this is another reason why you should use caution when speaking to the insurance agent about how you’re feeling. If asked, do not provide a recorded statement. Anything you say can be used to diminish your personal injury claim.

Filing a Claim on Behalf of a Deceased Loved One

Unfortunately, sometimes the crash is so catastrophic that the victim does not survive. If this has happened to your loved one, one of our attorneys may still be able to help. In the state of Washington, certain close family members are eligible to receive compensation on behalf of a wrongfully-killed loved one (see RCW 4.20.020).

These family members include a spouse (or state registered domestic partner) or child (including a stepchild). If none of these relationships exist, a parent or sibling may recover. One of our compassionate attorneys would be happy to meet with your family to discuss how our state’s law could apply to your situation.

Schedule a Free Case Review with an Attorney

Would you like to discuss what happened with a Federal Way truck accident lawyer? At Ladenburg Law, we offer free case reviews. These meetings are no-obligation and kept in strict confidence. If we choose to work together, you owe us nothing unless we’re able to win you a settlement. No matter what, you’ll walk away with valuable legal information about your case.

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