Large trucks deliver goods and supplies we all depend on. This means every day we share the road with 18-wheelers, big rigs, and semi-trucks. However, when one of these massive trucks collides with a passenger car, the results can be catastrophic, or even fatal. Call a Lacey truck accident lawyer after a collision to see if you can take legal action and receive compensation for your medical bills.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a nonprofit organization that works to reduce traffic deaths by compiling and analyzing data. Unfortunately, some of the statistics about large truck collisions is sobering.
Look at these findings from 2019:
People traveling in smaller vehicles are vulnerable to being seriously hurt or killed when struck by a large truck. Consider that a large truck may weigh as much as 20 to 30 times as a passenger vehicle!
Sadly, serious injuries are not uncommon with victims following a crash with a large truck. We’ve seen traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, lacerations, and fractures. Plus, victims may often suffer emotionally from the trauma they experienced.
All these negative impacts can be costly. A personal injury lawyer can help assess the total value of the damages you’ve experienced and work to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf.
While every collision is different, there are a few common factors. Did any of these apply to the accident you were in?
It’s possible that multiple factors could come into play. For example, the driver could be fatigued and speeding. Or you could have a mechanical failure that presents itself once the trucker hits a hazardous part of roadway.
Truck accidents are usually more complicated than standard motor vehicle accidents. There may be multiple victims, and there may be multiple at-fault parties.
The responsible party could be:
A word on that last possibility. If you are partially to blame for what happened, we still may be able to assist you. Washington is a comparative fault law, which means you may be eligible to pursue a partial settlement (RCW 4.22.005). If your injuries are very serious and you’re struggling with expensive medical bills, a partial settlement may still help! Call our office and we’d be happy to explain more.
Given a truck collision’s complexity, we advise you call a Lacey truck accident lawyer from our team. We offer free case reviews and work on a contingency basis. In other words, if we don’t win your case, you owe us nothing! Let us answer all the questions you have. Reach out today.