Tacoma’s busy port means more big trucks on the road than many cities. Every day, we share our highways and city streets with semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, and construction vehicles. And most of the time, we do so without incident. However, sometimes there are collisions. Unfortunately, the massive size of trucks can seriously injure people in smaller passenger vehicles.
If you’ve found our site today because you’ve been a victim of a truck accident, we’re glad you’re here. Our law firm helps victims every day navigate the complexities of these claims. Undoubtedly, you have questions about what happened to you or your loved one. Please contact a Tacoma truck accident lawyer from our team for a free case review.
Here are some key findings from Washington’s 2019 Target Zero report:
Unfortunately, the data indicates that accidents with heavy trucks are on the rise in Washington State.
There are several key differences when you’re facing a truck accident.
For these reasons, it’s important to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer who handles truck accident claims.
It’s important to your claim to identify who caused the crash. Usually, the at-fault party is financially on the hook for paying for the victim’s medical bills and property damage.
Depending on the circumstances of your collision, you could have multiple parties responsible, including:
Were you partially to blame for your injuries? Maybe your maneuvers contributed to the crash. If so, we still encourage you to call us. Washington state has a comparative fault law that allows victims to recover a partial settlement in these situations. Working with a lawyer may be even more critical for you!
Remember, more than half of all collisions with heavy trucks are the passenger car driver’s fault – not the truck driver.
Given that, here are a few tips for staying safe around trucks:
For more information on this topic, see our post on how to prevent collisions with big vehicles.
If you have suffered an injury after a truck accident in Tacoma, you have the right to demand compensation for your losses.
For instance, your losses could include:
An attorney will help prove that the trucker’s negligence was the source of your collision. Our attorneys know how to gather evidence to build your case and negotiate fair settlements. In the event we feel negotiations are stalling, we can file a lawsuit.
If your loved one did not survive their injuries, we may still be able to help. In Washington State, close family members can file a wrongful death claim. This is the path you would need to take to receive compensation.
While a settlement in no way replaces your loved one, it could bring tremendous financial ease for your family.
The best way to know if you have a case and if we can help is to reach out to a Tacoma truck accident lawyer from our team. We do not charge for an initial consultation. In fact, we only charge a fee if we’re able to win you a settlement. There’s no risk or obligation by reaching out, so call us today. We’d love to hear from you.