Seattle Truck Accident Lawyer
Unfortunately, most people involved in truck accidents can’t just dust themselves off and move on. If you’ve been seriously injured in a Seattle truck accident, a lawyer can help you recover the compensation you need.
There’s a good reason that sharing the road with large commercial trucks makes drivers nervous. These massive 18-wheelers and semi-trucks have the potential to cause unimaginable damage to your vehicle and your physical health.
After the accident, the damage continues, but now it’s focused on destroying your finances. You’re probably facing steep healthcare costs, lost income, and property damage—not to mention all the emotional and psychological effects a traumatic truck crash can cause.
In Washington, victims like you do have legal recourse. If another party is at least partially to blame for your accident, you can file a personal injury claim. If it’s successful, this claim could win you all the compensation you need to move on with your life.
But filing a claim is an extremely involved process that can put even more stress on your life. You don’t need more stress in a time like this, but you do need compensation. For help, reach out to a Seattle truck accident lawyer at Craig Swapp & Associates.
Who’s at Fault? It Can Be a Tough Call
This often comes as a surprise to Seattle 18-wheeler accident victims: Even if the only two people on the road at the time of your crash were you and the trucker, the truck driver might not be the only party who is at fault.
That’s because the trucking industry comprises numerous people, stages, facilities, manufacturers, and other parties, all of which could have contributed in some way to your crash.
And this part is important: For your claim to be successful, you have to identify the correct at-fault parties, and you can’t leave anyone out. Missing the mark here could leave you with no compensation in hand. That’s why it’s often so helpful to team up with an experienced Seattle semi-truck crash attorney.
Your attorney will examine the following factors in the process of identifying the at-fault parties in your truck accident:
- Drowsy Driving – Far too many truckers drive on too little sleep, either because they’re rushing to reach their destination or their companies are forcing them to stay on the road for too long at a time. Drowsy driving causes truck accidents, and drivers and trucking companies can be held responsible.
- Intoxicated Driving – Like other drivers, truckers sometimes make the negligent decision to drive their trucks while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Not only is this illegal, but it’s also extremely dangerous.
- Speed – Most all drivers have seen truckers who act like speed limits don’t apply to them. Speed can cause truck accidents because 18-wheelers and semi-trucks require more time than cars to stop.
- Trucking Regulation Violations – Truck weight limits, height restrictions, and other factors are regulated by federal agencies. If a violation of any of these regulations caused your Seattle 18-wheeler accident, the trucker or trucking company could be held financially accountable.
- Cargo Loading Practices – The team that loads the cargo onto the truck must do so carefully. Improper loading can cause trucks to tip over or cargo to fall from the truck onto the road—two hazards that can easily cause serious accidents.
- Road Hazards – Narrow lanes, debris and obstacles in the road, and unreasonably sharp curves can cause serious truck crashes. In many cases, the local government agency responsible for keeping the roads safe for travel can be held accountable.
18-Wheelers Cause Serious Injuries
It’s almost a given that a semi-truck accident is going to cause serious injuries. When tens of thousands of pounds of metal, glass, and cargo crash, there’s going to be some damage. Generally, the more serious your injuries are, the more compensation you’re going to need. The first step is proving how serious your injuries truly are.
Your attorney will do that by working closely with your doctor to gain an understanding of how your injuries will affect your life.
The following are some common serious injury types that result from Seattle truck collisions:
- Traumatic brain injuries, including concussions
- Spine injuries, including paralysis
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Face and eye damage
- Internal organ damage
Winning What You’re Owed
When it’s all said and done, the main idea is for you to receive compensation that accounts for every expense and hardship you’ve had to face because of your Seattle semi-truck wreck. That’s our goal, and we know it’s your goal, too.
We’ll pursue compensation for every financial loss you’ve suffered through, as well as every type of emotional trauma you’ve been subjected to because of your accident. Some damages for which you might be able to receive compensation include the following:
- Your medical bills, including those that will arise in the future
- Damage to your vehicle
- Income you will lose while you recover
- Income you will lose because you’re unable to return to work
- Renovations to your home to accommodate your injuries
- Reduced quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- The death of a loved one
Seattle Truck Accident FAQ
The attorneys at Craig Swapp & Associates have the answers to all your questions about your Seattle truck accident claim. Below, we’ve answered some questions we’re often asked.
What if the truck driver won’t admit that he’s at fault?
This is almost always the case after Seattle truck accidents. Even if the trucker was clearly at fault, he won’t see any benefit from readily admitting it.
You, the plaintiff, are responsible for proving the fault of the trucker, so how do you go about doing that when the trucker won’t admit that he’s responsible? Teaming up with a lawyer is the easiest method. Your attorney will gather and examine the evidence to prove how and why the trucker caused your crash.
The truck ran into me because the trucker was avoiding a roadside construction site. Who do I sue?
Truck accidents are often complicated in this manner. Multiple parties can share the fault. So, if the roadside construction site extended too far into the road or there wasn’t proper warning of the site, you might be able to name both the truck driver and the construction company in your claim for compensation.
It’s important to name all the responsible parties in your Seattle truck accident claim. If you leave an at-fault party out, you might not be able to receive full compensation for the damages you have suffered.
I was speeding when my Seattle truck accident occurred. Can I still receive compensation?
This is particularly common on the highways and interstates around Seattle. Although speeding is illegal, many people do it. If you were speeding at the time of your truck accident, you can still seek compensation.
However, you will likely be assigned a percentage of the blame for the accident. If your speed sticks you with 10 percent of the blame, you will only receive 90 percent of the compensation awarded to you. This is because of a doctrine the state of Washington follows called contributory negligence.
Speak with a Seattle Semi-Truck Accident Attorney
Don’t expect the trucking company, trucker, or other responsible parties to immediately admit their fault and give you the compensation you know you deserve. They will do everything they can to avoid taking responsibility for what they have done to you.
So team up with someone who can make them own up to their actions and give you what you’re owed. Schedule a free consultation with a Seattle truck accident lawyer at Craig Swapp & Associates by calling us at 1-800-404-9000 or filling out the form below.