Proven Tacoma Truck Accident Attorneys Ready To Assist You
Tacoma, Washington, in Pierce County, sees its share of big rig truck traffic, especially on Interstate 705 and Interstate 5. That’s not terribly surprising since Washington’s economy is based largely on agricultural products, technology, and manufacturing – all of which rely heavily on commercial trucking. Unfortunately, truck accidents tend to be far more devastating than ordinary traffic accidents:
- About 1 in 10 highway deaths involve a big rig truck.
- About 4,000 people die every year in big rig truck accidents. About two-thirds of these are occupants of other vehicles.
- The number of truck accident fatalities has risen sharply in recent years.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, or if your loved one has been killed that way, our Tacoma truck accident lawyers are here to help.
Truck Accident Information
Truck accidents are often large and catastrophic, causing a large number of severe damages. Prompt and professional evaluation of your truck accident will help you recover more from your case. Generally, you can recover a variety of damages (both present, past, and future) in a number of areas, including property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, loss of consortium, out-of-pocket expenses, and pain and suffering. To give you a full and accurate evaluation of what damages you may be able to recover, speak with our trusted Tacoma truck accident attorneys. We offer free, confidential, no-obligation case consultations.
As with other types of personal injury cases we handle, hiring an attorney to assist you with your truck accident costs you nothing out of pocket. We handle truck accident cases on a “contingent fee” basis. This means, basically, that we do not get paid unless you get paid. We pay for the costs and expenses of handling your case out of pocket, and we are reimbursed once you receive your final financial settlement or judgment. This system ensures that you receive the legal help you need, regardless of your financial situation.
In truck accident cases, the investigation is a very important tool. A thorough and prompt investigation can improve your case significantly, and we are prepared to jump right in to investigate your case. Your highly-trained truck accident attorney will utilize various types of investigation to help you recover more from your truck accident case. Our experienced Tacoma truck accident lawyers will conduct a thorough review of law enforcement records related to the accident, we will speak to and often obtain testimony from witnesses, we will take steps to preserve evidence from the accident, and oftentimes, we will even visit the accident site.
Another useful tool that our trained attorneys will implement is the use of experts in the field of truck accidents. We retain experts at the top of their field to evaluate your case and provide testimony for your position. Examples of experts we may use include commercial vehicle mechanics, mechanical engineers, truck safety experts, physicians, engineers, and accident reconstructionists. Experts are very valuable in evaluating the evidence of your truck accident case to help us recover more money for you.
Truck accidents can feel complicated and overwhelming to the injured party. However, with our highly trained attorneys and no money out of pocket from you, we can handle your case from start to finish and help get you the financial recovery that you deserve.
Recognition from Both Clients and Peers
Our highly-experienced Tacoma truck accident attorneys have been fighting for its clients since way back in 1972, and the world has noticed. Three of our firm’s partners have been named Super Lawyers, an honor that only a small percentage of lawyers receive. Additionally, most of our firm’s partners have achieved a coveted “perfect 10” rating from the industry-standard Avvo legal rating service, based on evaluations from both clients and peers.
The Bottom Line
Would you rather boast that your lawyers are highly decorated professionals, or walk away with a generous settlement or verdict? We can guess the answer. And that is why all the awards in the world cannot substitute for the bottom line: how much compensation our clients ultimately receive for their claims. We have brought over $100 million home for our clients over the years, including:
- $2.5 million for a jet-ski accident;
- $1 million for a pedestrian accident;
- $800,000 for a truck accident;
- $5.5 million for a DUI accident; and
- $3.5 million for a pedestrian struck by a train.
“Best attorneys around. Extremely personable and knowledgeable especially in complicated cases! They work hard for you and keep you informed on what’s happening! I would refer people here in a heartbeat!” — Tara Pavone
Our Practice Areas
- Defective Drugs
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Wrongful death
- Auto accidents
- Medical errors
- Slip and fall accidents
- Dog attacks
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What are some examples of trucking regulations that might impact my claim?
Trucking regulations apply at both the state level (issued by the Washington State Department of Transportation) and the federal level (issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration). These regulations govern hundreds of subjects, including:
- Weight limits;
- Maintenance and repair schedules;
- Driver rest schedules;
- Driver training;
- Maximum working hours; and
- Driving while intoxicated (the rules are much stricter than state DUI law).
Should I sue or settle?
Although the settlement is usually the preferred option for both parties, you should not settle until you receive a fair offer. Although your lawyer can handle settlement negotiations for you, only you have the authority to approve a settlement unless you specifically delegate that authority to your lawyer in writing.
What types of injuries occur in truck accidents?
Hundreds of different types of injuries are possible in a truck accident. Some of the most common include:
- Concussion and traumatic brain injury (TBI);
- Bone fractures;
- Amputated limbs;
- Back and spinal cord injuries;
- Neck injuries;
- Neck and Back Injuries
- Internal organ damage and bleeding;
- Second- and third-degree burns;
- Coma; and
What are the most common types of truck accidents?
The most common types of truck accidents include:
- Head-on collisions;
- Underrides (where a car slides underneath the truck); and
- Rear-end collisions:
When Should You Hire a Trusted Tacoma Truck Accident Attorney?
Hire a Tacoma truck accident lawyer as soon as you possibly can. One reason for this necessity is that federal regulations permit truck driver logbooks to be discarded after six months, which could result in the loss of important evidence. Many other types of evidence, such as witness memories, are perishable as well.
The Sooner You Act, the Better
Evidence tends to degrade over time – that’s just a reality that every truck accident victim must face. Witness memories fade, records are lost or misplaced…the list is endless. And that is all the more reason to act immediately. Call Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner PLLC today or fill out our online contact form so that we can schedule a free case consultation.