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, we’re here to help.
Recognition from Both Clients and Peers
Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner has 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
We also handle the following types of personal injury cases, among others:
- Bicycle Accidents
- Defective Drugs
- Wrongful Death
- DUI Accidents
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Auto Accidents
- Sexual Abuse
- Products Liability
- Medical Malpractice
- Pedestrian Accidents
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 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 Truck Accident Lawyer?
Hire a truck accident lawyer as soon as you possibly can. One reason for this necessity is that federal regulations permit truck driver log books 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 of 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 today at or fill out our online contact form so that we can schedule a free case consultation.