Proven Mt. Vernon Truck Accident Attorneys Ready To Assist You
An out of control truck works more like a missile than a vehicle – at least in terms of the destruction it can cause. Despite the fact that Mt. Vernon and Skagit County are relatively safe places to be, Interstate 5 is often a very dangerous place to be. For example, I-5 was the scene of a 23-vehicle pileup a few years ago, as well as another eight-vehicle pileup in April 2019. Both accidents involved 18-wheeler trucks. In case of a truck accident in Mt. Vernon area, our legal team and our Mt. Vernon truck accident lawyer will help you.
Our Lawyers Have Been Showered with Honors
Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner has been serving injured victims since 1972. And since then, our attorneys have been showered with recognition from both clients and peers. Three of our partners have been named Super Lawyers, a designation that is based on both independent research and peer reviews. Most of our partners are also rated 10/10 on the prestigious Avvo legal rating service, based on both client and peer evaluations.
More Importantly, We Get Results
We could win every award available to personal injury attorneys, but we would still consider our firm a failure if we were not able to translate this expertise into concrete results for our clients. Fortunately, however, our track record is stellar. Some of our results in recent years include:
- $800,000 for a victim hit by a big rig truck (the largest wrongful death jury verdict in Kittitas County history);
- $1 million in wrongful death damages for an accident in which a truck struck a pedestrian;
- $2.5 million for the estate of a teenage boy who died in a jet-ski accident;
- $5.5 million in personal injury damages for a DUI accident (the largest jury verdict in Skagit County history); and
- $3.5 million for a pedestrian hit by a train.
All told, we have won over $100 million for our clients over the years.
Personal injury law covers a wide variety of cases, from defective drugs to plane crashes. Our legal team are experienced at handling the following types of cases, among others:
- Wrongful Death
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- DUI Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Sexual Abuse
- Products Liability
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is a truck’s “black box” and how is it used for truck accident claims?
A truck’s black box, known as an Electronic Control Module (ECM), works something like a black box on a commercial jet – it records certain data, such as speed and braking times, that is relevant to an accident. It can be used as evidence in court or in settlement negotiations.
Who will pay for my damages? The trucking company?
The trucking company probably won’t be liable, because most truckers are considered independent contractors of the companies they work for, not employees. A trucking company can normally he held liable only if it was itself negligent in some way. Never fear, because truckers are usually heavily insured.
Are truckers subject to special regulations?
Yes. Washington truckers are subject to regulation at both the federal and the state level. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates truckers at the federal level, and the Washington Department of Transportation regulates them at the state level. Proving that a trucker violated an applicable regulation can be greatly helpful to an injured victim if the violation substantially contributed to the accident, but it does not necessarily automatically win the case.
What are some possible defenses that I might face?
Many possible defenses exist, depending on the circumstances. Some of the most commonly used by the defense include:
- Asserting that the accident was your fault, or at least partly your fault
- Asserting that the statute of limitations deadline has already expired
- Asserting that your injuries predated the accident (in other words, that they were not caused by the accident)
Contact Us Today
We know you may be in financial distress, but don’t worry that you lack the money to retain us. Since we win 97 percent of our clients’ personal injury cases, we refuse to charge our clients if we lose their cases. Since we charge no upfront fees, that means that any legal fees you pay us will come out of the amount the defendant pays you, not out of your own pocket.
If you have suffered an injury in a truck accident, now is not the time to sit on the sidelines hoping something will happen. It is time to take decisive action to demand the compensation you deserve. Speak with a trusted Mt. Vernon truck accident attorney by contacting Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner by calling or filling out our online contact form so that we can contact you to schedule a free consultation and evaluate your options. We serve clients from Big Fir, Digby Heights, Eaglemont, and elsewhere in Mt. Vernon.