Lakewood Truck Accident Lawyers
Commercial trucks are enormous and powerful machines with a high potential to cause serious injury. When trucks and passenger car collide, it is often the driver and passengers of the smaller car who end up worse off, or in some cases, deceased. Not only do victims of truck accidents often find themselves recovering from serious injuries or even fighting for their lives, but they often find themselves in confusing legal situations. Sure, the truck driver probably shares a significant portion of the blame, but what about the trucking company? To make matters worse for the victims, trucking companies often have enormous resources at their disposal to avoid sizeable personal injury payouts.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident, the Lakewood truck accident lawyers of Briggs & Briggs are here to help you through this challenging time. As a personal injury firm serving Lakewood, Tacoma, Olympia, Puyallup, Chehalis, and Bremerton for over sixty years, we are dedicated to fighting hard for truck accident victims. Call (253) 588-6696 to discuss your situation with an experienced attorney.
Truck Accident Claims We Handle
Trucks are unwieldy beasts with many moving parts, and many ways driving one can go wrong. Some of the typical truck accident cases we handle include:
- Rollover accidents: When truck drivers take difficult maneuvers too quickly, their trailers or entire vehicles can roll over, blocking off the road and hitting nearby cars.
- Jackknife accidents: A jackknife occurs when the trailer swings out and creates a 90-degree angle with the cab of the truck, blocking off part of the road and often causing drivers to run into it before they can stop.
- Rear-end accidents: Trucks have a lot of momentum because of their weight, and as a result, they are difficult to stop. Truckers who misjudge distance may not have enough time to stop before they hit the car in front of them.
- Underride accidents: When a smaller car is in the back of a rear-end accident with a truck, it may in some cases slide under the trailer. These accidents can be especially deadly.
- Mechanical failure: Trucks are complicated vehicles, and many are in almost constant use on long, cross-country trips. When companies fail to maintain their fleet properly, trucks can break down and cause accidents simply because engines, brakes, or other parts are damaged.
Many of these accidents have the potential to be deadly and to impact multiple cars. Whatever type of truck accident you have suffered, the lawyers of Briggs & Briggs can help you build a case against the party responsible.
Who is responsible for your injuries?
One of the most challenging aspects of a truck accident case is determining who is responsible. Washington is a comparative negligence state, meaning that each driver can be found a certain percentage at fault, and awards in personal injury cases will be reduced by that percentage. But beyond determining which side was more at fault, the truck’s side is divided into a number of other actors. Do you sue the driver or the trucking company? What about parts manufacturers? Deciding whom to sue can get very complicated very quickly.
Truck companies are generally held responsible for their drivers’ negligence on the job, in addition to their own negligence in business practices and maintenance. Also, drivers have fewer assets than companies in most cases, meaning that you would not be able to get as much money from suing the driver alone. However, in some cases, you can sue both the company and the driver. If there is ever any uncertainty as to whom you should sue, a personal injury lawyer will be able to clear it up and get your case on track.
Understanding What You’re Up Against
Trucking companies run huge and hugely profitable operations across multiple states. As a result, they tend to have many resources at their disposal, including top-of-the-line insurance policies and large and powerful legal teams. These companies can mobilize their insurance and legal operations quickly and may have their adjusters and investigators at work before you even think to call a lawyer. As an experienced personal injury firm, Briggs & Briggs is up to the challenge of taking on negligent trucking companies, but for the most significant chance of success, you will need to act quickly. You should begin collecting evidence, such as pictures and witness statements, immediately after the accident. As soon as you have decided to take legal action, contact us.
Recovering Compensation for Your Truck Accident Claim
Truck accidents can cause life-threatening injuries and destroy your car, upending your life and draining your finances. Thankfully, a successful personal injury suit can help you recover damages for many accident-related costs, including:
- Medical bills
- Car repairs or replacement
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Lost wages while recovering from your injuries
- Future loss of income due to accident-related disability
- Other miscellaneous, recovery-related costs, such as transportation
An experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine which types of damages to seek in your case. If your partner or relative was killed in a truck accident, you might be able to seek damages in a wrongful death claim as well.
Recovering from a truck accident is hard. From medical bills to a painful recovery to the strain on your relationships, you may feel as if your life has rolled over. No one should have to go through this difficult time alone. If you believe the truck driver or company was responsible, you may want to consider legal action.
However you are handling the aftermath of your truck accident, Briggs & Briggs is here to help. Our experienced Lakewood truck accident lawyers will handle your case with care and respect, and we will fight aggressively to increase your chances of winning a large settlement or judgment against the party responsible. With lawyers serving Lakewood, Tacoma, Olympia, Puyallup, Chehalis, and Bremerton, we are ready to help wherever you are. Don’t hesitate and let the trucking company get out ahead of you. For more information on how we can help, call us now at (253) 588-6696.