Experienced Seattle Trucking Accident Attorneys Advise Crash Victims
Washington firm seeks compensation for people hit by commercial vehicles
More than 5,000 truck accidents occur every year in Washington State, and due to their size and weight compared to other vehicles on the road, the victims of these crashes face a heightened risk of severe injury and death. At Mann & Kytle, PLLC, we are Seattle trucking accident lawyers who have more than 70 years of combined experience achieving strong results for victims of commercial vehicle crashes and other types of accidents. Our litigators will help you take on negligent drivers, fleet owners, contractors and anyone else whose actions led to the truck accident that hurt you or someone you love. From your first meeting with us, we will make every legal effort to maximize the amount you receive in a settlement or verdict to cover healthcare costs, lost income, pain and suffering and other aspects of the harm you’ve suffered.
Common areas for truck accidents in Washington State
Whether you’re on I-5, I-90 or are just doing some shopping near your home, a collision with a semi-truck or another heavy commercial vehicle can change your life forever. Certain accidents are unique to trucks, including underrides and jackknifed tractor-trailers. Of course, commercial vehicles can also cause rollovers, rear-end collisions, T-bones and other types of crashes. No matter where or how your collision occurred, we have the background and resources to reconstruct the scene and determine what factors triggered the incident.
Why a truck accident case can be complicated
Collecting the evidence needed to prove fault in a commercial vehicle accident claim might require more extensive work than other personal injury actions. We don’t overlook any potential defendants and review physical conditions, information from a truck’s electronic data recorder, photographs, witness statements and other evidence to develop a compelling legal argument. Specific examples of negligence often linked to serious truck crashes include:
- Driver fatigue
- Poor truck maintenance
- Unlicensed and untrained drivers
- Overloaded trucks
- Mechanical defects
- Alcohol or drug impairment
- Hazardous road conditions
Whether your claim is against the driver, fleet owner, manufacturer, government authority or someone else, our firm can litigate effectively on your behalf.
Typical injuries from accidents involving a truck
Depending on where the impact occurs and the force involved, you can suffer almost any type of injury in a truck accident. Some conditions, such as broken bones or whiplash, might heal in a relatively short time. However, the weight and force of a big rig greatly increases the likelihood that someone in the passenger car will be paralyzed or experience another form of catastrophic injury. After a blow to the head, the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury might not be immediately apparent, so it is important to get prompt medical treatment. In fatal truck accident cases, our Seattle wrongful death attorney seeks payment to help bereaved loved ones cope with one aspect of their tragic loss.
What can you expect from a truck accident lawsuit?
In a truck accident case, the driver might not own the rig, so our firm conducts a thorough investigation to determine what parties contributed to the crash. Under Washington’s statute of limitations, you have three years from the date of the crash to file a lawsuit, but we work diligently to accelerate the timeframe so you can collect payment promptly. By getting the facts early and demonstrating the strength of our clients’ case, we might be able to secure a quick, favorable settlement. Should defendants and their insurance companies refuse to offer fair payment, we’ll give you an honest assessment of your chances for success at trial and the amount of damages awarded in similar cases.
Contact a skillful Washington State truck accident lawyer for a consultation
Mann & Kytle, PLLC in Downtown Seattle represents Washington State clients in truck accident cases. Please call 206-457-2057 or contact us online to discuss your legal options with an accomplished personal injury attorney.