Here in the Seattle area, we’re fortunate to have natural harbors that serve as important trading ports in the nation. However, all the cargo going in and out of these ports means there’s a lot of trucking around the state. The Washington truck accident lawyers at Premier Law Group are all too familiar with the fact that large-scale trucking poses a threat to public safety. In other words, drivers in the Seattle area and Washington in general are at greater risk of being in a truck accident than drivers west of Mississippi. We also know that truck accidents can be especially serious due to the size of these vehicles.

You’re probably reading this page because you or someone you care about was injured in a truck accident in Washington State. We’re sorry for your unfortunate experience. Truck accidents can result in broken bones, internal bleeding, spinal cord injury, brain injury, other catastrophic injuries, or death. Truck accidents also have serious consequences on mental and psychological health. This page gives information about truck accidents to help you make good decisions about your health and legal claim.

Estimating the Worth of Your Washington Truck Accident Compensation

One of the first things that Washington truck accident victims want to know is the value of their claim. The short answer is “it depends”. No two claims are ever the same. Therefore, every truck accident claim and personal injury claim for that matter is assessed on a case-by-case basis. In Washington, victims have a right to recover compensation for actual out-of-pocket losses and for intangible non-economic damages. That means your Washington truck accident lawyer may be able to recover for:

  • Emergency medical treatment
  • Medical bills
  • Physical therapy
  • Mental health counseling
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement
  • Disability
  • Wrongful death

Distinct Factors: Truck vs. Car Accidents in Washington

One of the things that makes trucking accidents different from regular car accidents is that the truck driver was on the job at the time of the accident. The law is such that not only do we have to sue the truck driver, we have to sue the company that the truck driver works for. For example, if the truck driver works for the Coca-Cola company when he causes an accident, the Coca-Cola company is responsible for the accident.

Thumbnail for a video where Jason Epstein, personal injury attorney, discusses who can be sued in a commercial truck accident.

Safeguarding Your Compensation After a Truck Accident in Washington

In general, there are a few ways to protect your truck accident claim. First, be sure to report the accident to the authorities. This means that if or when it’s appropriate, you should call 911, call the police, and seek follow-up medical attention. Second, document what happened and who was involved in the truck accident. In other words, write down and take pictures of the accident scene, who was there, who did what, and your injuries. Third, collect any evidence that still exists from the accident. This may include the recording of a 911 call, police record, and pictures of tire marks on the pavement. Do this quickly before people or the environment erases the evidence as a matter of normal process. Fourth, you’ll want to contact an experienced Washington truck accident lawyer as soon as possible.

You may need a Washington truck accident lawyer

Truck accident claims can be confusing and complicated. Aggressive commercial insurance companies often try to take advantage of this confusion. For example, they tend to fight to resolve claims for as little compensation as possible. They also tend to reduce or deny liability whenever they can get away with it. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced Washington truck accident lawyer on your side.

Premier Law Group offers free initial consultations. We have offices in Bellevue, Renton, Seattle, and Federal Way. We can also conduct consultations virtually or on the phone. Call 206.285.1743 to schedule a free initial consultation today.

Line graph displaying the annual number of truck accidents in Washington State from 2015 to 2023, highlighting fluctuations over the years. Each year is marked with a bullet point, and specific annotations for notable years such as 2017, 2019, 2020, and 2023 provide exact accident counts. The graph demonstrates a general trend of variation in truck accidents, with a peak in 2017, a noticeable dip in 2020, and a decrease in 2023.
Data for the graph was sourced from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Collision Data Portal, offering insights into truck accident trends over recent years. For a deeper dive into the data, visit WSDOT’s Collision Data Portal.

How Serious Are Trucking Accidents in Washington State?

This chart presents a sobering view of the outcomes of trucking accidents, with a stark majority (76.6%) of incidents resulting in no apparent injury, highlighting the effectiveness of safety measures and vehicle design in preventing serious harm. However, every injury, especially the 1.0% that are fatal, underscores the critical importance of continuous improvement in road safety regulations, driver training, and vehicle maintenance. Ensuring the safety of all road users in the face of such accidents is paramount. Source of the data: Washington State Department of Transportation.

Traits of an Exceptional Truck Accident Lawyer in Washington

The trauma you experience right after your truck accident may just be the tip of the iceberg. You won’t know the full nature or extent of your injuries, including whether you have permanent damage, until you have fully healed. Insurance companies will probably try to pressure you into settling your claim before you’re ready.

There are at least four things to look for in a Washington truck accident lawyer. The first thing is a deep understanding of state and federal trucking regulations. This comes with years of experience practicing not just personal injury law, but truck accident law as well. A second thing to look for in a Washington truck accident lawyer is that he or she know how to handle the investigative process. This can be tricky for lawyers who have never done it before. The third thing to look for is experience dealing with commercial insurance companies. Again, you want a truck accident attorney with expertise in this area. Last, your attorney should be prepared for a catastrophic injury claim. As we mentioned above, trucking accidents can be among the most serious of personal injury cases. A catastrophic injury is a big claim and you need an attorney who will handle it properly.

The Premier Law Group Difference for Truck Accident Cases

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Premier Law Group is Washington’s premier personal injury law firm. We are a down-to-earth team, dedicated to exceptional client service, specializing in personal injury law, and committed to our communities – guaranteed.

We’re not your stereotypical stuffy lawyers. We cultivate a fresh and down-to-earth culture that makes a difference to the client experience. For example, we don’t talk at you during consultations, we talk with you. Delivering outstanding client service is important to us. We aim for 100% client satisfaction, and according to our reviews, that’s what we deliver. We have extensive qualifications and experience in personal injury law and with Washington truck accidents in particular. Our expertise may be most evident in our track-record of obtaining exceptional results for clients. We believe in leaving the world a better place than we found it, which is why we host a series of campaigns that give back to our communities.

Premier Law Group: Washington’s Sole Triple-Guarantee Injury Law Firm

We promise three things:

  1. When you contact us about your personal injury matter, you’ll speak directly with an attorney – not just a receptionist or intake specialist. Furthermore, we’ll be upfront about whether you even need an attorney to settle your claim.
  2. If we decide to work together, we’ll provide a “premier” client experience. That means you get personalized service and VIP treatment.
  3. You don’t pay a penny unless we win your case. That’s our “zero fee guarantee”.

Your Advocacy Path with Premier Law Group’s Truck Accident Attorney

Your Washington truck accident lawyer at Premier Law Group will:

  • Listen carefully to your needs, questions, and concerns
  • Handle all the legal issues so you can focus on healing
  • Deal with the insurance companies and lawyers
  • Order all medical records and bills related to your injuries
  • Walk you through the litigation process so you fully understand what is happening
  • Communicate with you regularly so you know how your case is progressing

Reach Out to Premier Law Group for a Complimentary Truck Accident Consultation

If you’re ready to speak with a Washington truck accident lawyer about your claim, call Premier Law Group to schedule a free initial consultation. You’ll speak directly with a qualified attorney, and at the very least, become more informed about your legal options. Call 206.285.1743 to schedule a free initial consultation now.

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