If you or a loved one have been in a truck accident, then please contact top lawyers from the Offices of Michael Clark Law in Tacoma, WA.
JUST LIKE CAR ACCIDENTS, TRUCK ACCIDENTS ARE NOT UNCOMMON
It can be an unsettling feeling to be sharing the road with trucks that carry tons of cargo. But what can be more unsettling is the fact that sharing the road with them can lead to accidents more often than you think. The exponential increase in demand for goods and services has paved the way for more and more trucks to be taking the road to move and distribute goods around Washington State. Statistics tell truck accidents are also increasing each year by a small percentage. 10% of truck accidents are likely to be fatal and this has been on a steady increase for the past three years.
We at the Law Offices of Michael Clark advise passenger car drivers to be extra cautious when sharing the road with these large trucks. If you or a loved one have been in a truck accident, our truck accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael Clark are here to help you get the compensation that suits best for your case.
The most recent truck accident around Tacoma occurred on August 12, 2020, where there was one person who suffered fatal injuries, and two people were left in critical condition. Another truck accident happened on August 28, 2020, where two victims were injured. It is concerning that these two major truck accidents took place in just a span of weeks.
THE DIFFERENT CAUSES OF TRUCK ACCIDENTS
Just like every other type of vehicle, semi-truck drivers are occasionally the cause of accidents, while other times it may be caused by the victim. Statistics lean towards the concept that truck accidents are two times danger
ous compared to automobile ones. In addition to the normal dangers found on the road such as speeding and unfocused drivers, truck drivers also often have to face the danger of fatigue that can set in after long hours of shifts on the road. This is because truck drivers are often paid by the load, so in order to make more money, they must make more deliveries. This can only be accomplished by driving for longer periods of time which can result in a lack of rest. This factor is regulated by different governing agencies, but as how rules go, they are not always followed.
In addition to the danger of a truck driver’s own negligence, the vehicle itself and the manner in how the load is placed in the truck can pose threats on the road. This happens when trucks are loaded improperly or are not adequately inspected before the driver begins their shift. Mechanical breakdowns during operation can lead to loss of control over what is often a 40-ton vehicle. More often than not, poorly lo
aded freight can fall from the truck and damage unsuspecting drivers.
The magnitude of an automobile accident involving a semi tractor-trailer truck is another variable in these types of cases. The sheer size and weight of these large commercial vehicles increase the risk of death and serious bodily injury to anyone involved in a truck accident (including the truck driver). These accidents often result in traumatic brain injuries, broken appendages, and bone fractures, serious damage to the neck and back, neurological damage, and worst of all – death.
DAMAGES A TRUCK ACCIDENT CAN CAUSE
Just like after an automobile accident or any other personal injury, a person injured during a truck accident is entitled to seek recovery for their damages so that their life can be restored as close as possible to its state before the accident.
Truck accident claims can push for compensation for the following damages:
- Medical bills, surgery, and other medical treatment costs
- Rehabilitation fees and procedures
- Nursing home care costs
- Lost income during the period of the incident
- Loss of earning capacity in the future
- Pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional suffering
- Disfigurement and permanent scarring
- Loss of enjoyment in life
- In certain cases, the injured victim’s family may seek compensation for loss of consortium, which means that their spouse or parent can no longer provide the same level of companionship, care, love, affection, or sex life that they could before the accident.
Punitive damages, in certain extreme situations, may also be available if the driver or company acted in a way that intended to cause harm (“bad faith”) or in a way that they should have known would have caused harm. Punitive damages are meant to punish a company financially – like a fine, to discourage them from acting in a similar way in the future. It is important to note that punitive damages are often dramatically lowered by judges and rarely covered by insurance policies.
SETTLEMENT FOR TRUCK ACCIDENTS
Seeking the appropriate medical care after a truck accident (or even automobile accidents) is important to protecting your health, but can lead to an absurd amount of medical bills. For victims to be able to pay these bills, they often accept extremely low settlement offers from insurance companies trying to quickly close the case. It’s important to remember that these insurance companies are looking to settle your 18-wheeler accident for as little money as they possibly can, all for the sake of profit.
As a victim, it is vital that you are aware of your rights. Whether you are the truck driver, or another motorist unfortunate enough to fall victim to a serious semi-truck crash, you have the right to recover from your injuries.
TACOMA AREA TRUCK ACCIDENTS ATTORNEYS
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael Clark, WA, specialize in personal injury cases and have 26 years of experience with all types of automobile and truck accident claims. Our reputation for zealously representing our clients to the insurance carriers is evident in our everyday diligent work toward maximizing our clients’ settlement offers. With the lawyers of the Law Offices of Michael Clark, WA, your case will be handled with the utmost importance. You will never be pressured to take an unreasonable settlement offer as our attorneys are ready and willing to take the case as far as necessary when the insurance carrier fails to take the proper course of action and make a fair offer. We also cover a wide variety of Personal Injury cases such as car accidents, motorcycle accidents, wrongful death claims, truck accidents, dog bites, and pedestrian cases.
We proudly serve the areas of Tacoma, Seattle, Olympia, and all of Western Washington. Our team of attorneys is also working hard to attend to the needs of clients amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Do not hesitate to give the Law Offices of Michael Clark a call at 253-573-1000 or a request for a free consultation online for your legal needs.
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