Truck accidents can cause severe or catastrophic injuries. Following a wreck with a large commercial vehicle, it is generally in your best interest to consult a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. This is especially true if you or a loved one was seriously injured or if a family member was killed.
The accomplished truck accident lawyers at Fuller & Fuller, Attorneys PLLC have substantial experience helping truck accident victims pursue the justice they deserve after a serious crash. We have the experience, resources, and record of success you can trust to recover the compensation you need to get back on track.
Reasons to Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer
If you were involved in a truck accident, you should consider contacting an attorney if:
The Truck Accident Caused Severe Injuries
When fully loaded, tractor-trailers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Even empty trailers can weigh more than 35,000 pounds. Due to the massive size and weight of 18-wheelers, the injuries sustained in truck wrecks are often more severe than those suffered in passenger vehicle collisions. Serious truck-related injuries can require hospitalization, surgery, rehabilitation, and possibly long-term care.
Common injuries in truck wrecks include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Burn injuries
- Broken or fractured bones
- Internal bleeding or organ damage
- Scarring and disfigurement
In addition to the immediate pain and medical expenses these injuries cause, an experienced truck accident lawyer will examine how the injuries affect the full scope of your life. The losses that result from a catastrophic injury can impact nearly every aspect of a person’s life, possibly leading to ongoing medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and much more.
The Truck Accident Caused Death
If a truck driver’s negligence led to the death of a loved one, it is crucial to contact an attorney promptly. Although no amount of money can make up for your immeasurable loss, damages in a wrongful death claim can help you and your family stay financially afloat during a difficult time.
In a wrongful death case, surviving family members may be entitled to recover losses for:
- Funeral costs
- Burial or cremation expenses
- Past medical bills
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of support
- Loss of parental care and guidance
- Mental anguish
- Loss of companionship
- The pain and suffering experienced by your loved one
Wrongful death claims can be very complex and require the knowledge and skill of an experienced lawyer. An attorney can handle every aspect of your case so you can focus on the needs of your family.
Liability Is Disputed
Determining–and proving–liability in a truck accident case can be more difficult than in other motor vehicle wreck cases. Depending on the facts in the case, a number of potentially liable parties may be held responsible for the crash, including:
- The truck driver
- The trucking company
- The truck’s manufacturer
- A service technician
- The loading or shipping company
An attorney will investigate the details of your case thoroughly to determine the cause of your accident and fight to hold the responsible party accountable for your injuries and subsequent losses.
The Insurance Company Offers a Low Amount or Refuses to Pay
The insurance company’s settlement offer should reflect the full extent of your past, present, and future damages. However, insurance companies routinely attempt to pay as little as possible to accident victims. In addition to minimizing the value of your losses, insurers may try to intimidate you into taking less than you deserve. A truck accident attorney is familiar with insurance company tactics and will fight aggressively for a settlement you deserve.
After a serious injury, your choice to hire an attorney will be one of the most important decisions you will make. Your choice will make a tremendous impact on whether or not you recover the compensation you rightfully deserve.
If you were hurt or lost a loved one in a truck wreck, Fuller & Fuller, Attorneys PLLC can help. Led by attorney Marya Fuller, our firm specializes in accident and injury law. We understand the hardships you may be facing after a truck wreck, and we are committed to helping you recover the justice you deserve for your injuries.
Contact us today at (800) 570-4878 or contact us online for a FREE initial consultation with an experienced truck accident lawyer. Fuller & Fuller, Attorneys PLLC serves clients throughout Washington, including Olympia, Tacoma, and other nearby areas.