Frequently Asked Questions:
- How large of a settlement should I expect from my semi-truck accident claim?
The basis for determining semi-truck accident settlements is similar to how they are determined for regular car accident claims: severity of injury, personal pain and suffering, lost wages, and damage to your vehicle. One considerable difference, however, is that semi-truck accidents are more devastating than accidents involving regular vehicles. Semi-trucks are massive commercial vehicles and as such, they can leave victims with life-long debilitating injuries or even cause death. Logically, settlements are increased to cover the increased injuries and damages semi-trucks cause. It is not unheard of for semi-truck accident settlements to reach into the 7-figure range.
- Are both the semi-truck driver and the company they work for liable for my semi-truck accident claim?
Determining liability in an accident involving any commercial vehicle is a tough bridge to cross. Such liability is often assessed according to the common-law doctrine of Respondeat Superior, which is Latin for, ‘Let the master answer.’ In layperson’s terms this doctrine means that an employee is merely an agent of their employer, and that the employer can be held responsible for any and all injuries caused by the employee. In Washington State Respondeat Superior is known as Vicarious liability and is covered by RCW 18.86.090.
- How long should I expect my semi-truck accident claim to take?
Semi-truck accident cases can be tricky to fully resolve since there are often multiple parties involved. Another factor to consider is that commercial vehicles are often owned and operated by large multinational corporations capable of hiring teams of expensive lawyers to defend them in just such cases. If you’re the victim of an accident involving a semi-truck or another commercial vehicle, then you need an Advocate on your side. Our attorneys have decades fighting for semi-truck accident victims just like yourself. Contact us today at 206-452-4200. We’re on your side.
Semi-trucks rule the roadway. These huge trucks are armed with engines that hold over 15 gallons of oil and have over 12 gears. They also weigh up to 80,000 pounds and can be 80-feet long from headlight to taillight. While semis are the king of the freeway, they have the ability to be incredibly dangerous to the other automobiles.
The Advocates Law Will Fight for Your Interests
The Advocates Law is committed to helping truck accident victims recover. We can help you win your semi-truck accident case against the at-fault insurance companies. We are highly experienced in semi-truck accident cases and are experts when it comes to Washington State law. Regardless of the location of the truck accident, we can bring our expertise to your case.
Truck accidents tend to happen for the following reasons:
- Defective equipment
- Fatigued truck drivers
- Reckless truck drivers
Truck accidents can be devastating for all of those involved. The Advocates Law are experts with both state and federal trucking laws, truck insurance policies, and the entire litigation process, if your case does have to go to trial. We will help you win the greatest possible payout for the accident.
Truck Accident Lawyers Will Guide You Through the Case
If you were involved in a truck accident, The Advocates Law’s experienced lawyers will help guide you through the intricate maze of personal injury law. We will assist you with any the insurance obstacles. A typical truck accident involves many people and numerous vehicles. Every impacted individual adds another layer of complexity to your case. Because of this, hiring a personal injury attorney is absolutely vital to winning your case.
Semi-trucks have many features than can contribute to an accident, including:
- Trucks have an increased blind spot
- Trucks have a larger braking zone
Typically, cars suffer systemic and catastrophic damage compared to truck. Because of this motorists are far more likely to suffer serious injury.
Important Advice for Sharing the Road to Avoid a Truck Accident
To help steer clear of dangerous truck accidents, drivers should the following:
- Avoid driving in a truck’s blind spots and no-zone area
- Do not cut off a truck
- Be aware when a truck makes a wide turn
If you’ve been in an accident involving a semi-truck, call the experienced personal injury lawyers with The Advocates Law. The consultation is free, so call The Advocates Law today at 206-452-4200.