Tacoma Attorneys Prove Liability for Washington Truck Accidents
Intensive investigation and aggressive litigation make wrongs right
Throughout the United States, passenger cars must share the road with semi-trucks hauling heavy cargo. When tractor-trailers, logging trucks or cement mixers cause accidents, the likelihood of serious injury or death increases greatly. The lawyers at Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P. have extensive experience representing people who have suffered losses in accidents involving large commercial trucks. When serious injuries result, we do everything possible to obtain the maximum level of compensation to meet our clients’ lifelong needs.
Discovering the cause of your truck accident and assigning liability
No matter how great your injuries, you cannot recover compensation unless you can prove someone other than yourself was responsible for the accident. In commercial truck accidents, responsibility could lie with a number of parties:
Common factors pointing to driver negligence include fatigue, reckless driving, excessive speed, distracted driving, and drug or alcohol abuse. However, the driver may not be the only one to blame for poor operation. The company may have been negligent in many ways:
- Hiring an unqualified driver
- Forcing or allowing a driver to work excessive hours
- Failing to properly maintain the vehicle
These failures may involve violations of state and federal trucking regulations.
In some cases the driver may have acted appropriately, but the tractor, trailer, brakes or other component parts may have been defectively designed, manufactured or installed. In these circumstances, the product manufacturer or designer may be liable.
Early, decisive steps preserve evidence and advance your case
When an experienced team of attorneys and their experts promptly investigate the scene of the accident, inspect the truck and interview witnesses, they are more likely to be able to preserve the evidence necessary to prove fault. Trucking companies may only keep relevant records, such as driving logs, for a few months, so your delay in seeking that information could result in a loss of crucial evidence. The seasoned accident attorneys at Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P. can build your case quickly and efficiently, and since we advance all costs of your litigation, you don’t have to pay out of pocket for investigators and accident reconstruction experts.
Contact our Tacoma truck accident attorneys and let us start working toward your recovery
If you or someone you know has suffered from an accident involving a commercial truck, contact Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P. at 253.250.4516 or contact our office online. Your initial consultation is free, and you only pay for our services if you receive monetary compensation.