Gig Harbor Truck Accident Attorney
Large Truck & Commercial Vehicle Collisions
While any car accident has the potential to alter your life forever, collisions with large semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, and other commercial vehicles are especially devastating. Unfortunately, these types of accidents are also far more common than many people realize. The Washington State Traffic Safety Commission reports that there were 4,904 large truck accidents in the state in 2020, leading to 403 suspected minor injuries, 97 suspected serious injuries, and 41 deaths. Of these heavy truck accidents, more than 600 occurred here in Pierce County.
At the Law Offices of Harold D. Carr, we understand just how devastating and life-changing large truck and commercial vehicle accidents are, both for victims and their families. From our office in Gig Harbor, our truck accident attorneys provide compassionate and attentive legal support to clients throughout the area. We recognize that no two cases are exactly alike, which is why we tailor our strategies to meet the unique needs and goals of each individual client. When you turn to our firm after a serious truck accident, you get the advantage of an entire team of legal professionals fighting for you and your recovery.
Common Causes of Large Truck Accidents
Although the majority of commercial vehicle drivers are highly trained and skilled, they can and do still make mistakes. Oftentimes, commercial vehicle drivers’ negligence or wrongful conduct is the cause (or, at the very least, a contributing factor) of devastating and even fatal motor vehicle collisions. However, in many cases, additional underlying factors play a significant role in these crashes.
Some of the leading causes of large truck and commercial vehicle accidents include:
- Careless, inattentive, and distracted driving
- Texting/using a cell phone while driving
- Drowsy/fatigued driving
- Hours-of-service violations
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Traffic violations (running red lights, speeding, unlawful passing, etc.)
- Improper truck maintenance
- Negligent supervision or hiring practices
- Failure to conduct background checks
- Failure to discipline drivers for misconduct
- Improper or inadequate truck repairs
- Overloaded or improperly loaded cargo/shifting cargo
- Vehicle defects
- Defective roadway construction or design
- Third-party motorist negligence
In any given case, there are myriad factors that can contribute to or cause an accident. Our Gig Harbor truck accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Harold D. Carr work with accident reconstructionists and other experts to fully investigate how the crash occurred and, most importantly, who is liable.
Liability in Commercial Vehicle Accident Cases
In contrast to most standard car accident claims, liability in truck accident claims tends to be extremely complex. This is due to the numerous factors that can contribute to a single accident, as well as the fact that trucking companies are generally liable for their drivers’ conduct. However, in some cases, trucking companies may dispute liability by arguing that the driver who caused the crash was an independent contractor rather than an employee, or that the driver was not the one responsible for the crash.
Depending on the specifics of your case, any of the following parties could be partially or wholly liable for your injuries and damages:
- The truck driver
- The trucking company
- A manufacturer
- A truck maintenance or repair company
- The entity that owns/leases the truck
- The party responsible for loading cargo
- Another motorist on the road
Our team knows how to investigate your accident to pinpoint the liable party. This is critical, as it allows us to pursue maximum compensation on your behalf. Because truck accident cases tend to result in significant injuries and high-value damages, this is important in helping you get the medical treatment you need, manage current and future losses, and get back on your feet.
How the Law Offices of Harold D. Carr Can Help
Large truck and commercial vehicle accidents tend to be some of the most devastating collisions on our highways and roads. When you turn to the Law Offices of Harold D. Carr, you can trust that your case—and your recovery—is in good hands.
We are here to answer your questions, address your concerns, and handle every legal detail of your case. We want you to focus on your physical and emotional recovery while our attorneys work with the trucking company and/or the insurance company to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf. We can gather applicable evidence, file necessary paperwork, and aggressively advocate for the maximum compensation you are owed. If the liable party refuses to settle your case, we are prepared to represent you and your best interests at trial.
Our firm offers its legal services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not owe any upfront fees when you hire our team. Instead, we only collect fees if/when we recover compensation for you. If we are unsuccessful in securing a settlement or verdict on your behalf, you do not pay.