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Injured in a Truck Accident with a Semi-Truck or 18-Wheeler?

Pursue top compensation with attorney Zach Herschensohn

If you’ve been injured in a collision with a semi-truck or 18-wheeler, attorney Zach Herschensohn can help you pursue maximum value for your claim so that you don’t have to cough up any money for someone else’s negligence. The Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC has acquired millions in settlements and verdicts for injury victims throughout the Seattle metro area and knows how to handle complex truck accident cases. Find out how a knowledgeable and experienced Kent truck accident attorney can help you. Contact us today for your free consultation.

Semi-trucks and tractor-trailers are a critical part of the Washington state economy. Without millions of dedicated truckers transporting and delivering billions of tons in essential goods every day across the country, we wouldn’t have access to many of the products we take for granted. But truckers and trucking companies need to prioritize safety, and when they don’t, motorists can be seriously hurt.

Accidents involving large commercial trucks and smaller passenger cars can have catastrophic consequences. The legal weight of a tractor-trailer is about 80,000 pounds, compared to the average car, which weighs around 5,000 pounds. That’s a huge size advantage, and you can imagine how devastating it can be for the smaller car and its occupants when the two collide.

Who is liable in a truck accident?

If you’re lucky enough to walk away from a crash with an 18-wheeler, chances are you’ve suffered a serious injury. While car accident claims can be complex, accidents involving semi-trucks and tractor-trailers present a lot of other challenges, simply due to the potential number of parties that may be involved in the claims process. In any truck accident, there may be multiple parties who contributed to your crash and could be held at least partially liable. They include:

  • The truck driver
  • The trucking company
  • The shipping company
  • The truck manufacturer
  • A broker
  • A third-party (another driver involved in the crash)

Imagine being seriously injured, out of work, and unsure of what the future holds. Now picture trying to deal with multiple parties and getting nowhere with any of them. You’re in pain, running out of money, and beyond stressed.

It’s time to get a lawyer. Zach Herschensohn is an experienced and versatile negotiator who knows how to juggle the claims process, deal with the insurance companies, and pursue maximum compensation. If the at-fault parties refuse to cooperate or keep giving you the runaround, he’s an accomplished trial attorney who thrives in the courtroom advocating for your needs in front of a judge and jury.

Attorney Zach Herschensohn is a versatile truck accident lawyer who helps injury victims in Kent and the Seattle metro area with a wide variety of cases. If you were injured when a tractor-trailer jackknifed, involved in a pileup when a truck rolled over, or lost a loved one in an underride crash, we have the experience and resources to help.

Whether you were in a highway accident with an 18-wheeler on I-5 or rear-ended by a semi-truck on Route 516, Attorney Zach Herschensohn can answer your questions, figure out what parties to hold accountable and fight for the compensation you’re entitled to. Best of all, our law firm will represent you on a contingency fee basis. That means you don’t have to pay us anything unless we win. It’s that simple. Discover what Herschensohn Law Firm can do for you. Contact us today for your free consultation.

What should you do after a truck accident?

If you’re involved in an accident with a semi-truck, 18-wheeler, tractor-trailer, tanker truck, delivery van or truck, big rig, dump truck or other large commercial vehicle, the first thing you should do is take a deep breath and remain calm. After that, you should:

  1. Call 911. If anyone needs emergency medical attention, be sure to tell the dispatcher that you need an ambulance. Otherwise, tell them you’ve been in a truck accident, your location, and anything else they need to know to send police to the crash scene. If possible, check to make sure no one else was injured, then move your vehicle out of the road if you still can and it’s safe to do so. When police arrive, be sure to ask how you can obtain a copy of the police report.
  2. Trade information: Make sure to get the truck driver’s name and contact information, who they work for, license and insurance information, and all the contact info for their employers. Again, there are often multiple parties who have ties to the semi-truck and may have contributed in some way to the crash.
  3. Take pictures: Using your smartphone, take pictures and/or videos of the crash scene to show all the property damage and any visible injuries. Take plenty of pictures of the tractor-trailer from different angles, capture any tire marks in the road, any relevant street signs or traffic signals, and all the damage to the vehicles involved.
  4. Write down what you can remember: Before it’s too late and you forget, write down everything you can remember about the crash, including the time, location, weather conditions, road hazards, etc. Did the truck driver say anything to you after the crash like “I’m sorry” or “I didn’t see you”? Did you notice anything odd about the way they were driving or how they acted after the crash? These are all things you should note. The more information the better.
  5. Don’t talk to anyone – call an attorney: Do not discuss the accident with any other drivers or post about it on social media. Anything you say or post online could potentially be used against you to dispute your claim and ruin your case. After you notify your insurance company you’ve been in an accident, refer all questions to your attorney. Do not give a recorded statement, and do not go into too much detail about the accident with your insurance company. Let an experienced lawyer handle it all.

What are common truck accident injuries?

Even a minor collision with a semi-truck or 18-wheeler can have consequences that last a lifetime. A fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh up to 40 tons, so even crashes at lower speeds can cause catastrophic injury. Some of the most common injuries that occur in truck accidents include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Concussions
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Fractured and broken bones
  • Whiplash
  • Paralysis
  • Internal organ damage
  • Severe cuts and bruises
  • Burn injuries
  • Facial injuries

Many truck accidents end up being fatal, and if your family has suffered a tragedy, Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC can help you pursue justice through a wrongful death claim. Serious accidents deserve serious attention. Attorney Zach Herschensohn can help you find answers and hold the responsible party accountable.

How do you determine liability in a truck accident?

An experienced lawyer will be able to investigate your crash, go through police reports, track down witnesses, consult with accident reconstruction experts, examine “black box” data from the truck, study truck driver logs, investigate the trucking company, and much more to get to the bottom of who caused your accident. Remember, in order to get compensation, we need to prove someone’s negligence contributed to the accident and caused you to suffer damages. Attorney Zach Herschensohn will go the extra mile and leave no stone unturned to figure out who’s liable for your truck accident.

How can a truck accident lawyer help me?

Letting an experienced lawyer handle your case typically proves to be beneficial. Trucking companies are often large corporations that have teams of attorneys and investigators they can call upon to challenge your claim, putting you at a serious disadvantage. Hiring a truck accident attorney can level the playing field and give you better odds at recovering fair compensation.

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