Bellingham, WA Truck Accident Lawyer
The sheer size and weight of big rigs, tractor trailers, and other commercial vehicles make truck accidents even more dangerous than auto accidents. The resulting injuries can be catastrophic. If you receive injuries in an accident caused by a tractor trailer or other commercial vehicle, a truck accident lawyer at Robinson & Kole can help you recover the damages you are entitled to under the law. From our Bellingham office, we help clients throughout the State of Washington. For our Spanish-speaking clients, our bilingual team members make it easy to work with us.
Since 1979, Robinson & Kole has been genuinely invested in helping clients recover compensation for all manner of accidents and workplace injuries. All five of our attorneys have extensive courtroom experience and the knowledge and skills to help you navigate through the entire truck accident claim process. Our attorneys collaborate on case strategy and problem solving, so you benefit from the collective experience of our legal team that represents more than 100 years handling these types of claims.
Complexity of Issues in a Truck Accident Case
A truck accident is legally and factually more complex than an auto accident. One important reason for the greater complexity is that multiple parties may be legally liable for truck accident injuries and property damage. Depending on the circumstances of the case, the following people and businesses may be responsible for paying compensation to the injured victim in a truck accident:
- Truck driver
- Truck driver’s employer
- Owner or lessor of the truck
- Equipment or truck manufacturer
- Maintenance or repair company
- Company that loaded the cargo
Identifying and locating all the possible defendants in a truck accident case can be challenging. The parties who may be legally liable are often from out-of-state. Sometimes, potential defendants are big companies represented by big insurance companies. Our Robinson & Kole injury lawyer team knows how to find all the parties who may be responsible for a truck accident and has the skills to deal with their insurance companies, regardless of how big or intimidating those companies may seem.
Another reason for the greater complexity of a truck accident case is that commercial vehicles are subject to complicated federal and state laws and regulations. Violation of a law or regulation by the truck driver or another potential party can be a factor in proving negligence. A truck accident lawyer at Robinson & Kole can conduct a detailed analysis into whether lack of compliance with the law contributed to the accident, as part of the overall investigation into the accident.
An additional complicating factor is that truck accidents frequently involve multiple vehicles. That fact makes identifying the cause of the accident and the responsible persons a complex task requiring detailed investigation and analysis. In some cases, assistance from experts is necessary. Regardless of how many vehicles were involved in a truck accident, our attorneys have the experience and knowledge to gather the necessary evidence and conduct a full analysis to identify the cause for a truck accident and hold the negligent party or parties responsible.
Compensation for Truck Accident Injuries
The laws in Washington State provide compensation for both financial and non-financial losses caused by a negligent driver. Financial losses include medical and hospital expenses (past and future), lost income, damage to your vehicle, and other out-of-pocket expenses. Non-financial losses include pain and suffering, inconvenience, emotional distress, and loss of future earnings. In addition to proving the cause of a truck accident, your lawyer must collect evidence to document and prove all the losses for which you claim compensation.
Robinson & Kole truck accident lawyer team has a detailed understanding of the elements that go into calculating the full compensation you deserve, so you don’t get short-changed on your financial recovery. Your lawyer also will be a skilled negotiator who stands up for your rights and is not misled by insurance company tactics.
Work-Related Truck Accidents
If you were working when you received injuries in a truck accident that was caused by another person, you may have both a personal injury claim and a workers’ compensation (L&I) claim. The claims and processes are completely separate from each other and must be pursued in separate legal systems. At Robinson & Kole, our attorneys handle both types of claims and can help you recover for both L&I benefits and personal injury compensation in a third-party claim.
When Do You Need a Lawyer?
If you try to resolve a claim for truck accident injuries and property damage by yourself, you likely will end up with much less than you are entitled under state law. At Robinson & Kole, our attorneys do not charge for your first consultation and case evaluation.
Free Consultation with an Experienced Washington Truck Accident Attorney
From our office in Bellingham, our Robinson & Kole truck accident attorney team helps clients throughout the State of Washington. If you suffered injuries in a truck accident caused by someone else, we welcome you to contact us for a free consultation by calling 800.640.5616 or using our online contact form. Se habla Español.