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With 18-wheelers and other large trucks often exceeding a load weight of 80,000 pounds, it is no surprise that individuals involved in collisions with these massive vehicles typically suffer severe, catastrophic injuries and sometimes death.
Since 1981, our experienced and professional team of lawyers at Crary, Clark, Domanico, & Chuang, P.S., has aggressively represented clients in Spokane and throughout the surrounding Washington and Idaho communities in serious truck accident cases.
Types of Truck Accidents in Spokane
No two truck accidents are the same. The cause and type of each accident can drastically impact the injuries that victims sustain. Some of the biggest factors include the speed of the drivers and the angle at which the vehicles collide.
Some of the most common types of accidents include:
- Rear end accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Freeway accidents
- Hit and run accidents
- Wide turn accidents
- Left turn accidents
Common truck crash injuries
We have trucks, big rigs and tractor trailers of all shapes and sizes traveling through Spokane and Spokane Valley. While accidents can occur anywhere, most happen on Interstate 90, a major route for Long Haul Truckers.
When people survive a crash with a large truck, they’ll often suffer what are known in the medical profession as catastrophic injuries. Those might include:
- Permanent brain and spinal cord injuries
- Severe organ damage requiring surgery
- Severe fractures requiring surgery
- Severe facial and dental injuries
- Deep lacerations with permanent scarring and nerve damage
Spokane County Truck Injury Attorneys Who Understand the Law
In addition to being more dangerous in nature, accidents involving commercial trucks are commonly more legally complicated. Trucking companies are liable for accidents caused by their drivers — meaning most companies will try to find any way to minimize liability.
Often, the truck company’s insurance representatives are at the scene of the accident to collect data and evidence at the same time as police and medical assistance arrive. Some drivers even go to extreme lengths not to be blamed for the accident, including doctoring or falsifying information in driver logbooks.
At Crary, Clark, Domanico, & Chuang, P.S., we are committed to holding the responsible party accountable for the actions that caused the truck accident. We have handled a wide range of cases where the accidents resulted from:
- Fatigued drivers
- Distracted drivers
- Drunk drivers (alcohol, prescription and over-the-counter drug use, etc.)
- Load issues: overloading, improper loading unbalanced axle weight, etc.
- Poor truck maintenance
- Brake problems
- Traveling too fast for conditions
- Unfamiliarity with roadway
- Poor road conditions
- Inclement weather
With more than 60 combined years of proven experience handling truck accident cases, our Spokane truck accident attorneys, Robert Crary and James Domanico, are prepared to help you. Our team’s comprehensive knowledge of important trucking laws, including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations has allowed our clients to achieve maximized compensation for their losses.
CASE SPOTLIGHT: Semi-Truck Wrongful Death | Settlement $365,000.00
Our client, an 18-year old man who was riding with his stepfather in their work vehicle, was hit head-on when a semi-truck driver crossed the centerline. At the time of this unfortunate accident Washington did not allow for the recovery of an adult child. As a result of our lobbying efforts and those of his mother, the Senate almost passed legislation allowing parents to bring suit to recover for injuries and death of an adult child. The settlement exhausted the total available insurance coverage.
Investigating Spokane area truck accidents
It’s extremely important that evidence of a truck wreck be preserved. The insurer of a trucking company might have an investigative team on the scene before the wreckage is even cleaned up. Any evidence favorable to you won’t be mentioned in the team’s report. You’ll want to put our team to work for you right away too. Just some of the items that are ordinarily contained in our investigations include:
- Analysis of the scene
- Obtaining witness statements
- Obtaining and reviewing all truck maintenance records
- Determining whether state or federal laws were broken
- Analysis of any electronic data and information in log books
- Reviewing toll and fuel receipts
- Identification of any defects in the truck
- Searching the driver’s history
Contact a Spokane Truck Accident Lawyer Today
The trucking insurance company on the opposing side of your accident case isn’t there to help you. It’s in existence to make money, and the more claims that it pays little or nothing on, the more money it makes. Insurance companies and their defense attorneys throughout the State of Washington know us and respect us. Our preparation is aggressively meticulous, and we don’t stop until such time as we’ve left no stone unturned and maximized the compensation for your injuries. Don’t be denied full compensation for your injuries and damages.
We invite you to contact the law office of Crary, Clark, Domanico, & Chuang, P.S., today at 509-926-4900, or e-mail us, to schedule a free and confidential consultation.
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