Seattle Truck Accident Lawyer

Truck accidents can cause catastrophic injuries. Medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering damages can exceed $1 million.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident in Seattle, you need an experienced Seattle truck accident lawyer on your side.

The attorneys at Moseley Collins Law have over 40 years of experience representing injury victims in truck accident claims. We have recovered millions of dollars for past clients by fighting aggressively against insurance companies.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Common Causes of Truck Accidents Truck drivers face immense pressure to deliver loads quickly and cheaply. This leads to reckless driving behaviors that often cause terrible crashes. Some common causes we see in our cases include:

Driver fatigue - Truckers often drive over their federally-mandated hours. Drowsy driving leads to slow reaction times and accidents.

Speeding - Trucks require much more distance to brake than passenger vehicles. Speeding trucks often cannot slow down in time.

Distracted driving - Eating, texting, or operating onboard electronics while driving a 40-ton truck is extremely negligent.

Impaired driving - Truck drivers sometimes drive while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.

Equipment failure - Poorly maintained trucks often suffer brake failures, defective tires, and other equipment problems.

Jackknifing - Making too sharp of a turn at high speeds can cause a truck and trailer to jackknife. This almost always results in a rollover accident.

Wide turns - Trucks need extra space to make turns. Other drivers often misjudge a truck's wide turn radius, leading to deadly broadside collisions.

Common Truck Accident Injuries

Common Truck Accident Injuries When a semi-truck collides with a smaller passenger vehicle, the damage is catastrophic. Some most common truck accident injuries we see include:

Traumatic Brain Injuries

The violent impact can cause the brain to smash against the inside of the skull. This can lead to cognitive deficits, personality changes, paralysis, coma, and death.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Crash forces can crush or sever the spine. This often results in partial or total paralysis of the arms and legs.


Wheels rolling over limbs or sharp truck parts slicing into flesh can result in traumatic limb amputations.

Internal Organ Damage

Seatbelts, steering wheels, or other interior components being forced into the body can badly damage soft tissues and organs.

Burn Injuries

Fires often erupt after fuel tank ruptures in truck crashes. Severe, disfiguring burns often result.

Broken Bones

Arms, legs, hips, ribs and other bones commonly break in high-impact truck collisions. Compound fractures that protrude through the skin are also common.

Wrongful Death

Any of the above injuries can ultimately lead to death, especially head and organ trauma. Families lose loved ones.

The emotional trauma of disfigurement, disability, and lost income after a truck crash can also plague crash victims for life.

How Truck Accident Claims Work

If you were injured by a commercial truck, contact our Seattle truck accident lawyers immediately. Filing deadlines apply, so don't delay.

After you hire us, we start by gathering evidence. We visit the crash scene, photograph conditions, measure skid marks, and acquire police reports. We download crash data from the truck's black box. We obtain your medical records, bills, and prognoses. Photographs and video document your injuries.

Next, we negotiate with the trucking company's insurer. They almost always offer much less than deserved. We then file a Seattle truck accident lawsuit to take your case before a jury. Over the decades, we have developed creative legal strategies to maximize claim values. Our thorough trial preparation and skillful courtroom advocacy compel insurers to pay full fair settlements before trial in most cases.

As your Seattle truck accident attorney, we advance all case costs and only collect our fee if you win damages. This means your financial recovery goes into your pocket where it belongs - not ours.

Causes of Action in Truck Injury Lawsuits

To win compensation in truck accident injury claims, our lawyers assert these common causes of action depending on the details of each case:

Negligence - Most truck crashes stem from negligent driving behaviors. Truckers have a duty to drive safely and breach this duty through reckless acts like speeding, distracted driving, and driving while fatigued. This breach directly causes catastrophic injuries.

Negligent hiring/supervision/training - As above, if trucking companies fail to properly vet, train, or supervise their drivers, the company can be independently liable for negligent hiring or negligent training claims. These are very powerful claims that help hold unsafe trucking companies accountable.

Negligent maintenance - If poor maintenance of the truck's brakes, tires, or other components contributed to a crash, the trucking company is liable for negligent maintenance. Their safety team should have identified and repaired any deficient equipment.

Products liability - If defective auto parts like faulty brakes or tires contributed to a crash, part manufacturers face strict liability personal injury claims.

With so much complexity involved in truck accidents, you need an experienced attorney. Let our Seattle truck accident lawyers strategically craft the strongest possible case for you.

Damages Available in Truck Injury Claims

Injured truck accident victims can recover full compensation for all past and future losses. Proven damages typically include:

Past and future medical expenses - All hospital bills, surgeries, rehab costs, medication, assistive devices like wheelchairs, and more. Life care experts often help document lifetime equipment and care needs.

Lost income - If injuries prevent working, the defendant must pay your lost past and future income. Vocational economic experts calculate this.

Loss of earning capacity - Certain injuries permanently reduce one's ability to work and earn. Defendants must pay this future wage loss.

Pain and suffering - Money damages compensate for physical and emotional trauma stemming from the injury and impairments. Significant sums account for this intangible damage.

Loss of enjoyment of life - Injuries that reduce participation in hobbies, recreational activities, and special family events deserve added compensation.

Disfigurement damages - Scars, burn damage, amputations, and disability warrant extra payment to account for physical changes and social stigma.

Wrongful death - Families of crash victims killed by negligent trucks can claim compensation for funeral costs, lost companionship, lost income contributions to the household, and more.

Our dedicated Seattle truck accident lawyers have the courtroom experience and resources to fully document all categories of damages you suffer. We fight relentlessly until you receive a fair settlement or verdict.

Statute of Limitations for Truck Injury Lawsuits

Time limits apply for starting truck accident injury claims in Washington. Generally, you have 3 years from the crash date to file a lawsuit or settle your claim.

Failing to act within 3 years forfeits your rights. Evidence can disappear. Deadlines for certain insurance claims can be much shorter than 3 years.

Call our seasoned Seattle truck accident attorneys right away so we can immediately start preserving evidence and calculating claim value. Delay drastically hurts claim strength.

Why Hire Our Seattle Truck Accident Attorneys?

Why Hire Our Seattle Truck Accident Attorneys Moseley Collins Law has been representing truck accident victims for over 40 years. Our proven record of success sets us apart.

  • 8+ figure verdicts and settlements won
  • Decades of trucking industry experience
  • Thousands of 5-star reviews

We know how to maximize case value and have the reputation and resources to negotiate top settlements pre-trial when possible. If needed, we have the courtroom skills and experience to prevail at trial.

Our personalized approach treats clients like family. We will walk you through every step of the legal process and tailor our counsel around your needs and objectives. Your recovery and peace of mind are our priorities.

Our No Fee Promise

We represent truck accident clients on a contingency fee basis. You pay nothing upfront. We only collect a fee if we win your case.

Our rates adhere to Washington State Bar standards - typically 33%-39% of the final settlement amount. But we customize arrangements on a case-by-case basis.

We also advance all case expenses while pursuing your claim. You pay nothing out-of-pocket for costs like court fees, accident investigators, or medical expert testimony.

This means your truck accident settlement costs you nothing upfront as we are performance based. Contact us today for a free, no-risk case review. Our intake specialists are available to provide consultation after a trucking crash.

Contact Our Seattle Truck Accident Lawyers for a Free Consultation

Moseley Collins has helped thousands of injury victims maximize compensation after truck crashes. Let us put our decades of legal experience to work for you.

We offer free, no-obligation consultations. Call (800) 4-COLLINS or contact us online to discuss your case and legal options.

Additional Causes of Truck Accidents

Additional Causes of Truck Accidents While driver error and negligence are the main causes of most truck crashes, other factors can also contribute to accidents. Our experienced attorneys investigate every possible cause and liable party.

Some other causes include:

Inclement weather - Rain, snow, ice, fog, and high winds can make driving conditions treacherous. Truck drivers must adapt their driving accordingly, which many fail to do.

Poor road conditions - Unmarked construction zones, potholes, debris in the road and other hazards require extra care from truck drivers.

Mechanical defects - Brake failure, tire blowouts, steering issues, and other equipment defects turn trucks into 40-ton unguided missiles. Trucking companies must properly maintain trucks.

Overloaded trailers - Excess insured weight strains components and makes trucks much harder to control. Drivers and companies must not exceed load limits.

Unsecured cargo - Unrestrained cargo that shifts mid-transit alters the truck's center of gravity and control. Proper load securing is essential.

Lane encroachment - Trucks crossing over the center line into oncoming traffic cause devastating head-on crashes. Drivers must avoid this at all costs.

Unrealistic delivery timeframes - Trucking companies overwork drivers by imposing unrealistic delivery windows. This contributes greatly to fatigued driving.

No matter what factors caused your truck crash, our attorneys will uncover them and make sure negligent parties are held fully accountable.

Additional Truck Accident Injuries

Additional Truck Accident Injuries The extreme forces unleashed in a truck collision can inflict nearly every type of severe, life-changing injury imaginable. Some other common truck injuries include:

Neck and back injuries - Disk herniations, fractures, spinal cord contusions and other spinal trauma are very common and debilitating.

Nerve damage and paralysis - From spinal injuries or stretched/severed nerves, partial or total paralysis can result. This drastically impacts mobility and quality of life.

Lacerations - Victims often sustain deep cuts from broken glass and truck parts. Scarring and infections can result.

Crush injuries - Truck wheels or cargo can crush limbs or body parts, causing muscle, nerve, vessel, and bone damage.

Psychological trauma - Post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety disorders are common after the mental anguish of a truck crash.

Internal bleeding - Organs, vessels and tissues can hemorrhage after being lacerated or bruised by impact forces. This causes severe pain and extensive blood loss.

Abdominal/digestive injuries - Blunt impact trauma can lead to organ rupture, hernias, bowel perforation and other serious GI issues requiring surgery.

Reproductive organ damage - Male and females can sustain reproductive organ damage. Damage to the uterus, ovary, prostate, testicular trauma, sometimes requiring removal.

Make sure you get evaluated and treated for every single injury sustained in your truck collision, even ones that may not be apparent right away. We work with the best medical experts to fully document your injuries for your claim.

Full Compensation for All Damages

Full Compensation for All Damages Because truck crashes often inflict permanent, life-changing injuries, full legal damages are essential so victims don't face financial ruin on top of physical and emotional ruin. We fight for our clients to recover every penny they are owed, including:

Economic Damages
  • Past and future medical costs
  • Rehab and physical therapy
  • Counseling and psychotherapy
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • Medical equipment and assistive devices
  • Home healthcare
  • Health insurance premiums
  • Caregiving and attendant care
  • Lost income
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Lost fringe and retirement benefits
Non-Economic Damages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Permanent disability and disfigurement
  • Physical impairment and inconvenience
  • Severe loss of mobility
  • Loss of companionship and consortium

Let our Seattle truck injury attorneys maximize your rightful recovery through assertive advocacy and negotiation tactics.

Time is of the Essence

Because trucks are commercial vehicles operated by businesses, truck crash cases involve strict regulations and deadlines. Preserving evidence quickly is critical. Under federal law, trucking companies must preserve records and data for crashes. But this evidence often "disappears" unless lawyers act swiftly with preservation letters.

Injured victims also must receive prompt medical evaluation and treatment. Insurers will claim gaps in treatment, missed diagnoses and lack of records suggest minor injuries.

Starting your claim without delay maximizes the evidence supporting your damages. Let our seasoned Seattle truck accident lawyers take swift action to protect your rights. We know what steps to take and when regarding:

  • Preservation demands
  • Insurance claims
  • Investigation
  • Documents requests
  • Wage and employment records
  • Medical records and bills
  • Collision reconstruction
  • Witness interviews

Too often, less experienced lawyers and unrepresented victims lose rights and leverage by waiting weeks or months to pursue claims. Let our lawyers take immediate control of your case and start building strength.

Frequently Asked Questions About Truck Injury Claims

Frequently Asked Questions About Truck Injury Claims If you were harmed by a commercial truck in Seattle, you likely have many questions about your legal options and the claims process. Here are some common FAQs we hear:

What is the Process for a Truck Accident Lawsuit?

After filing your complaint and starting the lawsuit, the litigation process involves discovery, negotiations, and trial preparation culminating with either a pre-trial settlement or jury verdict at trial. Discovery involves depositions, document exchanges, medical exams, and accident reconstruction. Settlement negotiations leverage evidence to seek fair money damages. Most cases resolve pre-trial, but our firm prepares every case for trial.

How Long Do Truck Accident Claims Take?

The timeline greatly varies case by case. Some resolve in months, while complex cases with severe injuries take years. Factors affecting duration include legal issues, number of defendants, nature of injuries, availability of witnesses, and negotiations. Our attorneys continually pursue faster resolutions but refuse to settle for less than fair value.

How Much is My Truck Accident Case Worth?

No two truck wrecks or injuries are alike, so values vary widely. A minor soft tissue injury claim may be worth five figures. Severe injuries like spinal damage, brain trauma, or wrongful death can warrant seven or eight-figure recoveries when defendants are clearly liable. An experienced attorney considers medical prognosis, fault, insurance coverage, lost income, pain, and suffering when estimating claim value. We leverage our decades of experience to maximize case value.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Truck Accident Attorney?

Our firm represents truck accident clients on a contingency fee basis. No fees or costs are owed upfront. We only collect a fee from any settlement or verdict we obtain for you. Fees follow Washington State Bar guidelines, usually 33-39% of the total recovery. We also front all litigation costs, to be repaid from any recovery.

Can I Settle a Truck Accident Without a Lawyer?

You have the right to settle independently, but it is extremely unwise to do so. Trucking insurers exploit unrepresented victims. Only experienced attorneys have the legal skills and negotiating leverage to compel high settlements. Contingency fee agreements let you hire aggressive truck accident lawyers without any out-of-pocket expense. Protect your rights - consult an attorney before negotiating any settlement.

What Should I Do After a Truck Accident?

First, always seek any needed medical treatment. Next, gather information including driver/witness details, photos of property damage, police reports, and insurance information. Report the crash to your insurer and the truck driver's company. Finally, contact experienced Seattle truck accident attorneys so legal deadlines and processes can start immediately. Delay forfeits legal rights. Let a lawyer handle claim processes professionally.

How are Truck Accident Settlements Paid Out?

Most personal injury settlements are paid out as a single lump sum. Defendants and insurers prefer this for finality. Severe injury settlements exceeding $5 million or more may involve some structured payments over time. Our truck accident lawyers work to structure any larger settlements to protect your financial future and avoid risks.

Can I Still Recover Damages if I Was Partly at Fault?

Yes, Washington follows pure comparative negligence laws. As long as the truck driver bears at least 51% of the fault, you can still recover reduced damages based on your percentage of fault. An experienced attorney will fight to minimize your fault percentage.

What Types of Evidence Prove a Truck Accident Claim?

Key evidence includes truck electronic data, black box readings, driver logs, employer records, phone/GPS records, accident reconstruction, medical records, witness statements, photos/video, police reports, commercial regulations, and maintenance records. Our skilled attorneys know how to obtain and utilize all evidence to prove truck company and driver negligence. We spend whatever time and resources are needed to build an ironclad injury claim.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit After a Fatal Truck Crash?

Washington law allows enumerated family members to pursue wrongful death claims against negligent parties. This includes spouses, children, parents, siblings, and other close relatives. Our compassionate wrongful death attorneys provide guidance on how to appoint an estate personal representative and proceed with a claim. We maximize recoveries to account for all losses families suffer.

Can I Still Get a Settlement if the Truck Driver Was Never Identified?

Yes. Under Washington underinsured motorist (UIM) laws, your own insurer must compensate if a hit-and-run or unidentified motorist causes injury or death. We help victims pursue UIM claims when at-fault parties cannot be located. This important protection prevents drivers from evading responsibility.

What Should I Avoid Doing After a Truck Wreck?

Never admit fault or responsibility. Avoid signing any documents from insurers too quickly without full advice from a lawyer. Do not agree to recorded statements or medical exams by defense lawyers without consulting your attorney. Avoid posting details about the crash on social media. Communication should flow through your attorney. Protect your rights - retain legal counsel immediately.

What are the Most Common Truck Driver Errors Causing Crashes?

Common trucker errors include speeding, distraction, inattention, fatigue, impairment, reckless lane changes, following too closely, equipment violations and many others. Our firm consults truck safety experts to analyze driver logs, training records, employer procedures and other data to identify and prove driver negligence. Holding truckers accountable improves public safety.

Can Hazardous Road Conditions Contribute to Truck Crashes?

Yes. Poorly marked construction zones, unrepaired potholes, lack of appropriate signage, debris on the road and other hazards require extra care from truck drivers. When commercial drivers fail to take added precautions through hazardous areas, they may bear liability for causing wrecks, along with the road owner. Our lawyers investigate all potential liable parties.

How are Damages Divided if Multiple Parties are Responsible?

Washington applies comparative fault rules. A jury or claims adjusters assign percentages of fault liability involving all negligent parties. Those percentages then dictate how the damages owed are divided. For example, if the truck driver bears 80% of fault and a negligent road owner 20%, the compensation would be split with 80% paid by the trucker and 20% by the road authority. Our experienced trial attorneys allocate fault strategically.

How Long Do Truckers Drive Each Day?

Federal regulations limit truckers to 11 straight driving hours after 10 consecutive off-duty hours. They cannot exceed 60 hours total driving over 7 days, or 70 hours over 8 days. Trucking companies face pressure to deliver loads under tight timeframes, pressuring drivers to flout these safety driving limits. Our lawyers thoroughly review driver logs and other records to identify violations.

What Trucking Regulations Help Improve Safety?

Key federal regulations surround driver qualifications/training, maximum driving hours, truck maintenance, cargo securement, overweight loads, substance abuse programs, medical oversight, and collision reporting. When trucking companies skirt regulations, they often share the blame for crashes. Our firm enforces all regulations to enhance public safety and protect victims' rights.

How Common are Truck Defect Accidents?

Mechanical defects contribute to many truck collisions. Common defective parts involve brakes, steering, tires, lighting, couplings and software controls. Truck manufacturers and part makers can be liable under product liability claims. Drivers must also perform standard pre-trip safety inspections to identify any faulty equipment in need or repair. We hold all liable parties accountable in product defect cases.

What Should I Do at the Scene of a Truck Crash?

Seek medical help if needed. Call police and ask witnesses to remain on scene. Photograph damage, skid marks, debris, injuries and road conditions. Exchange insurance and driver information. Make written notes about how the collision occurred and statements by the truck driver or witnesses. Seek immediate legal help to protect your rights. Our seasoned truck accident lawyers take control of the legal process without delay.

Can Trucking Companies Be Liable for Unsafe Driving?

Yes. Federal law outlines the legal duties companies owe surrounding driver screening, training, supervision, safety compliance and maintenance. When firms fail in these duties and crashes result, they share liability through negligence claims. Our lawyers hold providers accountable under vicarious liability, negligent hiring/training/supervision and other legal theories protecting the motoring public.

What Makes Trucks More Dangerous Than Passenger Vehicles?

Trucks' massive size and weight make them extremely hazardous. Loaded tractor-trailers can weigh 80,000 pounds versus cars and SUVs under 5,000 pounds. Trucks require much longer stopping distances. They have large blind spots. When crashes occur, the damage is exponentially greater than a typical car accident. Our firm levels the playing field against powerful trucking firms and insurers.

Who Pays for Damages if the Truck Driver is Uninsured or Underinsured?

Your own auto policy's uninsured and underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage will pay damages up to the policy limits if the at-fault trucker lacks sufficient insurance. We negotiate or litigate disputed UM/UIM claims against your insurer. Opting for higher UM/UIM limits protects you better in hit-and-run and other cases. Consult your attorney before accepting any UM/UIM offer.

Can Passengers in the Same Vehicle as the Truck Driver Recover Damages?

Yes, if the truck driver's negligence or recklessness caused the passenger injury. Under Washington law, passengers can pursue injury claims against drivers of the same vehicle if the driver bore clear fault through intoxication, intentional misconduct, or violation of traffic laws. Our experienced transportation lawyers have successfully handled same-vehicle truck accident cases.

How Often Do Trucking Companies Try to Avoid Liability?

Choose Our Proven Seattle Truck Accident Attorneys Unfortunately, truck companies and insurers often seek ways to deny responsibility for crashes their drivers cause. They may blame other motorists or road conditions. They dispute the severity of injuries. They argue compliance with regulations. Experienced truck accident lawyers know how to overcome these defense tactics and prove full liability and damages for victims. We have helped thousands secure justice against powerful trucking interests.

Choose Our Proven Seattle Truck Accident Attorneys

Moseley Collins Law offers elite legal representation for victims of commercial truck collisions in the Seattle area. Our credentials, expertise, and track record of success set us apart.

Contact our office for a free consultation. Let our truck accident litigation team help you and your loved ones move forward and seek the maximum compensation you deserve after a devastating truck crash.

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