A Vancouver, WA Truck Accident Attorney You Can Count On
If you've been injured, call Colin to help you recover compensation
We see trucks every day on the streets and highways of Clark County. Whether they are moving cargo across the state or making a delivery to a local business, we do not always notice them. But when there's an accident, they're hard to miss. And people can be seriously injured or killed because of a serious truck accident. That's why here at The Scott Law Firm, PLLC we are willing and eager to fight for the rights of truck accident victims.
A fully loaded semi-truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. When it hits a car at high speeds on a highway, the consequences can be devastating. Even smaller commercial vehicles can cause severe injuries in a collision. People who are injured often require lengthy medical treatment. Recovery can take months or years. Some never fully recover.
If you were injured in a truck accident and it wasn't your fault, the law may entitle you to financial compensation for your injuries. But recovering this compensation can be complicated. That's why you need an experienced attorney who knows how to build strong cases that get results. Attorney Colin Scott is committed to helping victims recover maximum compensation for their losses.
Holding negligent parties accountable
There are often multiple individuals who are potentially responsible in a truck accident. The most obvious person is the truck driver. There may be other drivers who were negligent as well, who may or may not be willing to accept responsibility for what happened.
Another less obvious party is the trucking company that hired the driver. Trucking company negligence can also be a factor. For example, the company may have hired a driver without conducting a background check. Or, it may have failed to properly maintain or repair the truck.
Additional negligent parties may exist such as the owner of the trailer being, or the company that owns the cargo, or another company that was responsible for loading the cargo. If a defective component was a factor, another party could be the vehicle or part manufacturer.
As you can quickly begin to see, identifying negligent parties can be complicated. Making matters even more confusing is the fact each of the above parties will most likely have their own insurance company and their own lawyers prepared to defend them and cast blame on others.
Cut through the confusion. Contact Colin.
Attorney Colin Scott knows how to handle complex cases. He starts by investigating to find out what really happened. He reviews all documentation, such as accident reports and safety records. He can also seek to preserve evidence owned by the trucking company, such as electronic logging devices and electronic control modules (the truck's "black box").
During this investigation, Colin also focuses on identifying witnesses and will often conduct his own interviews prior to taking depositions. (If the witness is expected to be hostile, then he can also hire a private investigator to conduct and record said interviews.) Colin may also consult with one or more experts and/or specialists to determine what caused the crash. He is also a member of AAJ and WSAJ, two organizations that provide forums for attorneys to discuss similar cases they are working on together in the State of Washington and all over the country. These efforts are collectively designed to build a strong case that proves one or more parties were responsible for the crash that left you injured. The result, if successful, is a case that insurance companies can't ignore.
Colin will seek financial compensation for all the damages you have suffered. This includes compensation for current and future medical expenses related to your injuries, such as hospital stays, follow-up appointments, medication, therapy and home health care. It includes lost wages if you couldn’t work. Other damages may include pain and suffering, disfigurement, emotional anguish and loss of enjoyment of activities.
Focused on a resolution that works for you
Insurance companies will fight your claim. There are many tactics they use to try to limit your compensation. These include questioning the seriousness of your injuries or arguing they were pre-existing. They may try to blame you for causing the crash. You may receive a lowball settlement offer that falls far short of covering your damages.
Our goal is to get the best possible outcome in your case, either through a negotiated settlement or litigation. When insurance companies are confronted by a strong case that proves negligence, they often become much more willing to enter into settlement negotiations. They would like a quick settlement that helps them save money, and sometimes this can be in the client's best interests as well.
If the insurance company's proposed settlement doesn't meet your needs, Colin can also fight for you in court to obtain compensation for all damages to which you are entitled. This can include compensation for medical expenses to treat your injuries - both now and in the future. It can also include past lost wages and loss of earning capacity. And it almost always includes compensation for pain and suffering (which is one of the main distinguishing characteristics of a personal injury case, versus other types of civil cases that focus only on economic damages).
Contact an experienced attorney who will fight to recover the compensation you need to get your life back on track. Call 360-718-3640 to schedule a free consultation with Colin Scott.