Hurt In A Semi-Truck Accident? Our Law Firm Can Help
Attorney Colin Scott helps crash victims recover financial compensation
Semi-trucks, also called tractor-trailers or big rigs, travel the roads of Vancouver, WA every day. If you're in a passenger car, it can be intimidating driving close to a semi-truck, and with good reason. A truck accident with one of these monstrous vehicles can cause extensive damage and leave people seriously injured or even killed.
The Scott Law Firm, PLLC is dedicated to helping people injured in accidents, including those accidents that involve semi-trucks, to recover the financial compensation they deserve so they can rebuild their lives. Semi-truck accident attorney Colin Scott knows the devastating impact a crash can have on victims and their families. He is dedicated to helping you get the best possible outcome in your case.
An accident with one of these vehicles can cause tremendous damage in seconds. Fully loaded, they can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds and travel at freeway speed. They also have several blind spots and can be hard to control if required to brake or turn suddenly. A single act of negligence by the semi-truck driver or can result in a serious crash.
A semi-truck driver can be negligent in different ways. The driver may have been speeding or driving recklessly. Drivers spend long hours behind the wheel, and some become distracted or fatigued. In some cases, semi-truck drivers have also been discovered driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs (commonly methamphetamines).
Trucking company negligence can also lead to a crash. For example, the company may have hired a driver who had a history of traffic and/or safety violations. Or they may hire a driver with a substance abuse problem that should have been discovered. The trucking company may also put their profits over safety and fail to keep vehicles properly maintained. Or the company may require their drivers to follow an unrealistic schedule, which encourages speeding or driving longer hours than regulations allow.
Helping accident victims get justice
There are different types of accidents that can happen with semi-trucks - including jackknife accidents, underride accidents and truck rollover accidents. But all can cause serious injuries or death among law-abiding citizens. You may be facing months or years of recovery and overwhelming medical expenses. Or you may have lost a loved one due to a semi-truck accident.
Recovering financial compensation can be complicated. There may several parties involved, each with their own insurance company and lawyer. Attorney Colin Scott is well aware of this and can help to sort out which parties were negligent and which parties were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Colin investigates each crash to get the facts. He reviews accident reports and medical records. He takes quick action to preserve evidence as needed, such as service logs and the truck's "black box" information maintained by the trucking company. In one prior instance, he has even called for the bulbs of a semi-truck to be tested to determine whether the driver's lights were in fact on (as claimed by the driver) when the crash occurred. Colin can also interview witnesses, visit the scene of the crash, and consult with one or more experts as needed to help prove liability.
An experienced attorney on your side, every step of the way
Our law firm strives to build a strong case in every personal injury and wrongful death claim we handle. Unlike other attorneys who rely heavily on their paralegals and staff to do most work, Colin prefers to work on each case top to bottom and can take action to hold parties accountable for their negligence. After building a strong case, a settlement can often be reached through negotiating with the insurance company. If not, Colin is willing to take your case to court.
Learn more about how an experienced attorney can help you. Contact us online or call 360-718-3640 to schedule a free consultation with attorney Colin Scott. Colin can review the details of your crash and advise you on your legal options. He can also answer any questions you have.