Aggressive Advocacy After A Semitruck Accident
It is no question that in accidents involving semitrucks, 18-wheelers and other “big rigs,” the smaller car or cars and its occupants will receive far more damage than the truck. When it comes to investigating semitruck accidents, it pays to have someone who can take quick action, pay attention to the details and work tirelessly to sort out the complexities of what actually happened.
These are traits that I, lawyer Matthew Philbrook, have honed over the years practicing as a criminal defense and personal injury attorney. I am fully prepared to go head-to-head with commercial trucking companies and their insurers in order to protect your rights and interests — and they know it. If your or a loved one was injured in a truck accident, you can count on me.
When Truckers Don’t Follow The Rules, People Can Get Hurt
The trucking industry is heavily regulated to ensure drivers are properly screened before hire and that they rest periodically to avoid truck driver fatigue. Federal and Washington state laws also govern the types and amount of cargo a semitruck can carry. Vehicles must also be routinely inspected and weighed to reduce the risk of accident.
As you can imagine, when these rules are bent or blatantly ignored, the risk of an accident increases significantly.
Maximizing Your Claim
It is my job to investigate whether the rules were followed by both the truck driver and company. This includes recovering:
- The trucker’s logbook
- Company manifests of cargo
- Data from the vehicle’s computer or driver’s cellphone, if texting while driving is suspected
- Maintenance reports to ensure the truck or trailer was mechanically sound
I will then combine this evidence with assessments of your damages, that is, your medical records, loss of income while in recovery, property damage and anticipated future costs due to long-term or permanent injuries like paralysis or traumatic brain injuries. If you lost a loved one, I will zealously seek additional compensation for funeral costs and the loss in income your family must now deal with, as well as the emotional cost of losing a cherished family member before their time.
Contact My Office
To learn more about what my firm can do for you after a serious trucking accident, please contact me to schedule a free initial consultation.