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Kent Truck Accident Attorney

  1. Your case deserves serious support from experienced attorneys
  2. Irresponsible truckers put Washington motorists at risk
  3. Who is liable in a large truck accident?
  4. What should you do after a trucking accident?
  5. What are common truck accident injuries?
  6. How do you determine liability in a truck accident?
  7. How can a Kent truck accident lawyer help me?
  8. Herschensohn Law: Semi-truck accident lawyers standing up for injured people

Your case deserves serious support from experienced truck accident attorneys

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Truck crashes are some of the most terrifying experiences you can have on the road. Semi-trucks are huge and most passenger vehicles aren’t—if you’re lucky enough to survive a crash, you likely have a pile of bills and painful injuries. If this sounds like your situation, you’re not alone.  

If you’ve been injured in a collision with a semi-truck or 18-wheeler, attorney Zach Herschensohn can help you pursue maximum value for your claim so that you don’t have to cough up any money for someone else’s negligence.  

Herschensohn Law Firm has recovered millions in settlements and verdicts for injury victims throughout Kent, WA, and knows how to handle complex truck accident cases. Find out how a knowledgeable and experienced Kent truck accident attorney can help you. Contact us today for your free consultation. 


Irresponsible truckers put Washington motorists at risk

Semi-trucks and tractor-trailers are a critical part of the Washington state economy. Without millions of dedicated truckers transporting and delivering billions of tons in essential goods every day across the country, we wouldn’t have access to many of the products we take for granted. But truckers and trucking companies need to prioritize safety, and when they don’t, motorists can be seriously hurt. 

Vehicle accidents involving large commercial trucks and smaller passenger cars can have catastrophic consequences. 

The legal weight of a tractor-trailer is about 80,000 pounds, compared to the average passenger vehicle, which weighs around 5,000 pounds. That’s a huge size advantage, and you can imagine how devastating it can be for the smaller car and its occupants when the two collide. 

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Who is liable in a large truck accident?

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If you’re lucky enough to walk away from a crash with an 18-wheeler, chances are you’ve suffered a serious injury. While car accident claims can be complex, accidents involving semi-trucks and tractor-trailers present a lot of other challenges, simply due to the potential number of parties that may be involved in the claims process.

In any truck accident, there may be multiple parties who contributed to your crash and could be held at least partially liable.

They can include:

  • The truck driver
  • The trucking company
  • The shipping company
  • The truck manufacturer
  • A broker
  • A third-party (for example, another driver involved in the crash)

Imagine being seriously injured, out of work, and unsure of what the future holds. Now picture trying to deal with multiple parties and getting nowhere with any of them. You’re in pain, running out of money, and beyond stressed.

If you or someone you love was injured in a truck crash, it’s time to call a personal injury lawyer.

Zach Herschensohn is an experienced personal injury lawyer and negotiator who knows how to handle the claims process, deal with the insurance companies, and pursue maximum compensation. If the at-fault parties refuse to cooperate or keep giving you the runaround, he’s an accomplished trial attorney who thrives in the courtroom advocating for your needs in front of a judge and jury.

The Herschensohn Law Firm team is also a uniquely versatile and equipped to fight for injury victims in Kent and the Seattle metro area. If you were injured when a tractor-trailer jackknifed, involved in a pileup when a truck rolled over, or lost a loved one in an underride crash, we have the experience and resources to help.

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What should you do after a trucking accident?

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If you’re involved in an accident with a semi-truck, 18-wheeler, tractor-trailer, tanker truck, delivery vehicle, dump truck, school bus, or other large commercial vehicle, the first thing you should do is take a deep breath and remain calm. After that, you should: 

  1. Call 911: If anyone needs emergency medical attention, be sure to tell the dispatcher that you need an ambulance. Otherwise, tell them you’ve been in a truck accident, your location, and anything else they need to know to send police to the crash scene. If possible, check to make sure no one else was injured, then move your vehicle out of the road if you still can and it’s safe to do so. When police arrive, be sure to ask how you can obtain a copy of the police report. 
  1. Trade information: Make sure to get the truck driver’s name and contact information, who they work for, license and insurance information, and all the contact info for their employers. Again, there are often multiple parties who have ties to the semi-truck and may have contributed in some way to the crash. 
  1. Take pictures: Using your smartphone, take pictures and videos of the crash scene to capture all the property damage and any visible injuries. Take plenty of pictures of the tractor-trailer from different angles, capture any tire marks in the road, any relevant street signs or traffic signals, and all the damage to the vehicles involved. 
  1. Write down what you can remember: Before it’s too late and you forget, write down everything you can remember about the crash, including the time, location, weather conditions, road hazards, and anything else that feels important. Did the truck driver say anything to you after the crash like “I’m sorry” or “I didn’t see you”? Did you notice anything odd about the way they were driving or how they acted after the crash? These are all things you should note. The more information the better. 
  1. Don’t talk to anyone about the crash—call an attorney: Do not discuss the accident with any other drivers or post about it on social media. Anything you say or post online could potentially be used against you to dispute your claim and ruin your case. After you notify your insurance company you’ve been in an accident, refer all questions to your attorney. Do not give a recorded statement, and do not go into too much detail about the accident with your insurance company. Simply say you’ve hired an attorney to represent you and let an experienced lawyer handle it all. 

“Zach will always take time and give you quality advice that you can trust. Highly recommended!”

- P.R., Katy, WA

What are common truck accident injuries?

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Even a minor collision with a semi-truck or 18-wheeler can have consequences that last a lifetime. A fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh up to 40 tons, so even crashes at lower speeds can cause catastrophic injury. Some of the most common injuries that occur in truck accidents include: 
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) 
  • Concussions 
  • Spinal cord injuries 
  • Neck and back injuries 
  • Fractured and broken bones 
  • Whiplash 
  • Paralysis 
  • Internal organ damage 
  • Severe cuts and bruises 
  • Burn injuries 
  • Facial injuries 

Was your loved one killed in a crash with a semi-truck? You deserve to understand your options 

Serious accidents deserve serious attention. Unfortunately, many truck accidents end up being fatal, and if your family has suffered a tragedy, Herschensohn Law Firm can help you pursue compensation and closure through a wrongful death claim. Attorney Zach Herschensohn can help you find answers and hold the responsible party accountable.  RELATED: The car accident guide: What to do if you’re involved in a crash 

How do you determine liability in a truck accident?

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Because truck crashes are so complex, there is often more than one factor that influences what happened in the accident. For instance, poorly manufactured tires, unmaintained brakes, and improper loading are all common causes. When someone makes a mistake or a dangerous decision that caused you harm, they are liable—in other words, responsible—for your injures. 

An experienced lawyer will take over your injury claim and be able to investigate your crash, go through police reports, track down witnesses, consult with accident reconstruction experts, examine “black box” data from the truck, study truck driver logs, investigate the trucking company, and much more to get to the bottom of who caused your accident. Remember, to get compensation for your medical expenses, we need to prove someone’s negligence contributed to the accident and caused you to suffer damages. Attorney Zach Herschensohn will go the extra mile and leave no stone unturned to figure out who’s liable for your truck accident.  

How can a Kent truck accident lawyer help me?

Letting an experienced lawyer handle your injury claim typically proves to be in injured people’s best interests. Trucking companies are often large corporations that have teams of attorneys and investigators they can call upon to challenge your claim, putting you at a serious disadvantage. Hiring a truck accident attorney can level the playing field and give you better odds at recovering fair compensation. 

When you hire our firm to represent you, we’ll handle everything so you can focus on healing. This includes your communications with the insurance company, managing your medical costs and any liens that the hospital may put on your medical bills, collecting evidence, interviewing important witnesses, and filing all the relevant paperwork on your behalf. We’ll also make sure you understand everything that’s happening in the process so you can make the best decision for yourself, your family, and your future.

Herschensohn Law: Semi-truck accident lawyers standing up for injured people

Whether you were in a highway accident with an 18-wheeler on I-5 or rear-ended by a semi-truck on Route 516, Attorney Zach Herschensohn and his team can answer your questions, determine which parties to hold accountable and fight for the compensation you’re entitled to.  

Most importantly, our personal injury law firm will handle your truck accident claim on a contingency fee basis. That means you don’t have to pay us anything unless we win an insurance settlement or jury verdict on your behalf—it’s that simple.  

To learn more about our aggressive approach, your options, or what to do next, request your free case evaluation with a member of our team. We’ll meet with you in a private meeting over video call, in person, by phone, or whatever is most convenient for you to learn more about what happened and help you take the next best step.  

Contact our law office today for your free consultation by calling 206-588-4344 or by filling out our simple contact form. 

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