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Colburn Law

Kent Truck Accident Lawyer

Truck accidents take thousands of lives every year. The damages from a collision with a big rig can be costly. Many survivors face life-threatening injuries, high medical expenses, property damage, and lost wages. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to a Kent truck accident, contact Colburn Law for a free discussion about your case.

Why Choose Our Kent Truck Wreck Attorneys?

  • Our founder, Greg Colburn, became a lawyer after suffering a serious personal injury himself. He has a unique perspective and passion for protecting victims.
  • Our firm operates on a contingency-fee basis. We do not charge anything for legal services unless we secure financial recovery for the client.
  • Our case results include multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements we have won on behalf of clients.
  • Our focus is on you, the truck accident victim. If you suffered serious injuries because of negligence, we will advocate for your rights.

Why Do You Need a Truck Accident Attorney?

Most trucking companies have plenty of resources for fighting accident lawsuits. They have attorneys, insurance agents, and claims adjusters to combat claims and avoid payouts. Insurance companies are much less likely to take advantage of accident victims if the victims have attorneys. Hiring a lawyer can make legal processes easier on you and your family, as well as improve your odds of securing fair compensation. An attorney can protect your rights while you focus on healing.

Truck Accident Facts and Statistics

Preventing truck accidents and saving lives begins with spreading awareness of the issue. Reviewing truck accident facts and statistics can help you become an informed driver. In 2016, 4,564 people died in accidents involving large trucks and buses. Thousands of others suffered serious personal injuries.

Speeding caused at least 17% of fatal large truck accidents. Around 6% of fatal truck accidents involved a distracted truck driver. Most people who lose their lives in trucking accidents are passenger vehicle occupants. Safety is every driver’s responsibility. If lack of safe driving causes a truck accident, the negligent driver may be liable for damages.

Causes of Truck Accidents in Kent

Most truck accidents stem from negligence. A truck company may negligently hire unqualified drivers, pressure drivers to break federal trucking rules, or fail to adequately maintain its fleet. A truck driver may negligently text and drive, drive drunk, or break other roadway rules. The most common causes of truck accidents in Kent are as follows:

  • Truck driver negligence
  • Drowsy truck drivers
  • Broken roadway rules
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Illegal turns
  • Large blind spots
  • Lack of truck maintenance
  • Lost cargo loads

Determining the cause of your truck accident is a necessary step in the legal process. An investigation of your accident, including steps such as retrieving data from the truck’s black box or accessing the truck driver’s electronic logging device, may be necessary to pinpoint the cause. A lawyer can help you with the legal process.

Determining Liability

Truck companies are liable for most trucking accidents in Washington. Like other employers, truck companies are vicariously liable for accidents that involve their trucks and drivers – even if they do not own the trucks and the drivers are independent contractors. A truck company may be liable for accidents arising from dangerous drivers, trucks, or loads. Other liable parties may include part manufacturers, cargo owners/loaders, truck owners, third-party drivers, and the city.

Contact Our Kent Truck Accident Lawyers Today

The attorneys at Colburn Law have the experience and tenacity you need for a strong personal injury claim in Kent. We will come to your home or the hospital to discuss your case, free of charge, if you cannot get to our local law office. We can answer your legal questions, help you understand your rights, and give you an accurate estimate of what your case could be worth. Request your free consultation online or at (206) 880-7628.