Legal Help from Passionate Tacoma Semi-Truck Accident Attorneys
Semi-trucks are everywhere—on the freeway, on city streets, and on country roads. They haul enormous loads of goods and materials from one location to another. To get their job done, semi-trucks are built for raw power. The tractor alone can weigh between 16,000 and 20,000 pounds. At Mark A. Hammer & Associates, Inc., we understand the severity of semi-truck accidents in western Washington. With a fully loaded trailer, semi-trucks are even heavier and pose an even greater danger in the event of an impact with an automobile.
Knowledgeable Tacoma Semi-Truck Accident Lawyers
Because of their size, semi-truck accidents are often serious and catastrophic, involving significantly more damage than motorcycle accidents, for example. These heavier, more powerful vehicles can barrel through smaller automobiles with little effort at all. At highway speeds, the results can be even more devastating.
Injuries suffered by victims of semi-truck accidents tend to be severe. Common injuries include traumatic brain injuries (TBI), broken vertebrae in the neck and spinal cord, paralysis, severe fractures, and more. Victims are also at risk for serious burns caused by fuel fires, and even chemical burns if the semi-truck was hauling a corrosive substance.
If you were hurt in a semi-truck accident, or someone close to you has been killed, it is important to consult an accident attorney as soon as possible. An experienced accident attorney can answer your questions and concerns, and help put everything into perspective. An attorney can also help build a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, if either seems appropriate. Mark A. Hammer & Associates, Inc., has helped accident victims throughout western Washington and Puget Sound for 30 years.
Frequent Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents in Washington State
Semi-truck accidents—like all auto accidents –happen for countless reasons, some more common than others. One leading cause of semi-truck accidents is tractor-trailers making unsafe left turns in front of oncoming traffic. Another is semi-trucks misjudging right turns, taking them too wide into opposite lanes. Yet another is semi-trucks traveling at dangerous speeds. When traffic comes to a sudden stop ahead, speeding semi-trucks are unable to slow down in time.
Driver fatigue accounts for a great deal of semi-truck accidents. Although efforts have been made to limit the amount of time truckers can spend on the road in a given stretch, the road can be grueling. Commercial drivers can fall asleep at the wheel, allowing their semi-trucks to cross into oncoming traffic or swerve into traffic ahead.
Consult a Proven Tacoma Semi-Truck Accident Attorney
Mark A. Hammer & Associates, Inc., has 30 years of experience handling semi-truck accidents in western Washington and Puget Sound. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a semi-truck accident, contact our office today for your free, no obligation consultation.