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– Rodeo Post
“Without the help of Kevan Montoya I know that I would not have had the successful outcome that was achieved. He took a very difficult situation and made sure that the truth was told, presently and perfectly. He was a calm and confident presence during this difficult time for our family. I very much appreciate the knowledge and support I received from Mr. Montoya. I highly recommend this firm.”
– April Adkison
“Kevan Montoya and his staff are incredible! I was able to concentrate on healing and my family instead of insurance companies and paperwork. Not only are the staff empathetic and efficient, Mr. Montoya was tenacious in making sure that my interests were considered. They’ve got your back!”
– Lisa Allen (Yakima, WA)
Your Yakima truck accident lawyer can help you navigate the complicated processes following your crash. The assistance of an attorney experienced in semi-truck accidents increases the likelihood that you will receive the compensation you deserve. At Montoya Hinckley, our truck accident attorneys are experienced in handling the specialized negotiation and litigation these cases require. Contact us today at 509-895-7373 for a free consultation.
Our Truck Accident Lawyer in Washington Can Help You
Why Contacting a Yakima Truck Accident Attorney Is a Wise Choice
Contacting an experienced semi-truck accident lawyer, as soon as possible, is important if you have been injured in a collision with a commercial vehicle. At Montoya Hinckley, our attorneys are well-versed in all issues surrounding truck and car accidents in Washington.
We understand the traffic laws relating to trucks and how insurance companies operate and negotiate. We are also skilled litigators with outstanding success in obtaining compensation for our clients.
We have been handling these types of cases for more than four combined decades and have a proven record of success. Contact us today for a free consultation so we can discuss the details of your case.REQUEST FREE CONSULT
We Understand the Issues Surrounding Truck Accidents
Truck Accidents Have Significant Consequences
Being in an accident with a truck is serious. In addition to physical injury and damage to your vehicle, the experience itself is traumatizing. And, for good reason. Those who suffer most from these accidents are the drivers and passengers of the automobiles with which the trucks collide.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), “Most deaths in large truck crashes are passenger vehicle occupants. The main problem is the vulnerability of people traveling in smaller vehicles. Trucks often weigh 20-30 times as much as passenger cars and are taller with greater ground clearance, which can result in smaller vehicles under-riding trucks in crashes.” It is no surprise that injuries are often significant and deaths not uncommon when semi-trucks and cars collide. Our skilled truck accident lawyers understand how costs associated with a serious crash add up quickly and that injuries may need long-term medical care. We hold those who caused the accident accountable and will take on trucking companies and their insurers to fiercely fight on your behalf.
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Montoya Hinckley Manages Complex Processes
When handling the aftermath of vehicular accidents, nothing is easy. In fact, things usually take longer and include more people and organizations than you would think. This is especially true when dealing with semi-truck accidents.
Quite often, claims involve more than one insurance company. The driver may be covered by one policy, while the trucking company, manufacturer and cargo corporation may also each have their own. There are so many things to manage and people with whom to communicate that it can overwhelm the inexperienced.
Our Yakima Semi-Truck Accident Attorney Works on Your Behalf
Because accidents with trucks can result in considerable damage, commercial vehicle drivers have more liability coverage with their insurance than those of us who simply drive a car. They can be sued for significant sums.
Thus, companies insuring truckers are just as protective of their assets as those that represent automobile insurance clients. These companies are not looking out for your best interests. Their goal is to get you to settle for as little as possible. This is why you need qualified legal representation from a skilled truck accident lawyer.
At Montoya Hinckley, we take the time necessary to understand all of the particulars of your case.
We will review the accident reports and identify each party that was liable. Depending upon the circumstances surrounding your truck accident, there may be more than one. We will make sure to include all of them when negotiating a settlement for your claims.
As your truck accident attorney, we will represent you with all insurance companies involved and communicate on your behalf. Negotiations can be complicated and time consuming. Our expertise allows us to provide appropriate information and avoid mistakes that could negatively impact your settlement. If anyone contacts you personally, immediately ask them to contact us.
That said, we will communicate with you regularly, ensuring that you know where things stand. And we encourage you to contact our semi-truck accident lawyers with any questions. It is never a bother. We understand the stress associated with this process and want to make sure you are well cared for.
We Answer Your Questions about Truck Accidents
I Was in an Accident with a Truck. Who Can I Sue?
Once the cause of the accident is determined, we will have a better idea of who was actually responsible. Because truck accidents result from so many different things, there are a number of individuals/groups who are often sued. These include, but are not limited to, the …
- Truck driver
- Manufacturer of the truck or its components
- Cargo shippers
- Truck lessors
- Trucking companies.
Our Yakima truck accident lawyers can help determine who was at fault and who is responsible. We are experienced in reviewing reports and dealing with both insurance companies and the courts. If you have been in an accident with your car and a truck in Washington, contact our Yakima personal injury attorneys. We can effectively manage all insurance negotiations as well as litigation proceedings. Call us today at 509-895-7373 for a free consultation.
What Can I Sue for After My Accident?
The damages for which you may sue after a semi-truck accident are, in fact, similar to those of other vehicle accidents. For example:
- Medical Expenses: If you or someone you love was injured as a result of the truck accident, you can sue for reimbursement for all of your medical expenses including, but not limited to, hospital bills, ambulance transport (if necessary), physicians’ bills, medication and even physical therapy and chiropractic care.
- Property Damage: It’s not surprising that cars involved in truck accidents are often severely damaged. If this is true in your case, you are entitled to repairs or even replacement, depending upon the extent of the damages. You may also be able to recoup the cost of a rental car to use while your vehicle is being repaired (depending upon your policy).
- Wages: SShould the semi-truck accident require you to miss work because of your injuries, you may be able to recover your lost wages. Additionally, if your recovery makes returning to work impossible, you may also be eligible for compensation for lost future earnings.
- Pain and Suffering: Being in an accident with a truck is traumatizing. You may be entitled to compensation for emotional distress as well as any pain and suffering you have experienced from the injuries caused by the accident.
How Our Team of Truck Accident Lawyers at Montoya Hinckley Can Help You Now
Our Truck Accident Lawyers in Yakima Fight for Your Rights
Having someone on your side who will explain what is happening, manage all communications and consistently advocate on your behalf after a semi-truck accident can provide you peace of mind.
We will investigate the truck accident to gain a complete picture of what happened and identify everyone who was responsible for your injuries and your property damage. We will leverage our years of experience to determine your losses, including all current medical bills and necessary future treatment. Additionally, if you are unable to return to work for any length of time, we can quantify lost wages and potential lost earnings. Further, we will complete all paperwork on your behalf and ensure that your claims are submitted to the correct insurance companies.
Should any of the involved insurance companies offer to settle, we will review the terms and aggressively negotiate an appropriate amount. What seems like a reasonable offer to you, at first, may not take into account all of your losses. Our experienced truck accident attorneys will be able to review all offers and advise you on settlement.
Contact us today at 509-895-7373 for a free and confidential consultation. We understand how stressful this process can be and look forward to helping you.
The Causes of Truck Accidents in Washington
While the causes of truck accidents are considerable in number, certain things seem to contribute to the majority of them. Many relate directly back to the driver and can be attributed to negligence. Truck drivers are required to exercise appropriate care and caution and do their jobs responsibly. Examples of truck driver negligence include:
- Driving Aggressively (Tailgating)
- Texting while Driving
- Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol
- Passing Illegally
The number of things that contribute to driver negligence are considerable, and we are aware of them all. If the driver of the truck that caused your accident was negligent, we can help you pursue action.
Other issues that can cause semi-truck accidents may not be directly attributable to the driver. These include, but are not limited to:
- Poor weather (rain, ice, high winds)
- Delayed or erroneous maintenance
- Defective machinery
Truck drivers spend long hours behind the wheel and on the road. Often, they are working against the clock to meet delivery deadlines. The cause of your accident will help determine who is ultimately responsible.
Truck Accidents Are Too Common in Washington
Truck traffic on the roads in Washington is considerable. Unfortunately, so are accidents. In fact, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation and their Crash Data Portal, there were over 6,600 heavy truck accidents in 2019. These accidents resulted in vehicular damage, personal injury and, on occasion, loss of life. More often than not, serious injury and death are the consequences suffered by the driver of the automobile as opposed to the truck driver. Trucks are bigger and heavier. You are simply more vulnerable in a car.
The costs of truck accidents are simply too large to handle a claim on your own. Give our team of truck accident lawyers at Montoya Hinckley a call at 509-895-7373 today to be sure you get all the compensation you deserve. We won’t let insurers or trucking companies push you around. Let us fight for you while you heal.