Tom Patton

Personal Injury 

Truck Injuries
About Tom Patton
  • Tom Patton personal injury attorney Vancouver, Washington, truck lawyerTom is a seasoned litigator with over 15 years of experience conducting jury trials and appeals. He graduated from Sonoma State University in 1983. After several years in the US Air Force as a C-130 Navigator, Mr. Patton attended law school at Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He graduated with a Juris Doctorate (JD) in 1996. Mr. Patton received “Best Oralist” honors in the Appellate Advocacy competition, and was also awarded an Aviation Law Research Fellowship. He also had legal internships at a large Portland law firm, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office. Following law school, Tom worked as a Deputy District Attorney, and as an Assistant Attorney General. He handled a wide variety of civil and criminal trials and appeals in state and federal courts, and developed a reputation as a highly successful trial and appellate attorney.
Call or email Tom for a free confidential consultation to see if he thinks that your case would stand up in court and how much your case might be worth. Call 360-213-0399.
  • Mr. Patton has trial experience working for two prestigious Northwest law firms, and was also Corporate Counsel for a large, nation-wide trucking company with over 1200 employees. He has handled a large number of litigated cases, from investigation to trial, in diverse areas of products liability, construction defect, various personal injury claims, and other civil cases. He has tried over 100 cases, and tried cases in Oregon and Washington. (An impressive statistic considering that 95+% of personal injury cases are settled pretrial, strongly indicating that Tom is willing to work as hard as it takes to protect your case.) After gaining extensive litigation experience in trucking, auto, and other insurance cases, Mr. Patton chose to put that experience to work for accident victims. Mr. Patton is also a member of the Oregon Air National Guard. He is a Colonel and a decorated veteran of the 1991 Gulf War. He was awarded the Air Force Air Medal, and two Aerial Achievement Medals for combat and combat support missions flown during the war. In 2012 Colonel Thomas C. Patton was nominated before the US Senate for promotion to Brigadier General in the Air National Guard of the United States for appointment in the Reserve of the Air Force. Tom routinely performs pro bono work for returning US military veterans.
What made Tom chose truck related personal injuries as a specialty?
  • Tom served as a former Corporate Counsel Attorney for a large trucking company with over 1200 employees. Tom knows the unique issues involved in truck accidents and the laws and regulations specific to commercial truck drivers. Having worked as an attorney for both a large national trucking corporation and individuals affected by truck injuries, he has developed the unique experience and knowledge necessary to successfully navigate truck injury cases in a court of law while recovering millions of dollars from insurance companies, settlements and successfully tried court cases.
Why you after your free initial consultation you will most likely hire Tom Patton to represent you as your Vancouver, Washington truck accident attorney
  • His initial legal consultation is free to you and confidential. This helps takes the stress out of calling an attorney. This will also allow you two to talk about different legal options and scenarios which will best protect your legal rights. Remember, you won't owe him any money unless he collects money for you.
  • Tom Patton having worked as a legal counsel attorney for a large trucking company and in private practice while representing people seeking their fair settlements for truck related personal injuries is the best choice for trucking related injuries in Washington or Oregon. You need a personal injury attorney who will work hard to protect your rights, maximize your insurance settlement and minimize the hassles of dealing with the insurance companies. Most of all you need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side who is an expert in the field of truck accident related personal injuries. Tom Patton is that attorney.
  • An experienced truck lawyer can make all the difference in obtaining a fair settlement of your truck injury related personal injury claim. If you have been injured in a accident involving a truck (semi, tractor-trailer, big rig, logging truck, construction vehicle) or other type of truck, you need an experienced Washington truck accident attorney to protect your legal rights.
  • Having tried over 100 cases in a court of law, Tom is not afraid to take your case to trial if that is what it takes to maximize the amount of money you recover for your personal injuries, pain and suffering.
  • Tom Patton and his staff of legal professionals offer personal, one-on-one service. You will rest assured knowing a truck attorney expert and his professional staff is on your side.
Why shouldn't you try to settle this case on your own?
  • Without the threat of a personal injury lawyer who is willing to go to trial and seek a big jury verdict, why would a trucking company pay you what your claim is really worth? Lawsuits can be very expensive, and many people do not have the money to pursue their claim. In every case, Tom Patton advances all costs associated with pursuing your case and he does not ask you for a penny until you recover from the other side. In other words, you don't owe Tom Patton any money unless he recovers money for you.
  • Personal injury cases often settle for up to three times more money when the plaintiff is represented by a personal injury attorney. Even after attorney's fees, the settlement may be double that of what you may have been able to attain on your own. Plus, your personal injury attorney has to deal with all of the complicated paperwork and aggressive insurance agent once you legally assign your attorney to represent you in your case.
The seriousness and severity of personal injury claims involving trucks:
  • A traffic accident involving a commercial truck, such as an eighteen-wheeler or other large freight carrier (Semi, Semi-truck, tractor-trailer, rig, etc.), can be much more catastrophic than an ordinary car or light truck accident. A typical fully-loaded large commercial truck can weigh well over 80,000 pounds, while an average passenger automobile weighs approximately 3,000 pounds. Because of the size and weight disparities and the laws of physics, any collision between a commercial truck and another vehicle is likely to result in serious or even fatal injuries. While statistics show that truck drivers are generally much more careful on the road than automobile drivers, large truck crashes still accounted for 3,675 fatalities and over 19,000 injuries in 2010.
  • One in every nine people who die as a result of a traffic fatality, die as a result of being involved in a crash with a large truck.
  • The unique danger posed by commercial truck accidents can be made worse depending on the nature of the freight the truck is carrying. For example, if hazardous or flammable materials are on board, secondary injuries attributable to such dangerous cargo can result, including burns and respiratory injuries.
What are the other benefits of hiring a personal injury attorney experienced in truck law?
  • The odds are that Tom has already tried a case like yours and more often than not, he has defended a case like yours too. That unique experience of having both tried and defended large truck personal injury claims is what sets Tom apart from other personal injury attorneys simply dabbling in truck PI claims.
  • A personal injury attorney like Tom, experienced in trucking cases and injuries will work hard to protect your rights, maximize your settlement, and minimize the hassles of dealing with the trucking company or their insurance company. You need an attorney like Tom with vast experience who has served on both sides of the trucking industry. You need an experienced and aggressive truck accident lawyer like Tom who will fight for you and your rights. Having an experienced Washington personal injury truck lawyer can make the difference between getting what you deserve and having the companies and other attorneys take advantage of you.
Proving Your Case
  • As is true in most personal injury cases involving vehicle accidents, the primary legal theory of liability in commercial truck accident cases is "negligence." In a nutshell, a person or business entity (the defendant) is negligent if they failed in their duty to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances, and the plaintiff's injuries resulted from that failure. So, a person injured in a commercial truck accident must show that:
  1. Defendant (driver, trucking company, or other party) owed the plaintiff the duty to exercise a reasonable degree of care to avoid injury, under the circumstances. This element is almost always automatically met, by virtue of the fact that all drivers on the road owe a legal duty of reasonable care to fellow drivers, passengers, and pedestrians;
  2. Defendant failed to exercise such reasonable care, or in legal terms "breached" the duty of reasonable care;
  3. Defendant's failure to exercise reasonable care was the cause of injury suffered by plaintiff.
What if a loved one was involved in a large truck personal injury case?
  • In the event that you or a loved one is involved in an accident with a commercial truck, you may be entitled to recover compensation for yours or their injuries by bringing a legal claim against the responsible parties. This is a free conversation that you and Tom Patton can have to find out how strong he thinks your case is.
Will Mr. Patton take my case if I don't live in Vancouver or Portland Metro areas?
  • Tom Patton primarily handles Vancouver and South West Washington personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means you don't owe him a fee unless he recovers money for you. If you do not have a case in SW Washington or Oregon he will discuss the logistics of your case and determine if it is in your best interest to hire Tom of he will gladly refer you to a personal injury attorney that he trusts in other areas of Washington or throughout the USA. 
Washington Truck Accident Attorney Tom Patton Serves the following counties and cities in the state of Washington:
  • Adams County • Asotin County • Benton County • Clallam County • Clark County • Columbia County • Cowlitz County • Franklin County • Garfield County • Grant County • Grays Harbor County • Jefferson County • King County • Kittitas County • Klickitat County • Lewis County • Lincoln County • Mason County • Pacific County • Pierce County • Skamania County • Thurston County • Wahkiakum County • Walla Walla County • Yakima County.
  • Aberdeen • Battle Ground • Benton City • BingenBucoda • Burton • Calama • Bend • Camas • Campbell Lakes • Castle Rock • Cathlamet • Centralia • Charter Oak • Chehalis • Cosmopolis • Crawford • Curtis Lake • Eatonville • Ellsworth • Felida • Fern Prairie • Fisher • Gig HarborGoldendale • Good Hope • Grandview • Granger • Green Lake • Hazel Dell • HoquiamIlwaco • Ireland • Kalama • Kelso • Kennewick • King Corner • La Center • Lake Shore • Lewisville • Little Elkhorn • Livingston • Long Beach • Longview • Lucia • Mabton • MontesanoMoxeeNachesNapavine • Ocean Shores • Olympia • Pasco • Pioneer • Proebstel • Prosser • Ranier • Raymond • Richland • Ridgefield • Rye • Sacajawea • Salmon Creek • Sara • Scotton Corner • Seattle • Selah • South Bend • Stevenson • Sunnyside • Tacoma • Tenino • Toledo • Toppenish • Tumwater • Twin Harbors • Union • Vader • Vancouver • VenersborgWapato • Washougal • West Richland • Westport • White Salmon • Winlock • Woodland • Yacolt • Yakima • Zillah.

What other types of cases can Tom help me with?
  • Tom Patton has worked with and/or welcomes personal injury cases in the following categories: General Accidents, Aviation Accidents, Airline Deaths or Injuries, Commercial Trucks and Vehicles, Construction Equipment, Private, Vehicle Accidents, Automobile, Motorcycle, Bicycle Injuries or Deaths, Truck, Bus, Light Rail, Scooter, ATV - All Terrain Vehicles, Snowmobile, Vehicular Assaults, Drunk Driving Victims, Wrongful Death, Negligence, Dog Bites, Premises Liability, Tractor Trailers, Log Trucks, Gravel Trucks, and Semi trucks. Call Tom to see if he feels that your case can be helped.
  • You won't find another personal injury attorney with such unique experiences in truck accident related injuries in the Vancouver/Portland Metro area. Tom has personal injury related legal experience on both sides of the courtroom in truck accident cases. Call Tom personally for a free initial legal consultation to see if he thinks that your case would stand up in court and from his vast trucking legal experience, how much your case might be worth. Call 360-213-0399 or email Tom your questions about your case at

  • Thomas C. Patton, JD

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