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  • Why Truck Accident Cases Are So Complex

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 6-Apr-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel

    After a wreck involving a tractor-trailer or commercial vehicle, it is important to carefully consider the types of characteristics and qualities to look for when choosing a truck accident lawyer. These qualities include experience handling personal injury and truck cases, and the ability to leverage resources, time, and insight into the trucking industry. Trucking cases demand seasoned legal representation and extensive resources for a reason – they can be highly complex.

    Truck Accident Lawyer in DCAt Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our Washington, DC truck accident attorneys have experience protecting the rights of victims injured in all types of wrecks involving tractor-trailers and commercial vehicles. By leveraging decades of collective experience, a deep pool of resources, and professional connections with a network of experts, our team has been able to successfully handle the challenges posed by these cases and recover millions of dollars on behalf of our clients.

    Why are truck accident cases so challenging? Here are a few reasons:

    • Big Business –Trucking companies are often large corporate enterprises that have a great deal of resources; resources they often use to combat legislation that inhibits their ability to make unfettered profits. Additionally, these trucking companies may have commercial insurance policies with large insurance providers, which are in and of themselves also massive corporations. When victims go up to bat against trucking and insurance companies, they often find that these powerful corporations will use everything they have to contest claims, deny liability, and pay victims as little as possible. At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., we know how to tackle these issues and how to compel these parties into fairly compensating victims for what they rightfully deserve. We also have the resources needed to put up a fight and level the playing field between our clients and Big Business intent on putting profits over people.
    • Many Potential Causes – Truck accidents can be caused by many different things. From driver inattention and error, driver fatigue, and driver impairment to improperly maintained vehicles, overloaded cargo, and more, there are many potential causes to sift through. In order to clearly and convincingly establish fault and liability, truck wreck cases require thorough investigations, sometimes with the assistance of accident reconstruction experts. Using our insight into common truck accident causes and knowing where to look, our firm has been able to effectively determine the cause of many accidents and work to highlight those causes as a means to ensure that at-fault truckers and trucking companies compensate the victims they harm.
    • Regulations – Because commercial trucks are massive machines that are far less responsive to drivers than passenger vehicles, the trucking industry is heavily regulated by both the state and federal government. These regulations are designed to reduce risks that can cause preventable wrecks, including overworked drivers, improperly secured cargo, inadequately maintained vehicles, and improperly trained truckers, among many others. Knowledge of these trucking regulations is critical to an accident case, as they can be used to show that truckers and trucking companies committed violations and failed to uphold their duty of taking reasonable measures to keep the public safe.
    • Serious Injuries – Commercial vehicles and tractor-trailers have the potential of causing devastating accidents, especially when involved with smaller passenger vehicles, motorcycles, or pedestrians. In cases involving catastrophic injuries, the need for compensation is elevated, and the need to ensure victims receive the appropriate medical treatment is critical. Our team works to fully illustrate the scope of victims’ injuries, often with the help of medical experts, and to also establish any future needs victims may have as a result of permanent or long-term injuries. We also have experience providing compassionate support and representation to families filing wrongful death claims following fatal truck accidents.

    Truck accident cases are not the type of cases every personal injury lawyer is prepared or equipped to handle. At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. we have the tools to handle even the most complex cases, and have proven throughout the years that our experience, resources, and commitment to improving clients’ lives can make all the difference.

    To discuss a truck accident case during a FREE consultation, contact us today.

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