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.
At 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.
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.