Fatal Truck Accidents
Washington, DC Wrongful Death Attorney
Nearly 5,000 people die in
truck accidents every year. Losing a family member in this manner is without question
a devastating experience. Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C.
are experienced wrongful death attorneys who can help you through this
difficult and painful time. We will assist you in filing a claim if the
negligence of a truck driver or a defective truck is to blame for the
death of your loved one. We will do so with sensitivity to your emotional
state, while also assertively seeking compensation from all responsible parties.
Trucking accident cases tend to be more complex than ordinary automobile
accidents because of the many federal laws governing trucking, and the
fact that each state has its own trucking laws. Many of these large tractor-trailers
travel through every state. Therefore, different combinations of laws
apply, depending on exactly where the accident occurred. Washington, DC,
Maryland and Virginia use parts of Title 49 of the Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Regulations (FMCSA).
Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Nothing can replace a family member who has died in a
truck accident, and virtually nothing will console the feelings of loss and emptiness
endured. Accidents take a family member from your life with no warning
and without any sense of logic or reason. Truck accident fatalities can
leave a family torn apart in the midst of trying to cope with grief, insurance
companies, and funeral arrangements.
A wrongful death lawsuit will not relieve your sadness, but it is an important
way to help you and your family cope with the financial burden left behind
by the loss of your loved one, so that you can work towards healing and
moving on with your lives.
The purpose of a wrongful death claim is to obtain an appropriate amount
of compensation for you. It is by no means an attempt to place a monetary
value on the life of your loved one or to measure your degree of suffering.
The goal is to help you start putting your life back together.
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. have been successful in recovering compensation for families who have
lost a loved one in a truck accident by seeking damages for:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical and funeral expenses
- Lost future earnings and income potential
- The loss of companionship and grief, where permitted
Filing a Wrongful Death Claim
There is a specific time frame for filing a wrongful death claim, so it
is vitally important to contact a wrongful death lawyer immediately after
the accident. Insurance companies will often offer unfair settlements
while you are grieving. The trucking companies will start their own investigations
right after the accident. You should have a lawyer conducting an investigation
on your behalf as well. In many cases, we may need to request orders of
protection to preserve evidence that could be crucial for your case.
We have handled many truck, big rig, semi-truck or tractor-trailer accidents
that have caused fatalities. If negligence occurred, the truck driver
can be sued, as can the trucking company, the shipper, the truck manufacturer,
the manufacturer of any truck part that may have contributed to the accident,
and even the company responsible for loading the truck, if that was a
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Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. is experienced in handling
wrongful death claims by balancing a sensitivity to your emotional needs
with our uncompromising goal of helping you recover the damages you deserve.
If you or someone you love needs assistance with a wrongful death claim,
please email our Washington, DC wrongful death lawyers today or call us
for a free and confidential consultation.