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Large commercial vehicles place everyone on public roadways at risk. Because
these trucks and tractor-trailers are slow to stop, difficult to maneuver,
and as heavy as 80,000 pounds, they frequently cause serious injuries
and deaths during traffic accidents. If you or a loved one is injured
as a result of the negligence of a commercial driver, you or your family
may have the legal right to recover damages by filing a personal injury
or wrongful death claim. Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C.
has assisted truck accident victims in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia
obtain the compensation they deserve for more than four decades.
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At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our Washington, DC truck
accident attorneys are prepared to fight for victims and families who
have been harmed in all types of commercial truck and auto accidents.
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Why Choose Us?
- Nationally recognized firm focused solely on personal injury law
Award-winning attorneys recognized by Washington DC
- Millions of dollars in compensation recovered for truck accident victims
- Proven record of success in complex cases involving serious injuries
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. has cultivated a proven
record of success fighting on behalf of victims injured in all types of
tractor-trailer and commercial vehicle accidents. By leveraging our reputation,
resources, and decades of combined experience, our attorneys have been
able to continually level the playing field for victims and families when
they are up against large commercial trucking companies and insurance
corporations that want to pay them as little as possible.
We are passionate about providing a bold and unwavering voice to the injured
when they need to navigate the civil justice system and secure the justice
they deserve. Our team is readily available to help you learn more about
your rights following a preventable tractor-trailer wreck and explain
what we can do to help you pursue the maximum compensation possible.
We are proud to have represented so many wrongfully injured individuals
in the past, including those harmed in accidents with semi trucks. Below,
read a recent testimonial from one of our truck accident clients.
"As a mother, you can imagine my panic and stress of getting a phone
call that my daughter had been hit from behind by a large trash truck
with no brakes. Seeing the vehicle, I was amazed that my daughter even
survived. I knew immediately that we needed to find a real strong experienced
attorney to deal with such a large company. My daughter was in severe
pain and there were many medical appointments and therapy ahead to get
her back on her feet. Within a couple of days we were downtown in the
office. It takes a lot to put me at ease but Erik's professionalism
and confidence of what the firm would do to represent my daughter allowed
me to extend trust. I was not disappointed. I turned over my daughter
to Erik and was pleased to see the contact he and his staff kept with
her and the guidance they gave her throughout the process. I have had
another experience with an attorney for an accident and was so delighted
to see what a difference, what great care my daughter got. She was recently
given a settlement to put towards further care. We were so pleased with
the entire process and will be referring Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata &
Siegel, P.C. in the future."
FMCSA Violations Commonly Leading to Truck Accidents
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has developed a strict set of safety regulations that commercial truck
drivers are obligated to abide by. Many truck accidents result when drivers
fail to comply with these rules.
Some of the most common FMCSA safety violations include:
Ignoring Hours of Service requirements by driving too long without adequate
rest breaks (see
Truck Driver Fatigue)
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or failing to randomly
test drivers for drugs
- Hiring a driver without a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL)
Other negligent actions that cause truck accidents include:
- Reckless driving (speeding, unsafe merging, etc.)
- Uneven and unsafe loading of the trailer (balance issues, overloading, etc.)
- Failing to mark trucks with reflective conspicuity tape
Who is Liable in a Truck Accident?
Because there are a number of factors that can contribute to a truck accident,
there are several parties that can be held liable:
The driver of the truck, for reckless driving or FMCSA violations
The truck company, for negligent hiring or for making dangerous demands of their drivers
Cargo companies, for improperly loading cargo
Truck part manufacturers, for creating and selling defective and dangerous parts
Each truck accident case is different, so contact Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata
& Siegel, P.C. as soon as possible to discuss liability in your case.
Discuss Your Case During a FREE Consultation
Choosing the right lawyer is not easy, but our record of success and experience should make you
confident about trusting your case to us. Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata
& Siegel, P.C. has more than 90 years of collective legal experience
handling truck accident and other personal injury and wrongful death cases.
We succeed because of our hands-on investigations, knowledge of federal
trucking laws and regulations, and extensive trial practice.
Contact us today
to get started. We serve victims throughout DC, Maryland and Virginia.
Here are a few examples of our recoveries in truck accident cases:
$3 million in compensation recovered for a client who lost her leg from the knee
down after her vehicle was struck head-on by a utility truck that had
$1.8 million recovered for an 80-year-old community church pastor who was a passenger
in a vehicle hit head-on by a truck that crossed the center line.
$1.4 million settlement on behalf of a family that was run off the road by a tractor-trailer
in North Carolina. The settlement exceeded the amount of insurance available.
$1 million recovery, the maximum amount of insurance available, for a bicyclist who
was struck and run over by a dump truck driver who turned right on a red light.
$750,000 for a woman who was sideswiped by a tractor-trailer and lost a portion
of her arm. We secured the maximum compensation allowed under Maryland
law (at that time) for pain and suffering.
$700,000 settlement on behalf of a man who was killed after being run over by a
tractor-trailer. Our client had been on the step on the truck and fell
when the diver attempted to drive away.
$570,000 settlement for a client who was injured when his truck was struck by a
commercial tractor-trailer. Our client had been stopped on the highway
shoulder to address mechanical problems, and had emergency lights on and
placed hazard triangles on the roadway.