Washington, DC Truck Accident Lawyer
Put Decades of Experience in Your Corner
A truck accident is one of the most devastating types of vehicular collisions that exists. The sheer size difference between a large truck and a passenger car exposes all occupants of the smaller vehicle to incredibly damaging forces. Truck accidents obviously result in not only severe injuries, but deaths as well.
So, if you’re hurt in a truck accident, how will you pay for the expenses that these injuries cause? How will you pay for the damage to your car? How will you pay for medical expenses? What about the time you’ve missed from work? How will you ever make that money back? What about compensation for the pain, suffering, and inconvenience that you are going through?
Your best chance of doing just that is to talk to the Washington, DC truck accident lawyers with Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. You will work with an experienced truck accident lawyer who will do everything possible to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
We have a long track record of success in taking legal action against negligent truck drivers, and we know how to thoroughly investigate trucking accidents to uncover the evidence needed to make our clients’ truck accident cases as strong as possible. If you would like to schedule a free evaluation, give our truck accident lawyers near you a call at (202) 659-8600 or fill out our online form.
Why choose our Washington DC truck accident attorneys?
- Nationally-recognized firm focused solely on personal injury law
- Award-winning attorneys recognized by Washington DC Super Lawyers®
- Millions of dollars in compensation recovered for truck accident victims
- Proven record of success in complex cases involving serious injuries
How Much Compensation Can I Expect By Filing a Truck Accident Injury Claim?
No legitimate truck accident lawyer will ever make any promises regarding the amount of money a client will be able to obtain. At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., we are always honest and forthcoming with our clients. We will always clearly explain all of your options in regard to legal action involving your truck accident case, and tell you all the factors that will go into determining the amount of compensation you may receive.
While your truck accident lawyer can’t tell you exactly what you’ll get, an experienced truck accident attorney will be able to tell you what will go into determining that number. To learn more about how you and receive compensation, contact one of our truck accident lawyers for a free consultation.
We handle all types of trucking accidents:
- Bucket truck accidents
- Cement truck accidents
- Tanker truck accidents
- Garbage truck accidents
- Lowboy truck accidents
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. has helped truck accident victims in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia obtain the compensation they deserve for more than four decades. Find out how our truck accident attorneys can assist you by contacting our firm today at (202) 659-8600 for a FREE initial consultation.
Why Insurance Companies Make Low Settlement Offers to Truck Accident Injury Victims
The insurance companies that provide coverage to companies in the trucking industry will often make a settlement offer almost immediately after a truck accident occurs. Trucking companies rely on their insurers to pay as little as possible, and these insurers have skilled professionals who make it their mission to do just that.
However, an effective Washington, DC truck accident attorney knows how to deal with the tactics insurance companies use. Most times, a truck accident claim will never see the inside of a courtroom. Experienced truck accident lawyers have the skill it takes to negotiate a fair settlement offer in a truck accident case. However, if the truck accident case does go to trial, a seasoned Washington, DC truck accident attorney will be able to present a compelling argument on your behalf – one based on solid evidence.
What Juries Consider When Deliberating in a Large Truck Accident Case
As stated earlier, most lawsuits stemming from accidents involving commercial trucks don’t go to court. Trucking accident attorneys are able to negotiate with an insurance company to obtain an equitable settlement, but there are instances where a truck crash case will wind up in a courtroom, and a jury will decide the matter.
Every truck crash case is unique in one way or another. Truck accidents occur for many different reasons. Whether truck accidents result in severe injuries, or tragically, deaths, the parties attempting to recover compensation – known as the “plaintiffs” – will have to provide proof that a negligent truck driver caused that accident.
The best way to convince a jury you deserve compensation is to deliver that proof. The jury will consider the evidence when deciding the case, of course, but it will also take other factors into account. These are just a few factors that will be considered.
- The credibility of you and the defendant.
- If the trucking company played a role in causing the accident.
- How much fault should be assigned to the parties, if there were multiple parties involved in the truck accident.
- The seriousness of your injury
- The overall strength of your case.
- Whether your injuries will keep you from being able to work.
In order to present the strongest, most compelling argument possible, a skilled Washington, DC truck accident attorney will present the evidence needed to prove your case.
The attorneys with Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. have years of experience in performing exhaustive investigations into truck accidents. We know exactly what needs to be done in order to uncover the proof our clients need in order to obtain the compensation they deserve.
Why Is It So Important to Speak with a Washington, DC Truck Accident Attorney as Soon as Possible?
Truck accidents differ from typical motor vehicle accidents in many ways. For example, trucking companies get involved early in the investigation, and sometimes evidence mysteriously disappears after the truck collision occurs. Unscrupulous trucking companies will sometimes dispatch employees to alter the accident scene before a client’s truck accident attorney can begin an investigation.
Even if nothing untoward is happening, there are other reasons why you will need to get in touch with a personal injury attorney as soon as you can. One of the biggest reasons is that an attorney will need to determine all the potential parties that may have contributed to the trucking accident that caused your injury. These could include not only the truck driver, but also the trucking company and many others.
Governmental Mandates Aim to Reduce Trucking Accidents
There are stringent federal and state regulations that govern the trucking industry. All truck drivers, as well as the companies that own commercial trucks, have to abide by these rules or face severe consequences.
Many of these regulations are in place to try and reduce truck crashes due to truck driver fatigue. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules mandate that drivers of large trucks must not be on the road for too long without taking rest breaks. Far too many fatal crashes have occurred due to drivers who could not avoid a trucking accident because they couldn’t react quickly enough.
Other Common FMCSA Violations that Can Lead to Trucking Accidents
There are many other ways that FMCSA violations can result in a devastating trucking accident. For example, truck drivers will often cause fatal truck collisions because they’re under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Trucking companies sometimes fail to randomly test drivers (in clear violation of the FMCSA), leading truck drivers to feel they can drive while impaired without fear of consequences.
Trucking companies will sometimes fail to make sure drivers have a commercial truck driver license before hiring them. Or, they’ll be so focused on making deadlines that they don’t make sure their truck drivers comply with FMCSA-mandated rest breaks.
As we mentioned earlier, several different liable parties can commit FMCSA violations that can contribute to trucking accidents. These include the following:
- The driver – A truck accident can occur because a driver was speeding, merging in an unsafe manner, or driving in some other type of reckless manner.
- The Loader – The people responsible for loading the truck may have been negligent, and contributed to a truck accident as a result. They may have created an unbalanced load of cargo, which caused the truck to tip over.
- The Broker or Shipper – The companies responsible for selecting the trucking company to transport the merchandise, may not have done their due diligence to ensure the company they were selecting had a good safety record, or complied with FMCSA regulations.
- The Trucking Company – The trucking company may have neglected to thoroughly inspect the vehicle before sending it out on the road. A truck accident can often take place due to brakes that suddenly fail, or tires that blow out.
Our truck accident attorney will take these and many other considerations into account when determining the parties to target with legal action.
Damages that Result from Truck Accidents
When people are hurt in truck accidents, they will suffer many personal losses. These losses are known in legal terms as “damages.” If you have suffered injuries, then you have incurred medical expenses. You may have had to pay out-of-pocket for prescriptions. There is also a good chance that you have lost wages because you have missed work. These are all examples of economic damages.
There are also other kinds of damages that result from truck accidents that don’t have a specific dollar amount attached to them. These are more subjective damages, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of consortium and others.
Personal injury attorneys who have experience representing victims of trucking accidents know how to assign a dollar value to non-economic damages as well as economic damages. They are very familiar with what it takes to hold trucking companies, as well as truck drivers, accountable for their negligence.
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., we have years of experience with truck accident claims. We also have a passion for seeing justice prevail.
How to Find the Right Truck Accident Lawyer
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 accidents, 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. Schedule your free consultation with one of our truck accident lawyers today to learn more.
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our experienced attorneys have decades of experience fighting the trucking industry. All of our partners have been named to the Super Lawyers® list every year since 2011, and have also been past Presidents of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington D.C.
The personal injury lawyers at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. serve the entire Washington, D.C. metro area, including Virginia (Arlington, Fairfax, Alexandria, and Woodbridge), and Maryland (Bethesda, Rockville, Laurel, Montgomery County, Waldorf, Silver Spring, Frederick County, and Hyattsville).