Washington, DC Truck Accident Lawyer
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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 death in 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
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
By leveraging our reputation, resources, and decades of combined experience, Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. has been able to 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 can help you learn more about your rights following a truck accident and explain what we can do to help you pursue the maximum compensation possible.
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.
FMCSA Violations Commonly Lead to Truck Accidents
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has developed strict 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
- 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
Despite the strict regulations imposed by the FMCSA, truck accidents still cause thousands of injuries every year. If you have been injured in a truck accident, it is important to choose a knowledgeable lawyer who has the experience, resources, and effective legal strategies you need to pursue a successful claim against the trucking industry.
Determining Liability After a Truck Accident
Unlike car accidents, tractor-trailer accidents often involve several different liable parties – each of which may have violated certain laws and regulations that led to your accident. In order to construct the strongest case possible, you will need a truck accident attorney who is intimately familiar with both state and federal trucking laws.
Parties who may be liable for a trucking accident include:
- 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
Trucking laws are complex, and the relationship between trucking companies and their drivers can vary. If the company directly employed the truck driver, for example, you might be able to file a claim against the trucking company because they were the direct supervisor of the truck driver. On the other hand, if the truck driver was only a contractor for the company, it can be harder to show that the company was directly supervising the driver.
What If the Accident Occurred in a Different State?
You can either file the claim in the state where the accident occurred, or the state that the trucking company is located in or regularly does business in. Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. has offices in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC, which means that you can file a claim at whichever office is closest to you.
What Damages Are Available After a Truck Accident?
There are typically three types of damages recoverable after a truck accident, economic, non-economic and punitive. Economic damages compensate for financial losses an injury victim suffers such as the inability to go to work, and medical expenses. Non-economic damages, also called general damages, compensate for more abstract losses such as pain and suffering or mental anguish.
Since these losses are so subjective, determining compensation amounts are not as straightforward as in economic damages. Punitive damages are the last type of damages. Unlike economic and non-economic the purpose of punitive damages is to punish the party responsible for the accident, as such, they are not often awarded.
Choosing the Right Lawyer for Your Truck Accident Case
The more success a lawyer has had handling truck accident claims in the past, the more prepared they will be to investigate your own claim, building a strong case from the ground up that argues for your right to compensation. You need an attorney who not only has experience, but also a trusted reputation among their peers.
When meeting with an attorney, you should ask questions like:
- How much experience do you have with these types of cases?
- How often do you handle truck accident cases similar to my own?
- What are some examples of truck accident cases you have won in the past?
- What factors in my truck accident case could work for or against me?
The lawyer should answer your questions clearly and honestly, in a way that puts you at ease. If they dodge a straight answer or otherwise make you feel uncomfortable, look elsewhere. Reading client testimonials is another good way to determine whether or not a truck accident attorney is trustworthy. Ultimately, however, the most important characteristics to look for in a truck accident lawyer are background and experience.
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 been rear-ended.
- $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.
Call Now for Your Free Consultation: (202) 659-8600
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.
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.