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Red Light Accident

Trucks Running Red Lights

Washington, DC Truck Accident Lawyer

Even under the best circumstances, tractor-trailers can be hazardous for other motorists. "Fender benders" involving cars and trucks are rare; usually, any truck accident is disastrous for the passenger vehicle. The level of danger increases when a truck driver blatantly disobeys traffic laws by driving through a stop sign or running a red light.

Why Trucks Run Red Lights

The greater a truck's mass and weight is, the more stopping distance it will require. All too often, a trucker will find it difficult to stop quickly enough when they encounter a stop sign or a red light, and proceed through the intersection. This happens most often on steeply graded roads where trucks cannot safely stop.

In other cases, however, a truck driver may purposely run a red light when they were capable of stopping. For example, if the truck is traveling through a small town or a warehouse district and the driver assumes no other traffic is approaching, they may run the red light.

Catching Other Motorists Off-Guard

If another motorist is obeying their green light and a truck runs a red light, there is usually no time at all for the driver of the passenger vehicle to react. Even an alert driver may not realize that a truck is crossing the intersection until it is too late.

All it takes is a few seconds of carelessness for a serious truck accident to occur. No matter how difficult it may be for a truck to stop, the fact remains that truck drivers are trained to anticipate stopping at intersections and to prepare for the possibility of a green light turning red. When another person is seriously injured because of a truck driver's poor judgment, they deserve full compensation for their injuries and losses.

Why Choose Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C.?

Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. is a full-service personal injury law firm. Our Washington, DC truck accident lawyers are committed to excellence. We believe that accidents are avoidable and that negligent individuals and companies should be held liable for their careless decisions – especially if their result in the injury or death of an innocent person. When you work with our firm, you can have peace of mind knowing that our team has more than 90 years of combined experience.

Over the years, we have developed legal strategies to give our clients the best possible chance of a positive case outcome. Today, we are prepared to use our skills to give you're the upper hand in court. With more than $250 million in successful case settlements and verdicts, we are confident in our ability to represent your case.

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