Truck accidents are some of the most violent and catastrophic motor vehicle accidents. Injuries caused by truck accidents are highly likely to be debilitating, disabling, and fatal. Commercial vehicle drivers, as well as the trucking companies that employ them and the manufacturers who provide the truck parts, have a responsibility to exercise care and prevent unsafe situations.
The truck accident attorneys at The Cochran Firm in Washington, DC, are experienced in going up against big trucking companies who protect their own interests while you are left suffering the consequences. If you have been seriously injured following an accident with a tractor-trailer, please contact Cochran Firm DC today to schedule a consultation.
The legal process to recover compensation for your injuries and damages can be complicated, especially in trucking cases where a web of federal regulations and state law can create traps for the unwary. Our experienced trucking accident lawyers can guide your case from beginning to end with the experience to understand the longer-term implications of each step in the process. The attorneys of The Cochran Firm, D.C. have recovered millions for injured victims and have received significant media coverage and legal industry attention for achieving remarkable verdicts and settlements.
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Although there are important steps you should take immediately after an accident involving a truck, your next concern may be hiring a lawyer. The truck company and the insurance company for the commercial truck involved in the accident will immediately investigate the accident. These companies regularly deal with truck accidents and have a predefined plan regarding how to investigate, analyze, and document accidents. Their goal is to reduce the amount of compensation available to the accident victim or, in the case of a death, the victim’s family. Their process may include documenting interviews with crash witnesses and recording video and photos of the accident scene. If you caused the accident in even the most minor way, the trucking company and the insurance company will work to emphasize this.
With an experienced truck accident lawyer on your side, you have a professional who has been through the process before and will work tirelessly to defend your rights. An experienced attorney can analyze medical records, review and dispute the trucking company and insurance company’s claims, hire and consult expert witnesses to bolster your claims and to reconstruct the accident, interview witnesses, negotiate with the insurance company, and navigate the legal process.
There are many moving parts in a truck accident claim – federal agencies like the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration promulgate rules governing the trucking industry, state laws may govern liability of each driver, and case law may govern the specific circumstance of your accident. In addition, there may be many individuals, companies, and other parties who are involved in your truck accident claim, such as the 18-wheeler driver, the truck leasing company, the insurance company, the driver’s employer, the owner of the truck trailer (often different from the owner of the truck), the maker of the truck or its components, and your insurance company. An experienced truck accident lawyer can marshal the applicable legal rules and regulations, approach and negotiate with the various parties, and design a litigation plan with the goal of securing you the highest possible compensation.
18 wheeler and other large commercial trucks can cause serious injuries to other drivers on the road. If you or a loved one were hurt in a truck accident, it may be because the driver was negligent or the vehicle was improperly maintained.
Truck Accident Contributing Factors
Some of the causes of tractor-trailer accidents are the same as causes of car accidents, but trucks weigh more than 10,000 pounds. Because of their size and weight, tractor-trailers are especially dangerous in the event of an accident and can even lead to wrongful death.
Common causes of truck accidents include:
Negligent truck drivers can cause accidents when they operate these huge vehicles carelessly. Accidents can also occur because of a truck’s faulty components, including defective products like tires and brakes. Additionally, truck drivers can drive improperly and become overly fatigued as a result of demanding schedules imposed by the trucking company.
As a driver or passenger in a much smaller vehicle, you can be left with serious injuries after a truck accident, including:
If you are unable to perform your job duties because of your injury, you may be facing a lifetime of lost wages. Injuries of this magnitude are also expensive to treat, and these medical expenses can continue indefinitely for as long as you need treatment.
If you were in a serious car accident involving a truck or 18-wheeler, you may be eligible to file a truck accident lawsuit. There are a variety of different legal claims that are often made against trucking companies.
When an accident occurs because of someone’s carelessness, you – the responsible driver – should not have to pay for the cost of your injuries. Additionally, the negligent behavior or practices of the person or company responsible for the accident should be stopped.
If you or a family member was seriously injured in an accident involving a semi-truck or other large commercial vehicle, please contact The Cochran Firm, D.C. to receive a free, confidential case evaluation. All initial inquiries carry no obligation.
In order to maximize your chance of a successful recovery, we recommend contacting us as soon after the accident as possible. The law requires that truck accident claims be filed within a certain period of time, and if that time has already expired, you may be ineligible for compensation.