<According to commercial motor vehicle statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), semi trucks are involved in over 327,000 accidents each year. More than 3,500 of these semi accidents are fatal. Due to the size and weight of large trucks, drivers and passengers of nearby cars are more likely than the truck driver to suffer injury or death as a result of a truck accident.
No one should have to deal with the wrongful death of a loved one due to the negligence of a trucking company, its driver, those responsible for securing cargo or the mechanics responsible for performing truck maintenance. A wrongful death lawyer from Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P., with offices in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland, can help you pursue legal action against the those responsible for the trucking accident that caused your loved one’s death.
Washington DC wrongful death attorneys from our nationally recognized personal injury law firm can help you fight against tough trucking companies—all the way to a courtroom, if necessary. No amount of compensation is enough to make up for the loss of a loved one from your life, but monetary payments are how the judicial system forces companies to take responsibility for their negligence. Our fatal accident lawyers will not rest until you have recovered everything you deserve in a truck wrongful death lawsuit.
The Federal Highway Administration estimated that the average 5-axle truck trailer is anywhere from 15 to 20 times heavier than the average motor vehicle. If a truck is involved in a car accident, pedestrian accident or some other kind of collision, the results are often deadly.
Common causes of fatal truck accidents include:
When a family suddenly loses a loved one, the suffering can be overwhelming. Loss of economic contribution, emotional support and loss of a loved one’s company (consortium) are common damages that a family can seek in a wrongful death lawsuit. Additional damages can also be awarded for any medical expenses associated with the immediate aftermath of the accident.
Trucking companies and their insurers will stop at nothing to discredit your claim to damages and will often refuse to admit liability for the accident. They will have their own legal team that will do everything possible to deny you the compensation you deserve for the pain and suffering their mistakes have caused to you and your family. However, you do not have to accept their word as the final answer!
If you hope to get justice and compensation from the trucking company that caused the death of your loved one, you will need an experienced fatal accident attorney on your side. Our personal injury law firm has offices located in Greenbelt, Maryland; Washington, D.C.; and Fairfax, Virginia. Contact us online, or call one of our offices now to take the first steps toward putting your life back together after a fatal truck accident.