Commercial trucks, such as 18 wheelers, tractor trailers and semi trucks, often weigh more than 25 times the average car. It is important to understand that accidents involving trucks are not just larger car accidents. The laws that govern these collisions and any insurance disputes that arise are typically more complex than those involving smaller automobiles.
In these situations, know that the law is on your side. Like other drivers, truck drivers are equally as liable for damages resulting from their driving errors while operating their vehicles. Oftentimes the trucking company, the company that manufactured the truck or an insurance company may also be held liable for any negligence.
The law firm of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P. provides the following information as a guide if you are dealing with a similar situation. To talk about the specifics of your truck accident with an experienced trucking accident lawyer in Maryland, Virginia or the Washington, D.C. area, we can offer knowledge and support to you and your family during a free case discussion.
Following a collision, it is crucial to ensure that you have all the proper information to bring a claim against the truck driver or any other responsible party. However, as with any accident, seek medical attention immediately for any injuries you may have sustained.
Typically, to protect your legal rights you will need to record:
Timing is crucial when preserving any evidence related to your case, which otherwise may be lost or damaged. It is in your best interest to retain legal representation from a truck accident injury attorney as soon as possible that can immediately begin gathering and protecting this vital data.
Collisions with commercial trucks can cause a person to suffer immense bodily harm. Truck accidents can result in:
If you are recovering from injuries caused by a trucking accident, it is important that you consult with a truck accident lawyer immediately to begin exploring your rights and options for taking up the fight against those who caused your wounds. We know what to look for in the circumstances of your case to determine exactly who is at fault. Once the culprit (or culprits) is known, then the fight to get you justice and compensation can begin.
Although filing a truck accident lawsuit can seem intimidating, each accident attorney at our firm will make sure that all you need to do is take care of yourself and your family while we handle the rest. Your health and well-being after a truck accident is your priority; ours is getting what you need to move forward.
The cost of treating injuries from truck accidents can easily reach into the tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars. However, these costs are just for the initial hospital stay after the accident and do not take into account the other expenses you will have, such as:
All truck accident victims are entitled to compensation for bills resulting from the collision, which can include:
In trucking accidents where the unthinkable has happened and someone you love has passed away, then you may face funeral expenses and the loss of your loved one’s economic contribution. Families in this situation needs to explore their legal rights and options for action.
No one should have to deal with the wrongful death of a loved one due to a trucking company’s or truck driver’s negligence. We understand how overwhelming everything is at this moment and how trying to deal with this loss is your priority, as it should be. In this time of suffering, it can be difficult to know exactly where to turn to for answers when the bills begin to pile up and arrangements need to be made.
The justice system does allow families an ability to gain compensation that can help with:
No one would argue that there will ever be an amount of money that could replace the love, support and life of your loved one, but this is what the law permits and what can give your family financial stability while dealing with this loss. Our truck accident lawyers will fight aggressively against those whose negligence is at fault and make sure your family gets a fair recovery.
Trucking companies and their insurers will have their own legal team that will do everything possible to deny you the compensation you deserve for the pain and suffering you went through because of their mistake. However, you do not have to accept their word as the final answer.
In our more than 30 years working on behalf of those hurt by the careless actions of others in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, our firm has represented clients who were drivers or passengers in cars, operating motorcycles, walking alongside the road or riding bikes and were seriously or critically injured due to negligence. We have handled a number of high-profile lawsuits against national and international corporations, gaining successful outcomes and legal theories that have changed laws for the better.
Whether an individual truck driver or large company is at fault for what you and your family is going through, it is our passion to uphold your legal rights and secure what you need to begin moving forward. Reach out to an accident attorney at our firm to schedule a no charge, no obligation consultation where you can get answers for any legal questions you may have.