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In 2011, 3,757 people throughout the United States were killed in accidents involving large trucks. In the majority of truck accidents, it was someone outside of the truck who was killed, such as a driver or passenger in a car that was involved in the crash. In fact, truck occupants accounted for only 635 of the deaths, while the occupants of other vehicles accounted for 2,695. The remaining deaths were non-occupants such as pedestrians.
Unfortunately, those in passenger cars and others sharing the road with truck drivers are at great risk and great disadvantage in truck accidents. Trucks weigh many times more than the average passenger vehicle, meaning a truck accident can have devastating and often deadly consequences.
The law provides options for truck accident victims to obtain compensation, but actually getting this money can be a very complex process for victims. The Abelson Law Firm is here to help. Our Washington, D.C., truck accident attorneys understand the complex laws that govern truck accident cases, and we can put our legal knowledge to work for you.
Why You Need a Truck Accident Lawyer
It is very important to work with an experienced truck accident lawyer after a crash, because there are questions that arise in these cases that do not exist in standard auto accident claims.
One issue is that many trucks are involved in interstate commerce, which means that you need an understanding of which laws apply and how they apply. Another concern is that truck drivers are often employed by a trucking company or other employer. If this is the case, then the employer could be the better defendant in a personal injury lawsuit than the truck driver, since employers tend to have more money and insurance to pay damages.
These are just a few of the complexities associated with truck accident claims. These claims often turn on whether the driver or trucking company complied with a complex set of federal and state maintenance and safety rules. An experienced attorney at the Abelson Law Firm can help you understand how these rules apply in your case. We can assist in building evidence to hold the truck driver or trucking company responsible.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents happen for many different reasons. Often, they occur as a result of truck driver error. Some of the different factors that can contribute to a truck wreck include:
- A driver’s failure to comply with federal maximum drive-time laws
- A driver’s impairment by drugs or alcohol
- A driver’s violation of safety laws, such as speed limit laws
- Drivers operating their trucks when they are distracted or fatigued
- Maintenance failures
- Defects in truck design
- A failure on the part of the trucking company to properly screen, supervise or train employees.
The underlying cause of the accident can have a major impact on what type of legal action you should take to recover compensation. If the accident was caused by a defect in the truck, for example, this could give rise to a product liability claim against the truck manufacturer.
A truck accident attorney at the Abelson Law Firm can investigate all potential causes of the crash and help you to determine the best defendants to pursue. We can also bolster your case by helping you to gather the evidence you need.
Compensation in Truck Accident Claims
After a truck accident, the Abelson Law Firm knows that your primary goal is to ensure that your medical bills are covered and that you do not suffer from immediate financial loss due to lost wages. We will help to start the process of making a claim quickly so you can get your bills paid. We also think about your future medical costs, your ongoing pain and suffering and any reduced earning capacity you experience due to the accident. All of these factors must be taken into account in determining your truck accident compensation.
The goal of our truck accident attorneys is to negotiate a settlement or to prove your case and your damages in court so all of your bills are covered. You could obtain compensation for lost wages, as well as for ongoing disability. Your past, present and future medical bills caused by the accident could be covered. You should also be fairly compensated if your injuries caused you pain or interfered with your enjoyment of life. To help ensure that the funds from the proceeds of your case can be used to help with your ongoing care, support and maintenance, we also have relationships with health care providers, vocational rehabilitation specialists or counselors and professionals who create life care plans.
If a death occurred, then the responsible party still needs to pay. To help ensure that surviving family members get what they are due, our truck accident attorneys also take on wrongful death cases. We represent the families of truck accident victims to obtain compensation for lost financial support from the deceased, as well as for loss of love and companionship. Immediate family members of someone who has been killed in a truck crash deserve to get justice for their losses, too.
How We Can Help
In every case, the aim of the truck accident attorneys at the Abelson Law Firm is to make things easier for the victims of truck crashes. We will take care of all of the legal details and technicalities of your claim, including immediately moving to gather important physical evidence that is quickly lost after a crash. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can help. From start to finish, we will put your needs first and use our legal talent to advocate for you.
To set up your free consultation and get help from our experienced truck accident lawyers, contact us online or by phone at 202-331-0600 or toll free at 1-888-797-4242 for a free consultation.