Washington, D.C. Truck Accident Attorneys
Semi-Truck & Other Commercial Vehicle Accidents in D.C.
When you are involved in a motor vehicle accident with a semi-truck, tractor-trailer, or similar commercial vehicle in Washington, D.C., you have several options when it comes to being compensated for your accident-related losses. If you have elected to include no-fault coverage on your auto insurance policy, you can file a personal injury protection (PIP) claim with your insurance provider and receive compensation for certain covered losses. Depending on the details of the accident, as well as the type of insurance coverage you have, you may also be entitled to bring a claim against the liable party’s insurance carrier and receive additional compensation for pain, suffering, and other accident-related damages.
If you or someone you love was involved in a large truck accident in Washington, D.C. or any of the surrounding areas, we encourage you to reach out to our team at Mike Slocumb Law Firm right away. Our attorneys can explain your legal options and devise a strategy aimed at protecting your rights. We have helped countless accident victims and families fight for the justice they deserved, recovering more than $500 million in total compensation for our clients.
Find out how our Washington, D.C. truck accident lawyers can help you with your claim; call (202) 759-7807 or contact us online for a free consultation.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents in D.C.
Although the majority of truck drivers are highly trained professionals, they still can—and do—make mistakes. Truck driver error and negligence are leading causes of large truck collisions, but they are not the only factors involved in most truck accidents. In fact, there are often numerous underlying and secondary causes.
Some of the most common causes of large truck accidents in Washington, D.C. and nationwide include:
- Distracted driving, including using a cellphone or GPS device
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Speeding, running red lights, and other traffic violations
- Overloaded trucks and/or improperly loaded cargo
- Inadequate truck inspections, maintenance, and/or repairs
- Negligent trucking company practices, such as lack of training
- Defective truck design and other truck defects
- Poorly designed, built, or maintained roadways
Our Washington, D.C. truck accident attorneys work with accident reconstructionists, economists, medical professionals, and other experts to determine the exact cause of the crash and its effect on your life. Our goal is to bring together all available evidence to build a powerful case on your behalf. We are not afraid to take on major trucking companies, insurance carriers, and other powerful entities—and we have what it takes to win.
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The types of damages and amount in compensation you may be able to recover after a truck accident in Washington, D.C. depend on several factors, including the type of auto insurance you have. If you have elected to add no-fault coverage (also known as “personal injury protection,” or PIP) to your auto insurance policy, you can file a claim with your insurance provider and receive compensation for certain economic damages, such as medical expenses and lost wages, regardless of who was at fault. You have 60 days after the accident to decide whether you want to utilize your no-fault benefits. If you do, you cannot file a claim against the liable party/liable party’s insurance provider unless you meet certain requirements.
To step outside the no-fault system and bring a claim against the liable party, you will need to prove ALL of the following:
- The cost of your medical care exceeds your PIP coverage limits
- Your injuries resulted in significant and permanent scarring/disfigurement or a qualifying impairment
- You were not at fault whatsoever for the accident
If you are found to be even one percent to blame for the collision that caused your injuries, you are barred from filing a personal injury claim under Washington, D.C.’s strict rule of contributory negligence.
If you do not have no-fault coverage, or if you decide to waive your no-fault benefits, you can file a claim against the liable party’s insurance provider. Depending on the details of your case, this could mean the trucking company’s insurance carrier or another party. You could also have grounds for a lawsuit against a liable party, such as the manufacturer of a defective truck.
Many factors influence the exact types of damages you can recover, but many truck accident victims are entitled to compensation for their:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical care
- Lost income/wages
- Lost employment benefits
- Lost earning capacity and future income
- Physical and mental pain and suffering
- Mental anguish and distress
- Miscellaneous accident-related expenses
Our Washington, D.C. truck accident attorneys leave no stone unturned when it comes to maximizing our clients’ recoveries. We are ready to fight for every cent you are owed so that you can begin the healing process and start to move forward with your life.
Give us a call at (202) 759-7807 or contact us online for a complimentary case review.