Were You In a Truck Accident?
You Can Fight Back with an Attorney from Slocumb Law Firm
If you've been injured in a truck crash or have lost a loved one in a fatal truck collision, it's wise to have an experienced Washington, D.C., truck accident lawyer by your side, protecting your rights. Police may have investigated the accident, but they won't work for you the way the Mike Slocumb Law Firm will.
If you are represented by us, we will launch a comprehensive investigation into the crash to determine liability - that is, who was at fault. You should realize that the trucking company and its insurance carrier typically will begin investigating immediately to find ways to minimize the truck driver's responsibility in the crash. That's why you need to level the playing field and act swiftly.
The trucking company may have violated any number of federal regulations. Our Washington, DC truck accident lawyers can find out if there was a violation of these standards, which may impose additional liability on the trucker. If you've been injured in a truck crash, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm today for a free consultation.
Truck accident FAQs
- Why do truck accidents tend to result in such severe injuries?
- Does the Mike Slocumb Law Firm handle trucking accidents in Washington, D.C.?
- Why are truck drivers held to a different standard than other drivers?
- How do you investigate a trucking accident?
- What are the other causes of truck accidents, besides falling asleep at the wheel?
- How do I reach your law firm?
A: Trucks are much heavier than passenger cars. These large commercial vehicles can exceed 80,000 pounds. An average sedan might weigh about 3,000 pounds. If a small car is rear ended by a big rig, the consequences can be grave because of the extreme forces involved. Often, people in cars sustain traumatic brain injuries and broken bones or lose their lives in a crash with an 18-wheeler.
A: Yes. If you were in an accident on I-95 or elsewhere in Washington, you should talk to us as soon as possible. Our truck accident attorneys will listen to you and discuss the best way to proceed with your accident case.
A: As stated above, these drivers are operating extremely heavy vehicles which sometimes are carrying potentially explosive materials. The drivers have a major responsibility and must be properly trained and adequately rested to ensure the safety of all using the highways. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates the trucking industry. If you are injured or lose a loved one in a wrongful death trucking accident, the Mike Slocumb Law Firm will do a thorough investigation on your behalf.
A: We conduct a lengthy and thorough investigation of truck accidents. We typically examine the driver's history and see if he or she had any moving violations. We also will investigate whether the trucking company conducted an adequate background check on the driver and followed proper hiring procedures. An accident can become complicated quickly. We may find out that the vehicle was not maintained properly. Perhaps the driver did not secure the load. In some cases, the driver may have violated the hours of service rules and was driving while fatigued. We leave nothing unexamined when handling a truck accident case.
A: As mentioned above, tired driving is a factor in many truck crashes. But other causes of accidents include distracted drivers, such as those who text and drive or program their GPS while driving. Some drivers may be impaired by drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. Other common causes include speeding, driver inexperience and defective parts such as malfunctioning brakes. If you have our firm on our side, you will know we are working aggressively to determine exactly what caused the truck wreck - and will hold the negligent party accountable.
Call 202-737-4141 immediately if you were injured in a truck accident or a loved one was injured or killed. You also can complete the fields in the upper right side of the page (under FREE CONSULTATION). We will listen to you and discuss your options. If you are represented by the Mike Slocumb Law Firm, you won't have to worry about paying any upfront costs, because we work on a contingency fee. That means you pay no legal fees unless we get you money.