Consulting with a Washington DC trucking accident attorney may be one of the best investments of your time you can make if you are frequently on the road. Between 2011 and 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration saw a 4% increase in trucking accident fatalities. The Washington DC metro area is particularly known for a heavy incidence of traffic accidents.The attorneys at Cohen & Cohen, PC, are well versed in trucking accident law, and, if you are hurt in an accident, they can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Truck accidents can involve both occupants and non-occupants of vehicles: anyone from the truck driver to innocent bystanders can be harmed. However, those who are often hurt the worst are the drivers who collide with the truck, because the truck has the massive framework to overpower smaller vehicles, and protect the truck driver. Even a privately owned pickup truck can weigh twice as much as a traditional four-door car. With large commercial trucks, this imbalance of force increases exponentially.
Sadly, our Washington DC trucking accident lawyers frequently see clients who have lost loved ones in these terrible events. Trucking accidents frequently result in death, but even for those who survive, the results of that accident may echo through the rest of their lives. These can include:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Lifelong paralysis
- Debt incurred from medical costs
In the aftermath of a trucking accident– despite the injuries, the property damage, the medical bills, and the psychological damage, the missed time from work– determining fault is not always clear-cut. In trucking accidents this can be more complex as responsibility may lie with the driver and/or the driver’s employer. For example, if a truck driver falls asleep at the wheel that is certainly the driver’s fault, but not properly regulating employee hours, securing cargo, or maintaining the vehicle is the employer’s responsibility. In either event, insurance providers are always trying to shift blame, and do everything in their power to pay you as little as possible. It is best to have someone to speak for your needs.
If you are involved in a truck accident, consulting with a respected trucking accident lawyer in Washington DC may be the best way to make sense of what has happened, and what will happen as you move forward with the claims process.
At Cohen & Cohen PC, we offer quality guidance so you will know your options and will have someone standing for you, every step of the way. To speak with a qualified trucking accident lawyer in Washington DC, contact Cohen & Cohen PC for a free case evaluation.