Distracted Truck Driver Accidents in Washington, D.C.
Distracted truck drivers are a serious hazard on the road. Driving a big truck means that they are, as a rule, more dangerous. Since they take up more room on the road, they require more space to stop, have less margin for error, and can cause more serious damage to other vehicles than normal-sized cars and trucks. Truck drivers also spend long hours on the road and are more prone to driver fatigue as a result. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident by a distracted truck driver, you want to be sure that you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (202) 331-0600 to learn more about how we can provide the legal representation you need following your accident with a distracted truck driver.
The Abelson Law Firm’s Results
When it comes to lawsuits concerning distracted truck drivers, The Abelson Law Firm is ready to go to bat for you. Our past cases include many successful results, including claims where insurance companies paid out to the maximum limits of the policy. In many cases, our team has been able to win substantial compensation for individuals who have been injured in accidents where truck drivers became distracted, fell asleep behind the wheel, or were negligent on the road.
What Injuries Can Distracted Truck Drivers Cause?
Distracted truck drivers can be responsible for a wide range of injuries. These might include:
- Soft tissue injuries
- Concussion and traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Spinal injuries
- Wrongful death
- And a wide range of others.
Accidents where big trucks are involved tend to be more severe than accidents with smaller vehicles. As a result, injuries are often more severe than they might be in other cases. Because of this, it’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible after your accident to determine the full extent of your injuries and the treatment you need.
Who Is Responsible for Injuries Caused by Distracted Truck Drivers?
In most case, it is the driver of the truck that is responsible for the injuries caused as a result of the accident. In some cases, however, the company that employees them may also be held responsible. This is particularly true if the company maintains unsafe driving rules that encourage drivers to drive distracted or drowsy, or if they are required to spend too many hours on the road before taking a break. Individuals who deliberately distracted truck drivers on the road can also face responsibility for injuries sustained in the crash.
What Damages Can Victims Recover After an Accident With a Distracted Truck Driver?
Following your accident, there are several damages that can be recovered in your case. These may include:
- Medical expenses for your injuries, including reasonable anticipated medical expenses for future care for your injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial expenses for individuals who have been killed as a result of a distracted truck driver
- Missed time at work
- Other key expenses associated with the accident
What damages awarded will depend on the insurance policies and the discretion of the judge in individual cases. They will also depend on the severity of your injuries, including the potential for long-term disability as a result of the accident. The damages awarded will also depend on who bears the majority of the fault for your accident: as your fault increases, the percentage you can receive decreases. If you were more than 40 percent responsible for the accident, you may not receive damages at all.
How Do Distracted Drivers Try to Get Out of Paying Fair Costs?
Most of the time, when you’ve been injured in an accident with a distracted truck driver, you’ll deal with their insurance company after the accident. The goal of the insurance company is to minimize the amount that they need to pay out as much as possible. There are several ways they may attempt to accomplish this goal. Most commonly, however, they will:
- Attempt to establish that you were primarily at fault for the accident. In some cases, the insurance company may attempt to prove that you bear the primary responsibility for the accident, which will relieve the burden of payment from them. If they can establish that you were at least partially at fault, the burden of payment may be lifted accordingly.
- Try to convince you to sign a settlement offer that is significantly less than you deserve for your accident. It is common for insurance companies to make a low offer shortly after the accident, when you’re still trying to decide what step you need to take next. It’s important that you consult with your lawyer before signing this agreement, since it will substantially decrease the funds that you’re able to receive in compensation for your accident.
How Much Will a Lawyer Cost Me?
After your accident involving a distracted truck driver, you want to be sure that you receive the maximum possible compensation for your injuries. Unfortunately, you may also worry about paying for a lawyer in the meantime. If you’re ready to start work on your case, contact us. We’ll offer a free consultation to discuss your case, and accept clients on a contingent fee basis—that is, we’ll take our payment out of any settlement or judgment you receive, rather than taking payment up front. In many cases, this can significantly alleviate the financial burden associated with hiring a lawyer for your case.
Get the Help You Need
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, don’t wait. Contact us today at (202) 331-0600 to schedule your free consultation with experienced accident attorney Michael A. Abelson. he’s here to help you navigate the complicated legal process and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.