Speeding Truckers Cause Accidents in Washington, D.C.
At a glance, it’s possible to tell that speeding truckers are dangerous. It takes them longer to stop than many of their smaller counterparts on the road, they need more time and space to maneuver, and they can cause significantly more damage to other vehicles in an accident than a normal car or truck. If you’ve been involved in an accident with a speeding trucker, you already know just how severe the damage can be. You need a lawyer who will support you as you move through the process of navigating the legal system and securing your insurance claim. Contact me today at (202) 331-0600 to learn more about how I can help you.
At The Abelson Law Firm, I’ve seen a wide range of accident cases involving truckers, including cases where truckers were distracted, speeding, and participating in a wide range of other unsafe behaviors. In many of those cases, I’ve been able to obtain substantial compensation for the individuals involved—often up to the limits of the insurance policies involved in the case. My clients know that I provide caring, compassionate advice they can count on as they work through the court system, negotiate with insurance companies, and work to get the compensation they need for their accident.
What Injuries Do Speeding Truckers Cause?
Speeding truckers can cause accidents that lead to a wide range of injuries, including:
- Head trauma, including everything from mild concussions to more severe traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue damage, including sprains and strains
- Spinal cord damage
- Ongoing back or muscle pain
- Wrongful death
- And a wide range of others
Because speeding truckers are traveling at higher rates of speed in extremely large vehicles, accidents with them often cause more damage than accidents involving smaller vehicles or those traveling at lower speeds. In many cases, the injuries may be substantial. In others, they may be permanently disabling or even lead to death. It is critical to receive proper medical care following an accident with a speeding trucker to help ensure that your injuries will heal as well as possible.
Who Is at Fault?
Say that the trucker was speeding down the highway, taking turns recklessly fast and pushing their truck beyond the limits of how it should have been asked to perform. That doesn’t mean, however, that the trucker was the only one to blame. Some trucking companies have unfair expectations and requirements for their truckers, demanding that they drive for more hours or make up more miles than is reasonable, especially in bad weather conditions. As a result, these companies bear some of the responsibility for accidents involving their speeding truckers. Other vehicles can also play a role in the accident, particularly if they were also speeding or if they made poor decisions that led to the accident.
You may also bear some of the responsibility for your accident. While you can do little to prevent the poor choices of a speeding trucker when you’re on the road, you’re still responsible for your driving habits. You may be ruled partially responsible for the accident that led to your injuries, which can reduce the amount of your settlement.
What Damages Can Victims Recover?
Following an accident with a speeding trucker, you can often recover a wide range of damages that can help provide for your care and help you move on with your life. These may include:
- Medical expenses immediately associated with your accident and its aftermath, including a reasonable award for continuing care
- Pain and suffering based on the extent of your injuries
- Compensation for permanent disability
- Lost wages as a result of your accident, including any time missed from work due to the accident itself and due to your injuries
- Funeral and burial expenses for anyone killed during the accident or who died as a result of injuries from the accident
The amount of your damages will depend on the extent of your injuries, who was ruled at fault for your accident, and the insurance policies carried by the trucker or trucking company as well as a range of other factors. Having a lawyer to represent you is one of the most effective ways to ensure that you will receive the full compensation owed.
How Do Truckers Try to Get out of Paying?
Most of the time, you won’t deal with the trucker who caused your accident directly. Instead, you’ll work with their insurance company to determine the amount of the settlement you’re due. The insurance company’s goal is to reduce the amount that they’ll have to pay out. Often, they attempt two key tactics to accomplish this:
- They’ll try to establish that the truck driver wasn’t at fault for the accident. If they can prove that you bear at least 50 percent responsibility for the accident, the insurance company won’t have to pay out damages. The more fault they can place on your shoulders, the more it will reduce the financial payout.
- They’ll offer you a settlement worth less than you deserve. Many insurance companies choose to offer lower settlement amounts to the victims of an accident, especially in those initial days immediately following the accident, when any amount looks like a great amount. Working with a lawyer is the best way to ensure that you won’t mistakenly accept a settlement offer worth less than you deserve.
How Much Does a Lawyer Cost?
If you’re struggling to figure out how you’re going to afford a lawyer in the aftermath of your accident, you don’t have to worry about those fees. When you contact me, I’ll set up a free consultation that will allow me to take a look at your case. I can accept many cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that I’ll only get paid when you win a settlement or judgment.
Get the Help You Need
If you were injured in an accident with a speeding trucker, don’t wait. Contact attorney Michael A. Abelson at (202) 331-0600 as soon as possible to set up your free consultation.