Truck accidents in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia

 
Accidents involving commercial trucks and smaller private passenger vehicles often result in serious injuries or death for the occupants of the smaller vehicle. For example, consider that a large commercial truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds and can be as long as 75 feet. In comparison, smaller private passenger cars can range from a 2,500-pound car to a 5,000-pound SUV. The consequences of a collision between a large commercial tractor-trailer and a private passenger vehicle are often serious and catastrophic.
Commercial truck drivers are specially trained and must follow certain state and federal regulations that the average private vehicle driver does not. These regulations are designed to protect both the truck driver and other drivers on the road. Therefore, a truck driver who fails to follow any of these regulations may be increasing the likelihood of a serious accident.

It takes considerable knowledge and resources to adequately investigate and prepare a truck accident claim to ensure that the victim's rights are protected.
 
 
 
 
Often, in order to prove your claim, it is necessary to hire experts in the field of:
 
  • Accident reconstruction;
  • ‘Black box' downloads and data interpretation;
  • Human factors;
 
  • Truck conspicuity; and/or
  • Trucking safety regulations and standards of care.
 
The truck accident attorneys at Stein & Rosenberg, LLC. understand what to look for and who to talk to in order to investigate and prepare your truck accident claim. We understand the traffic laws that apply to commercial vehicles and the requirements that truck drivers must follow. We believe it is our responsibility to help protect you and your family from trucking accidents caused by the negligence of truck drivers and commercial trucking companies that refuse to follow these standards.

It is therefore important to hire aggressive and knowledgeable truck accident attorneys familiar with the law on these issues, who will conduct a prompt investigation of the accident and your injuries, who has credibility with truck insurance companies, and who will work energetically to obtain for you the maximum compensation to which you are entitled.

We are committed to achieving the best possible result for every client.

Once we accept your trucking case, we immediately begin working to obtain for you the maximum compensation allowed by law.

We will:

  • Conduct a thorough investigation
  • Acquire all available evidence needed to prove and maximize your claim
  • Work with auto accident reconstruction experts to prove that the other party is at fault
  • Utilize medical experts to support your claim for the full extent of your injuries
 

Actions you can take if you have been injured in a trucking crash.

Check out the trucking company that caused your injury and contact us to fight for you

Collecting evidence at the scene


The physical and circumstantial evidence you gather in the aftermath of a truck accident can strengthen your case tremendously. In addition to gathering the contact information from the truck driver and any witnesses, there are a number of steps you can take to collect and preserve valuable evidence at the scene. If you do not have a camera in your car, or a cell phone with a camera, call a friend to visit the crash site and take photos. The more photos you can take, the better. You will want proof of where the crash occurred, how the vehicles were positioned, what the damage to the vehicles looked like and what your injuries looked like immediately after the accident.
In addition to photos, you should write out your recollections of the accident. Having your written notes of exactly when, where and how the accident occurred can help. It will also be in your best interest to obtain a copy of the police report. A skilled truck accident attorney will also be able to request an inspection of the truck and the trailer, collect evidence from the truck's data recorder, and examine the trip inspection report as well as the driver's log.

There are a number of ways in which your case can be bolstered during the investigation. It will be necessary to prove that the truck driver was negligent at the time of the accident. If, for example, the authorities cite the driver for being under the influence or for a traffic violation, it will help your case.