When someone is injured in an accident involving a semi or other large commercial truck in Washington DC or in the surrounding states, there is a good chance that they could use the help of a good semi accident law firm Washington DC accident victims and their families can rely on.
Accidents With Semi and Other Large Trucks
An accident with a large and heavy truck that is significantly larger than even the largest passenger vans and SUVs has a good likelihood of causing significant damage to smaller vehicles in an accident.
Because of their weight and size, even the most skilled and experienced driver cannot make a semi:
- Stop quickly
- Speed up quickly
- Slow down quickly
- Make tight turns
- Make quick maneuvers.
- Have good visibility for other vehicles
Because of these reasons and more, semi and other large trucks are prone to accidents. The likelihood of injuries for people in smaller vehicles involved in a semi accidents are high. While some people are fortunate to have only minor injuries in these types of accidents, many people are not. Many accidents involving semi and other large trucks can cause catastrophic or fatal injuries.
Common Semi Accident Causes
When someone is injured because of someone else’s negligence, he or she may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury claim. When a family member dies because of someone else’s negligence the negligent party may be liable to the deceased’s remaining family members. Many people find it easier and more efficient to do this with the help of a semi accident law firm Washington DC drivers, passengers, and their families, can get help from in the aftermath of an accident.
When it comes to accidents with semis there can be more than one party whose negligence caused or contributed to a victim’s injuries. Some of these parties may be the:
- Truck driver
- Shipping company
- Owner of truck cab and/or trailer hitch, etc.,
- Truck part manufacturers and companies that assemble them,
- Staff and crew at distribution centers
These name just a few of the parties who may be liable for injuries and damages that are the result of their negligence.
Truck Accident Causes
The following are common truck accident cause:
Driver Fatigue There are strict rules and regulations that monitor the number of hours
that commercial drivers are allowed to be on the road. This is because of the dangerous
situations a fatigued driver can cause. When there were less regulations for this there
were significantly more accidents involving commercial truck drivers. Even though many
drivers adhere to these rules, a driver can still get fatigued and unfortunately, some
drivers deliberately ignore these safety rules.
Pressures to Meet Deadlines The pressure to meet delivery deadlines can lead to
reckless and negligent driving, with catastrophic results.
Trucking Company Negligence Trucking companies may try to cut corners on
maintenance, over-scheduling drivers, putting unqualified drivers on the road, and
overloading trucks and trailers. These can all lead to dangerous situations.
Faulty and Poorly Maintained Trucks Faulty or malfunctioning trucks and truck parts;
and poorly maintained trucks are much more likely to cause accidents than ones that are
Improper Loading and Securing Cargo If cargo is unsecured or if a truck is overloaded
or unbalanced, accidents are likely to occur.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident in DC or the surrounding areas, or if someone close to you has died because of this, you may find it helpful to discuss your rights with a lawyer who is experienced in successfully defending the rights of injured people and their families.
For a semi accident law firm Washington DC accident victims and their families recommend, contact Cohen & Cohen for a free case evaluation with no obligations.