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How is Negligence Established in a Truck Accident?

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When you have been injured in a truck accident, you and your truck accident attorney will take steps to establish that negligence lies with the truck driver, trucking company, or a government agency for failing to care for the roads.

However, understanding how negligence is established in a truck accident is rather complex, which means it is all the more important to have an experienced truck accident lawyer by your side.

What are the Responsibilities of a Truck Driver?

In order to be a certified commercial truck driver, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) imposes certain requirements and responsibilities on truck drivers.

State Certified Drivers License (CDL) Requirements

In Washington, DC, the basic requirements for CDL drivers are:

The basic requirements for a CDL license in Maryland include:

Virginia large truck driving requirements include:

Federal CDL Requirements

Further, under federal law, truck drivers and trucking companies must follow 49 CFR Part 383 which explains:

Should the truck driver or trucking company not abide by these regulations, negligence will likely fall on them, awarding the victim damages for injury, property damage, etc.

What are the Common Causes of Negligent Truck Accidents?

truck driver textingThough every situation is unique, there are common causes of truck accidents that occur. Some of the most common forms of negligent truck accidents include:

While these are the common causes, the catalyst may differ, leading to the accident, and causing injury. This is why investigators will work diligently to determine all possible variables that contribute to the truck accident and prove negligence.

What are the Requirements for Establishing Negligence in a Truck Accident?

In order to establish truck driver negligence, you must be able to prove that the driver did not act in a reasonable manner and that caused injury to another as a result. Specifically, you will need to prove that:

While this may seem like a straight path, it’s often challenging to establish liability and negligence in a truck accident. However, working with experienced truck accident lawyers can help.

Washington, DC follows contributory negligence statutes meaning that if the victim is partially responsible for the accident in any way, they are not entitled to compensation. This is why it’s important to hire a trucking accident lawyer as soon as possible to determine who is at fault and what can be done to protect your rights.

How is Compensation Determined in Truck Accident Cases?

If you or a loved one were in a passenger vehicle and injured in a truck accident due to a truck driver or the trucking company’s negligence, you may qualify for compensation. However, don’t take on the insurance companies alone.

Damages you collect will depend on the facts of your truck accident negligence case, but may include:

Schedule A Free Consultation With A Top Truck Accident Attorney

At Regan Zambri Long, our Washington, DC personal injury lawyers have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Our lawyers pride ourselves on our more than 100 years of experience backed by proven results in giving legal advice.

As our client, know that you have a law firm by your side working diligently to secure the maximum compensation you need to pay for injury-related expenses.  We can prove the truck driver’s negligence and help you reach a fair settlement.

Whether you live in Washington, DC, Maryland, or Virginia, a respected truck accident attorney at Regan Zambri Long will fight for you. Learn how we can help you with your truck accident case in a free, no-obligation consultation.

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