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.
In order to be a certified commercial truck driver, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) imposes certain requirements and responsibilities on truck drivers.
In Washington, D.C. the basic requirements for CDL drivers are:
The basic requirements for a CDL license in Maryland include:
Virginia large truck driving requirements include:
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.
Though 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.
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 straightforward path, it’s often challenging to establish liability and negligence in a truck accident. However, working with an experienced truck accident lawyers can help.
Washington, D.C., follows contributory negligence statutes meaning that if the victim is partially responsible to the accident in any way, he or she is not entitled to compensation.
If you or a loved one were in passenger vehicles 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:
At, Regan Zambri Long, our Washington, D.C. 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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