Washington DC Truck Accidents FAQs
Q: How do truck accident cases differ from other auto accident cases?
A: Truck accident cases differ from other auto accident cases in several important ways. For starters, large commercial trucks are required to carry a higher amount of insurance coverage than other vehicles. A trucking accident is also more likely to involve factors aside from, or in addition to, driver negligence. For example, the trucking company may be at fault for failing to maintain the vehicle or failing to provide the driver with proper training. Trucks are also more likely to suffer mechanical malfunctions or be difficult to handle in inclement weather. For the greater part, trucking accident cases are more complex than most other auto cases. Bertram & Amell have the resources and knowledge to handle even the most complex personal injury claims.
Q: Who can be held responsible in a trucking accident case?
A: In the event of a trucking accident, any and all parties whose negligence contributed to the accident can be held accountable. Some legally responsible people include the driver, the trucking company, and the manufacturer of a faulty or malfunctioning part. Determining responsibility is particularly difficult in a trucking accident case, which is why it is so important to secure the services of Ms. Bertram and Ms. Amell who are skilled in handling truck accident claims.
Q: How long do I have to contact a lawyer after the truck accident?
A: All accident claims are governed by a statute of limitations. A statute of limitation is a time limit by which a claim must be filed. In most states, this statute of limitations is two years from the time of the accident or, in some cases, two years from the time the injury caused by the accident was discovered. However, in truck accident cases, it is extremely important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible after the accident. This is because vital evidence, such as the truck driver’s logs and documents detailing the maintenance of the vehicle, must be collected in order to ensure the strongest case possible. The more time that passes, the more difficult it will become for even the most experienced attorneys to obtain this evidence. If you have been seriously injured in a trucking accident, please call Bertram & Amell right away at 202-803-5800 or email us. Our firm serves the Maryland, Virginia and DC communities.