Skilled Commercial Truck Accident Attorneys Advocating on Your Behalf
Protecting families throughout the greater Washington, D.C., area
More than a million people are employed in the commercial trucking industry. From cargo loaders to supervisors to the drivers themselves, it takes a large number of people to keep products moving across the country. But some commercial trucking companies are less scrupulous than others, and their mistakes can cost the lives of hundreds of people each year.
At Paulson & Nace, PLLC, we understand the laws that govern commercial truck companies at the local, state and federal level. Our skilled trial attorneys combine this knowledge along with their years of experience to help truck accident victims throughout Washington, D.C. If you have suffered a catastrophic injury or loss in an accident with a truck, we want to hear your story.
Common reasons for truck accidents
The average tractor-trailer weighs about 80,000 lbs; the sheer size makes it nearly impossible for drivers to react quickly to emergency situations, and collisions are often catastrophic. In 2013, nearly 10% of all work-related fatalities involved the trucking industry. Other common reasons for truck accidents include:
- Defective or worn-out parts. Faulty brakes, worn-out tires or broken gear shifters can cause a truck to jack-knife, slip over or crash into another car or stationary object. Because commercial 18-wheelers can cover thousands of miles every year, it is imperative that drivers and supervisors maintain the trucks regularly and properly.
- Inadequate training. Driving a semi is vastly different than driving a regular car. Proper training behind the wheel is crucial to ensure that new drivers do not panic if something goes wrong, and to make sure that they follow all rules of the road.
- Poor visibility. Truck drivers may not have full visibility around them; that is why so many carry stickers that warn people not to pass on the right. Even with “bubbles” in the mirrors, a driver may not be able to see smaller cars, pedestrians, motorcycle riders or cyclists on the side of the road.
- Improperly loaded cargo. A truck carrying unbalanced cargo can tip over while going around corners at the normal speed limit. In some cases, debris can fly out from the truck and land in the road, creating a hazard for other drivers.
- Driver error. Distracted drivers are dangerous regardless of what vehicle they are driving. A trucker who tailgates or crosses lanes without checking for incoming traffic could cause a collision.
- Driver fatigue. There are very specific regulations regarding how many miles a trucker may drive, over how many hours and for how many days. Because most truck drivers are paid by the mile, some drivers will ignore the federal guidelines and drive for longer than is legal. A fatigued driver is just as dangerous as a drunk driver or a trucker who uses too many energy drinks or supplements.
At Paulson & Nace, we understand just how serious the consequences of a truck accident can be. We have successfully represented victims and their families when a devastating truck accident caused long-term or permanent injuries. We are aggressive advocates for our clients’ rights and provide the sound legal counsel you need regarding your case. We know how important it is that your injured family member receive the care that he or she needs.
A trusted source for help after a truck-related accident
Paulson & Nace, PLLC, offers comprehensive care for victims with critical injuries resulting from a truck accident. We are proud to represent clients throughout Washington, D.C.. To see how our family may be able to help yours, please call 202-463-1999 or fill out our contact form.