I was recently involved in a relatively minor truck accident in Washington, D.C.—can I simply file a claim like I would with a car accident?

t may be safe to say that almost every person reading this has been involved in a minor fender bender. Whether someone backed into your car in a parking lot or rear ended you at a light, most of us experience a car accident that leaves us relatively uninjured. Our car may have anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars worth of damage, so we set out on a mission to file an insurance claim against the other driver.

What you found was probably a situation much more stressful than the accident itself. The other driver’s insurance company insisted on sending out its own adjuster—but never on your own schedule—and maybe even tried to get you to admit some of the fault. After the matter was out of your hands and your own insurance company took over, it may have still taken a considerable amount of time before anything was accomplished.

In the event of a Washington, D.C. tractor trailer accident, the insurance claim process is going to be much more complicated. Many rigs are covered by multiple different insurance policies—one for the trailer, one for the truck, and the driver’s own policy. This means that instead of one company trying to pay you the minimum amount, you may be working with several companies that are each trying to prove that you deserve less money than you are owed.

You may have gotten lucky and escaped uninjured, but if your car was damaged even a small amount, you are facing a very complicated claim process. An experienced District truck accident lawyer can help you navigate the tricky claim process and ensure that you are not bullied into accepting less than you are owed. The Bethesda accident attorneys at Lewis & Tompkins will work hard to ensure that you get what you deserve, and not a penny less. Call today at 202.296.0666 to find out how to get started.

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