Injured By A Truck Driver? We Can Help You Seek Fair Compensation

Washington DC Truck Accident Lawyers

Legal Champions on Your Side to Make Things Right

After a traffic collision with a big rig, tractor trailer, 18-wheeler, or another commercial truck, you will likely be shaken up and confused, if not severely injured. As harrowing as the situation might be, you need to do what you can to prove that you were not at fault for the truck accident, as well as to seek compensation for the resulting damages you will accrue, like medical bills, lost wages, and the cost to repair your own car. With the help of Simeone & Miller, LLP and our truck accident attorneys in Washington DC, you can confidently pursue a truck accident claim, allowing your case to progress steadily while you focus on rest and recuperation.

Our attorneys have earned numerous awards and accolades, including:

  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum® memberships
  • 500 Leading Plaintiff Lawyers in the United States
  • Washington, DC Super Lawyers® listings
  • AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®

It is our belief that you deserve our caliber of service and legal experience for your truck accident claim and lawsuit. We are committed to getting the facts, listening to your concerns, strategizing carefully, and obtaining a significant recovery for you. To discover the Simeone & Miller, LLP difference, call (202) 888-0872 or reach out to us online to arrange a free, confidential consultation with our team.

How Big of a Problem Are Trucking Accidents in Washington DC?

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the number of trucking accidents that cause injuries and fatalities are on the rise, with a 2% increase between 2015 and 2016. The 2016 data set is the most recent and complete due to the time it takes to collect and process traffic collision statistics.

In 2016 alone, 4,440 large trucks and similar commercial vehicles were involved in fatal car collisions. In 2015, District Department of Transportation (DDOT) traffic crash statistics showed that there were 2,411 trucking accidents in Washington DC. Three of those crashes caused fatalities and another 545 caused serious injuries. As a capital city that only covers about 68 square miles, this number is concerning.

The data is also interesting to analyze with Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) research that indicates no truck drivers lost their lives in truck accidents in Washington DC in 2016. It paints a clear picture that when a trucking collision occurs, the real danger is to pedestrians and other motorists in cars, on motorcycles, and in any sort of other vehicle.

What Are the Common Causes of Truck Crashes?

With trucking accidents an obvious problem and hazard on the roads of Washington DC, it becomes all the more important to take steps to prevent them. Prevention begins with knowledge of what is causing these types of traffic collisions, and how.

Leading causes of trucking accidents are:

  • Trucker exhaustion: The average truck driver is scheduled to stay on the road 11 hours in a single shift, with three more hours set aside for rest periods. Eleven hours behind the wheel is a long time for anyone, so it is not surprising to find that truckers experience significant fatigue, especially at the end of a route.
  • Speeding: Trucking companies usually pay truckers by the mile traveled, not by minutes on-the-clock. This system encourages a trucker to speed and drive recklessly, as they will get paid the same amount for a day’s work, regardless of the time it actually takes to complete a shift.
  • Misloaded cargo: The large size and multi-ton weight of commercial trucks makes balancing their mass a challenge. Misloaded cargo can cause the tractor trailer to tip, jackknife, fishtail uncontrollably, or fail to brake in a safe distance.
  • Defective truck parts: A big rig that is poorly maintained can cause a devastating crash due to a broken part, such as a brake failure that prevents the truck from coming to a complete stop. Truckers and trucking companies have a responsibility to regularly maintain their vehicles.

If you've been in an accident, download and share our truck accident infographic to know what steps to take.

Trucking Regulations & Laws in Washington DC

The District Department of Transportation has created a series of municipality regulations (DCMR) that mandate how commercial trucks are to be operated within the District of Columbia. The regulations are meant to help prevent truck accidents, stop traffic jams caused by misplaced tractor trailers, and generally improve safety in the District. The DDOT has even created a comprehensive, interactive map that shows approved routes and unloading points for trucks in Washington DC.

What are some of the most important DCMRs for commercial vehicles?

  • DCMR 18-2501.1: Limits the width of commercial trucks to 8 feet 6 inches
  • DCMR 18-2501.5: Limits the height of commercial trucks to 13 feet 6 inches
  • DCMR 18-2502.2: Limits the length of commercial trucks to 55 feet
  • DCMR 18-2505.1: Limits the total weight on one truck axle to 21,000 pounds

Despite the number of DCMRs and other laws that should regulate commercial trucks and promote safety, trucking accidents remain a serious problem on Washington DC’s highways. Truck driver and trucking company negligence is an underlying factor that cannot be directly addressed with regulations alone.

Damages You Can Seek After Your Car Is Hit by a Big Rig

The average trucking accident causes severe damages and catastrophic injuries due to the size and weight of a tractor trailer. It is not uncommon for someone in a smaller car who is hit by a big rig to suffer broken bones, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), spinal cord damage, and permanent disfigurement. The at-fault party should be the one that helps pay for these damages, even if that means our Washington DC truck accident attorneys need to pursue compensation through a lawsuit on your behalf.

Costs and damages we will want to consider for your trucking collision claim include:

  • Emergency medical treatment
  • Hospitalization
  • Physical therapy, chiropractic care, and other rehabilitation
  • Lost or missing wages
  • Car repair or replacement
  • Emotional trauma and lessened enjoyment of life

If you lost a loved one in a truck crash, then you may be able to file a wrongful death claim in pursuit of damages, justice, and a sense of closure. With the assistance of our lawyers, you can seek specialized compensation in a wrongful death case, including funeral and burial costs, as well as noneconomic damage for the loss of consortium or companionship. We have the sincerity and compassion you expect and deserve from an injury law firm handling such a sensitive case.

Who Is Liable for Your Trucking Accident & Resulting Damages?

Determining liability in a trucking accident can be much more complicated than doing so in a typical car accident. While the truck driver might be an obvious source of negligence and therefore liability, there may be other parties who secondhandedly contributed to the collision. It is our goal to identify all possible liable parties and hold them accountable.

Parties that could be partially liable for your truck crash in Washington DC include:

  • The truck driver who negligently operated the vehicle.
  • The parent trucking company that scheduled a trucker for too many hours and caused fatigue.
  • The maintenance crew who failed to repair or prevent damaged components.
  • The truck part manufacturer that created and sold defective parts.

We know responding insurance companies will resist offering any sort of payout, no matter who they are representing. With our extensive legal experience and in-depth knowledge of liability law and trucking regulations, we are confident we can take on any opposition and steer your claim to success.

Contact Our Team & Get Started On Your Case – Call (202) 888-0872

The sooner you begin working on your accident claim with our Washington DC truck accident attorneys, the better. The first step is often the most difficult, though. We try to make it as stress-free on you as possible by offering free consultations with our law firm. You can explore your options in a comfortable setting, and we will be happy to let you know how we can help. Begin today by completing an online contact form here, or call us at (202) 888-0872.

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