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 collision with a big rig, tractor trailer, semi-truck, 18-wheeler, or other commercial truck, you will likely be shaken up and confused, if not severely injured. However, 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 while you focus on rest and recuperation.

Our attorneys have earned numerous awards, 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®

You deserve a high caliber of service and legal experience for your truck accident case. We are committed to getting the facts, listening to your concerns, strategizing carefully, and obtaining a significant recovery for you.

To find out how Simeone & Miller, LLP can assist you, call (202) 888-0872 or reach out to us online to arrange a free and confidential consultation with our team.

How Big of a Problem Are Trucking Accidents in DC?

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the number of commercial truck accidents that cause injuries and fatalities are on the rise, with a 2% increase across the country between 2015 and 2016. In 2016 alone, 4,440 large trucks and similar commercial vehicles were involved in fatal car collisions.

In 2015, traffic crash statistics from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) showed that there were 2,411 trucking accidents in Washington DC. Three of those crashes caused fatalities and another 545 resulted in serious injuries. As a capital city that only covers about 68 square miles, this number is very concerning.

According to research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in 2016, no truck drivers lost their lives in truck accidents that occurred in Washington DC. 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.

The Most Common Causes of Truck Crashes

Since trucking accidents are an obvious 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 causes these types of accidents.

Some of the leading causes of truck accidents include:

  • Trucker exhaustion: The average truck driver is scheduled to stay on the road for 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 will usually pay truck drivers by the number of miles they travel, not by minutes on-the-clock. Unfortunately, this system encourages truckers to speed and drive recklessly, since they will get paid the same amount for a day’s work, regardless of how long 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 stop within a safe distance. The same dangers can occur when a truck is overloaded with heavy cargo.
  • 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 maintain their vehicles regularly in order to avoid a preventable collision.

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. The DDOT has even created an interactive map that shows approved routes and unloading points for trucks in Washington DC.

Important DCMRs for commercial vehicles include:

  • 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. Unfortunately, truck driver and trucking company negligence is an underlying, and prevalent, factor that cannot be directly addressed with regulations alone.

Damages You Can Seek After a Big Rig Accident

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 passenger car who is hit by a big rig to suffer broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, severe burns, or even permanent disfigurement.

The at-fault party should be the one to pay for these damages, even if that means our Washington DC truck accident attorneys at Simeone & Miller, LLP need to pursue compensation through a lawsuit on your behalf.

Damages to consider for your truck accident 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, 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 non-economic damages. 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?

Determining liability for a trucking accident can be much more complicated than in a typical car accident case. While the truck driver might be an obvious source of negligence, there may be other parties who second-handedly 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 crash 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

At Simeone & Miller, LLP, we know that 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 to Get Started: (202) 888-0872

The sooner you begin working on your claim with our Washington DC truck accident attorneys, the better. The first step is often the most difficult, but we try to make it as stress-free as possible by offering a free consultation. You can explore your options in a comfortable setting, and we will be happy to let you know how we can help.

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