of Columbia (Washington, DC), despite its small size, boasts heavy vehicle traffic daily.
Highways such as Interstate 66, Interstate 395, and Interstate 695 - part of
the Capital Beltway - are heavily traveled routes in the nation's capital. In
fact, rush-hour traffic in Washington D.C. ranks among the worst in the
country. Amid all that traffic, truck accidents are a daily hazard for
commuters. More than 200 fatal and non-fatal truck accidents occur on
Washington D.C. roadways every year, killing or injuring dozens of innocent
motorists. If you or a family has been involved in an accident with a
commercial vehicle in Washington D.C., entrust your legal representation to an
attorney who has a track record of courtroom success in accident cases
involving trucks, buses and tractor-trailers.
I regularly engage in continuing legal education presentations around the country, including the following events in or near Washington, D.C.:
- Railroad Law section of ATLA, Boston (July 5, 2004)
Topic: Representing The Train Crew Against The Railroad And The Trucking Company
- American Association for Justice National Convention, New York (July 11, 2011)
Topic: Persuasion At Trial From Aristotle To fMRI
District of Columbia Trucking Laws
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (Title 49, Parts 350-399) govern all vehicles engaged in interstate traffic.
There are some situations where a tractor-trailer or other commercial motor vehicle is involved in only intrastate travel. For example, an appliance store in Georgetown may own a truck that only makes deliveries within the district.
The District of Columbia Department of Public Safety has adopted Title 49, Parts 382, 383, 384, 390, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, and 399 of the federal regulations.
For an overview of laws that affect trucks operating only in the District of Columbia, visit our District of Columbia Trucking Laws page.
Your truck accident case may be larger than you think. My experience often enables me to maximize awards, well beyond what the co-counsel originally expected. My book Litigating Truck Accident Cases, published by West Publishing, is considered the definitive work on handling truck accident cases. Contact me if you are seeking co-counsel on your case.
Fatal Truck Accidents: 2 per year
Non-Fatal Truck Accidents: 246 per year
Accident Locales: 0%(Rural), 100% (Urban)
Carrier Fact: 100% of Washington, D.C.'s truck accidents involve carriers whose principle place of business is not Washington, D.C.
In 100% of Washington, D.C.'s truck accidents, weather conditions were NOT a factor.
Interstate 66: Washington, D.C. is the site of the eastern terminus of I-66, which begins at Middletown, Virginia. This route 66 has no connection with its more famous namesake, U.S. Route 66.
Interstate 295: This 8-mile spur route connects Maryland's Indian Head Highway located on the Potomac River with downtown D.C.
Interstate 395: A 13-mile spur route linking Springfield, Virginia with Washington, D.C., I-395 passes under the National Mall near the U.S. Capital.
Interstate 695: This little (1.39 mile) route is not signed, but it does in fact exist. It is known as the Southeast Freeway and is a quick way to get from I-395 to Pennsylvania Avenue.