District of Columbia Truck Laws
The District 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.
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 in-state deliveries.
The District of Columbia Department of Public Safety has adopted Title 49, Parts 382, 383, 384, 390, 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 District of Columbia, visit our District of Columbia Trucking Laws page.