By: Allan M. Siegel
Anyone driving in the DC metropolitan area during rush hour on Friday,
February 19, 2016 was frustrated by an overturned tractor-trailer which
shut down both sides of the beltway. A man was driving a truck on the
outer loop in Maryland when the truck crashed into a concrete jersey barrier
and overturned. The man was thrown from the truck and later died. Portions
of the concrete barrier, and debris from the load that the tractor-trailer
was hauling were spread on both sides of the highway. The crash also ruptured
the fuel tanks of the truck, causing gas to spill all over the highway.
The cleanup extended throughout the morning. It is unknown what caused
the tractor-trailer driver to lose control.
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. frequently handles cases
against commercial drivers. These drivers are required to meet strict
federal regulations, regarding the number of hours they drive. All too
often drivers do not follow the rules, which can cause driver fatigue,
and even lead to drivers falling asleep at the wheel. Even if drivers
are compliant with regulations, they can suffer fatigue from long hours
The cause of this crash is unknown. While it is a tragedy that the truck
driver died, it does not appear that there were any other injuries or
fatalities. If there had been then the victim or the victim’s family
may have had a right to file a personal injury lawsuit, or a wrongful
death case against the truck driver, or the trucking company.
If you or a loved one were injured by a tractor-trailer, truck, bus or
the negligence of any commercial driver in Maryland, Virginia or the District
of Columbia, please feel free to call the
Washington, DC truck accident lawyers at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C.